Surface: Between a Rock and a Hardware Place. By John Gruber.
Here it is. A clear, insightful examination of why Microsoft introduced the Surface tablet (and how they introduced it).
Plus, the article quotes Horace Dediu:
“…So Microsoft faces a dilemma. Their business model of expensive software on cheap hardware is not sustainable. The future is nearly free software integrated into moderately priced hardware.”
I first heard about Mike Daisey’s one-man show, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” when the NYTimes (my favorite paper) had an article on it a couple of weeks ago.
Since the show was about someone I very much admired, I read up on the show, I downloaded the script from Daisey’s site, I read multiple reviews, and I watched interviews on Youtube.
I didn’t like the script I read. It sounded… false. I started writing about it, but didn’t finish my writing. Everyone seemed to love the show. What John Gruber describes was also my experience: “Daisey’s supposed stories always set off my spidey sense“.
Now we know that Daisey was lying.
It happened four days sooner than I expected: Apple is now twice as valuable as Microsoft.
That is so large and so impressive.
Plus Apple dominates customer satisfaction polls.
Maybe Steve’s philosophies work. (Note to self and all leaders: model Jobs. Only.)