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Poor Microsoft. Since the release of its Surface Pro 3 tablet, the Remond team has pushed their new slate hard. It's as if the company wanted it to overwrite that part of our memory that recalls the Surface RT and it's monumental losses. This past August, we saw the company make a big move by deploying a boatload of Surface Pro tablets to every team in the NFL, gratis. All season, coaches and even players have made use of them to plan their next course-of-action, and for the most part, they seemed to be well-received. This is NOT and iPad, just to be clear.  In fact, it's the "Anti-iPad."... Read more...
How unflattering. Apple appears to be preparing, at least according to rumors, a 2-in-1 hybrid tablet convertible that's very much competitive to what Microsoft's Surface Pro line offers, along with countless hybrid tablet-notebook convertibles that have custom-built detachable keyboards. Though Jony Ive gets a little feisty about copy-cat devices as not just flattery but more specifically "theft," it does seem ironic that Apple appears to be lining up to potentially follow the trend once again, rather than lead. The original iPad may have set the tablet revolution in motion but then eventually... Read more...
It’s already been a big week for Adobe, which is hosting the Adobe MAX conference in Los Angeles. The company unveiled new and improved apps for mobile devices and desktop computers, and also announced a joint effort with Microsoft to improve Photoshop and Illustrator on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. If you’re a creative type and you have a Surface Pro 3, you’re in for a treat. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with Adobe Illustrator CC. Image Credit: Microsoft Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked up the partnership between the two companies at the Adobe... Read more...
It goes without saying that Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is the best Surface it's ever created. It righted some of the wrongs of the previous generation, and is simply a drool-worthy tablet / laptop. It's no secret that Microsoft knew that it had a winner on its hands, as it's been pushing the Surface brand hard since its release. Earlier this month, we saw some major proof of this come in the form of NFL sponsorship. Beginning with this year's NFL pre-season, and lasting at least five years, each team will have 25 Surface Pro tablets on-hand to help them better handle their strategies. That's big,... Read more...
It's hard to remember now, but there was a time when people were genuinely excited for Microsoft's ARM-based Surface RT and Surface Pro. When the company announced these products, they were seen as a much-needed opportunity for Redmond to spread its wings and tackle fresh markets and new challenges. When the actual devices arrived, the consumer response was, well, "mixed" would be putting it kindly. The Surface RT nailed the form factor for many people, but the high price, low storage, and slow Tegra 3 processor, combined with Windows 8's many launch issues, killed the product. The Intel-powered... Read more...
When Satya Nadella displaced Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft, I was a bit unsure of what the future would bring. The outlook seemed good, but there was much work to be done in reversing some trends that obviously needed reversing. At this point though, I feel far more confident in the future of the company than I have in quite a while. It's truly unfortunate that Microsoft has to cull a substantial part of its workforce, but that slimming-down, along with the company's renewed vigor and focus, could pay off handsomely for the company. Over the past couple of months, we've seen the company... Read more...
Since the debut of its original model, Microsoft's Surface series has had a bit of a rough time clicking with most consumers, namely those so content with their iOS or Android device. With its latest release, though, Surface Pro 3, the Redmond firm gave us great reason to be excited about a Windows-based tablet (or convertible). Our own Marco Chiappetta gave great praise to the device back in May, noting that pricing, not surprisingly, was its biggest drawback. Well, it seems that the NFL shares Marco's love for the Surface Pro 3, as it'll be rolling them out to the field this coming season as... Read more...
If there's a new gadget in the world, iFixit has probably purchase one and promptly torn it apart. Such is the case with Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 -- the first device that the company is directly marketing as an all-out laptop replacement. Early reviews of the tablet hybrid have been quite positive, but if you're wondering what exactly is within its shell, the teardown linked here has the goods. The gurus at iFixit were pleased with just how slim the device was, but they weren't too keen on the adhesive that was used. Essentially, Microsoft added a lot of non-modular parts in order to reduce... Read more...
Microsoft is planning to make a major announcement tomorrow concerning its Surface line of tablets, and in addition to a rumored Surface mini, the company is expected to reveal the Surface Pro 3. The scuttlebutt is that the Surface 3 will not just be a refresh of the Surface Pro 2, but an entirely different device rocking a larger form factor and run on Intel Core processors. Windows Phone Central says it learned pertinent details of the new device, including that there will be at least five versions of the monster tablet, which are as follows: i3-4GB RAM-64GB - $799 i5-4GB RAM-128GB - $999 i5-8GB... Read more...
Microsoft has sent out invites to a Surface event on May 20th with the tagline “a small gathering”, and the widely-held assumption is that Redmond will use the occasion to unveil the rumored Surface Mini tablet. The little tablet has not been a terribly closely-kept secret, particularly after the Amazon listing for a Surface Mini case that appeared late last month. (The link is even still active.) Mysterious Amazon listing for a Surface Mini case Not much is known about the Surface Mini’s details, but again the general assumption is that it will be a 7-8 inch device with a stylus... Read more...
If you've been holding off on buying a Surface, perhaps the thought of a tremendous boost in battery life will sway you. As the tablet wars move into more granular battles, Microsoft has placed a new "Power Cover" up for pre-order on its site. In essence, this is a Type Cover (a cover that contains a tactile keyboard), but with additional batteries built in. Lenovo itself offered something similar for prior Windows tablets, and now, Microsoft will do similar for its Surface Pro, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2 tablets. According to the product page, the accessory is set to extend one's Surface battery... Read more...
With a new Microsoft CEO in place, there are plenty of management shakeups in Redmond, not the least of which is a new boss for the Devices & Studios division in Nokia chief Stephen Elop. Elop is returning to the Microsoft fold following the company’s $7.2 billion Nokia acquisition, and he’ll take over for current head of the division Julie Larson-Green. In an internal Microsoft email, Larson-Green discusses her new role as Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and head of the Life & Work team in the Applications and Services Group and mentions that Elop is assuming her former duties.... Read more...
Straight out of the "It's about time!" files comes an FCC filing that suggests Microsoft could soon be unveiling an LTE-equipped Surface 2 tablet, and as boring as that might sound, it holds a lot of importance. Plus, there's a couple of fun things to speculate on. For starters, let's not ignore the fact that the lacking of an LTE Surface tablet could have been hurting Microsoft's potential sales, given LTE-equipped Android and iOS models have existed for a while. Not everyone needs wireless coverage on their tablet, but those that do would have dropped Surface out of the running immediately. Second,... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet just received FAA Authorization to be included in flight bags used by pilots in commercial aviation. In recent months, the airline industry has actually embraced newer technologies in a big way, paving the way for handheld use during taxi, takeoff, and landing. Plus, Apple's iPad has found a home in select flight bags as well, cutting out weight and modernizing the pilot playbook. Microsoft's no stranger to the airline world, as it recently partnered with Delta in order to install Windows Phone devices on Delta flights to handle food purchases and the like. This week,... Read more...
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