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Excitement is building for a new dual screen mobile device that hasn’t even been announced yet. We’re of course talking about Microsoft’s Andromeda, which has been rumored for months, and even recently was teased by Surface Chief Panos Panay.  However, this is Microsoft we’re talking about; which means that Andromeda could find itself on the chopping block at any moment despite promise in the mobile sector. That was the fate that befell Microsoft’s Courier dual-screen tablet concept (and the Surface Mini) and enthusiasts don’t want the same fate for Andromeda. As a result, some have taken to creating petitions to save Andromeda. Zachary... Read more...
Microsoft is in the midst of refreshing its Surface hardware family for 2019, and one of the rumors going around is that the Surface team is working on a dual-screen device codenamed Andromeda. In the wake of these rumors, some unofficial renders have started appearing on the web, showing what Andromeda could possibly look like. The newest batch of renders are particularly intriguing, as they show how the dual-screen gadget could approach both gaming and productivity chores. David Breyer (@D_Breyer), a "designer at heart," posted the first set of renders last December, saying they were based on the latest patent filings. In a new batch of renders, he depicts the dual-screen gadget being used... Read more...
Remember the Courier concept from many moons ago? Many were disappointed when Microsoft decided not to proceed with that innovative design concept, but the company apparently never gave up on the idea of a dual screen mobile device. Microsoft is rumored to be working on a new dual screen device under the codename Andromeda, and Surface chief Panos Panay lent some credence to those reports with a tweet this week. In the tweet, Panay shows an image of what appears to be two displays side-by-side in a "book-style" picture frame format. Given the text of the tweet, the displays are manufactured by LG Display, which is a common supplier of panels for smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and monitors... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet so far in 2018 on the Surface hardware front. There was a bevy of activity last year with the launch of the Surface Laptop, the fifth-generation Surface Pro and the Surface Book 2. Now, according to a new report, Microsoft is gearing up for another flurry of new hardware devices in 2019. The reporting comes courtesy of Thurrott, which says that three new devices are in the works. The first of these new Surface hardware products is codenamed Libra, and will be a low-cost tablet that will slot in below the Surface Pro. The Surface Pro starts at $799 (Intel Core m3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD), so it’s possible that pricing for this device entry-level Surface... Read more...
Microsoft was once heavily criticized for deciding to sell its own hardware, and specifically the Surface. From the outside looking in, observers (and even Microsoft's own hardware partners, such as Acer) thought Microsoft was getting in over its head and underestimating how difficult it would be to compete in that space. Fast forward to today it's an entirely different story. Microsoft just posted a stellar earnings report for the first quarter of 2018, and the Surface is one of the reasons why the numbers are strong. The company's revenue increased 16 percent to $26.8 billion in Q1 2018. Microsoft also saw a 23 percent increase to $8.3 billion in operating income, and posted a healthy profit... Read more...
Microsoft has just announced that its new Surface Book 2 is available in 17 new markets as of today in both 13-inch and 15-inch variants. Pre-orders are now underway in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Additional regions will get the Surface Book 2 13-inch and 15-inch notebooks beginning in February and the rollout will continue in March and April. Those countries include Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. These locations... Read more...
When Microsoft released the original Surface Pro five years ago, the mobile market was completely different – Windows tablets were an afterthought and weren’t the svelte and snappy performers you can buy today. The first-generation Surface Pro wasn’t perfect, but it was a huge step in the right direction for Windows 2-in-1’s and tablets. Today’s mobile computing device landscape is completely different versus five years ago and one could argue it was significantly re-shaped by the success of the Surface Pro. Each notebook manufacturer has its own interpretation of mobile nirvana. Whether it’s the HP Envy, Dell XPS, Lenovo Yoga or ASUS Zenbook, there are plenty... Read more...
More evidence has emerged pointing to Microsoft releasing a Surface Phone next year. The latest hint comes in the form of another patent application detailing a bit of additional information pertaining a foldable Andromeda device. In the patent, Microsoft talks about the increased demand that exists for larger displays, and that a foldable device would satisfy that demand while still allowing for bigger phones to be shoved in a pocket. "Mobile phone displays have increased in size to the point where they can now consume almost the entire viewing surface of a phone. To increase the size of displays any further would require an increase in the size of the phones themselves. This is not desirable,... Read more...
Through its human resources service provider, Microsoft has posted a job listing that suggests its collaboration with Qualcomm will not end with shoving the company's Snapdragon 835 processors into its Surface laptops running Windows 10, but will extend to the Qualcomm's next-generation flagship SoC (system-on-chip), Snapdragon 845. That chip has not yet been released, but is next in line and will find its way into phones like Samsung's Galaxy S9. The job listing is for a "Hardware Test Engineer / Manufacturing Engineer," and specifically one who is an expert in Wi-Fi technologies and manufacturing. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience designing and delivering test solutions... Read more...
Consumer Reports (CR) has really gotten under the Microsoft's with its claims that the Surface line of devices is unreliable. CR has already stated that it will not award the coveted "Recommended" status to the new Surface Book 2 and Microsoft is still rankled by the decision. Microsoft has stepped up again and is offering up some new data on its Surface range and is stating that fewer than 1 in 100,000 new Surface devices have reliability issues. The row between the Redmond, Washington software giant and the publication started earlier this year after a CR survey of 90,000 subscribers found that 25% of Microsoft laptops and tablets gave owners problems by the end of the second year of ownership.... Read more...
Microsoft just announced a few brand new products: a pair of powerful new Surface Book 2 devices featuring 8th Gen Intel Core Processors and NVIDIA graphics, and a Surface Precision Mouse designed to be the perfect companion to the devices. The new Surface Book 2 borrows virtually all of the physical design cues of the original, but this latest iteration features more powerful hardware, better battery life, enhanced display technology, and a myriad of other refinements that improve upon the first Surface Book. We have a quick hands-on video to share if you’d like a visual tour before we dig in – as you’ll see, from the outside, the Surface Book 2 (especially the 13.5” model featured in the video)... Read more...
We've always been impressed with Microsoft's Surface family of products (well, if you discount Surface RT). Products like the Surface Pro -- which HotHardware reviewed earlier this morning -- have excellent build quality, stellar performance and excellent battery life. However, there have been rumors floating around that Microsoft has grown tired of the Surface family, and could soon be looking to bail entirely from first-party computing hardware. Microsoft Surface Chief Panos Panay is looking to throw some cold water on the hot Surface rumors, telling Business Insider that "It's so far from the truth". He also went on to claim that recent comments made by those in the PC industry are simply... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet on the Microsoft Surface hardware front for the past few months (at least with regards to new releases). Earlier this summer, Microsoft performed a brain transplant on the Surface Pro convertible and introduced the all-new Surface Laptop. However, an update for the Surface Book, which was first introduced in late 2015, was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, Microsoft has revealed that it will hold a keynote on October 31st at its “Future Decoded” event in London. As you might expect for a major announcement relating to Surface, division chief Panos Panay will be the chief presenter. Sources for The Verge indicate that at least once new product will be... Read more...
Microsoft has a public perception problem on its hands. The company’s Surface family of PCs has run afoul with Consumer Reports, which could be detrimental in its efforts to win over mainstream shoppers. In a survey of its readership, the publication found that Microsoft’s Surface line was “significantly less reliable than most other brands” and decided to drop recommendations for the products. We’ve already seen Microsoft’s public response to the damning Consumer Reports takedown, but veteran Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott has some insight into internal discussions that have been brewing within the company for quite some time. For starters, Thurrott reports that initial problems surrounding... Read more...
Yesterday, Consumer Reports (CR) stepped in and repealed the recommended rating that it had given the Microsoft Surface line of laptops and tablets. CR says that the ratings were pulled after it received tens of thousands of responses from its subscribers about poor reliability of the Surface devices. As a result of the complaints CR has now stated that Microsoft's Surface products are "significantly less reliable than most other brands". Microsoft isn't having any of that and has come back with a post from Surface chief Panos Panay, who is standing behind the same products that CR has found to be unreliable. Panay writes, "While we respect Consumer Reports, we disagree with their findings.... Read more...
It has been over three years since Steve Ballmer left Microsoft, and the company has thrived without him at the helm. Current CEO Satya Nadella has transitioned the company into a “cloud” powerhouse and has embraced the lucrative subscription model for its products. Microsoft has invested heavily in deep learning technology and has focused more attention to promoting its apps and services on competing platforms like iOS and Android. In Ballmer’s absence, the company’s stock has nearly doubled from $36 to just over $70 per share. So, what is Nadella getting right that Ballmer seemingly got wrong during his 14-year reign as Microsoft CEO? Ballmer had a bit of self-reflection at this year’s Code... Read more...
  Are you ready for more Surface hardware? Microsoft earlier this week announced the Surface Laptop, which is a premium Kaby Lake machine that is slathered in Alcantara and features a 13.5-inch PixelSense touch display. However, it looks as though Microsoft has additional Surface hardware in store for us later this month. Last night, Microsoft Corporate VP of Devices Panos Panay took to Twitter to provide this update:See you in Shanghai. May 23. #MicrosoftEvent #Surface https://t.co/aMgvkkqE52 pic.twitter.com/vzcK9MqIpf— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) May 5, 2017 The fact that Panay tagged the post with #Surface has us rubbing our hands together in anticipation of new Surface Pro or Surface... Read more...
We are on the precipice of some exciting things thanks to the introduction of virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality into the mainstream. Much of the attention early on has been focused on gaming, with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive stealing the limelight, along with breakout hits such as Pokemon Go. But gaming is not the only segment that stands to benefit. There is a big opportunity in education, one that Microsoft hopes to pioneer. To that end, Microsoft announced a new strategic partnership with Pearson, one of the biggest education companies in the world that also happens to be working to integrate 3D and mixed reality into high school and college curriculum. Pearson is making... Read more...
Microsoft had a lot to talk about when introducing a new Surface Laptop and specialized version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 S. With so much to discuss and Surface boss Panos Panay at one point saying he was running behind, Microsoft ran out of time to formally introduce its Surface Arc Mouse, a slick looking companion rodent for the Surface Laptop. The Surface Arc Mouse is essentially a redesigned version of its Bluetooth-enabled Arc Touch. It features a slim design that lays almost completely flat until you "snap" the spine into place, giving the rodent a more traditional curved body. The point of having to do that is to make it travel friendly—the Surface Arc Mouse will more easily fit... Read more...
When it comes to the education market, Google has struck [market share] gold with Chrome OS. Chromebooks running the minimalistic operating system are low-cost, which strikes the right note with cash-strapped school systems. Companies like Apple have little ability to combat the Chromebook threat due to its pricing disadvantage and the usability/productivity/multi-user issues with iPads. Likewise, Windows-based PCs have also been undercut in pricing, although Microsoft has a new counterattack lying in wait: Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S, which has previously been referred to as Windows 10 Cloud, is Microsoft’s effort to unseat Chrome OS in the education market. At its core, you will have all of... Read more...
Microsoft has an event scheduled for tomorrow in New York City where it is expected to announce some new initiatives based around the education sector. The company was also widely expected to announced a Chromebook fighter running a cut-down version of Windows 10. Well, thanks to a happy little leaker, we’ve got an early look at what’s in Microsoft’s goodie bag. Feast your eyes on the Surface Laptop. Microsoft’s latest hardware was unearthed by Twitter user WalkingCat, and we’ve been given quite a few details on the product. For starters, it has a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with 3.4 million pixels, which appears to retain the 3:2 screen ratio that we’ve seen with previous Surface-branded products.... Read more...
As we reported last week, Microsoft is holding an event in New York City on May 2nd that will focus primarily on the education sector. Although we don’t expect to hear anything about Surface Pro 5 or Surface Book 2, the company is widely expected to announce new low-cost notebooks running the new Windows 10 Cloud operating system. Microsoft is targeting these new devices, which we’ll simply call “Cloudbooks” for simplicity’s sake, at Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome OS. If you needed any further confirmation of Microsoft’s intention to take the fight directly to Google, look no further than this leaked internal slide that was obtained by Windows Central: As you can see, Microsoft still... Read more...
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