Microsoft Chronicles

Data from the UK this week show that Microsoft sold about 10,000 slate-like drugs out of 600,000 sales last quarter. This is the rounding error.
– Andrey Orlovsky

Surface Tablet Pro is a sexy giant, so Microsoft is focusing on its hardware specs. But are you really wondering why Microsoft Marketing is largely ignoring its own software that supposedly runs on the same tablet? I have, so I bought it.

Well, not our own version of Microsoft. With a starting price of over $1,000 here in Canada, it’s too expensive. And the Pro 3 is deceptively hyped. I mean, why buy a laptop if the price doesn’t include a keyboard?

I saved some money by buying the Sony version of the Tab 11, which was redone on eBay. $500 includes computer keys and an interactive pen. However, unlike the Surface 3, there is no mode for connecting a keyboard to a laptop-like tablet. (Magnets hold the entire keyboard—like a shield—on the front of the iPad for charging and storage.Bluetooth keyboard.)

My friend Don was in California last week and asked me why my favorite toys are the ones I’ve bought since we finally met a year ago. “None,” I replied. I would have to go back two years when I had an Asus TF101 Transformer tablet (with detachable keyboard); it can be awesome.

Surface-class tablets remind me of HP when they assemble Windows CE-based PalmPilot counterparts under the specific Compaq name. Today was exactly the same situation: great products written with terrible software, and also Microsoft.

Surface tablets, like all Windows 8 devices, have two approaches: the normal desktop mode and the dreaded Metro mode. I call this terrible for two reasons: (1) in general, the shutdown UI doesn’t give users any useful advice, so it’s hard to figure out how to interact with these elements; and (2) I need to open a Microsoft account and I’m so tired of fighting big corporations and their greedy scraps of my digital life. So I completely ignore it Metro.

On almost all Windows 8 machines, I immediately install Firefox (1) to bypass Internet Explorer, then (2) Start8 to return to the Start menu (and disable the evil face of Metro). Once Start8 is in the room, I can launch the desktop as expected.

What obstacles do I encounter when using a Sony Surface-class tablet? They look like them:

User interface without touch screen. The screen is angled at 11.5 inches and has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. But it’s almost impossible to use with Winchronicle fingers because parts of the user interface are so small. I have found that I regularly have to bump into objects before Windows registers the touch. (When Android isn’t sure what I’m touching, it shows an enlarged area to make it easier to touch small but successful UI elements.)

Microsoft didn’t adapt the desktop UI for touch because they want me to use the immature Metro UI with its huge rectangles. It doesn’t (Android has this problem, bybecause copy 3 implements the necessary code for each screen size.)

Immature software. Speaking of immature touch software, when it comes to Windows 8, Android is years behind in development. For example, MX Video Batter for Android allows me to swipe up and down the left half of the screen to change the brightness, and the right half to change the amount. The button on the screen switches the odds ratio if the player guesses incorrectly. The volume can still be adjusted up to 200%. All of these add-ons (sorry for the pun) that make watching movies on Android so much more enjoyable are missing from Metro players (and Windows 8 players, which should support touch).

There is a stylus, but because it doesn’t fit into the device, it’s never there when I need it. Therefore, it is rarely used. (Due to the craze for making tablets thinner, the body is so narrow that the pen can be held anywhere.)

The keyboard is disabled for the brain. The on-screen keyboard is almost as gentle as the numbness of Windows 8. Now, pAfter 20 years of using the PalmPilot in addition to Android tablets, I’m used to the keyboard popping up when needed, even when needed. In contrast, Steve Sinofsky, like his subordinates, designed the Windows 8 desktop style to intentionally not show the keyboard when needed. All of this could have been part of us getting them on the subway.

Whenever I need to type, even if it’s a single character, I have two extra fields: one to show the keyboard and one to hide it completely. The keyboard is huge and takes up half the screen. This means that this assignment will inevitably cover an upward distribution of text in which I am trying to score positive. (An option that makes the IT “smaller” reduces its width by a quarter of an inch on each side.)

It shouldn’t be like this. Google has defined the Chrome web browser to display more of the on-screen keyboard when needed. Microsoft could do the same, but they don’t want to.

Separate keyboard. With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft is reminding you that the keyboard must be securely plugged in.Pricing to the tablet so that it can be used. I discovered this idea when I took Sony with me on a business trip. HP didn’t provide tables or advertising at their event, so this Surface-class tablet with the keyboard disabled in my lap was completely banned. Well, actually, the conversation is a complete failure.

This explains why I was limited to watching entertainment on Sony, the only process they were good for. Well, probably not even. The shaky screen and complicated video player interface prompted me to transfer my tax return to my Android tablet for this important task.

Terrible office. I bought Office 2013 for tablet. I thought my husband and I were making $130 for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, given that a few decades ago they cost $500 each. I usually use Atlantis to write, but in my job I have to be interchangeable with clients who use Microsoft products.

Office 2013 is more touch-friendly than Windows 8 and has a larger user interface. It is believed that the problem of creating a user interfaceThe Elements case, which is large enough for your fingers, allows you to display fewer Elements user interfaces. For a cheap word processor, there should be a lot of buttons on the screen.

And it’s a disaster when used with a keyboard. Of course, I will use that keyboard when typing. But since 2013, Office has insisted on displaying the on-screen keyboard – randomly. When I type, half of the screen is constantly obscured by the on-screen keyboard, which snaps into place. Should I call a certain feature “terrible”, “brain dead”, or just “ignorant”?