Microsoft started off as a software company, refusing to get into hardware, letting other players like Apple get their hands dirty making machines that bundled both. But after many decades of making billions of dollars from its Windows operating system and Office suite the Redmond-based software giant tried its hand at hardware. It launched Zune to compete with the iPod, Windows phone to have a presence in the mobile world and then Xbox to get into people’s living rooms.
When Microsoft first debuted the Surface computer, it met with rave reviews because it was a new way of computing. More tactile, using touch, and different ‘surfaces’ as computing devices it caused a sensation. But it was still a research effort.
Microsoft finally debuted the commercial product in the form of the Surface Tablet in June, and guess what, it crashed mid-debut. Product fail? Maybe not, Microsoft’s tablet may have its glitches, but combined with its new design centric Windows 8 software it may prove to be the dark horse in the tablet wars.
Watch this space for more.