Yeah, the lack of video/hdmi port is a bummer but the bigger issue for me is why they didn't put the webcam on the "flippy" part...so you could skype or what not when it is sitting in its dock. With a few hardware improvements (hdmi, directx, viewing angle, webcam), I think Dell has a great "device" on their hands. Microsoft has alot of work to do to make Windows work great on these devices though. I'm a bit hestitant in buying a Windows based slate until I know what Microsoft has planned to address this.
Interesting. But as far as I can tell, it won't playback Media Center TV recordings, it won't act like a Media Center Extender, it isn't able to access Zune MarketPlace to stream content and I have a feeling that the apps for this won't support support Silverlight/Silverlight streaming. Other than Media Connect, there really isn't much of any Microsoft platform or service support here. One nice thing is that Popcorn has its own app store.
Great looking Windows device. The Android based units offer 10 point multitouch, hdmi, dolby...so I imagine those specs will definitely be part of the Windows sku as well. And with AMD processor its probably a sure bet this will come with a DirectX 10+ graphics. Then again, in 2011, with Intel Oaktrail etc, it doesn't make sense to buy anything without DirectX 10. Especially if you want to take advantage of IE9's hardware acceleration. The big unknown, price.
Microsoft better be prepared to compete on finger friendlyness and low cost apps or those Android/Chrome models might grab 20% of consumer market in its first year. And I'm not entirely sure those folks who go the other way will bother buying a Windows PC in addition. 2011 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for Microsoft. I'm looking forward to what they have announce at CES.
@CKurt: +1 on expanding Silverlight to TV. At least a more formal way of doing that. Today you can build Silverlight apps targetting Media Center. I'd like to see a shared app store between Media Center, XBox and perhaps other devices. It would be interesting to know if anything came of that partnership with Intel and Broadcom to get Silverlight on their SOC solutions.
Thats cool. I've been looking at Video Kinect as a way to potential bring video conferencing to the big screen at my parents house. You know, see the grandchildren from out of state. And having an XBox at the grandparents house would be welcomed news too. I'm still investigating this. I use Live Messenger for my small business as well. However, Lync and Office 365 are potentially very interesting for my business. I'm particularly interested in the VOIP capabilities. Until now, Live Messenger has suited my business partners and I perfectly for IM/Video. The challenge I see is balancing business/personal communications. Do I just run Lync and Live Messenger as needed or do I run both Lync and Live Messenger?
@Charles/Dean, thank you for making this Q&A video.
Dean's response to ZippyV's question regarding plugins was insightful. My personal opinion is that the traditional plugin model (for any browser) is a dead end.
I should have been more specific with my question regarding touch. IE9's chrome was the intended target. So thanks Dean, you did the best he could with a open question like that. If I had to reframe the question, it would be around usability testing and ui design philosophy. I could be very wrong, but I don't think the IE9 team does enough testing when it comes to touch. Now many of the same issues (ex. context menus, scaling) affect the rest of Windows as well. I just thought with 60% of PC usage centered around web browsing and the coming wave of slates/tablets that IE would be the precursor (similiar to Office Ribbon or Zune UI) of what eventually will need to be done with Windows v.Next and touch.
The question about webslices rose from the removal (hidden) Feeds icon in the default IE9 Beta chrome. That suggested to me that Microsoft was backing away from this. Sure you can move your mouse over content to see if there are webslices to be had. Though thats not the way I would want to discover content. It will diminish webslice uptake. Maybe there is a better way, so I was glad to see Dean churn for a brief moment on the idea of previewing webslices from a pinned site. I actually think pinned sites are the way to go long term. Possibly leading to removal of the traditional favorites bar, etc... Instead let the act of pinning a site subscribe the user to related RSS feeds and webslices in one shot. To do this, pinned site jumplists would need a way to interface with the IE Feed Store/Sync. An additional user benefit, users wouldn't need a full brower session just to preview updated webslice/rss...providing an enhanced app like experience. I don't pretend to have thought this through (your job IE team) but I believe there are more ways to leverage pinned sites.
Re: Bookmarklets: RoboForm is one of the better ones out there. Personally, I'd get more out of having accellerators listed in an easy to access icon (on the default IE chrome) instead of being accessed through a context popup menu.