With Pixel Slate, Google sets sights on Microsoft's Surface Pro

As computing has grown beyond sedentary desktop contexts to include mobile, touch and handheld computing, 2-in-1s defined by Microsoft's Surface Pro have grown in popularity. In 2013, Surface Pro brought full desktop computing to a mobile form factor that could be a tablet. Surface also popularized the much-emulated pen input modality via OneNote and Windows Ink.

Keyboard, mouse, touch, gaze and voice navigation (via Cortana) round out an array of Windows 10 input modalities that conform to different device states and user contexts. Surface can also transition with users throughout the day (supported by Microsoft's cloud and Surface Headphones as computing becomes a continuum of work and personal life.

It is against this comprehensive hardware, software, cloud, and accessory Surface strategy that Google launched its Pixel Slate productivity and leisure strategy. Google's plan has advantages that should concern Microsoft.

Not quite all things to all users

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Surface Pro 6 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Surface Pro launched as the "tablet that can replace your laptop." In 2013, Microsoft believed tablet-friendly Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps would fill the Windows Store sooner than later. They didn't. Lack of apps and Windows 8's struggles ultimately led to a return to a desktop-centric UI with Windows 10 and further languishing of Microsoft's tablet efforts.

Consequently, Microsoft's headlining Surface Pro as a tablet needed revisiting. Its use primarily as a laptop, and Windows Store's underutilization by users and developers, contributed to Surface's new "most versatile laptop" designation. Laptop mode for desktop productivity, tablet mode for touch-centric leisure, and Studio mode for pen-centric art are this "most versatile laptop's" configurations.

A subpar Windows 10 touch UI and app deficit prevent Microsoft's Surface Pro from being all things to all users. Google's Pixel Slate may address the app and UI shortcomings Microsoft faces.

Google Pixel, a tablet trying to be a laptop

Google's Director of Product Management Trond Wuellner took shots at Microsoft's Surface and more during Google Pixel's introduction:

Something that isn't a laptop trying to be a tablet, because who wants a fan in their tablet. Or a tablet that's really a phone pretending to be a computer. Instead, we combine the helpful elements of all these devices to create a modern computing experience people have been asking for.

His first statement attacks Microsoft's most "versatile laptop" (Core i7 Surface Pros with fans), and it's suboptimal tablet mode. His second apparently targets Continuum, which turns Windows phones into desktop computers. Windows phone obviously failed. Google communicated it learned what doesn't work and used what does to make Pixel Slate the perfect synergy of laptop, tablet, and phone.

Slate's 3,000 x 2,000 12.3-inch display with 293 PPI resolution is superior to the Surface Pro's 2,736 x 1824, 267 PPI display of the same size. This likely produces a more pleasing visual experience for videos, games, and productivity. The Slate's dual-firing forward-facing speakers complement its visual experience with sound that is likely more immersive than Surface Pro's six 1.6W Dolby Audio Premium stereo speakers.

Google also revamped its desktop platform, Chrome OS, to ensure a touch-friendly Pixel Slate experience rather than using Android, a mobile OS. Still, millions of Android apps strategically brought to Chrome last year complement this. A touch-centric UI and a vast repository of apps likely make Google Slate a superior tablet to Surface Pro. Still, though Pixel Slate isn't a "laptop trying to be a tablet" nor a "phone trying to be a computer," like the iPad it is a tablet trying to be a laptop. This is where Surface and Windows 10 pull ahead.

Surface and Pixel positioned for your whole life

Microsoft recently revisited a commitment to users across work and life that CEO Satya Nadella stressed in 2014 and former CEO Steve Ballmer outlined in 2013 (opens in new tab). This vision included a family of devices, a universal Windows platform, a common shell and an intelligent cloud that facilitates users' digital work and leisure experiences across devices and contexts.

Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of its Modern Life and Devices Group, Yusef Mehdi, outlined how Surface and Windows 10 are bringing this vision to life, as Your Phone and Timeline link Windows to Android phones and iPhones. Outlook and To-Do organize a user's whole life. Family Safety in Microsoft Launcher is providing enterprise-grade security. And AI is supporting creativity through Inking and 3D.

With Google Assistant's deeper integration into Chrome OS on Pixel Slate Google says finding restaurants, dictating emails and playing TV shows position the Slate for work and life. Machine learning for suggesting apps, family link for security, and split screen are also elements of Pixel Slate's productivity and leisure positioning.

Looking forward

No 2-in-1 yet checks all the boxes for an optimal tablet and laptop experience. Surface Pro with Window 10 beats the Chrome-powered Pixel Slate and Apple's iOS-powered, mouse-less iPads as a laptop. But with millions of touch-friendly apps and better tablet UI's, Pixel Slate and iPad beat Microsoft's app ecosystem and Windows 10's Tablet Mode.

Microsoft's Surface Andromeda pocket PC and context-conforming Core OS are rumored to address Microsoft's mobile UI issues. PWAs may help with apps, while Andromeda hardware with Continuum is speculated to offer a unique tablet, phone and desktop experience. That's if Andromeda makes it out of the labs.

For now Surface Pro is the most versatile laptop, and, in the spirit of Chromebook's attempts to be PCs, Pixel Slate is a Chrome OS tablet that is trying to replace your laptop (or your Surface Pro (opens in new tab).

Jason Ward

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  • Great article Jason. Well said.
  • Another dumb article trying to convince dumb people a tablet operating system can compete with a full operating system. De da de.
  • When was Chrome ever a tablet operating system? Touch screen Chromebooks are fairly recent.
  • Except that Chrome OS now supports real Linux desktops and Android apps. Chrome OS is more versatile than Windows now, so....
  • Isn't that Surface is originally a stunt trying to convince people that desktop operating system can compete with a full blown leisure OS?
  • He said Chrome OS, not Android.
  • Please reread eq_mc2. The article is not trying to "convince dumb people a tablet operating system can compete with a full operating system" as you say. It is rather presenting an analysis of **Google's ** positioning of Pixel Slate as a Surface Pro competitor. The article points out some of the strengths and weaknesses of both devices, OSes and ecosystems. Thanks for reading😉
  • Great quote! "Something that isn't a laptop trying to be a tablet, because who wants a fan in their tablet. Or a tablet that's really a phone pretending to be a computer" It's certainly a laptop, and a fan isn't an issue in tablet mode.
    The tablet that's really a phone trying to be a computer? Lol, that's an Android device!
  • I see the quote, but I think the main point in the article is that Surface Pro is a good laptop and a lame tablet, and the Pixel is a good tablet but a lame laptop.
  • ChromeOS started as a laptop so it isn't bad at that either.
  • Chrome OS is **** and Android is not a good tablet experience and neither are it's apps.
  • Look, you can praise Google all you want but it doesn't make ChromeOS better. Heck Google doesn't even try to make Chromebooks deserve to be called a 'laptop'.
  • chrome is a pile of garbage, no different than the Android OS on phones. And I have a Note 8. Wonderful pen and note taking, otherwise, a buggy mess.
  • Sorry man but as much I have hated on android in the past I kniw it is nonsense to say that it's a buggy mess. Moved fro. A 950 xl to a note 8 and it was definitely more stable. Android is now pretty much as stable as iOS.
  • You lost me at as stable as iOS.
  • hahahaha you are douchbag *******.
  • The fact that a Pro has a fan doesn't make it a lame tablet. Hell, many models don't even have fans. Tablet use is a restricted form of Windows. The fact that it can do more doesn't mean you should evaluate tablet use as including the desktop. When limited to tablet use, the Surface Pro is no different than the Pixel, except in exactly which apps are available, and that Windows has a lot of specialized features for pen interaction.
  • The second jab was at Apple. The iPad is a phone OS trying to be a computer. Remember the whole "What's a computer" campaign? You clarify that later in your article. But in his quote, that's definitely what's he's on about.
  • I'm more and more impressed with these Android devices, especially after having broken down and buying an Android phone. With the myriads and myriads of apps available, and G-Suite, they're becoming less and less "toys" and truly evolving into productivity centric machines. They remind me of PCs back in the early 80s. IBM used to poo poo them as "toys", saying that mainframes and dumb terminals were where all the big boys played. But how well did that work for them? They're still alive as a company, yeah, but does anybody care? PCs just got better and better until everyone had one in their home and in their office. Meanwhile Microsoft delays Core OS and Andromeda until who knows when, staunchly stating that laptops are where all the big boys play. All the while Google attacks on all fronts: Mobile, IOT, Cloud, Chromebook "laptops", Google Home Hub, and now Slate "2-in-1" tablets. One of these days they're going to land a knockout punch.
  • Oh yeah... They're also attacking on the game streaming front. Credit Google on a great strategy.
  • May be not, you can't have an all in one device to carry around with you that's not a Windows 10 machine.
  • Sure you can. Windows doesn't have a huge software gap anymore. There are very few things only Windows can do and they are shrinking. At this point it is basically just niche professional software that is missing but Linux app support is helping there too.
  • Serious Gaming requires still Windows.
  • And that gap is shrinking too.
  • I agree. If I still had a Windows Phone (just left a month ago) , I wouldn't be considering these devices. Now, I wonder why not? Tablet mode gets no love, apps are leaving Windows, why not just complete the switch to the Google ecosystem? I have to be there for my most personal computer (my phone) anyway. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Me too. Windows (and MacOS) still the OS of choice for my works. But for personal leisure? I'd rather have a hassle-free OS that only needs little maintenances.
  • If you don't want to give google your lifes data, Android requires even more maintenance. All maintenance i do on my Windows device is the reboot every 4 weeks on Patchday (which with SSD often takes not longer than a boot from HDD 5 years ago).
    On Android you need to manually update software, keep track of google apps trying to call home and block them via Firewall ...
  • Windows is no different. Apps been to be updated and call home. At least Android is free.
  • They are toys and in my field they are garbage in regards to production. I'll put my SP4 up against any glorified moron toy any day.
  • Time to push again Andromeda, Core OS, and the UWP platform for new apps on Windows 10. I sincerely hope Microsoft comes through on this one in 2019.
  • Zac and Dan are now calling for Core OS and Andromeda in... wait for it... SPRING... 2020! :0( It'll be interesting to see who's still here on this site claiming to be a windows "fan" in 2020. Core OS is obviously an afterthought for Nadella's MS. It's all about Azure and Office 365 enterprise subscriptions these days. Every other initiative is a very very very distant 3rd.
  • Gee I hope that you're not holding your breath on that timeline.
  • A Surface Pro has a huge advantage in that it can run Windows 10 with all the x86 & x64 applications as well as being able to dual boot or run Linux and Android in VM's. That has been the PC's strength. If you need Windows 10 and Android on the same device you can use something like AMIDuOS and gain access to the Andriod apps via the Play Store.. If you had to you could even run MacOS on it too via VMWare Player.
  • Biggest issue with android and chrome os is duel monitor support
  • We can run MacOS on VMWare?
  • Google Pixel is a free to use web browser, trying to tempt $700 out of some sucker.
  • Exactly! Finally someone brought the facts.
  • LOL! The Pixel Slate isn't setting it's sights on anything because it's a hunk of junk. The damn thing starts at $600, and that doesn't even include the keyboard. What does the keyboard cost? A whopping $200. What do you get for your $800. You get 4GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, and an Intel Celeron. That's pathetic. If you want a Core M3 model with the keyboard, you're in for $1000. You can buy a Surface Pro 6 with an i5, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD and the keyboard for less than that? Not to mention it's a Chrome device with Android apps, which have never been great on a large screen. Who in their right mind would spend that kind of money on a Chrome OS device? Nobody with any sense. This thing has flop written all over it.
  • Why don't they arrange the icons in the shape of a G. Clearly have no ideas, no innovation.
  • Google's a burning candle. In the last minute, it burns brighter. I'm waiting for the moment when it hits the ground.
  • Oh, Forgot to mention I love seeing the Surface and the iPhone X in the same shot lol. Glad I'm not the only person living with the conundrum of using Windows all the time but an iPhone as my mobile Edit: Whoops meant that for another reply, sorry
  • "...Or a tablet that's really a phone pretending to be a computer...." Seems like everyone else said it but I'm also 100% sure that was a jab at the iPad since that's literally what an iPad is. Continuum wasn't relevant there at all, not is it relevant at all to anything anymore sadly. That being said, I generally agree otherwise. The Slate tablet bridges the gap between laptop and computer in it's own way but it definitely does it with specific sacrifices... Just like every other 2-in-1 on the market. You're still primarily better off with a Surface if you need a bridge between the two IMO. Still, it's going to be interesting how Google evolves ChromeOS from here. They're definitely putting their weight behind it
  • This is crap and it's a weak move by Goolgle, like Apple did, to try to pass a tablet for a laptop, all imitating the success of the Surface. Google is crap, but I expected more of them.
  • Chromebooks only started getting touch screens a couple years. ChromeOS was always a desktop operating system. Your statement makes no sense.
  • Lol this device is a joke and no threat at all to the surface line. It offers nothing no professionals and since android apps are garbage on tablets it will suck full time. It's ridiculous price is just the nail in the coffin.
  • "make Pixel Slate the perfect synergy of laptop, tablet, and phone"
    That might sell....
    Google is big in the education side of things. Get'em while they are young selling approach?
  • What makes the display better the the one in the Surface? The slightly higher PPI?
  • Win10 sub- touch_ touch OS ? "whats better? OSX (which is a phone operating system)? what a joke . Google and Apple with its iPad "pro" copying the Surface model tells you where the innovation is... With Microsoft.
  • They can stare as much as they like...Google's Slate can even begin to come close to the Surface Pro. Surface already has Chrome for those that want to use it (not I, Edge all day), and Android on a tablet is less than ideal...it can't compete with Windows. In terms of Google's gaming initiative...all they can provide is 3rd party games...I can get Steam, Microsoft Store AND streaming games through Microsoft's eco system...
  • Why must we keep seeing the unicorn 🦄 suggested Surface Phone picture all . the. time. I agree with most points of the piece.. But always back to the Surface Phone..? C'mon...
  • I think JW has a valid point and one I share. No phone = no developers. Why? Because phones = personal computing in 2018. Phones are key in the enterprise too. And they will remain that way for at least a decade. Any consumer focused dev that actually wants to make money these days needs the platform he targets to have a phone or "phonelike" device to run his apps on while people are "out and about". Enterprise devs need phones too to write apps for sales guys, field techs, Point of Sale operators, etc. etc. You can't possibly pretend to be positioning yourself for "the future" when you're clearly not even remotely relevant today. And devs know that. That's why they're avoiding UWP like it was poison. To have given up on mobile before the "fat lady sang" (Surface Phone) was in effect conceding the future of all computing to Google. And that is what we will see happen. Heck I'd argue we're already seeing it happen... even MS is now targeting the Android platform more than its own. I'd argue that that picture of Surface Phone isn't big enough!
  • Well the Surface Pro is safe here in Australia as Google, in their infinite wisdom, aren't releasing the Pixel Slate here.
  • Z.z some of us saw this happening years ago, a key reason why I've been harping on about the lack of Microsoft's focus on UWP and far too much focus on competitor platforms. As long Microsoft undermines it's own ecosystem and Windows devices, the further they dig themselves into a bottomless trench. As I said before, Microsoft is busy playing checkers whilst their competition plays chess. It's naive thinking that becoming the "World's computer" absolves the need to grow the windows ecosystem. As it presumes Apple nor Google will not want a slice of the infrastructure market. A company must grow otherwise it will become stagnant and fall into decay. Which is why Google and Apple are branching into other markets.
  • Nice article, but you forgot to mention something very important.
    If the tablet side of these machines is perfect thanks to the millions of Android applications, many criticize the productivity side. And that will change soon. If you follow the news, you will know that in addition to Android applications, Linux software is emerging. And that will completely change the situation.
    For the moment, the Crostini project is only in the Beta stage, but once it's ready for the general public, it's going to transform people's vision of these devices. Theoretically, we will have a very good tablet side for light uses, and also a good laptop side with a large number of compatible software for more advanced use. And besides a lot of Chromebook premium will land soon to accompany all that.
    The HP Chromebook X360 14 and X2, The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630, the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14, and the Acer Chromebook Spin 13.
    Asus and Samsung should also follow. And in the end, the concept of Surface Pro, whether it is Hardware and Software level, it is Google that can achieve it perfectly. Astonishing that Jason forgot to mention all of this in his article, because it misleads people's vision.
  • I've just got a Go but I agree entirely with this post.
    Play store integrated premium Chromebooks by Dell, HP and Lenovo are tempting - more so than, I think, the overpriced Slate range which I looked at before buying the Surface.
    I stumped for the Go because of size+portability, reduced UK pricing currently, Bluestacks 4, pen and its integration with the better-specced desktop.
    In a year's time, with a wider hardware range and (maybe) W10 dual boot, I think I'd have chosen Chrome OS.
  • Chrome OS has 3% marketshare. You think Google can challenge MS 90% marketshare Worldwide when Apple has tried for 30 years? Google have to beat Apple first before even talking about taking Microsoft on. Everyone I know who bought a Chromebook for their kids through school as regretted it. And returned it. On top of that in 2018 Google has lost tablet marketshare and Chrome OS share world wide. While Surface has gained marketshare. And that was before the Go released at a mid/low range price point. Iove my Android phone. Huawei P20 Pro. But would never consider anything but a Windows 2in1 and desktop for anything outside phone use. Especially considering I run my own business. And use the touch aspect of Surface 90% of the time in our vans. It's just so productive. And we only ever use apps on out phones. We always choose to use software or sites on anything else because they have more features than apps and are far easier to use on a larger screen.
  • Yeah, because everybody I know is only waiting for linux software on their tablet, also because they were hardcore linux users in the last 20 years...I am missing something here...
  • The pixel slate should have had an LTE option. There are reasonably priced data-only SIM cards. That way, one will remain connected when traveling. That was a regrettable oversight by Google.
  • I'm writing this on last year's Google Pixelbook, and no matter how well it works, I STILL use my Surface Pro 4 to do the heavy lifting. I like the Pixelbook for consumption and light tasks like email, checking social media, and because it can run my Android apps. But, for work, it's either my Surface Pro or sometimes MacBook Pro, depending upon the job.
  • This is my first experience with Winfandom, but I'm not sure why I'm surprised having to deal with the Apple version everywhere else.
    I use a Windows PC/laptop for everything--right up until I'm not working, then I transition back to my Android phone or tablet. And the only change I see in that equation is that when it comes time to replace our home PC's and laptop we're going to transition to a Chromebook and the Slate.
    I'm positive that the Slate will get better. IMO, Microsoft has moved so aggressively down the enterprise road with Azure/Office 365, that it will be years before they either create a viable branch or make a u-turn.
    That said, I don't feel any single device can support both needs. Just that Android and Chrome OS all are I need when not in the office AND they will do their best to improve the gaps.
  • Me too... MS for business... Android for everything else... MS doesn't care about consumers they make more than enough from Enterprise and the other big three don't seem to want to compete with MS in Enterprise... Almost like they've all done a deal not to move into each others sectors...
  • Microsoft is done with consumers. Have been since they announced they were pulling out of Windows Phone. Not sure why people continue to hold on hopes that they will ever return.
  • Google understands Microsoft technology weaknesses. Google at this stage does not need to develop technology that COMPLETELY more superior than Microsoft, but specific technology that highlights the weaknesses, to keep shaking and challenging the confidence of Microsoft diehards
  • Fanboys forget that Google is in the same position that Apple was with iOS back in the day with their tablets. Android tablets had been out forever, but no one cared until the Nook and the Fire came out; devices that had their own AOSP implementation that required their own app stores that were not compatible with Google Play. It does not matter that the Chrome OS cannot run Win 32 apps or UWP apps by Microsoft. It runs Android apps. Android is a big ecosystem. Bigger than what Microsoft is doing with UWP. Not as many apps as iOS but it is installed on more systems. Microsoft is already on this tablet; just use the Android apps or use Office 365 in the browser. So why would you need a Surface Pro? The only reason a user would not get this is the price. I would not be surprised, if Chrome OS takes off, to see Microsoft creating Chrome OS apps. This is the future. Prosumers have choices. Regular consumers; forget about it, maybe Xbox if you're lucky if you want hardware from Microsoft.
  • Nonsense in all sense.
  • Wow another negative articles about Microsoft on WindowsCentral. Glad as a window fine I don't live in a Echo chamber lol
  • Why can't they be setting their sights on the iPad pro?
  • Well that's Surface's future sorted. Google has Pixel so Nadella can safely shaft surface by saying he'll port everything to work "over there". Why Nadella does not come clean and say that his vision is to shrink MS to the primordial ooze is beyond me.
  • Take a Surface Pro, add BlueStacks, problem solved. Destroys any Chromebook.
  • Android is still way inferior than Windows in every aspect
  • Yes, usage numbers say so
  • My job involves more than just sending emails so a slate is not enough for my kind of productivity... Plus, the keyboard looks awful, and it seems it's ever more expensive than the Surface keyboard (which looks and feels great).
  • Android Tablets have been in a sales decline for the last few years now. The Surface line has been growing and growing. On top of that Chrome OS is absolutely terrible. My daughter has just started High School in England. Her new school sells Chromebooks to parents for their kids. 4 parents I know all bought them for the child at the start of term. All of them are not happy and have said they wasted their money. 3 have broken. And they all say they are completely useless for them to study on. To put the Pixel Slate even in the same breath as a full windows 10 device is beyond laughable. Android abd IOS tablets are declining in sales. While Surface is growing. That should tell you exactly what the Joe public thinks on the tablet sector. Thing is with Surface people don't actually care about apps. The touch experience on normal software is phenomenal. And who uses a Facebook app for example when you have the far superior Facebook website available on a surface Pro. Literally the only time people use apps are on phones. Maybe on a 10 inch iPad. Everything else apps are terrible on. The sales of tablets and 2in1s show this. Google are being boisterous because their tablet and laptop sales are poor year on year. And MS actually are winning this market. Much to the surprise of both Google and Apple. Google's game streaming service is also going to struggle. Why? MS have 12 first party studios now. And rumour is more are coming. Project Xcloud will be filled with exclusive content. Something Google doesn't have. And will take 10+ years to build. But by that time the fight will be over in XClouds favour. Google own the phone market. MS are owning the tablet/laptop/desktop/gaming market. And Apple dabble in both. The sales of devices and services prove what I'm saying is true.
  • Microsoft has like 1% of the tablet market. Surface and 2in1s are not tablets, they are laptops. They require a keyboard to be useful, that isn't a laptop.
  • "Strategy Analytic report that despite a down quarter for tablets Microsoft managed to grow shipments of their detachables in Q2 2018. Overall tablet shipments fell 6% YoY to 40.9 million units, mainly due to slacking interest in Android tablets. Conversely, Apple, Huawei, and Microsoft each showed shipment growth in the quarter and combined to take 40% market share." https://mspoweruser.com/windows-10-tablets-gained-market-share-in-q2-201... People are moving away from Android and Google on anything bigger than a phone. Noone cares about Chrome OS or Android on anything bigger than 6 inches.
  • Apps are not a big thing when you get to devices with keyboards and large touch devices. We use Surface Pros in out business. We get full office suite works from the laptop side. And use the pen and touch capabilities when out and about in our vans. We have never used an App on it. And yet use it in touch mode 90% of the time. Because touch with full software on a 13 inch screen is far far superior to an app on a 13 inch screen. To many features missing from apps to be viable.
  • To me Chrome OS now offers a few compelling reasons to use it daily: -Linux desktop app support
    -Android app support
    -Excellent Chrome browsing performance and experience
    -Security and ease of maintenance
    -Long lasting It's a bit too early for it being a tablet-friendly OS but it's quickly making strides. My next computer will undoubtedly be a Chromebook, in just a couple years it went from being "just a browser" to the most flexible desktop platform.
  • It's nowhere near as flexible as windows 10. Not even in the same league. Windows is so much more customisable and much more robust. Apple haven't been able to take on Windows in a desktop format for over 30 years. Chrome OS needs to beat Mac OS in markets hate before it can even begin to think about Windows. Windows owns 90% marketshare. The other 10% is split between 3 other OS. Much like noone is gonna touch Androids 80% marketshare in phones. Noone. Biggest problem Google have is people already are moving away from their tablets. And Chromebooks did nothing but push people away once they tried them. Also MS were very smart to bring all their features to Android. Because my Android phone connects with my Windows 10 PC in perfect unison now. That made needing an android tablet or Chrome OS completely moot alongside your android phone.
  • Your three last points is also valid for Windows 10. Only the ease of maintenance is a bit less but at the same time that is partly what makes Chrome OS less flexible. The first point is not important since Windows has either the same programs or just as good (if not better) alternatives.
    The only real strong point of ChromeOS from an objective point of view is better Android app support (Windows has it only through emulating) and possible easier to maintain for some people.
  • The big tell tale sign was when Samsung who only built Android tablets moved to making Windows 10 2in 1s. That was because windows 2in 1s grew exceptionally fast.
  • Chrome OS is basically the Chrome Browser. That being said I could just download the Chrome browser to my Surface and get all the perks of chrome while still having full Office 365 which is a standard in school and business
  • Yawn. It's not a real computer. When I can use Chrome OS, iOS... or even MacOS for my work, then and only then will it be a real computer. Sorry, keep trying guys. There are things you all do better than anyone else, full blown computers is not one of them.
  • Surface Pro is excellent except lack of USBTC, TB3 and is bulky and heavy with ventilation holes unlike the iPad. All of these problems will be addressed next year with the rumored redesign. The problem is with software. Windows is just pure sh*t.
  • "Chrome OS will kill Windows!!111!", every tech site since 2012.
    2018, Global market share of Chrome OS in desktop ~1%, 3.6 in the best market (USA). Far FAR worse than Windows Phone progression. Android tablets sales are sinking so fast that Lenovo ditched the android version of the Yoga Book 2. Google is only trying to merge two products that, simply, are not selling well in respect to iPad/Surface/2-in-1/notebook. Calm down...
  • Interesting article but Microsoft have already lost the best and brightest judged by the low brow comments on this site. The today is owned by Google and Apple when it comes to personal computing as in mobile computing. In the short run - Microsoft's game can only be to try to stay relevant by having their apps on the others platforms and entice with the goodies from its Azure infrastructure.
    In the long run - Here Microsoft runs for the win, when personal computing is all about having a connected terminal to the ever adapting backbone in Azure.
    You want a super gaming machine with extra all? Azure will provide.
    You want something light weight to quickly note down an item on your purchase list and have it on all your devises? Azure will provide. It will be a Windows experience viewed on dumb down "Android/Linux" driven device but running in Azure on its Linux infrastructure. Windows as an operative system will be dead but as an experience will go on and Microsoft will be happy and most of the users will not spot the difference.
  • Maddogmoffit, given this perspective you may like mt article that will go live today😉
  • Looking forward to read it. In the end it is not the subroutines and libraries that matter, it is the experience of the user. Hoping for Microsoft's long play as i see they missed the short play on mobile computing.
  • I Prefer working with a Laptop that has a proven full operating system that hundreds
    of thousands to billions of People use plus over 90% of businesses use. Linux
    I think is the next best operating worth checking out over Googles chrome OS.
    I think Android may be a cousin to the Linux OS. The Chrome Devices are alright to
    a degree for Leisure non critical work but Pro's use Windows OS Intel devices
  • Microsoft should make it's own Android OS version since there is an Open source
    version of Android Nokia made it's X & X2 smart phones that used free Android
    but Google does not allow the free Android OS to use the Google play Store. The EU
    has fined Google over a Billion dollars over it's practices of forcing folks to do what
    Google wants to get Google play store or other Google services. Microsoft could
    make it's version of Android with the Google play store in EU territory because
    Google may allow it because of EU regulations there
  • The Pixel Slate is exactly a laptop trying to be a tablet. It's a Desktop OS before it's a Tablet one. It could be argued it's also a tablet being a laptop if you only use Android apps I suppose but it's got more in common with Surface than iPad.
  • Interesting. No apologetics in this article. To be fair, given the limitations of iOS both the Pixel Slate and the Surface should offer a superior experience to anything iOS. They're both running desktop OS.
  • Who really uses Chrome OS? Seriously, it´s a micro OS that an extremely small percentage of people uses. An expensive slate with expensive accessories is hardly gonna change that. Chrome OS is about as old as the Windows phone with no market share. How is it not a complete failure for Google?