When Microsoft asks you to open your wallet for a Surface 2 or a new Windows PC, it's really asking for a larger commitment. Here's how Microsoft's latest products ask you to buy into Microsoft itself.
Microsoft launched its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets at midnight Tuesday morning. Early reviews of the tablet were favorable, though not overly enthusiastic.
Apple's iPad may be more well-rounded, but the Surface 2 and Windows RT 8.1 win screens-down for Office-centric productivity.
But the flawed Windows RT update still isn't available in the Windows Store.
The much-anticipated Windows RT 8.1 update appears to be having quality issues for some users, causing Microsoft to remove the update from the Windows Store.
Users dying for a $1799 version of the Surface Pro 2 tablet will now have to wait until December to buy one from Microsoft.
But is "Surface 2" really an improvement?
The Scottish Government plans to roll out Windows 8 tablet PCs from several vendors to key civil servants for use on the job.
The catch? You'll be paid in store credit.
HP CEO Meg Whitman is just the latest to publicly lament Microsoft's decision to compete against its partners with the Surface tablet.