I held out so much hope for the Surface. And Windows 8 looks great. But come on, how could a company this smart not address the most fundamental need of all new hardware – applications. This is what happens when a software company does hardware and forgets software. Developer ecosystems have never been more important and this is why, at least out of the gate, Surface will fail. None of the critical web apps I depend on are available or barely work. Here is what Walt had to say.
And there is more bad news about apps. This first edition of Surface uses a variant of Windows 8, called RT, that can’t run the vast array of traditional programs many Windows users rely upon daily, like Google Chrome, Adobe Photoshop, Apple iTunes or even Microsoft’s own Outlook. A second edition of the Surface, due in January, will run the full version of Windows 8, and most of these standard Windows programs. But it will be heavier.