As Microsoft announced that it would soon be introducing its own tablet, the Surface, to compete with the iPad and Droid-driven devices, four questions come to mind:

  1. Can Microsoft be successful after so many missteps with other products?
  2. Can Microsoft be a hardware manufacturer after so many years as a software-driven company? The entertainment-oriented X-Box is the only current major hardware product it offers.
  3. Will app developers be attracted to the Surface? This is a key attraction for users.
  4. Will its partner companies for Microsoft software be upset about the Surface; and if yes, how will they react?

Click the image for an excellent New York Times article on the Surface.

Photo by Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press

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