MacJury #1209: An Examination of The Microsoft Surface Launch

The MacJury waited 24 hours before convening to discuss the announcement of Microsoft’s Surface tablet. Call it a cooling off period. Or a priming-the-pump period. Whatever. This serious-but-fun discussion covers not only the Surface itself, with all of its unanswered questions, but also thoughts on the event itself, and why Microsoft made the choices they did on both. What is the purpose of the Surface, who is it targeted to, and can it compete with the iPad and Android tablets, present and future? What are its strengths and weaknesses? All this and much more are considered by the hanging jury of Weldon Dodd, Mark Fuccio, Kelly Guimont and host Chuck Joiner.

 

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Chuck Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices, MacVoicesTV, MacNotables and The MacJury, a group of shows and web sites that make up The MacVoices Group, and is part ofMacLevelTen . You can catch up with what he’s doing by following him on Twitter, friending him on Facebook, or circling him on Google+.

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Weldon Dodd, is the owner of Rewind Technology, a Mac-focused consulting firm based in Denver, CO, a contributor to TheAppleBlog on GigaOM, and the curator of ipadk12.com. You can find him on Twitter too.

Mark Fuccio is actively involved in high tech startup companies, both as a principle at piqsure.com, or as an marketing advisor through his consulting practice Tactics Sells High Tech, Inc. Mark was a proud investor in Microsoft from the mid-1990’s selling in mid 2000, and hopes one day that MSFT will be again an attractive investment. You can contact Mark through his web site or through Twitter.

Kelly Guimont is a longtime Apple geek, sitting down (on a telephone book) in front of an Apple IIe in 1983. She can still hear the ticking of the ImageWriter. Thanks to the miracle of the adjustable leg desk, she no longer needs the phonebook. Kelly is one of the regular hosts of the TUAW Talkcast, appearing live from her House of Crackpot theories. She is also an occasional guest host on Angry Mac Bastards, an occasional guest on the International Mac Podcast, and yet still has more to say which she saves for Twitter
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