Are you ready for the Post PC world?
The recent announcement of the Surface range of devices by Microsoft surprised me. Note how i wrote devices and not tablets. That is right I don't feel calling them tablets does them justice. When the iPad was first launched I wondered what would people use it for, It was like a bigger iPod touch. I owned an iPod touch and it was great for a music player and really intuitive but i failed to realize what use could one have for a insanely large iPod touch. I had a nice 40-inch LCD in my living room, a desktop PC, a Laptop, a Smartphone and a iPod touch. The iPad just didn't seem to fit anywhere. If i wanted to enjoy a movie on my home why would I use a small 10 inch screen when i already have a 40 inch LCD. If i wanted to do it while on move i could use my Laptop. Yeah there was angry birds and some other trinkets but i already had a smartphone with these also the iPod already had access to the plethora of apps on the app store. I searched and searched for some use for these tablets but there was none for me except being a novelty. Then i found one, that i could use these for reading E-Books but then again i felt paying that much money only for a e-book reader was not prudent. These tablets did not replace any gadgets i had. I would still need my phone, tv, laptop, iPod etc. Then came the Surface as i mentioned earlier i was positively surprised with the device. I could easily see myself using the Pro version and it would be an improvement over the current things. It could easily replace my laptop as it features the full fledged windows 8 in it i could actually get work done on it. At the same time it can do everything the current tablets can do. Moreover it will be less bulkier and lighter than my laptop. If only it had 3G or LTE it would be simply perfect.
When Microsoft initially launched the previews of Windows 8 i was skeptical because it didn't seem to make sense on my desktop. But when they released Surface i got the direction Microsoft was heading. These are the next PC's or Post-Pc's as Apple likes to call them. The Surface has set the bar in terms of design and intuitiveness. But yes we are yet to see how it will hold up to the real world tests. As we see more Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro based devices from other manufacturers we will come to know if the Windows 8 fails or succeeds. But the truth is here for all to see, the PC as we know it know might be dead in a few years from now. The Touch technology has fundamentally changed the way we interact with our devices and this has lead to a world of change. The WIMP(windows, icons, menus, pointers) has given way to gestures and swipes of touch technology, though we wont see radical changes in our desktops tomorrow or the next year or the year after that but the change is on its way.