When I first read that Microsoft was coming out with a Surface tablet, I was really excited. The main reason I was holding off buying an Android tablet was that with powerful new processors coming out, I was hoping to be able to run desktop applications if I wanted to.
Now, I would probably never want to compile a C# web site on a tiny tablet. That has always taken a notebook, or more recently, a netbook. But it would be nice on short trips if I could just bring one device that could function as a real computer in an emergency, like my netbook can.
So, I was very disheartened to learn that Surface isn't a Windows machine in the strictest sense. It's more of a Metro machine, meaning it can only run metro apps. Seriously? It just seems like just as computing technology gets concentrated in smaller and smaller devices, we're seeing less overall functionality instead of more.
Maybe someday I'll have that perfect tablet that will have the simplicity of the more web-centric operating systems like Android, but with the capabilities to run desktop applications as well. There's no reason I shouldn't be able to do that. In the meantime, I guess I'll finally break down and get a Galaxy or something, and just carry two devices.