The Microsoft Surface RT is a Compromise

It may have some great hardware engineering behind it, but the Surface’s software it all about compromise…

If the Touch Cover is the highlight of the Surface, desktop mode has to be the lowlight. It’s hard to put into words just how dumbfounding it is that Microsoft included this.

The only answer I can come up with is that they could not get the Office apps ready for the “Metro” interface in time and had to — wait for it — compromise. If this was an actual roadmap decision made by someone at Microsoft, it’s one of the worst decisions ever made.

MG Seigler

Windows Phone 7 Review

I’ve had the chance to put a a Windows Phone 7 device (an LG Optimus 7) through its paces for the past week, and it’s been a fairly positive experience. Microsoft has done their homework for the most part, and the operating system is a joy to use. For a large number of smartphone users, particularly new users, WP7 will meet their needs and provide a great experience. The OS isn’t perfect, however, and there are a number of issues that prevent it from being 100% usable for me.

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