The Guardian had an interesting article about Bill Gates and his prediction that iOS and Android tablet users would be switching to Surface tablets because we’re frustrated.
Really? According to Gates, Apple and Android tablet users are frustrated because they “can’t type, they can’t create documents, they don’t have [Microsoft] Office there.”
Raise your hand if you’re frustrated by the lack of those options? Uh huh. Kind of what I thought.
I can type just fine on my tablets, using a small Bluetooth keyboard. No, it doesn’t attach to my tablets. but that’s fine with me. I own multiple tablets, for different purposes, and the same keyboard works on all of them. When I buy a new tablet, the same keyboard will work. No need to buy a special keyboard dock.
Can’t create documents? Really? I’ve got plenty of apps to create documents, and counting the price of all of them, they were a fraction of the cost of Microsoft Office. The apps sync just fine with Dropbox, so I’ve got them where I need them. Not frustrated at all.
And don’t get me started on Microsoft Office. I only use it on my desktop computer because Open Office wasn’t quite compatible enough to exchange documents with clients. If I didn’t need the ability to share with them, I’d still be Office-less. I’m frustrated with the need to use Office, not my lack of it.
I understand that Gates wants to build interest and excitement for Surface tablets. I’m sure they are the right devices for certain people and applications. But the iPad and Android tablets work quite well for millions of users. Why not talk about real reasons why we should consider switching instead of made-up crap?
Ironic note. When I went hunting for an image for this post, I only found one that combined frustration and a tablet. Guess how many I found for PC frustration? 😉