Surface

Microsoft, Oprah and the celebrity myth

Looking for a tablet this holiday shopping season? If you are, and you’re leaning towards a shiny new iPad, wait just a minute: Oprah wants you to know that she loves the Microsoft Surface. How much does the billionaire media personality love it? According to a tweet she posted this past Sunday, Oprah has already purchased 12 of the devices as gifts for Christmas.

Don’t expect Apple to lose any sleep over Oprah’s endorsement of Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet: if you believe Oprah posted the tweet in question, she did so from her iPad.

Google unveils the Nexus 7 tablet

The popularity of Google’s Android may ensure that Google will play a prominent role in the smartphone market for years to come, but its future in the tablet space is anything but guaranteed.

Apple’s iPad is the tablet standard, and lower-end competitors like the Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablet use forked versions of Android that Google can’t control or monetize. For a variety of reasons, Google hasn’t thus far been able to rely on third party manufacturers to build a killer Android tablet.

And it’s unlikely to get easier for the search giant any time soon.

With Surface, Microsoft charts a new path

Yesterday, Microsoft made what may be remembered as one of its most important announcements ever: it announced that it is designing, manufacturing and selling its own tablets.

The tablets, which the Redmond software giant has dubbed Surface, will sport two flavors of Windows 8: Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro.