Daniel Eran Dilger in top form:
Saying that the Surface is a combination of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 hardware savvy and its Windows Phone software savvy is like one of those jokes about a train engineered by Italians, serving English food, managed by Portugal and financed by Greece.
In this joke, what does America do? International customer service?
Aside from the possibly inflammatory content, Dilger has a great point. The Xbox 360 is the single worst piece of hardware I’ve ever owned (No, I take that back, because I’ve had three). In addition, I can’t remember the last Microsoft Software product that I genuinely wanted to use. Office stopped being anything but miserable a long time ago, and even the Windows 8 beta was an interest driven only by curiosity.
It seems to me that Microsoft may have a collossal disaster on thier hands. However, the article to which Dilger makes his counterpoint is right as well—to a degree. Many will upgrade because they have to. It’s the same reason that my MacBook Air has Microsoft Office, despite my earlier claims. The majority of the world still runs on Windows. For now.