The Surface Pro 4 is not shipped with the keyboard here in France, but it is available as an option, and as the tablet is a bit heavier than I thought I guessed it was a good idea to order it after all. It should arrive this week.
I encourage all of you having access to a Surface to try NARS2000 on it : it is just magic
! With the performance of any processor it is shipped with (mine is a Core i5), the machine answers instantly to any demo line. And the ability to use big fonts is perfect to use ut with fingers.
I would just love to try IBM's APL2 GRAPHPAK on it, but unfortunately, for me, it is too late : I am now acquainted to the NARS2000 keyboard (which is much
more rational for the French keyboard as far as mnemonics are considered) and I am afraid I shall not be able to ever get back to the IBM keyboard.
I have a free copy of DYALOG APL on my lounge machine, but I am not sure that they would send me a free copy again for every machine I own, and as I only need performance on that machine and not on the Surface, I shall stick to NARS2000 on the latter.
Are you sure IBM would not be happy to give you some of their supplied workspaces ? The more people use APL at home, the more they are likely to sell some enterprise versions later. I am pretty sure a win-win cooperation with them (or with Dyalog, who knows) could be at least attempted. I knew some APL people in Santa Teresa (555 Bailey Avenue), like Nancy Wheeler and Jim Brown and they seemed very open to a lot of things. You probably already saw them in some APL congresses, anyway.
Congratulations for that magnificent work. I installed the latest build of NARS2000 while writing this post. Not tried it yet