Microsoft Surface (No, not that one)

Earlier today, Microsoft announced their new tablet PC called the Surface (not to be confused with the original Microsoft Surface.) Andy Ihnatko has already posted a solid writeup of the event:

Still, I’m optimistic. I saw nothing in Monday’s event that made me suspicious or skeptical (he said, checking to make sure he’s already noted all of the details that Microsoft left out of the presentation).

This reaction comes mostly from the fact that Microsoft seems to have built a tablet that works the way that I use my iPad. I most certainly do not use it as a content consumption device: I use it as an ultraportable PC. I walk around with a big external keyboard and I keep looking for apps that deliver the power of a desktop app.

It’s for a similar reason that bet I am going to see a lot of “technology savy” lawyers starting to sing the praises of this new tablet as the tablet to get instead of the iPad, especially if it allows for Microsoft Office document manipulation on the go.