Microsoft Surface vs ?

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Written by Steve Harris on 26 September 2014
I feel compelled to write a little something about the Microsoft Surface.

It’s fair to say that I am an Apple fan. Our household has four iPhones, two iPads and I use a Macbook Air. As the MD of a business that focuses heavily on Microsoft products, this may seem a little odd and it’s certainly not to Microsoft’s liking. This was proven when I last attended a Microsoft Business Partner conference in Washington where the presenter asked the crowded room for people with iPhones to put their hands up. I put my hand up – clutching my cherished iPhone – and was instantly jeered and ridiculed by the presenter – a senior Microsoft chap. I’d forgotten where I was. He was not happy at all that I wasn’t using a Microsoft phone.

I am lucky though, that as the MD I often get to test new technology – in fact, that’s why I ended up with a Mac. I tested it, loved it and it replaced my previously cherished Sony Vaio. It’s for this same reason that I am now using a Microsoft Surface (yeah, I lied a little at the beginning of this blog – I don’t use my Mac anymore). More than with any other item of equipment, I have been asked about the Surface when I visit clients – everyone seems really interested, and that’s why I’m writing this blog.

Various websites and tech journalists have reviewed the Microsoft Surface in articles comparing the Surface to the iPad. My iPad, originally purchased for work, and the other family iPad have both become coffee table items where the family check the news and weather, and where the kids play games and watch YouTube videos. My Surface is totally different. The Windows operating system, bluetooth mouse, keyboard and ability to easily plug in a larger second monitor, all make the Surface a replacement for my Mac. I don’t leave my Surface on the coffee table – the iPads are there for that. The Surface for me is a total replacement / upgrade for my primary work computer – and I never leave that on the coffee table for the kids to play with either. It’s fair to say that I haven’t tested some of the new touchscreen notebooks on the market – but I don’t want to – I’m perfectly happy with the Surface.

We are thinking of purchasing a Surface for Polymorph clients to borrow for a few weeks to have a play – please let me know if you’re interested.

We’re also toying with the idea of buying Google Glass or Apple’s Watch next year; any suggestions welcome.

Oh, and yes, I still use the iPhone at the moment; we have several Microsoft phones in the business and if Microsoft do as good a job on that as they have on the Surface then I’ll finally be letting my iPhone go – but not until my favourite apps such as Strava are available on that too.

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Steve Harris
Founder of Polymorph in 2000 and Managing Director since then, Steve previously held positions at Atos Origin and ICI. Steve’s weekends are typically taken up with running, swimming or cycling events.
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