Microsoft answers Apple’s MacBook Air with the Breese

January 16, 2008

Microsoft introduces the Breese Padd — a notebook computer that fits in a three-ring Trapper Keeper

Dvorak News Service – Redmond Branch
Jan 15, 2014

Six years to that day that Apple and Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air, Microsoft has made history with the introduction of its Air-killer.

That’s right. Microsoft Chairman John C. Dvorak announced this morning that the company has developed a notebook computer that will fit in a three-ring binder. Without the rings, of course.

This startling departure from software development and foray into the hardware field is similar to Microsoft’s attempts in early 2007 to mimic the success (and design) of the iPods of 2001.

Here’s a photo of the new Breese Padd…


While most of the details still haven’t been released, here is how the company shows the Breese stacked up against Apple’s 2008 MacBook Air.

MacBook Air – Silver finish, 13.3” widescreen LED display
Breese Padd – Brown finish, 15” 4:3 LCD display

MacBook Air – 3lbs, 3/4” thick, 12.8 x 8.95 footprint
Breese Padd – 3.5lbs, 7/8” thick, 14 x 10 footprint

MacBook Air – Built-in camera and microphone, backlit keyboard
Breese Padd – optional USB accessory cameras and lights available

MacBook Air – 80GB, 2GB RAM, 1.8GHz
Breese Padd – 100GB, 1.5GB RAM, 2GHz

MacBook Air – Estimated 5 hours of battery life
Breese Padd – Estimated 5 hours of battery life (without display on)

MacBook Air – Fully recyclable aluminum case, a mercury-free display with arsenic-free glass
Breese Padd – Legacy style component mix of limited lead and mercury content, with some plutonium and scrapple

There you have it. Nothing measures up to Microsoft’s brand of innovation and power. The Breese Padd is expected to be released soon.

(Portions of this story were culled from Engadget, and TechCrunch)