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Just over a month following its official unveil, Microsoft's Surface 3 is already a belle of the tablet ball as far as business is concerned, running Windows 8.1 and offering easy IT integration and robust Enterprise-class security. And with the company's release yesterday of a new driver update designed to bring the process of Surface 3 mass system deployment in line with that of the larger and faster (and more expensive) Surface Pro 3, the attraction is set to grow deeper.  According to a Microsoft blog post, "The update – which is available now -- improves the mass... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface 3, released in late March, is one hot product. It could even be a possible iPad killer. With its true x86 processor, it's not much of a stretch to believe that owners of the original Surface RT are drooling over the upgrade, and Microsoft seems to realize that as well. If you're in that boat, how does a $150 trade-in offer sound? With its lowest-end Surface 3, that'd make an upgrade cost $350 rather than $500. That's actually a very tempting offer. In order to quality for the full $150, your Surface RT will have to have its original accessories and also be in good shape. Unfortunately,... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface 3 was announced last week to a good deal of fanfare, primarily because, unlike the original, it features an x86 processor. That one change alone could tremendously enhance the appeal to those who skipped over the original Surface, waiting for the next generation. It means that all of their regular Windows apps will be fully functional on this device - performance limitations aside - which can make the overall usefulness of the new tablet skyrocket. As Brandon originally covered, the 10.8-inch Surface 3 features a quad-core Intel Atom processor (x7-Z8700, to be exact), a 1920x1280 display... Read more...
When Microsoft took a $900 million writedown on unsold Surface inventory, it seemed like the writing was on the wall. At the time, Microsoft found itself at a fork in the road -- either abandon what looked like a failed experiment, or hold strong to its long term vision for what Surface could be. Microsoft opted for the latter, taking lessons it learned early on to help turn things around. Panos Panay, corporate vice president for Surface Computing at Microsoft, spoke with CNN Money about those lessons and the "humbling" experience of having to write down in the general neighborhood of a billion... Read more...
Last month, we reported that for the first time since their market big break, tablets had begun to decline in overall sales. That caused analysts to backtrack on their projections a little bit, although many are still optimistic for the future. Right now, tablets mostly target the regular consumer, but they could evolve over time and spread out into other parts of the market. According to IDC's latest report, 2015 could see a 2.1% increase in tablet sales - a modest gain, but a gain nonetheless. Beyond that, it continues to believe that we'll see growth in the years ahead, although it's once again... Read more...
Following the Super Bowl earlier this month, Microsoft slashed $100 off a number of its Surface Pro 3 tablets -- no doubt taking advantage of the fact that anyone who watched the big game would have seen blue Surface Pros all over the place. Well, it seems that might not have pushed enough units, as the company is now offering people another chance at a great deal -- at least, as long as you own a previous Surface tablet. Depending on which model you'd like to trade in, Microsoft will give you up to $650 in credit towards a brand spanking new Pro 3 model. Have a 64GB Surface Pro 2? Microsoft estimates... Read more...
If you were one of the more than 100 million people watching the Super Bowl last night, you no doubt noticed blue Microsoft Surface Pro tablets all over the place. As we covered during the preseason, Microsoft's joined forces with the NFL for five seasons to get Surface Pros into the hands of team coaches and other personnel, for a total of 25 units per team. Ultimately, this is designed to help make sideline strategies a bit easier to manage, and so far it seems to be a well-received addition to the game. Well, what better time than now to have a sale? Whether you're a Patriots fan still sitting... Read more...
Microsoft’s earnings are up, driven in part to blazing sales of the Microsoft Lumia smartphones and Surface tablets. In its quarterly earnings statement, Microsoft announced that it had revenue of nearly $26.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 8 percent from the same quarter a year earlier. Microsoft's Lumia 435 Smartphone. Microsoft’s entry-level Lumia smartphones have been getting plenty of attention from the press, and it turns out that they’re getting love from customers, too. The Lumia is one of the better-known phones at the lower end of the market, probably due in part to Microsoft/Nokia... Read more...
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...
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