With the exception of the Xbox 360 and its RROD issues, the hardware Microsoft produces is arguably the most impressive part of Microsoft.
Keyboards, Mice, Webcams, Zune HD .... beautiful products.
I'd buy a Microsoft tablet if it were a huge Zune HD like device that ran Windows.
Right now I am eyeballing the Touchsmart TM2. The iPad has dangerous appeal to the "student" because textbook manufactures have signed on. It does not allow one to take notes, how stupid is that?
I know it sounds lame, but my bookbag is too damn heavy around campus. I have a rather crappy 6.5 lb laptop, 3 notebooks, and at least one lab manual and textbook. That has to stop, it truly is not healthy.
If the iPad ends up getting a sizeable portion of schoolbooks, Microsoft did drop the ball. If they had a store or an app that would provide such things, especially if they were optimized for tablets, I'd be ecstatic. Perhaps the kindle application will
fill this gap. Perhaps Microsoft should push amazon to focus on getting schoolbooks on their app. This is essential. I'd support them.
There is so much more Microsoft could do to really attract the attention of students. I am at a Live@Edu school, where no one in my lab classes knew about skydrive or groups. Previously, people had some lame archaic system of swapping thumb drives 5 times
to share lab data. I then showed them groups.live.com and their corresponding skydrive. They love it ... That tool has been available to them for a while.
I am sure if students saw what they could do with tablets, they would become quite a bit more popular. I think Microsoft could lose that opportunity. I think they will also lose at Office Live Workspaces. It simply isn't functional or streamlined enough
to work well. Plus the updates are quite slow, Microsoft has to be an aggressive beast. Google Docs has great collaborative features now, and it seems to be quite prevalent on campus.