We have a ton of stuff to talk about as we recap the week on the latest GeekWire radio show and podcast — starting with the pricing announcement for the Surface Pro tablet, and our overall impressions of Microsoft’s tablet lineup.

Joining us for the first time on the show is GeekWire’s Taylor Soper, who took a Surface review unit home for his roommates to check out recently. He tells us about their reaction.

Our colleague John Cook also took the Surface to his home, and struggled a bit with the interface, which prompted me to give him a few Windows 8 pointers on the air. (He wasn’t impressed.)

In the second segment, Taylor shares more details on a story he covered this week, about a former Amazon.com executive whose new startup is aiming to change the way we buy clothes at retail, using smartphones and robots. John offers up an interesting conspiracy theory about this particular venture.

Other topics discussed on the show include Google’s purchase of a rival to Amazon Lockers, my latest struggle with Amazon’s new wine-buying e-commerce portal, and the rumor that T-Mobile will be finally getting the iPhone.

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  • guest

    The overall level of analysis in this podcast was frankly embarrassing.

    • danonym

      It’s a radio show for the general public, not for MSFT fanatics.

      • guest

        The name of the site is GeekWire. That sets a certain level of expectation. And the general public is also entitled to thoughtful accurate analysis. This didn’t come close to meeting that bar, at least in my opinion. Oh, and I’m vendor agnostic. As a geek, my interest is in technology period, regardless of who makes it.

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      Thanks for the feedback — appreciate you listening. One challenge is that the show has a dual audience, airing on KIRO Radio (97.3 FM) several times each weekend and also serving as our GeekWire podcast, a tech-savvy audience.

      We do our best to keep it relevant and informative for both audiences, and for the most part I think we succeed, but I’m the first to admit that there are times when we’re too far in the weeds for the general public and other times when we’re not able to go deep enough for people in the industry.

      At the very least, we do our best to have fun, which hopefully comes across in the show. The KIRO folks have helped us by encouraging segments such as App of the Week and Name that Tech Tune. Given the size of the audience on air and online, we know that many people make a habit of tuning in each week.

      All of that said, we’re more than open to suggestions to make the show better. For example, we’ve toyed with the concept of having listeners leave voice mail messages for us to play and talk about on the show, and it would be great to hear if folks would be interested in that … or any other ideas you might have.

  • danonym

    Very entertaining actually, my very first GeekWire podcast. Keep up the good work … and ignore the haters.

  • random citizen

    taylor! if you could just try windows on a high-end (and half price) laptop, you would see which one is faster and nicer!
    todd! what kind of geek you call yourself? you are obviously too busy bossesing with apple products to bother yourself watching 2 min how-to-use win8 video? i mean are you for real? my 4 years old brother could figure out how to search in store!
    apple litterily has brought you down to its level , thats a damn shame!

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      Funny — thanks for the comment. Just to clarify, I’m the one in the podcast explaining how Windows 8 works. I’ve been using it on a variety of machines since September 2011. That said, I think John’s experience trying Surface for the first time demonstrates the learning curve that’s required. People expect a UI to be immediately intuitive on devices these days. On Windows 8, large portions of the UI are literally invisible until you figure it out.

      • random citizen

        complaining about windows 8 being confusing is like complaining about Lumia 920’s weight, you dont get to have the most innovative cell in your pocket until you have no problem carring few more grams!

      • Guest

        Was pinch to zoom immediately intuitive? How about double-tapping the home button to see recently used apps? Holding down an icon until it jiggles to delete it? The process of creating folders in iOS? All of these had to be learned. Many iOS users I know still haven’t mastered some of them. And let’s not even talk about transferring files outside iTunes, printing, etc.

        There’s a learning curve associated with W8 as well, but for existing W7 users it’s pretty minimal. Most people today are used to dealing with dozens of different UIs, some good, some bad, some simple, some not. In fact the really basic level of things that neither John or Taylor knew about W8 says more about how little time either has apparently spent with it (or their lack of interest in learning anything non-Apple) vs the intuitiveness of the OS itself. It took me about five minutes to get used to W8. Smarter people can do it in three or four:

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