Microsoft wants you to ‘Like' and Retweet Surface news

Microsoft Surface has been revealed, teased and advertised in since June. With no definite pricing announced for either of the tablets Windows 8 RT or Pro variants, the consumer can only base a possible purchase on the devices aesthetics and OS. To help with the marketing push, Microsoft has setup Facebook and Twitter accounts for the brand.

The Facebook page only has two posts at the moment, one linking to the reveal video and the other to download the music from the video. At the time of the screenshot, the page had gained 5,863 likes.

The Twitter page has tweets of the same Facebook posts. At the time of the screenshot, the page had gained 5,197 followers.


Surface reveal video

Microsoft will need to reveal the pricing for the hardware soon, as the official launch of the hardware is scheduled for October 26th. The only pricing guideline consumers have to go on is tablet and hybrid hardware from OEMs like Acer and Lenovo which, at the moment, analyst have said are priced too high.

Surface Facebook and Twitter | Thanks to forum member BajiRav for the tip!

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Why are they bringing out the same "OLD" thing, been there...seen that !!!
I want to see something "NEW" ........not how many likes it has.
How long does the battery last for????
How much does the RT and PRO versions cost???
Now these are IMPORTANT questions ........NOT how many likes it has on facebook.

Starting to get annoyed of this constant "like me" nonsense that's come around in the last few years. It's like a kid on the playground begging everyone to like him. If I like it, I like it, I'm not going to go round pressing Like on facebook because some company begged me to do so.

Panda X said,
Starting to get annoyed of this constant "like me" nonsense that's come around in the last few years. It's like a kid on the playground begging everyone to like him. If I like it, I like it, I'm not going to go round pressing Like on facebook because some company begged me to do so.
What I don't find fair is the lacking ability to dislike anything. Only forced to "like" something. Everything has to be positive with no criticism.

Panda X said,
Starting to get annoyed of this constant "like me" nonsense that's come around in the last few years. It's like a kid on the playground begging everyone to like him. If I like it, I like it, I'm not going to go round pressing Like on facebook because some company begged me to do so.

I liked your comment because I want to hang out on your playground.

The Laughing Man said,
What I don't find fair is the lacking ability to dislike anything. Only forced to "like" something. Everything has to be positive with no criticism.

You're not forced to use Facebook
You're not forced to "like" anything
You're free to post criticism in the comments area

Panda X said,
Starting to get annoyed of this constant "like me" nonsense that's come around in the last few years. It's like a kid on the playground begging everyone to like him. If I like it, I like it, I'm not going to go round pressing Like on facebook because some company begged me to do so.

It's just the way it's termed. In facebook terms, "liking" something is pretty much the same as "follow" on twitter. You can "Like" something and not like it, you just want to follows news on that topic.

The Laughing Man said,

Where did I mention facebook?

You're commenting in an article that's about Microsoft's efforts to generate publicity on Facebook and Twitter. On top of that you replied to a post that specifically mentioned liking things on Facebook. So what else did you expect me to think you meant? And whether Facebook is involved or not I find it hard to believe anyone is forcing you to like something.

Edited by .Neo, Oct 15 2012, 1:41pm :

The Laughing Man said,
What I don't find fair is the lacking ability to dislike anything. Only forced to "like" something. Everything has to be positive with no criticism.

So you're one of those. I'm sure Facebook and all the other social networks would be more fun to hang around in, when there's a lot of "disliking" all the time.

TCLN Ryster said,
If there was any "news" to tweet and share, I would gladly so do.

Yeah, price, country, shop availability etc. and I'll start caring.

ba55meister said,
i'll buy it if it's cheap

Surface? Cheap? No. Not happening. This is a flagship product. Pricing, we've been told, will be competitive, but not cheap.

ba55meister said,
i'll buy it if it's cheap

As Dot Matrix said, this is not a bargain basement device, build quality looks easy on par with iPad so I'm expecting similar pricing, they've already said it'll be in the range of similar products. Hell this is an Nvidia quad core tegra chipset, brand new unique Vapour Mag case, extremely high build quality and design detail, dual WiFi Antennae, touch keyboard/case, HDMI out - what you smoking?

duddit2 said,

As Dot Matrix said, this is not a bargain basement device, build quality looks easy on par with iPad so I'm expecting similar pricing, they've already said it'll be in the range of similar products. Hell this is an Nvidia quad core tegra chipset, brand new unique Vapour Mag case, extremely high build quality and design detail, dual WiFi Antennae, touch keyboard/case, HDMI out - what you smoking?


Problem is most of that is irrrelevant to the average consumer. They will look at the price and compare it with the iPad. It needs to be cheaper to stand a chance. Looking at the prices OEMs are setting I cant see them selling.
Also I dont think anyone is in a position to comment on build quality.

duddit2 said,

brand new unique Vapour Mag case, extremely high build quality and design detail,

That is just speculation though, as much as I like the way it looks - I wouldn't automatically expect it to be everything MS claims it is.

BajiRav said,

That is just speculation though, as much as I like the way it looks - I wouldn't automatically expect it to be everything MS claims it is.

I would. The hardware they manufacture has almost always been of solid build quality.

BajiRav said,

That is just speculation though, as much as I like the way it looks - I wouldn't automatically expect it to be everything MS claims it is.

It has to be dude. If they said it, it will be there. They have to be on top from the get go. Otherwise, they'll have egg on their face, and possibly never have another shot of getting a tablet out the door.

the better twin said,

Yep the Xbox was a marvel of modern manufacturing.

Does it fall apart when you pick it up? A dozen and one times more solid than any PS3 i've held.

BajiRav said,

That is just speculation though, as much as I like the way it looks - I wouldn't automatically expect it to be everything MS claims it is.

Its not quite speculation, but I agree its not rock solid yet. Speculation would be if nothing was revealed about the device, but we had a big keynote style reveal where the head designer himself came out for a while, journalists got to hold it and all said it feels rock solid, this isn't just 'someone claims they seen one and told me it feels good' - we've been given insight into the design and build process along with the near obsessive detail used by the team.

the better twin said,

Problem is most of that is irrrelevant to the average consumer. They will look at the price and compare it with the iPad. It needs to be cheaper to stand a chance. Looking at the prices OEMs are setting I cant see them selling.
Also I dont think anyone is in a position to comment on build quality.

You could also argue that if its too cheap, they'll alienate the band of consumers that like to feel that they have spent decent money on a decent device, its weird psychology but price something too cheap and some people cant help themselves from getting a cheap feel as well.

But back to the original topic, I personally don't expect this to start to eat into apples sales just yet, but there is a very large untapped market that don't have iPads and that's were the initial custom will come from, the whole linking services and software and UI between Xbox (massive market) and tablet is a big appeal, it'll also have knock on effects to the success of WP which will feedback into the success of W8.

Price wise I'm expecting iPad ish pricing, there is no reason not to in my opinion.