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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 RAM-256GB - $1299 i7-8GB RAM-256GB - $1549 i7-8GB RAM-512GB - $1949 The Surface Pro 3 should also... 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 that will most likely be ARM-based. Windows RT is the presumed OS. A miniature version of the Surface... 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 life by up to 70%. The Power Cover weighs 0.55 pounds and measures 9.75mm thick, and sadly, do... 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. Stephen Elop “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe.... 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, what makes this FCC filing even more interesting is that measurements seen in the above example... 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, Microsoft is expanding that reach yet again with FAA approval to stick the Surface into Electronic... Read more...
Remember when NVIDIA was primarily a company that cranked out new GPUs for hardcore gamers? Honestly, that feels like an age ago, as the company has evolved into one that's producing its own gaming handheld (SHIELD) and has outfitted a number of tablets with the silicon necessary to run the latest operating systems from the world's software leaders. Now, as CES winds down and Q1-Q2 roadmaps become clearer, rumors are flying that NVIDIA's handiwork may power the third iteration of Microsoft's Surface. Of course, Surface has had a pretty tough time in the market thus far, but it's still a young product. The Tegra K1, which boasts 192 Kepler graphics cores and a re-engineered CPU, was one of the... Read more...
The numbers have yet to be revealed, but it looks as if the holiday season will end up being a good one for many technology companies. With two fresh consoles on the market, plenty of new wearables, new iPads from Apple, and new Surface tablets from Microsoft, Santa had plenty to choose from. But, if you're looking to spend a little of that stocking-stuffed cash on a new slate post-Christmas, you may have a bit of a tough time locating one of Microsoft's latest. Shortly after hearing that Chromebook uptake has been on the rise, largely at the expense of Microsoft, it appears that the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are both tough cookies to score. The 32GB and 64GB Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro are... Read more...
In what appears to be a Festivus/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Boxing Day/Etc. miracle, Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro are selling out all over the place. All models except for the 64GB Surface (that’s last year’s Surface, mind you) are currently out of stock online at the Microsoft Store. There aren’t any at Walmart.com either, and Amazon listings show dwindling supplies. Several models are not available for shipping at Best Buy. First-gen Microsoft Surface RT Now of course, it’s entirely possible that Microsoft has purposely shorted the inventory to make it seem like demand is higher. You may not realize this--brace yourselves, we’re about to shatter... Read more...
While Apple is over in Cupertino doing its best Ebenezer Scrooge impression by shunning cash discounts on products in favor of bundled gift cards, Microsoft is doing Black Friday the right way. There are some significant discounts on various Microsoft gear over at its online store, which not only means upfront savings, but you also get to avoid the hustle and bustle of the holiday crowd. The original Surface tablet can be had for $199, marked down from $349. Sure, it's saddled with Windows RT, and who knows if that operating system is long for this world or not, but at $199, it's at least an interesting proposition. If you're willing to spend $368 on Surface, Microsoft will bundle in a few extras,... Read more...
The first generation of Microsoft’s homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and still is, actually. Undaunted and still hungry for a chunk of the tablet market, Microsoft recently revealed its second generation of Surface tablets, the Surface 2 Pro, which runs the full version of Windows 8.1, and the Surface 2 (that we’re reviewing here today), which runs Windows RT 8.1... Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Review... Microsoft... Read more...
The first generation of Microsoft’s homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and still is, of course. Undaunted and still hungry for a chunk of the tablet market, Microsoft recently revealed its second generation of Surface tablets, the Surface 2 Pro, which runs the full version of Windows 8.1, and the Surface 2 (that we’re reviewing here today), which runs Windows RT 8.1. Microsoft really needs its Surface 2 tablets to do... Read more...
When we covered Microsoft’s unveiling of the second generation of its Surface devices, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, we were impressed with the hardware and the in-person experience, and now those devices are available from the Microsoft Store and at several third-party retailers in 21 initial markets. The Surface 2 runs Windows RT 8.1 and boasts an NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip and a 10.6-inch (1920x1080) 5-point multitouch display. It has 2GB of RAM, 32GB (or 64GB) of onboard storage, 5MP/3.5MP rear and front cameras, stereo mics and speakers, USB 3.0, microSD card reader, and HD video out, and it ships with Microsoft Office 2013 RT. The whole package will run you $449. The new flagship Microsoft... Read more...
Let's stop harping on it. We've already discussed Microsoft's failures and shortcomings with their first generation of Surface and Surface RT devices. The company's $900 million dollar mistake has been bounced around along with Steve Ballmer's tenure ad nauseam and so it's probably no surprise that more than a few pundits and analysts are sounding off so negatively regarding Microsoft's recent Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 unveiling earlier this week.  They're too big, too expensive, not retina, too "Windows RT," whatever.  What is it about Microsoft that seemingly draws such a critical eye these days, especially when it comes to mobile? Let's all take a deep breath and analyze the Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft recently unveiled its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro products, both of which feel like premium upgrades over the original (we were on hand at the event and got to play with these devices). They're leaner, faster, and generally better equipped than the original Surface tablets, but if there's one area consumers will inevitably knock, it's the price tag. The Surface 2 starts at $449, and with the plethora of Android tablets selling for hundreds less, that could become a hurdle. One solution is to release a smaller version of Surface. It's been rumored before and it's happening again. Rhoda Alexander, director of Tablet and Monitor Research at IHS iSuppli, tells CNET that Microsoft is considering... Read more...
Microsoft's Corporate VP of Surface, Panos Panay had his work cut out for him at the company's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch event on Monday. Microsoft needed compelling product demos to showcase their new hardware against the current backdrop of stiff competition of alternative platforms and products from Google and Apple.  So, obviously, the first thing they did was call upon their old friend Intel way back at the design stage, empowering their Surface Pro 2 slate with a dual-core Haswell 4th generation Core i5-4200U processor. The Surface 2 Pro is essentially a hybrid tablet-notebook device, weighing in at 2 lbs. with a 10.6-inch full HD display and starting at $899 with 64GB of... Read more...
It should come as a surprise to no one that Microsoft hasn't been pleased with how smartphones equipped with its mobile OS have been selling, with many speculating that a solution could only come about if the company took things into its own hands. Well, with its announced acquisition of Nokia, it's clear that Microsoft believes the same thing - but just how far are things going to go? According to new reports, Microsoft could go the way of Google and develop its own phones and then get a third-party to manufacture them (in this case, taking advantage of Nokia's resources). If Microsoft were to take this route, it's believed that the device would fall into the Surface family - and wouldn't you... Read more...
Microsoft is banking on disgruntled iPad owners to help the company clear out its stockpile of unsold Surface tablets before the launch of Surface 2. How so, you ask? By offering to buy your Apple tablet. Bring your "gently used" iPad 2, iPad 3, or iPad 4 to one of Microsoft's brick-and-mortar retail locations and trade it in for a minimum $200 gift card to use towards the purchase of a Surface. You can use the gift card towards any of the "cool products at the Microsoft store," though the Redmond outfit is heavily pushing the promotion towards trading up (down?) towards a Surface RT starting at $349 or Surface Pro starting at $799. It's an interesting promotion for a number of reasons. First,... Read more...
Despite taking a monumental $900 million inventory charge for unsold Surface RT units, Microsoft is committed to seeing the Surface plan through... at least for one more generation. It's not news that the original Surface has had quite a time gaining traction with the iPad still soaking up market share, but unlike the Kin, Microsoft's not throwing in the towel just yet. The tablet market as a whole still has plenty of time to mature, and Microsoft has a huge brand to leverage. While little is known about what Surface 2.0 will bring, Microsoft has all intentions of making a major deal out of it. The company has planned a showcase event for September 23rd in New York City, just weeks after Apple's... Read more...
We've made our feelings about Windows RT known, but here's something that may signal Microsoft's "coming to Earth" moment when it comes to tablets in general. After hacking $150 from the price of the Surface RT, and then confessing in its most recent quarterly earnings that it would be taking a charge that was greater than what it spent in advertising, now the company is slashing $100 from the price of the Surface Pro. It could just be temporary, but a company usually doesn't initiate a price drop unless sales are lagging or a new model is en route (or both). Microsoft is learning just how difficult it is to compete with Apple in the tablet market that the iPad presently owns, and it also speaks... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft's Surface debuted to tepid reviews and weak sales figures, analysts and pundits have wondered just how well -- or poorly -- the tablet was selling in the market place. From the beginning, Surface was a tough sell -- Microsoft did next to nothing to explain how it differed from a conventional x86-based PC. Returns were reportedly quite high from irate buyers who took the tablet home and discovered, to their chagrin, that while it had a desktop, said desktop was useless for launching software. So what's the final figure? $853 million. That works out to about $1.7 million tablets shipped in the past year. Other people have leapt to compare this to Apple, which seems a bit unfair,... Read more...
There's no denying that at the moment, Microsoft is in a tough spot. Worse still, it's in a tough spot thanks to more than one product or platform. For now, the company seems to be recovering well enough from the Xbox One debacle from last month, but things are a little more questionable on the Windows side. While things could change in the future, the Windows RT platform has proven to be an absolute failure up to this point. Last week, Microsoft suffered a $900 million writedown on Surface RT; the company had expected to sell a lot more units, and personally, I'm not sure why. With the Windows world having revolved around x86 code for as long as it's existed, it seemed unlikely to me that a... Read more...
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