Microsoft is acting like Apple - and it's a good thing
Meanwhile, pity poor Microsoft. It spends a lot of time and energy building each version of Windows - only to see many of its PC manufacturer partners build hardware that doesn't always play nice with Microsoft's software. It ends up giving Microsoft a bad name.Here's a good example: Apple's MacBook laptops have the best mouse trackpads in the business, because Apple builds them to work seamlessly with the Apple OS X operating system. Meanwhile, Microsoft has to make sure that Windows works with every single computer out there, and struggles to get manufacturers to build better trackpads.
Well, if Microsoft has its way, this won't be the case much longer. With the Surface Book, Microsoft has total control over where and how Windows gets run on a real computer, for the first time ever.The Surface Book separates out into a tablet and a keyboard, much like the Surface Pro before it.Crucially, Microsoft is positioning the Surface Book as a laptop that's also a tablet, compared with the Surface Pro, which it bills as a "tablet that can replace your laptop." The Surface Book has a lot more horsepower than the Surface Pro, with Microsoft claiming it's twice as fast as the MacBook Pro.
The Surface Book looks to be the ideal Windows 10 device: It's thin, light, and packs a lot of punch. Plus, with a touchscreen, it's optimized for the Windows Universal Apps that Microsoft has been pushing to Windows 10 developers.In other words, it's exactly what Microsoft wants you to think of when you think of Windows 10.
It's something that Microsoft has slowly been building towards for years: A lot of PC vendors bundle in so-called "bloatware," or pre-installed apps that can slow your system down and present a nuisance. But any PC you buy from Microsoft directly, the Surface line included, is billed as a "Signature Edition" machine - meaning, no pre-installed vendor software. It's the closest you can get to Microsoft's perfect vision for Windows.
It's a careful balancing act: Microsoft can slowly but surely try to show customers and manufacturers alike that there is a way to a better Windows experience, by showing what happens when the hardware and software work in perfect harmony. And if it can keep turning Surface into a revenue-driving business, so much the better.
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