Post-PC to Tablet-Plus
Steve Jobs declared that the iPad had brought us to the "Post-PC" era, with this analogy: "When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks. But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them. And this transformation is going to make some people uneasy... because the PC has taken us a long way."
Witness the first cross-over - the Surface Pro 3. Quite frankly, most in the tech press don't understand it (or don't WANT to understand it), and Microsoft exacerbated the problem by focusing on "the tablet that can replace your laptop" and aiming directly at the MacBook Air. The SPro 3 will never be as light and breezy as the iPad Air, nor will it be as stable and "lapable" as a true laptop. Just like the cross-over, it won't be as comfortable as a Mercedes sedan, nor have the hauling capacity of an F150. But you will get five full size adults to their destination in a nice comfortable cabin, yet still haul the plants and potting soil for your weekend yard work. This all came to full realization to me while reading an excellent two part series posted by Dr. Tom Grissom at his blog:
I can't recommend these two articles enough; not because of his review of the Surface Pro 3 itself (which he has yet to receive, like the rest of us mere mortals), but because of his analysis of the basic reasons for its existence, and the endless possibilities it brings to the computing table. He discusses in detail the transformative quality of what SPro 3 delivers, and although from an educational market perspective, his series of "Imagine" hypotheticals are truly the essence of what should be Microsoft's marketing campaign, not some 20-something using his SPro from an alarm clock to a board meeting in a series of fast paced disjointed MTV-like montage.
We are ten days from launch, and I will be using that time to build and present to you all of the reviews, hints, and other SPro 3 goodies I can find on the net. In the meantime, begin your exploration of this transformative device at your local Microsoft Store (or Best Buy - if you're lucky they'll have a demo unit), then absorb Paul Thurrott's extremely thorough review series (the link below takes you to his general review which is linked to around 20 smaller reviews he has done in the last two weeks following the announcement of the SPro 3: