“A brief hands-on with a working prototype of the software revealed a number of new things. The app’s user interface is similar to the current OneNote app, but it has hints of Metro, the new design language that can be seen in Windows Phone and in the as-yet-released Windows 8 desktop operating system.
Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be created and edited locally and online.”
“A Microsoft spokeswoman issued this statement: ‘The Daily story is based on inaccurate rumors and speculation. We have no further comment.’ She added that a screen image included with The Daily’s article showing an Office product for iPad was ‘not Microsoft’s software,’ she said.”
What’s worse, Bright explains, is how many elements do not support touch at all, like check boxes and radio buttons in the options screen, as well as dialog boxes like Excel’s “format cells.” As Bright says, “The Office team appears to be positioning touch support more as a way of enabling simple edits to be made as a kind of fall-back—a stopgap solution for those times when the mouse and keyboard aren’t available.”
Adobe releases fix for OS X 10.7.4 InDesign crashing bug
“icloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an @icloud.com email address instead of a me.com email address. iCloud users with @me.com addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an @icloud.com email address that matches their @me.com address.”
Note that existing @me.com and @mac.com users will not be required to switch. Heck, I still use the @mac.com address I got through iTools. Still, I wondered if Apple would make @icloud.com email address available some day. Now I know.
Apple working to fix in-app purchase security problem
“The product name is completely devoid of the term ‘Windows,’ a term for which Steve Ballmer appears to have a major crush on. Even their touch-based phone products can’t escape the Windows moniker, resulting in the Windows Phone 7 mouthful. Though the Surface will run Windows 8, they aren’t calling it Windows 8 Surface.”
I didn’t realize it, but Jason’s right. It’s not the “Windows 8 Surface” or even the “Windows Surface.”
“When Motorola introduced its Xoom tablet, based on Google’s Android operating system, early last year, it priced the cheapest model without a wireless contract at $800. It steadily discounted the Xoom after that, but it never caught on.
The cheapest PlayBook from Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, was the same price as the iPad. It, too, fizzled and is now on sale for as little as $199.”
“One big expense for Microsoft’s PC partners traditionally has been the licensing fee they pay for Windows. Microsoft could, in theory, forgo those licensing fees to itself with Surface to offer a cheaper tablet.
But that would create another problem for Microsoft. If it took that path, the company might undercut its license-paying hardware partners, making it difficult for any other company to get traction in the Windows tablet business.”
I’m so interested to see how Microsoft will price these things. I assume it won’t make the mistake of “chasing Apple” again, having learned lessons from the Zune’s failure. The Surface’s potential is compelling.
“Surface just bumped the MacBook Air and the iPad to the back seat, and it did so by hewing tightly to everything that Apple’s Jonny (sic) Ive holds dear…Microsoft is the underdog and has the freedom that only someone with nothing to lose can afford. I wonder if Apple would be bold and continue to innovate instead of just living from Job’s heritage.”
That’s premature, Jesus. And you spelled “Jony” incorrectly. Embarrassing.
The average price of these devices is $1,066. That’s a lot of money for a tablet computer. While $1,066 isn’t the Surface’s official price, it is “on par with Ultrabook-class PCs” and twice the cost of an iPad.
Also, this suggests that Microsoft considers the tablet a PC.
Update: Shadoe Huard notes that, “…the ultrabook pricing is for the ‘Pro’ surface only (Intel CPUs). The lower end Arm version (RT) is in line with other ARM tablets. So prob in the 400-700 range, considering there’s no 16GB model.”
“First, the company has its own answer to the iPad coming out this fall in the form of Windows 8, its first operating system designed from the ground up with touch screens in mind. One of the chief selling points of Windows 8 tablets, especially to business customers, will be that they can run an official version of Office designed for those devices. An Office for the iPad could hurt Windows 8’s chances of capturing a chunk of the tablet business.
There is also the question of how Microsoft designs Office for iPad and prices it so it doesn’t cannibalize sales of the software for computers. Quickoffice currently sells for $19.99 on the iPad App Store, a lot less than the $119 or so that Office for PCs starts at.”
The Times goes on to point out that ignoring the iPad’s potential would possibly be the greatest risk of all, as the device is becoming increasingly popular among people who buy Microsoft Office. All of this just as Google forces Microsoft to show its cards. I’m glad I’m not in that game of Hold ‘Em.
“Microsoft spokeswoman, Melissa Stewart, confirmed [at E3] that the Zune brand is going away so Microsoft can use the better-known Xbox brand for its entertainment services, including its online video service.”
“We just weren’t brave enough, honestly, and we ended up chasing Apple with a product that actually wasn’t a bad product, but it was still a chasing product, and there wasn’t a reason for somebody to say, oh, I have to go out and get that thing.”
Users who’ve created playlists will find them intact in the new Xbox Music Service.
“There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I’d prefer to have our software in 60 percent or 70 percent or 80 percent of them, than I would to have 2 percent or 3 percent, which is what Apple might get.”