Tech giant Microsoft opens 34 new stores Friday and release their new tablet, the 'Surface.' Will it shake Apple to its core? Which one will you buy - Apple's iPad or Microsoft's Surface?
Microsoft Surface review: The PC of the future needs more apps
When Microsoft first demoed Windows 8 at the Wall Street Journal's D Conference in June 2011, it was instantly obvious that it wasn't a Windows upgrade in the conventional sense. Instead, with its radically new, touch-centric interface, it was an attempt to reimagine the PC for the post-PC era. A wildly ambitious attempt — maybe even a visionary one.
But for all Microsoft's power and influence over the PC industry, it was in no place to reinvent the PC single-handedly. Sure, it could write a new operating system. It could also make suggestions to its hardware-manufacturing partners, But it couldn't, you know, try to build the PC of the future.