I’m writing this blog pot to share with all my blog readers and friends my experience in using Microsoft Surface. I was eager and waiting till it is available to pre-order online and i ended up getting it from the store right away with no lines…lucky me.
I have been using it for 6 days, and i want to share with you my personal insights from technical point of view and not from the marketing aspect! So, Let’s start by answering basic questions:
1) Why did i buy Microsoft Surface ?
This was enough for me to go with the Surface!
2) What you can do with the Surface ?
a) Metro Style Experience: With Windows RT, You would have the same experience when you have Windows 8 on your PC. Very intuitive Tiles and fluid touch experience for what’s in the start page, Pin to Task bar, and switch to Desktop Mode (You regular Windows Experience). The User Experience is fresh and new and this is a winner for The surface over iPad.
b) Cloud Connected Device: With the surface as for iPad, you will be able to sync up all you files to SkyDrive – Cloud Service from MS and they offer you to upgrade with extra 3GB for free when you purchase it! This is really cool. I have all my files linked to my Microsoft Account and i access it wherever i want and using any machine. MS is little behind since Apple introduced iCloud long time back, but here we are now we have it for both.
c) Store: Windows RT comes with the store where you can install all your applications as AppStore for Apple. The MS store still doesn’t have lots of applications as Apple AppStore but it is growing tremendously!
d) MS Office: You have Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, OneNote, InfoPath for Free when you have Surface unlike iPad. Microsoft Office price is included and you don’t need to pay extra for Office, this is a big plus!
e) Kinect: If you have XBOX 360, you will be able to play XBOX from the Surface, this is really cool! I tried it to surf internet and run Netflix and other applications in my XBOX and it was amazing experience.
Note: This feature requires you to have Windows Live Gold Membership to fully utilize all your applications in XBox.
f) People Hub: Connect & Read all your social media network notifications including: Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live and Mail notifications all through one place.
g) For Developers: If you are a geek and likes to develop apps for the surface. you can have all development environment for free from Microsoft. SDK,VS 2012 and SQL 2012 seamless integration for building Windows 8, Windows RT application with the ability to test your applications against these platforms. check out Windows Store Dev Center for details:
This is all what i have been seeing and experiencing during my last few days using the Surface!
Hope you like it and see it useful!
Drop me a line if you have any other questions or a feedback!