There is one bit of information that makes this seem slightly less bad for Microsoft: The blogger was apparently going to sell the IP that was leaked to him. That doesn’t sound like a journalist to me.
But the problem with the Surface 2 is that Microsoft changed very little in how the tablet fundamentally works. Last year, Microsoft fans defended the original Surface’s failings by calling it a first-generation product. It’d get better in time, they promised. The Surface 2 did get better, but not in the way it needed to. It’s still largely the same curious experience, just in a thinner and lighter package.
Consensus seems to be Microsoft will subsidize the Xbox One if you sign up for a Xbox Live subscription. I love Xbox, but it’s always bothered me that I have to pay $50 just to connect to the Web. It also doesn’t help that Microsoft still isn’t being entirely clear on the Internet connection requirements.