But that’s all it is — a movie.
- If it ever sees daylight.
- What its competitors look like when it (ever) ships.
- What it’ll be able to do.
- What apps it’ll run.
- How much it’ll cost. ($1,000? More?)
- How well the stylus works.
- How well handwriting recognition works.
- How much it’ll weigh.
- How fast the mobile Internet connection costs, and how well it works.
- How the screen will perform in sunlight.
- How the screens handle smudge marks, scratching, being pressed up onto each other. Will they shatter if you accidentally close the book with pen between the screens?
- How long the battery lasts.
- How hot it gets on your lap.
- If it can connect to the computer we use. (Mac or PC.)
In other words, it’s nice to get excited about a drawing of a fantasy product. We’d all love a cheap, digital booklet that takes pictures and loads maps super-fast over the Internet.
But let’s not lose touch with reality — and Microsoft’s history in the gadget industry. When’s the last time Redmond actually made something that works like this? What’s changed that might make this a reality now?
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