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Why I am using Microsoft Surface
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Volker Weber    

WhySurface

Surface has a sense of elegance to it. It is almost completely free of any decoration, with the exception of the Windows logo on the kickstand and the Microsoft word mark on the back of the type cover. Both of those are sudued and don't draw too much attention. Apple has gone down that same path with dropping the backlight from the newer MacBooks. It no longer screams "look here, I am an Apple". The Alcantara clad Signature Type Cover completes this elegant design.

Martin asked me the other day if I stopped using my MacBook Pro and my iPad Pro. Not entirely -- there are some things I can do faster on the MacBook than on Surface, but that is mostly due to the fact that I own more Mac software than Windows software. For the most part I have been relying on Surface for the last couple of weeks. It combines two uses cases into one machine: the leaning forward mode of sitting at a desk, typing into the notebook or drawing on the flat tablet, just slightly raised with the folded backwards kickstand, and the leaning back mode of reading and watching video. When leaning forward I use the keyboard and trackpad, sometimes augmented by touching things on the screen. Leaning back I am only using touch, typing the odd login with the on screen keyboard.

I am running Windows 10 in tablet mode at all times with the exception of managing files, which I hardly ever do. So even in notebook mode, all Windows are full screen and don't show window borders. I prefer the lightweight Word Mobile over the Office 16 version, mostly because I am only typing plain text anyway. I am using Edge as my browser in the same way that I am using Safari on the Mac. As a tablet Surface is way heavier than an iPad Pro, but it is also larger and more capable. On the iPad I would often have to go through hoops just to qickly move a file which is very natural on Windows. I can also do more things with the Surface Pen than I can do with Apple Pencil.

Windows 10 is this odd mixture of old and new. The legacy software is what I am struggling with. If it were for me, I would be perfectly happy with Windows RT. Simpler, no clutter, again: elegant. I am staying mostly on the UWP side of things. Universal Windows Platform, apps tha could potentially adjust to any size of device from phone to wall mount monster. I have some favorites like NextGen Reader UWP for instance or the Windows version of Instagram which displays photos larger than a phone. On the iPad in contrast, you would be looking at a scaled up iPhone app.

I am not giving up on Apple. Not on Mac nor on iPad. Using both at the same time has its challenges, keyboard shortcuts for instance. I struggle with Windows once in a while. But I am persistent. When Windows strikes me down, I get up and continue the fight. And I will win. Microsoft is on to something with Surface and Windows 10. I want to be a part of it.



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Wed, Dec 13th 2017 12:22p   Volker Weber
Mauly-Klammern satt! Danke, Johannes. Auch kleine Sachen machen viel Freunde. Sind nur schwer zu finden für meinen Wunschzettel. Ich habe einen teuren Geschmack.
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Wed, Dec 13th 2017 10:50a   Volker Weber
Diese Woche will ich von Surface Pro 4 auf Surface Pro umziehen. Die Mac-User wissen wie das geht: bei der Einrichtung eines neuen Macs auf den alten zeigen und macOS holt alles rüber. Daten, Programme, Einstellungen. Ein paar Programme muss man dort deaktivieren und hier aktivieren, aber eigentlich ist das alles vollautomatisch. Was Ragnar meint, verstehe ich. Das ist bei mir zum Teil auch so. Aber eben nicht vollständig. Mein Surface Pro 4 hat hunderte kleine Einstellungen
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