Microsoft Surface Computer

David Pogue fasst den Hype rund um Microsofts Surface Computer schön zusammen:

This new „surface computer,” as Microsoft calls it, has a multi-touch screen. You can use two fingers or even more – for example, you can drag two corners of a photograph outward to zoom in on it.

Microsoft’s press materials and Web site coyly ignore the existence of earlier pioneers; when pressed, it insists that its surface computer was developed well before Jeff Han *or* Apple came along.

How cool is all of this? Very. Unfortunately, at this point, it’s the Microsoft version of a concept car; you can ogle it, but you can’t have it. These stunts require concept cameras, concept cellphones and concept music players that have been rigged to interact with the surface computer.

Let’s make one thing clear: multi-touch computing does not mean the end of the keyboard and mouse.
As the new world of multi-touch-screen computing dawns, you’ll see a lot of demos involving photo stretching and Web surfing demos. But you will *never* see word processors, e-mail programs, spreadsheets, databases or accounting programs.
That’s because touch-screen computers are terrible for these mainstream computing tasks. Typing of any kind, in fact, is a nightmare when you can’t feel the keys. It’s inaccurate, slow and unsatisfying.

But if this is truly the future of computing, Microsoft will first have to overcome the mother of all chicken-and-egg conundrums. Surface computers won’t go mainstream until we all have phones, cameras and music players that work with them – and nobody will manufacture those gadgets until there’s a critical mass of surface computers.

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