To the tech-minded among us, the Surface name Microsoft gave to its newly unveiled Windows 8 Tablet may have sounded hauntingly familiar. That’s because, originally, Surface was a far larger tablet in the software giant’s stable: it was a table, and quite nice to use, if you were able.
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The name certainly seemed more appropriate when applied to something a touch display the size of the average TV which you could put a coffee cup on when not using it. The original Surface was a great concept, but too big, bulky and expensive to find much appeal in the consumer market.
Mind you, Microsoft hasn’t killed it off be any means, it’s now merely renamed PixelSense. While the new name for this existing touch device makes less sense than the old one, we guess having a PixelSense tablet to rival the iPad wasn’t such a cool-sounding idea. It makes sense to pick the snappier title for a mass-market consumer device, rather than one which will only ever be an impulse buy for the odd millionaire.