by Lane Shelton\n\nMicrosoft recently held their annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, DC. I\u2019ve been going to these for years, and this one was actually one of the best. The energy was high but not manic; the mood was serious but not stifling. Microsoft had the courage to admit that the computing world has changed, and their former 95% market share has turned into a 14% share of all the devices in the world\u2014a humbling shift but I thought they handled it well. They addressed a new landscape and new challenges, with none of the \u201cremember when\u201d nostalgia.\nAfter dealing with Microsoft for almost 20 years, I expect this is when they\u2019re at their best\u2014when they have a clear vision that is based on technology and engineering. And Satya Nadella, the new CEO, looks to be the right person for the job. I believe he epitomizes a \u201cborn in the cloud Bill Gates.\u201d I got my measure of Mr. Nadella from an unscripted moment during his keynote. He and a colleague were demonstrating new features of their technology stack, and Mr. Nadella made a quip about his early days at Microsoft when he first encountered the field of application development. He said, \u201cAnd then I fell in love with app dev, because who wouldn\u2019t?\u201d He was completely genuine, and only an engineer could look at the world and believe that if any one of us encountered application development we\u2019d be hooked for life!\nSo is Microsoft heading for smooth sailing or rough seas? Time will tell. Whatever happens next, Microsoft has a true engineer at the helm\u2014and that\u2019s what they need as they chart their course into a mobile first, cloud first world. Mr. Nadella\u2019s message couldn\u2019t be clearer: Use technology to create work and life experiences that help people do more and be more. It was refreshing to hear a company that so often touted their experience, expertise, and knowledge, really think about my experience for a change.\nAnd so we segue to my Happy Place. Anyone who knows me knows that I\u2019m a harsh, but fair, critic of Microsoft. I also won\u2019t hesitate to give credit where credit is due. A few months ago I blogged on the \u201cDevice Happy Place, the phenomenon that happens when an end-user encounters their ultimate device setup. It\u2019s different for everyone, and only you will know when you truly find it. I hadn\u2019t found mine, and not for lack of trying. My office is a cluttered graveyard of notebooks, ultrabooks, slates, phablets. It\u2019s so bad that I often use an iPad mini as a mousepad. I\u2019ve even included a photo to prove it.\nBut voila, the Surface Pro 3. I finally found my own little slice of device euphoria, my happy place. And this isn\u2019t just another manic eureka moment from a device junkie. Otherwise I would have blogged about it, and later looked silly when I had my next eureka soon afterwards. Instead, I\u2019ve spent the past month doing my normal crazy work and travel mayhem using the new device. It was that fast\u2014I opened the box, IT set it up, and in my very first session, I knew\u2014this was it. I could bore you with the tactical why\u2019s\u2014the features, design, etc., everything you can read on our website. But it wasn\u2019t the features, or anything else that I could point to\u2014it was the experience.\nThe Surface Pro 3 fit my style and matched my pace out of the box: I worked faster, I worked better, it even gave me a little swagger in my step\u2014because I\u2019m that much of a geek. And since we are being honest, just like that, all my other devices became mousepads. And therein lies the simplicity and promise of the new Microsoft vision\u2014when you focus on the experience, and create the right experience, you win. Period.\nTake a peek for yourself, at all the Surface Pro 3 has to offer, and may you find your device happy place real soon!