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There’s a much-anticipated update to Windows 8.1 coming, and it seems that it leaked early to the web. The culprit? Microsoft itself. According to ZDNet, by using a direct link or making an adjustment to the registry to allow the update to come up in Windows Update, users could snag the new version of Windows 8.1 for themselves early. To date, the update was only officially available in RTM (Release to Manufacturing) form. (Credit: ZDNet) Apparently the update was only successful on a Surface Pro running Windows 8.1 Pro--it failed on a desktop PC running Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition--and... Read more...
This summer, Microsoft cut the price of its Surface Pro tablets by $100, and now it’s dropping the cost again by another hundo. The 64GB Surface Pro is now $699, and the 128GB version is $799. Both prices are for the tablet only--Touch or Type Covers are still extra. Regular Surface models, which run Windows RT, are $349 (32GB), $399 (64GB), and $449 (64GB with Touch Cover). Microsoft is just clearing out its leftover inventory of original Surface Pro tablets here to make way for the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, which we’ve covered extensively and went on sale earlier this week. If... Read more...
There’s a deluge of tantalizing mobile products pouring out of IFA in Berlin this year--see our recent coverage for more--and here’s another: Sony announced the VAIO Tap 11, the “world’s thinnest” Windows 8 tablet PC, which measures 9.9mm in depth without its keyboard dock. For comparison, the Microsoft Surface Pro, which appears to be the VAIO Tap 11’s closest competition, is about 13.4mm. Sony has yet to share gritty details on the VAIO Tap 11, but the 11.6-inch device does have a full HD display, runs Windows 8, has an Intel Core processor, and enjoys SSD... Read more...
When Microsoft debuted its Surface Pro tablets, the devices seemed great--except for the eye-popping price tags--which is something that Microsoft eventually acknowledged by way of temporarily cutting the cost of the 64GB and 128GB Surface Pros by $100. (Microsoft also slashed the price of the Surface RT by $150.) Now, the Surface Pro price cut is permanent. The company told Neowin that the 64GB and 128GB versions will indeed henceforth cost $799 and $899 respectively. The 256GB version gets a $100 price cut, too. Further, Touch Covers will cost $40 less than before, so you can snag one for $79.... Read more...
Microsoft is expanding its Surface Pro offerings by releasing a 256GB Surface Pro in Japan on June 7th. That’s a fairly impressive amount of storage capacity, and coupled with the fact that the Surface Pro runs Windows 8 Pro (and with the Type Cover as an accessory), the device sounds a lot more like a super-thin notebook than a tablet. The rest of the specs sound attractive, too; there’s an Intel Core i5 chip inside with Intel HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a pen input device included. Office Home & Business 2013 is included (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook), as... Read more...
Microsoft mentioned weeks ago that its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets would see wider worldwide available, and now the company has further clarified its rollout plans for its homegrown Windows RT and Windows 8 devices. The Surface RT tablet is already available in over two dozen markets, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, the UK, the U.S., and a number of European countries, but it will also be available in Malaysia tomorrow, in Mexico at the end of May, and in Korea and Thailand sometime in June. Surface Pro launch in China By contrast, the Surface Pro has only been available... Read more...
The Microsoft Surface Pro has defied description somewhat, and it hasn’t been clear if it’s a laptop or a tablet. After what sounds like a grueling challenge, iFixit has an answer: It’s got to be a tablet, because a laptop wouldn’t be so difficult to work on. The site ended up giving the Surface Pro its lowest possible repairability rating--one out of ten. First of all, the screen was glued down with so much black tar-like adhesive that they had to melt the stuff to remove the display. (Cutting the glue wasn’t sufficient.) Then, to remove the plastic bezel to get to... Read more...
The actual sales figures surrounding Microsoft's Surface Pro (and Surface RT, for that matter) haven't been announced, but one thing was almost immediately clear on launch day: there weren't enough Surface Pro units to go around. This week, Microsoft is actually addressing the shortages that consumers in the U.S. and Canada faced on the 9th, stating in a blog post: "We know some retail and online locations have been low or out of stock of Surface Pro and we’re working to address this." What's the company doing to address it? In America, it's hipping additional units of the 64GB SKU to Best... Read more...