Today is day 3 of running the Windows 8 Build tablet. Apparently I am the only person
in Hong Kong with the Build Win8 tablet and everyone I know in Hong Kong wants
to play with it. Some Telerik customers read my
blog post from yesterday and asked me if they can play with the tablet too. I
set up a meeting at a local pub in Hong Kong to allow some Telerik customers to play
with the tablet. So today, the tablet went into the wild.
Stop 1: Starbucks
I was a little early to meet our customers, so I hung out at Starbucks. Just about
all of the PCs in the Starbucks were Macs. I whip out the WinPad and it turned a lot
of heads. One guy even came up to me and asked me what type of tablet I had. I did
an impromptu demo since I was in the middle of a tweet war with
some Telerik colleagues back in Bulgaria. Passed the tech elite/Starbucks test.
SMS from our customer, so time to meet at the pub.
Stop 2: The Pub
When the Telerik customers showed up at the pub they went to work with the tablet.
They liked the desktop mode option and we got into a long discussion on Metro
only vs non Metro only devices. Played a little with Visual Studio and looked
at the references for a native XAML app. Spent a lot of time on Metro. We all agreed
that if Win8 delivers as promised, Apple has a ton of completion on its hands. After
an hour of playing and talking, I can say that it passed the enterprise customer test.
We’re late for a networking event, so it is time for the next pub.
Stop 3: The Next Pub
There is a monthly networking event in Hong Kong called Web
Wednesday where the techies and social media types gather around and talk shop.
When we walked into the pub, I bumped into Furuzonfar (Foo-bar for short), a buddy
of mine who is a student in Hong Kong University. Furuzonfar is an avid WP7 user and
took the tablet for a test run. Pretty soon there was a circle of people around him
and they where playing for a long time. Passed the college kid test.
A guy from Intel came by and played with it for a while too. He was happy that it
was running an Intel chip. Then
some other WP7 enthusiasts came by and I had to snag a photo. Suddenly WP7 is a lot
Furuzonfar was generating so much attention that a reporter from the Financial
Times came by and wanted to know what was going on. I wrestle the tablet
away from the college kids/Intel dude and do a demo for the FT reporter. She particularly
liked how you can snap an app to the side of the window. As a mac user, she was impressed,
so it passed the reporter test.
Finally it was time for the tablet’s field trip to end and I headed home. All in all,
a lot of activity for a tablet in one evening. I head home to New York for the
weekend and will see if it passed the hardest test of all, the Mom test.
Stephen Forte sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press).