Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Surface RT is simply a very bad product

The title of this post is the title of an article Mark found.  Let me link that:  The Surface RT is simply a very bad product  The writer's post is great, so read it.  Mind that there is a bit of profanity so if you find that offensive this one would be okay to skip, too. 

Some highlights:
[The Surface RT] was so horrible that I simply put it away. Several months, I only used it for Skype, and that was it. It just was not a usable device.

But! There was a glimmer of hope rising on the horizon. A new version of Windows which would take us poor Surface RT owners by the hand and guide us to the promised land of smooth performance, great applications, no more crashes, no more hangs, no more unresponsiveness. It would be glorious, like a glitter-covered unicorn riding a rainbow made it out of tequila shots and Hello Kitty images, guided by the sound of Australian laughter..

Windows RT 8.1 did not revive my Surface RT. It's still the same useless piece of crap that it was when it ran Windows RT 8. Other than Microsoft's own applications, there have been no application updates. 'Window' resizing is still slow with black screens and application logos (if the application even supports it, which most do not). Typing still has input lag. The keyboard still often will not pop up when you tap an input field, forcing you to tap it multiple times. It's still unresponsive. It's still laggy. Applications still crash and hang. The embedded browser view is still awful to the point of uselessness. The list just goes on and on.

About 30 minutes ago, after using it intensively for a week, giving it yet another set of chances, I have decided to give up on my Surface RT, and by extension, Windows 8 and Metro. The Surface RT is simply a very bad product, barely worthy of the 'alpha' label, and while throwing more computing power at Windows RT might alleviate some of the performance issues, it will do little to address the endless list of other problems.
I'm pretty sold on Android as the leader of the pack for mobile products.  Mark suggested that might be simply this generation, but I don't think so.  The Windows OS for tablets takes up much of the onboard storage.  I don't see them overcoming that soon if at all, because the problem is an old structural one.  Microsoft is used to producing, bloated buggy software and people just having to eat their crap because they're essentially a giant monopoly.  That approach isn't going to work in the tabloid and phone market, but their failure to recognize that despite the massive resources they had to use on the problem is a bad omen.

Microsoft in the 90's and early 2000's really had the resources to go line by line and clean up their desktop OS and make it something amazing.  They didn't.  People had little choice, so Microsoft kept serving crap.  If they can't overcome that mentality before their resources dwindle, as shocking as it is Microsoft may not have a future, or may be a small, niche company catering to the few remaining users of desktop computers, though desktop users at that point might be smarter just to switch to user-friendly versions of Linux.

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