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I am currently typing this on a 128 GB surface Pro 2 and I can confirm the extra battery life given to what is probably the best purchase I have ever made.

Basically what Microsoft did was take a device with acceptable battery life, and made it better. Somehow people still find a way to make a big deal out of something positive. Microsoft decided to release the tablet on time and in customers hands, and release a firmware a week after launch that improved the battery life. If these things were getting extremely poor battery life (like pro 1 battery life) at launch, then I could see peoples arguments. But Microsoft has proven time and time again that it's the third party that ruins their products, not them.

(Disclaimer: I'm not saying Microsoft is perfect, I'm just saying give credit where credit is due.)
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Over a significant course of time. Don't pretend that these improvements came in the first quarter it was selling.
I am essentially saying, that when a massive fix was released almost immediately after launch, why wasn't it included in the launch itself? That sir, is called an oversight, ergo, an unpolished product.

So if Microsoft had waited 6 months to drop the firmware, then it's a polished product.

Microsoft instead decides to release the firmware as soon as they can to improve their product. Therefore, unfinished.
Wat?

The timetable of the firmware fix has little to nothing to do with how polished the product is.

If the Surface Pro 2 launched in a state where it rebooted every half hour or something like that and Microsoft had to release an emergency patch to fix it, I'd agree with you. The Surface Pro 2 already had decent battery life. Now it's better.

By your logic, the MacBook Pro 13" Retina is unpolished.
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They need to drop Windows RT and just replace it with Atom.


A lot of people want this, but I doubt it'll happen. I think now it's Microsoft's concession to the OEMs so the OEM's can have their sells.

Also, they still have a huge investment in RT and are trying to get it to catch on more. Honestly, RT is fine if the windows store would have some more key apps.
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So if Microsoft had waited 6 months to drop the firmware, then it's a polished product.

Microsoft instead decides to release the firmware as soon as they can to improve their product. Therefore, unfinished.
Wat?

The timetable of the firmware fix has little to nothing to do with how polished the product is.

If the Surface Pro 2 launched in a state where it rebooted every half hour or something like that and Microsoft had to release an emergency patch to fix it, I'd agree with you. The Surface Pro 2 already had decent battery life. Now it's better.

By your logic, the MacBook Pro 13" Retina is unpolished.


What about the day 1 patch for the PS4, Xbone, Nexus 5, etc. Are all of those devices unpolished

How about the patches that iOS 7 had to have within a week of release. Does apple make "unpolished" software
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So if Microsoft had waited 6 months to drop the firmware, then it's a polished product.

No I would still comment about how shoddy it was. Or maybe I wouldn't, since I wouldn't remember to care. Either way, stop excusing something that should've been there since launch, since it was released so close to it.
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Microsoft instead decides to release the firmware as soon as they can to improve their product. Therefore, unfinished.
Wat?

Glad you're catching on.
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The timetable of the firmware fix has little to nothing to do with how polished the product is.

It has everything to do with it. If you know it's coming, either delay your launch, or get the FW out faster. Either one works.
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If the Surface Pro 2 launched in a state where it rebooted every half hour or something like that and Microsoft had to release an emergency patch to fix it, I'd agree with you. The Surface Pro 2 already had decent battery life. Now it's better.

It says in the article that MS's target was 8 hours, which they achieved with this latest FW. So it was in fact planned from the start, and therefore should've been there from the start.

That's right. It isn't, that's a glaring issue that shouldn't have been there. Now let's stop arguing. I think Surface is a fabulous product and I was really sad when the first iteration didn't take off. I have nothing against MS but I'm calling things out for what they are.
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