Did Microsoft actually come up with a better design than Apple? Maybe the better question is, why not?
In one sense, Microsoft has succeeded already, by demonstrating that there is a third paradigm: a transformable tablet.
That alone strikes me as a very intentional rebuttal of the Apple argument that a laptop and tablet is a “forced” convergence. (Tim Cook).
And Steve Jobs knocked the idea before that, saying it was “ergonomically terrible” and “we’ve done tons of user testing on this, and it turns out it doesn’t work.”
Well, Microsoft showed us Monday that it could work. That’s all I (and consumers) need to see. (I had been skeptical.)
But wait. What about other decent Windows 8 hybrids? Asus’ Taichi is interesting. And Lenovo’s Yoga is nice too.
But those are laptops first, tablets second.