Windows 8 creator says Surface Pro 3 is 'the best Intel PC ever made'

Surface Pro 3

Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft executive behind Windows 8, hasn't spoken publicly much about Windows or Surface since leaving the company in November 2012. When asked about the new Surface Pro 3 tablet, however, Sinofsky offered nothing but praised.

In a tweet responding to a question about his thoughts on Surface Pro 3, Sinofsky congratulated the Surface team on its work with the tablet, saying it reached the original vision of both Windows and Surface.

In a subsequent tweet, Sinofsky said he is "impressed by the work of a lot of amazing people that I was fortunate enough to work with." 

Sinofsky, who now advises at cloud storage developer Box, has been active on his Twitter account, often providing commentary on a wide range of technology news. Additionally, Sinofsky has taught at Harvard since leaving Microsoft and maintains an active blog called "Learning by Shipping" about business and technology.

Source: Steven Sinofsky (Twitter)

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Its just another bendy yoga mix twisting transformer laptop thing. I won't do any better than a Windows 8 laptop thing by anyone else. Meh.

Unfortunately, he wasn't pitched soon enough. When is MS going to get serious about the the needed damage control? Patches to an OS and putting out cutesy hardware doesn't seem like a long-term winning strategy. Oh well.

TsarNikky said,
Unfortunately, he wasn't pitched soon enough. When is MS going to get serious about the the needed damage control? Patches to an OS and putting out cutesy hardware doesn't seem like a long-term winning strategy. Oh well.

Please switch to Linux already and spare us from these comments.

Enron said,

Please switch to Linux already and spare us from these comments.

Why ?. Do you like to read only fanboys comments. I give credit where its due and same for criticism.

Me, and I'm sure a huge number of other users are waiting to see how MS handles Windows-9. Do they fix the UI "mess" or do they perpetuate it? Every company, even MS, can make big mistakes. The hard part is realizing the mistakes and then fixing them.

The problem with this whole "no compromises" thing is that the Surface *totally* compromises UX.

It's totally impossible to use it on your lap with the keyboard like a laptop, since you rely on the kickstand to keep the screen upright, and have to hold it in such a way that the kickstand has somewhere to rest.

If it had an optional 'classic' laptop keyboard that could hold the display upright on its own, that'd be pretty cool, but they seem determined not to do that.

It works pretty well on my lap as well as when sitting/lying on the couch with my legs on the table. At least with my Surface 2. Are your upperlegs so short?

Henk Janssens said,
It works pretty well on my lap as well as when sitting/lying on the couch with my legs on the table. At least with my Surface 2. Are your upperlegs so short?

I only sit with my knees together when I'm feeling dainty. Otherwise, I have one leg crossed over the other. I suppose I'm sitting wrong?

Is this Apple now?

That's right guys - all your 4000$ custom built PCs with quad-SLI just got wiped because this is the best PC ever made.

/s

Seriously though, it looks like a nice toy but I don't really see it replacing my laptop.

Okay - why couldn't it replace your laptop?

Can it run all your software that you run on your laptop?
Can it run MORE software than your laptop?
Does it have more power AND better battery life than your laptop?

If you can answer "yes" to any (or all) of the above, then Surface Pro 3 CAN replace your existing laptop.

Dont know about anyone else, but price, memory, hard drive space....are the big 3 for me. Otherwise, I wouldnt mind one of these to replace my current laptop. Plus, I am not a big fan of the kick stand/KB combo.

PGHammer said,
Can it run all your software that you run on your laptop?

It cannot run all the software I need for my work so that alone makes it nothing more than a toy in my eyes. Also the expandability of the system is a question mark - my work requires multiple drives with large capacity.

Of course, different people - different needs.

PGHammer said,
Okay - why couldn't it replace your laptop?

Can it run all your software that you run on your laptop?
Can it run MORE software than your laptop?
Does it have more power AND better battery life than your laptop?

If you can answer "yes" to any (or all) of the above, then Surface Pro 3 CAN replace your existing laptop.

When your surface 3 can play BF4 at 120fps max detail at 1920x1200 while being plugged into a 7.1 setup we'll talk.

Order_66 said,

When your surface 3 can play BF4 at 120fps max detail at 1920x1200 while being plugged into a 7.1 setup we'll talk.

I don't think any laptop can do that, either.

Order_66 said,

When your surface 3 can play BF4 at 120fps max detail at 1920x1200 while being plugged into a 7.1 setup we'll talk.


So the mark of a good PC is how well it plays games? And the Pro is a toy? Riiiight.

The mark of a good PC is whatever works/suits the user. If the PC does not play games the way the user wants, then it is not a good system for that person.

techbeck said,
The mark of a good PC is whatever works/suits the user. If the PC does not play games the way the user wants, then it is not a good system for that person.

Then they shouldn't belittle my tool as a "toy" as if my work were play, while they sit there spouting off about how it doesn't run their games well.

The SP3 is perfect for work, terrible for play. So how is it a toy?

Order_66 said,

When your surface 3 can play BF4 at 120fps max detail at 1920x1200 while being plugged into a 7.1 setup we'll talk.

I've got my ancient SoundBlaster X-Fi (5.1) hooked up to my first-gen Surface Pro. If somebody makes a 7.1 version, that'll cover the audio. But then, frankly I think the additional 2 channels of audio are overrated.

siah1214 said,

Then they shouldn't belittle my tool as a "toy" as if my work were play, while

Is their opinion. Why take it so personally.

I have to agree. Based on that presentation and the press reviews, they knocked it out of the park with this bad boy. CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON ONE TOMORROW!

Anthony Tosie said,

He no longer works for Microsoft, and the parting didn't exactly play out well.

He still has to stay positive if he wants to maintain his relationship with his friends and former co-workers. I'm sure that plays a major role.

He also could very much love the new Surface since he had some say in its design (as MS claims it has been in development for 3 years).

Anthony Tosie said,

He no longer works for Microsoft, and the parting didn't exactly play out well.

Really? Publicly they were always civil. So this is no surprise.

LogicalApex said,

He still has to stay positive if he wants to maintain his relationship with his friends and former co-workers. I'm sure that plays a major role.

He also could very much love the new Surface since he had some say in its design (as MS claims it has been in development for 3 years).

OR it really is what he says it is and deserves celebrating? Maybe?

LogicalApex said,

He still has to stay positive if he wants to maintain his relationship with his friends and former co-workers. I'm sure that plays a major role.

No argument there.

Mohitster said,

Really? Publicly they were always civil. So this is no surprise.

Essentially being told to leave right when the biggest project you've ever shipped -- and one of the biggest projects your company has ever shipped -- is never a good situation. And, yes, they've been civil, but there were tons of rumors swirling.

LogicalApex said,

He still has to stay positive if he wants to maintain his relationship with his friends and former co-workers. I'm sure that plays a major role.

He also could very much love the new Surface since he had some say in its design (as MS claims it has been in development for 3 years).


Yeah, I wouldn't imagine it being a good move to burn bridges with people you have ties to. At least, you wouldn't catch me lighting my personal network on fire.

LogicalApex said,

He still has to stay positive if he wants to maintain his relationship with his friends and former co-workers. I'm sure that plays a major role.

He also could very much love the new Surface since he had some say in its design (as MS claims it has been in development for 3 years).

Or perhaps there are people out there that have ethics and departing from one company does not mean you have to bad mouth them. Perhaps he likes the product as many other do and perhaps it is basically the best product on the market.