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Microsoft has begun inviting members of the press to a media event scheduled for May 2, 2017, in New York City. Details on the event are light other than Microsoft saying it will be focused on education. Several sites are speculating that it will involve Microsoft's Surface products, though do not expect a new generation Surface Book or Surface Pro 5 announcement, neither of which are on tap for this event. Instead, rumor has it Microsoft will focus on a cloud-based version of Windows 10. If that is the case, it could tie in with a Surface product designed to give Google's Chromebook products a run for their money. Chromebooks never did become all that popular among mainstream buyers, but in... Read more...
Apple may have the world’s most popular tablet family with the iPad, but it appears that Microsoft is taking top honors when it comes to overall customer satisfaction. That’s according to survey results from the folks at J.D. Power, which indicates that Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets best the competition in a number of critical categories that are important to buyers. The Surface line of tablets scored 855 points on a 1,000-point scale, narrowly beating out Apple’s iPad family of tablets (849 points). Microsoft dominated pretty much across the board, taking top honors with its variety of preinstalled apps, manufacturer-backed accessories, internet connectivity options and the amount of internal... Read more...
Microsoft may have closed the door on its Lumia family of smartphones, but that doesn’t mean that the company has given up on phones altogether. Mobile represents a huge opportunity for a company like Microsoft — an opportunity that up until this point it has largely squandered. However, a new patent filing reveals that Microsoft could still have a few more tricks up its sleeve; in this case, a folding smartphone. If such a design were to make it to production, it would likely adopt Surface branding, joining the likes of the aerobatic Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio. Entitled “Mobile Computing Device Having A Flexible Hinge Structure”, the patent shows a smartphone with a side-mounted... Read more...
At first glance, we didn’t know how the market would react to Microsoft’s Surface Hub. Available in 55- and 84-inch varieties, the Surface Hub was originally priced at $4,999 and $19,999 respectively. However, strong initial demand prompted Microsoft to raise those prices to $6,999 and $21,999 respectively. Back in July, Microsoft issued the following statement regarding early success with Surface Hub: Demand for Surface Hubs is very strong and exceeded initial forecasts. To date, we’ve shipped to over 500 customers worldwide and that number continues to grow. We are ramping up production to meet this strong demand via our partner reseller channel as soon as possible. Customers are encouraged... Read more...
Microsoft is riding high these days under CEO Satya Nadella. The company is firmly entrenched in the cloud business, has deftly transitioned its software products to a subscription model for its most profitable customers, invested heavily in deep learning and advanced AI technologies, and is finally seeing some of the fruits of its investment into the Surface family of first-party hardware. As a result, Microsoft shares closed at an all-time high of $61 in late October (the company is still not far off that mark today at $59.15). With all that is going right at Microsoft these days, Bloomberg decided to have a talk with the man that previously headed Microsoft: Steve Ballmer. Ballmer took over... Read more...
Last month, Google renamed its popular "Apps for Work" suite of business tools to "G Suite", a simple naming scheme change that gave us the hint that other big things would be coming. Today, we get our first real taste of what's new with Google's own take on the boardroom whiteboard. Google's interactive whiteboard is called Jamboard, and it tackles the likes of Microsoft's Surface Hub head-on. The goal isn't to simply display important information on the screen for everyone to see, but let people collaborate in real-time as they would with an actual whiteboard - we're talking drawing, writing numbers, pointing arrows to important details, and so on. While Jamboard would be used in the boardroom,... Read more...
Microsoft Surface tablets have come under fire by one of the most successful head coaches in the history of the National Football League and by extension one of the most successful NFL teams, so the exposure is significant. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is done with using tablets on the sidelines. As outside observers of a sport, it's sometimes easy to dismiss the complexities surrounding the games we watch. While in all team sports, coordination between team staff is important, it's downright imperative in the game of Football and for the NFL. Depth charts, team formation photos, phone calls -- there are many bits of information can make or break a play. Football is quite... Read more...
Get ready folks, Microsoft has some cool new stuff to showcase at the end of October, and we have a pretty good idea at what the folks in Redmond have in store. Over the past week, both a Surface-branded keyboard and mouse have leaked onto the internet. These peripherals lead great credence to the arrival of a Surface all-in-one PC, which has been rumored for months. The all-in-one is reportedly being developed under the codename Surface Cardinal and will be the consumer equivalent of Microsoft’s high-end Surface Hub presentation tools. Based on earlier reports, the Surface all-in-one could be available in three different screen sizes: 21-inches, 24-inches and 27-inches. The latter two models... Read more...
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Such is the case with the widely rumored Surface all-in-one PC that is reportedly on the way from Microsoft. Microsoft has found some success with its Surface Pro and Surface Book convertibles, so it makes sense that the company would look to extend the brand to other form-factors. The latest news on the Surface all-in-one front comes courtesy of reliable Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley. According to her sources, the device has been developed under the codename “Surface Cardinal” and will of course run Windows 10. Foley’s also says that Cardinal will in effect turn your desk into “a studio” and could be the consumer equivalent of the business-focused Surface... Read more...
Over the past couple of months, many Surface Pro 3 users have complained of rapid battery drain. As we reported at the time, Microsoft's Panos Panay said that the SP3's battery should hold up to weekday charges over the course of four-and-a-half years, at which point the battery would be expected to have about 80% of its capacity remaining. Even though Surface Pro 3s were released a couple of years ago, most users' batteries should not be draining noticeably quicker quite yet. In last month's post, we noted that Microsoft believes the issue could be fixed through software, and over the weekend, Panay took to Twitter to confirm that a software fix is indeed possible, and that the company is currently... Read more...
Back in early July we first began hearing rumors that Microsoft was making plans to add an all-in-one (AIO) PC to its Surface family. Microsoft has given us multiple generations of Surface and Surface Pro tablets along with the innovative Surface Book, so an AIO would be a welcome addition. Today, Windows Central is shedding a little bit more light on the rumored AIO along with the news that three different screen sizes are being tested by the folks in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft reportedly is working on a 21-inch Full HD version along with 24- and 27-inch models with 4K displays. All three AIOs are described as being "elegant" pieces of hardware that would look right at home in your living... Read more...
It's time for the community of Internet detectives to don their thinking caps and solve the mystery of what Surface device is "coming soon" from Microsoft. The only real clue are several placeholders on a wall in Microsoft's building 88 showing off its past hardware efforts, including the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Pen, and Type Cover.Photos of the wall and the mystery placeholders were taken by Shubhan Chemburkar, a freelance app developer from India who recently visited Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington. There's a 2016 and three 2017 placeholders on the aforementioned wall of various Surface hardware, each with a generic outline of a Surface Pro. Have a look:Source: Shubhan... Read more...
To say that Microsoft's Surface Hub has had a bit of a rough start would be an understatement. Time and time again, just when we thought it was about to officially launch, Microsoft would pull up the reins announcing the wait would be a bit longer. But, no more. Surface Hub is here, and it's shipping. Microsoft's Surface Hub is designed primarily for the enterprise, with the goal of helping teams accomplish more collaboratively. This isn't just some marketing fluff; Microsoft itself has been using Surface Hub in house for the same purposes it's promoting. Brian Hall, Microsoft's GM of Devices Marketing says about the Hub: "I can tell you confidently, our Surface team works together better because... Read more...
Microsoft is actually starting to pick up a bit of steam with its Surface hardware. Back in October, the company unveiled the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book, and the company is reportedly developing a Surface Phone to replace its Lumia smartphone family. So what else is in the pipeline for the Surface hardware team? Well if a recently revealed patent is any indication, the Surface team could be looking to tackle the desktop market. But rather than design a traditional desktop machine, Microsoft’s patent details a modular PC design that allows users to easily swap out components or add new functionality when needed. The modular PC includes a large, hinged touch screen display that it attached... Read more...
Since Satya Nadella stepped into the role of Microsoft CEO, the company's outlook has been a lot more positive than it had been in recent years. As the company's latest financials highlight, the company's killing it where cloud services are concerned, and as we've reported a few times over the past year, its latest OS, Windows 10, has proven to be a grand success. When Microsoft unveiled its first cloud initiatives, many revolving around its Azure platform, it was hard to grasp just how important they'd become for the company. As we now see, and Nadella backs up, it's proving to be an extremely important market for the company. Nadella even uttered this bold statement, "The enterprise cloud opportunity... Read more...
Much like with its iPhone, it was difficult to predict the kind of success Apple's iPad tablet would have when it was first launched. As with most products Apple preps for launch, the iPad enjoyed an enviable amount of hype leading up to its launch, but even after its launch, many may still have had that lingering question: "Why do I really need a tablet?" In recent years, that question for many was more of a statement spoken with their wallets, with sales of slates offering a solid area of growth for Apple and other manufacturers. Once again, Apple managed to take a design concept that needed some serious TLC and brought their industrial design chops and a UI revamped to it and they hit a home.... Read more...
Microsoft just opened a brand new, flagship store at 677 5th Avenue, in New York City. And since we’re just a short drive away, and were already spending some time in Manhattan today with the folks from Motorola and Verizon, we thought we’d pop in and take a look around.Microsoft's New Flagship Store On 5th Ave.Before you even get close to the front doors, there is no mistaking that this new store is all about Microsoft. Multiple logos are visible from across the road and a ton of product is front-and-center for all to see, behind the giant wall of glass out front. The store is comprised of multiple stories—an elevator has buttons for floors 1 – 4, but only the first three floors are open to... Read more...
Microsoft saw a 12 percent year-over-year decline in revenue during the quarter ended September 30, 2015. On a GAAP basis, revenue for the quarter came in at $20.4 billion, along with operating income of $5.79 billion and net income of $4.62 billion, the latter of which is a 2 percent bump compared to the same quarter a year ago. Leveraging the cloud continues to pay off for Microsoft. Revenue related to the Redmond outfit's Intelligent Cloud division grew 8 percent to $5.9 billion for the quarter, while operating income jumped 14 percent to $2.4 billion. Microsoft also noted that its Azure revenue and compute usage more than doubled compared to last year."We are making strong progress across... Read more...
We talked just yesterday about the various configurations that exist for Microsoft's Surface Book, including the mammoth $3,199 model that boasts 1TB of solid-state storage. Despite all we know about these offerings, though, there are some details both Microsoft and its component vendors are keeping mum on. Such as the GPU model included. Well, thanks to a reddit user who spotted a Surface Book in store, and was able to get online and download some diagnostic tools, we now have that answered. Right off the bat, we can tell that this is not a very high-end GPU, and that's something I doubt anyone will be surprised by. However, I was personally hoping to see something a bit better, given the minimum... Read more...
When Microsoft revealed its Surface Book a couple of weeks ago, we knew it was going to be a HOT product. What I'm not sure many of us realized, though, is that the available models would sell out so fast. For a product that starts out at $1,499 and doesn't have the Apple name attached to it, that's quite impressive. As it appears, though, all of the configurations can still be pre-ordered, but it's wise to jump in realizing that the product might not be delivered as quickly as you'd hope. There is one configuration that's been added that is likely to ship the fastest, though, simply due to the lack of people willing to spend $3,199 on a new notebook. This grand configuration features a Core... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Paul, and Marco discuss our recent GeForce GTX 980 Ti round-up, Microsoft's Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4, and other product announcements, Motorola's Moto X Pure Edition, the Moto 360 smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, today's monumental Dell-EMC acquisition news and much more! Show Notes: 01:41 - GeForce GTX 980 Ti Round-Up With MSI, ASUS, And EVGA13:22 - Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Review: Multitasking On Android25:01 - Motorola Moto X Pure Edition Review: Straight-Up Premium Android33:07 - Moto 360 2nd Gen Smartwatch Review: Moto Make It Your Own45:51 - Hands On With The Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Surface Book,... Read more...
We were fortunate enough to attend Microsoft’s Windows 10 Devices event in New York yesterday, at which the company unveiled a new line-up of products, including the innovative Surface Book, the thinner and lighter Surface Pro 4, a re-vamped Band fitness tracker and smartwatch, and a trio of Lumia-branded smartphones, the 950, 950 XL, and 550.   Microsoft CEO Satya Nadell (above) And Panos Panay Microsoft’s Panos Panay handled the bulk of the presentations, and presented the new Surface and Lumia devices, though other execs participated as well, and showed off things like Project X-Ray for Hololens and the new Band. CEO Satya Nadella closed the show and outlined Microsoft’s vision for future... Read more...
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