By Dan Moren
March 31, 2017 5:02 PM PT
The Back Page: Thank You for Your Surface
Dear China Development Forum,
This is Tim. I’d like to thank you for kindly providing me—and the rest of the attendees at your recent meeting—with a Microsoft Surface. It was truly a thoughtful gesture, the likes of which has probably not been seen outside of clearance racks at the Microsoft Campus Store in Redmond.
While obviously my personal preference is for iPad, I decided that perhaps the current climate—and the challenges that iPad sales have had in the past few years—made this the right time to expand my horizons and try out a new piece of hardware. I must say that though I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had both a keyboard and a touchscreen, which I think you’ll find is very very similar to iPad Pro.
I realize that in the past I have derided the Surface and devices of its ilk as “toaster fridges.” After spending some time with the Surface, I’d like to formally apologize for that remark—I can see now that my words were hasty and ill-considered and that I spoke out of turn.…