October 22 2009
I’m sometimes accused by Microsoft of being agin ’em, but that’s not true. When you power more than 90 per cent of the world’s computers, your software has to be all things to all people – hence the occasional complication and messiness of its products. Microsoft is, in football terms, a doughty defender and workmanlike midfielder.
This, a long-awaited Microsoft coffee-table PC that costs £8,500, is a rare stroke of flashy play by the boys from Redmond, WA. What the Surface will do for your interior, I’m not wholly sure. It will certainly be a talking point. It is mainly designed for businesses – Barclays Bank has put them in its flagship Piccadilly branch to help customers do banky stuff. Your Surface at home can play games, play music, all sorts of cool-ish stuff. Best of all, you can pretend to be in Bill Gates’s home-of-the-future.