Microsoft faced a few key challenges in developing its Surface tablet, according to team leader Panos Panay.
In an interview with the Verge, Panay offered some tidbits detailing the tricky evolution of Surface. The Surface team's general manager said that Microsoft had two goals in mind for Surface RT, codenamed Georgetown: news of the tablet couldn't leak beforehand and it had to be ready to ship when Windows 8 launched.
Right from the start, Microsoft wanted to try to build the tablet without upsetting its Windows 8 OEM partners, Panay said. Whether it achieved that goal is debatable.
Certain companies such as Acer and Lenovo expressed concerns that Microsoft would be competing with its own partners. But Microsoft simply didn't want to rely on other hardware vendors to create the type of device it had in mind.