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SaneIT
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10/13/2015 | 9:50:04 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I don't miss my old iPad one tiny bit.  I used to have a desktop, laptop, tablet and phone.  Shuffling documents around between them all frustrated me to no end.  I swapped the laptop and iPad out for a Surface Pro, then slowly stopped using the desktop as much when I got a dock for the Surface.  After getting settled into the routine of docking my surface every morning I gave up the desktop too.  I only miss the dedicated desktop when I'm working with larger sets of data and want to run things locally for a bit.  In the long run though I'm so much happier with a simpler, smaller hardware solution. 
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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10/12/2015 | 8:53:56 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I'm not quite that cloud-based yet. However I do plan to move to a mid-tier spec Surface Pro 4 in early 2016 as part of our annual equipment refresh cycle. Looking forward to trading in my laptop and ipad.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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10/12/2015 | 8:20:34 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
The Surface Pro is very close for me and mostly because of the fact that I can dock it to use a full sized display, keyboard, mouse, etc.  With most of my toolbox moving to the cloud I need massive amounts of processing power less often.  Really I need to have a handful of applications open, mostly communications tools some browser tabs that I can quickly jump between, pop out and pop back in. Eventually the hardware specs needed to do what I need will fit into a smart phone sized package. 
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jagibbons,
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10/9/2015 | 9:12:24 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Thanks for clarifying. I'm not particularly confident about a single device meeting all needs, but I like that Microsoft is trying to move in that direction. It is certainly innovative.
SaneIT
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10/9/2015 | 8:07:29 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Currently the Pro 3.  I was referring to Win 10 Phone and the Continuum dock. To me this is the next step in the mobile market and I really expected Apple to do it first.  A couple years ago when my Android phone got fast enough to run a browser and remote desktop connection reliably on a 24" monitor I tried pushing my desktop to a virtual machine but the experience was very frustrating.  I think Win Phone 10 has the opportunity to knock this one out of the park if they can make it behave like my Surface Pro 3 when it is docked. 
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jagibbons,
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10/8/2015 | 8:55:38 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Which version of the Surface are you using? The Pro 3 runs the full version of Windows just like a laptop. Our folks rarely use the tablet apps because the Windows desktop experience is the same as a much more expensive ultralight laptop.
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10/8/2015 | 8:05:08 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
As of this week they are only getting better too.  I'm going to say keep an eye on Continuum, as soon as they get this new offering to behave a little more like the desktop version of Win 10, I may not carry anything but a phone and the tiny docking device.  Right now the single app on a big screen is too limiting for me to take the plunge but it is getting very close to ideal.  If you were running a VDI environment though I could see a roll out of Win 10 phones and Continuum docks hitting desks soon. 
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jagibbons,
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10/8/2015 | 7:49:17 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
We have about 50 and will be deploying about 30 more in early 2016. As to price, we've found them to be comparable to the laptops staff are used to carrying. Then, when you pull the iPad out of the bag as well, it's an easy swap. Of course, if you aren't already in a Windows-heavy shop, experiences may vary.
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10/7/2015 | 1:53:27 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
So true !
SaneIT
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9/30/2015 | 8:15:52 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
@nasimson, I know it's not for everyone but I really enjoy mine.  When I bought mine I assumed it would be a fun experiment for an IT guy who really wants to minimize the number of devices in his life.  A week in all my direct reports were asking when they got one.  Then is started to creep a handful of the sales teams decided they wanted one instead of a laptop, the Controller in accounting decided that she needs one and this is just from seeing me pick it up out of its dock and walk to a meeting.  My one issue is the price, I know it's a new market and competition hasn't pulled prices down yet but right now I'm willing to pay a little more if it means I don't have a desktop, laptop and tablet that I'm shuffling between for my daily functions.  
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