I know you’ve done it. It’s OK so have I. You just spent $800 on a Surface tablet, $120 on a keyboard, maybe $50 on a case and now you’re in the Microsoft Store and you’re hesitating before buying that $0.99 game.
Why? I can tell you, it’s because people have a psychological aversion to shelling out real money for something as ethereal as software in the form of video games. We don’t have a problem buying hardware because we can put our hands on it, so it feels like something concrete. Not so with computer games. It’s difficult to assign a value for you money for something so ethereal, isn’t it?
Although SkyDrive won’t let you see your data when you’re not connected to the internet from a Surface RT device (see my post on that here) it is still a valuable tool when you have an internet connection.
While Windows RT has a SkyDrive Metro application installed by default, it doesn’t allow you access content from the Windows RT desktop. You can, however, setup a mapped drive that will allow you to do so while you’re in desktop mode.
Netflix Reviewed: I’m reviewing the Netflix application available through the Microsoft Store for the Surface RT and Surface Pro. This happens to be my first software review on this blog and I thought Netflix would be a good choice since it was the first 3rd party app I installed after getting my Surface.
The app loads pretty fast on my Surface RT and it is very responsive. The menu is intuitive and pretty easily lets you look through your Top 10, New Releases & Genres. It’s also nice because as you scroll left and right, the menu shrinks up to the top and gives you the whole screen to look at the different categories for movies.
Getting Started with Surface: So you’ve gotten your Surface and the first thing that’s going through your head is, “OK, now what?”
Well, getting started is pretty simple and we’re going to cover the things you should do right away to make sure you have the best experience getting started with your new Surface tablet.
These 8 steps should get you up and running on either The Surface RT (running Windows RT) or Surface Pro (running Windows 8) so, I’ll sometimes refer to Windows as “Windows 8/RT” just to signify that it is the same thing for the purposes of this getting started guide.
Jo (my wife) and I were very excited last Friday. We had ordered a brand new Surface RT 64GB tablet with a baby (don’t know if they meant it to be that color but it is) blue touch keyboard and were very anxious to play with it.
Both of us work as IT pros and were looking forward to seeing how it measured up to other tablets we’ve used in the past like the iPad and Kindle Fire.
Like you, we saw all of the happy dancing people in the trendy, Apple-esque commercials and heard all the early reviews (both good and bad) and we were ready to see if it lived up to the hype. So, since we were both looking at it independently, we figured we could give you the his and her first impressions of the Surface RT.