Microsoft Surface Tablet
Microsoft unveiled the Windows 8 Surface Tablet yesterday. One interesting feature along with it being on Windows 8 is the built in paper thin keyboard on the cover. However since it is so thin, it seems to have the same problem like the screen/virtual keyboards and i.e. of no tactile feedback. Probably they should look to integerate with this.
They all talk about Microsoft Surface Tablet but nothing much on the earlier Surface. It looks like that the Surface product line is being rebranded to the tablet on Windows 8. The official MS Surface website is also now displaying information on this tablet. The erstwhile Surface now is known as Microsoft PixelSense. The latest sdk is still being called as Surface 2.0, but the device is now PixelSense.
Am not sure how this changing of brand names will help. Microsoft Surface 1.0 wasn't successful due to various reasons like performance, niche hardware, high cost and horizontal only orientation. With Surface 2, some of these issues were taken away. However the usage probably still got hampered due to delays on availability of Samsung SUR40 device.
Is using this brand name, that wasn't highly successful, for a new tablet device (an area that Microsoft is already late to enter) a good choice? Do share your thoughts.