So, today I took a personal day off from all the technology weeks we’ve had– Apple had two back-to-back weeks, Amazon dominated last week, and this week is all about Microsoft. So, I was watching TV news but not listening. Guess what happened.
I was having some difficulty getting the cork out of the bottle while watching CNBC as they introduced a long list of new hardware. Macs, right? That’s what I thought. I didn’t have my glasses on. Maybe that was the problem with the cork. Anyway, the cork made it out, the wine made it out, and I made it into the living room with a glass full of wine, and a TV with no sound.
New hardware. Microsoft hardware, not Apple.
Microsoft Surface notebooks– the Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X (techies love the ‘X’), Surface Earbuds, and– surprise, surprise– a folding Android-based smartphone with two displays, and a folding notebook-cum-tablet hybrid with what looked like two displays; one of which could pass as a giant Touch Bar.
In typical Microsoft style, none of the cool stuff will be ready to ship before the holidays. Maybe next year’s holidays, but it took only a few minutes to hit the DVR button, back up the whole CNNC piece and start over.
Microsoft has new Surface tablets (not really tablets) and laptops (not really laptops; they’re called notebooks [feigns righteous indignation] a new smartphone, and an ARM-based notebook-cum-tablet.
CEO Satya Nadella:
With the Surface we focused on three distinct ambitions. We wanted to put people at the center of every device experience. We wanted to innovate across form and function, especially with a focus on how we can drive the next level of creation and productivity.
Translation: “We want to sell more hardware to our 1-billion customers.”
How does that not sound like Apple?
Well, that settles it. Microsoft definitely is more innovative than Apple with products that are not shipping yet.
The biggest surprise was a small smartphone that can run two apps on two different screens. It’s called the Microsoft Surface Duo and runs Android
Available by Christmas. 2020.
Alright, what about the dual display notebook-cum-tablet?
The Surface Neo has two displays that fold together but also work independently of one another, so you can run an app in one screen and another app on the second display.
In all fairness, it looked pretty good. I want one. With an Apple logo. I’m no fool.