Microsoft Surface Tablet

Tech industry seems to be exuberating with the energy after Microsoft unveiled its Windows 8 Surface tablets. With many rival tablets already in users’ hands and getting top ranks, one wonders in which waters is Microsoft trying to step in. But, Steve Ballmer, the CEO of this Apple-rival company seems to be quite loud and heads-on about this venture!

Ballmer, on July 9th at the Worldwide Partner Conference opening keynote went a few steps ahead being the head of a giant company by predicting that in the time span of one year, Microsoft will be selling 375 million Windows PCs. Seems like he is relying a lot on the OEMs making loads of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows RT based machines.

Going the Apple way, looks like Microsoft is trying to go as one hardware supplier doing both the software and hardware systems to beat the beasts of the market. But is it practical in such a short time? Getting a new line of hardware, adequate staff, finessing the manufactured components and a lot more things to manage the whole new department? Phenomenal, if possible!

But everyone at Microsoft appears to negate our conservations. But what actually makes this interesting is the statement from Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. “A lot of people like to say that Microsoft’s had no successes in the last so many years, but the Xbox is a success, and certainly Kinect., said Woz at Entel Summit in Chile, “They have such a striking visual appearance, which is a lot of what Steve Jobs was always looking for – the art and technology, the convergence of art and technology.” Woz’s infectious enthusiasm went beyond that when he said:

“I want to own one. I want to use one.”

He also believes that Microsoft must have reincarnated Steve Jobs to have such aesthetics in the Windows 8 Tablet. Oh, seriously! Wozniak has never been too kind to Android. In a comment comparing Android with Windows, Woz said that there is no competition between Android and Windows as Android is more awkward. Later, in an probable attempt to temper his apparent excitement for Windows, he said, “iPhone is my favorite phone. I did give my opinion that the Windows 7 phone had superior visual appearance and operation cues that were also more attractive. In my opinion, it sets the mark for user interface“.

About the launch time, nobody is giving out the exact dates. Reller said that Windows 8 would be released to manufacturers (MS partners including Asus, Acer, Lenovo) in first week of August while devices and software is expected to be in stores by late October. Great holiday time!

Whether Microsoft’s dream of leaving no “space uncovered to Apple” spots some reality or not, only time would tell. Apple is also planning to release its 7-inch iPad out this September. But surely, Microsoft Surface has got some biggies (Apple fans included) go enthusiastic about it. Fingers crossed to see how much success does Microsoft team gets in this game!