Yeah, that's one marketting decision I'd like to see the reasoning for. Let's release a product with the same name as another, totally different product we're already selling. What could go wrong?
I think they did it so that details wouldn't leak. Press would see something about MS working on Surface and think it was an update to a niche table computer product.
They probably have sold 2,000 BACTs (Big A$$ Coffee Tables) surfaces to casinos and airports and such... I don't think the general public even know about the original surfaces at all
@Minh: Yes, but how annoyed would you be as a hotel owner to see a Surface advertised around $1000 and think 'Oooh, that's cheap! I'll take one"' only to have a very small parcel arrive in the post ...
@Dr Herbie, a big tip-off for him should be that shipping is free... and not $400
I wonder if they'll have Pixelsense in v2. That is, as far as I know, unique to the Surface table.
Indeed. I've never heard anything about how thick a Pixelsense panel is, but I'm sure that would have something to do with whether it would make sense in a tablet. As it is, I'm kind of bummed that the ARM tablet doesn't have an active digitizer.
Surface vs SUR40, WinRT vs WindowsRT, it just causes confusion and prompts people to talk about things that they otherwise wouldn't. How could this not be a marketing win?
*snip*Normal people don't buy "WindowsRT" tablets... ie.. they don't ask for "WindowsRT"...
Normal people also haven't been buying "Surfaces"... I don't see anything confusing
Still, they should have used the "Surface" brand for all devices:
Surface Tablet for Windows RT Edition
Surface Tablet for Windows 8 Pro Edition
Surface Table for Windows Furniture Edition
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