I commented about the phablet thing in off-topic: Specifically, Windows RT by definition right now includes MS Office, which is useless in that form factor. The only OS that would make sense in phablet for MS, IMO, unless they messed with Windows RT licensing terms and confused things even more, is Windows Phone 8.Looking at these 8" tablets makes me wish they would put a phone in them and drop to a 5" or 6" size. I think a Windows RT phone could be pretty slick.
Hardly; if the product isn't ready, it's not ready. There are many reasons why it's not ready, from engineering challenges to manufacturing issues to software bugs.It seems insane that Microsoft won't be releasing the Surface Mini next month. Chuck it up beating Apple at every specification for £50 less and it'll be a Billy Bargain for Christmas punters.
It already exists but I would not get one... If you want a detailed review I can provide one. Put it this way, I have one provided to me by my employer and I forgot to bring it home this weekend.I would love to see a Surface running on the atom with the same form factor, battery life, etc. as the RT but with the ability to run any desktop apps
Well, the point is it should be ready... it shouldn't be a rush.Hardly; if the product isn't ready, it's not ready. There are many reasons why it's not ready, from engineering challenges to manufacturing issues to software bugs.
Even implying that MS is making a mistake for not rushing a timed release is insane. That's a big part of how MS shot itself in the foot with Surface RT v1. The software side wasn't ready, from firmware fixes to buggy Office preview; if it's laggy, users would often fault the hardware. One can even argue that since full Office wasn't released until January, RT should've been released then.
The business decision-making side of things was a lot more pressured with RT v1, though, because it was entering a "crowded vacuum." MS had no products competing in the populated space yet. I'm sure it was much easier to hold off on a mini now because there will be 2 releases anyway. Polish is critical in salvaging reputation.