This is the second part of in my installment/review of the Surface Pro 3. If you missed the first, you can find it here
I’ve worked with the Surface Pro 3 for nearly two weeks now and I’m starting to get accustomed to the changes. Part 2 of my review is largely focussed on the operating system and usability, as hardware is only one small part of the complete solution.
On the OS side, Windows 8 on the Surface Pro 3 is a mixed bag. There are things to like and hate. A number of these are likely to be rectified with Windows 10 but the question is whether users can live with these problems in the interim.
I’ve tried to cover the good and bad of working with the Surface Pro 3. The reality is Microsoft haven’t found the right way to do everything. This is different to Apple’s approach where they would rather not provide a device or functionality that is unusable or sub-par. In some respects, Apple and Microsoft have a lot to learn from each other. Microsoft can learn from Apple on the usability front, but Apple also has the opportunity to learn from the way Microsoft is doing things, because with most aspects of Windows 8, they’ve chosen not to copy iOS and that is a good thing. It’s not just making another iOS copy like Android and that kind of approach forces thinking outside the box with some good ideas coming out.