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Microsoft today announced Surface accessories like the improved Surface Pro Type Cover will take Surface Pro 3 from tablet to laptop in a snap. It comes with much improved touchpad, various colors and will go on sale for $129.99 Work the way you’re used to working with Surface Pro Type Cover. Featuring a double-fold hinge that magnetically locks to the lower bezel to keep the cover steady, you can work just as comfortably on your lap as at your desk. When you add Surface Pro Type Cover, it transforms your tablet into a highly versatile laptop. The backlit Surface Pro Type Cover lets you work or play at any hour. One of the thinnest mechanical keyboards available, Surface Pro Type Cover features a QWERTY keyboard, a full row of Function keys (F1–F12), Windows shortcut keys, media controls and an improved touchpad. Flip the cover back, and take Surface Pro 3 ...

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Along with the announcement about the new Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, Microsoft also revealed the new premium Surface Pen with pressure sensitivity enables a more natural writing experience. The pen does a lot more than take notes, and Microsoft has worked with some pretty amazing partners to bring this to life in a variety of apps. Artists will love the upcoming release of Photoshop CC that include powerful touch and gesture controls, amazing pen accuracy and line precision and larger touch targets. It will be on sale for $49.99. Unleash your creativity and productivity with the new Surface Pen. Custom-crafted and cased in aluminum, Surface Pen looks and feels more like a fountain pen than a traditional stylus for a natural writing experience. With 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and Palm Block technology, you can write and draw without worrying about errant doodles on the screen. The erase button ...

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Microsoft today announced Surface Pro 3 — the lightweight tablet that packs the power and performance you expect from a laptop. It comes with a beautiful package that is 30 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air. Its stunning 12-inch display and new, continuous kickstand provide the screen real estate and multiple viewing angles people need for work and play. Find the full specs of the device below. Find pricing and availability information here. Technical specs Operating system Windows 8.1 Pro Exterior Dimensions: 7.93 in x 11.5 in x 0.36 in, Weight: 1.76 lbs Casing: Magnesium, Color: Silver Physical buttons: Volume, Power, Home Storage 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB[1] Display Screen: 12-inch ClearType Full HD display, Resolution: 2160 x 1440, Aspect Ratio: 3:2, Touch: Multitouch input Pen input Pen input and pen (included with purchase), Pen features 256 levels of pressure sensitivity CPU 4th-generation Intel® Core™ i5-4300U ...

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Microsoft today revealed the new Surface Pro 3 device at the press event in the NYC. Microsoft also announced the pricing and availability details of the device. Check them below, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will start at $799 for the base model. You can configure various Intel CPUs, storage options and RAM. The Core i7, 8GB RAM and 512 GB SSD model costs $1949. Pre-order for Surface Pro 3 will start tomorrow. Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. It is not live yet. The device will start shipping on June 20th in the US and Canada. Availability of the device will be expanded to 26 other countries including Australia, France, Germany, Spain and UK by end of August. Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pen will be available for pre-order starting May 21 at 12:01 a.m. EDT through Microsoftstore.com, Microsoft retail stores and select third-party retailers. Commercial ...

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At Surface press event, Microsoft announced that they have been working with Adobe for optimizing Adobe apps for Windows platform. Adobe executive took stage to announce that Photoshop has been optimized for Surface Pro 3. The app now works well with touch controls such as zoom in/zoom out, panning, and more. Also, Adobe announced that we can expect more news related to Adobe Creative apps for Windows in the future. Adobe executive also praised that Surface Pro 3 along with Photoshop is a creator’s dream. ...

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Meet #SurfacePro3, the tablet that can replace your laptop. #SurfacePro3 features a gorgeous 12″ ClearType display with a 2160 x 1440 screen resolution. Try to look away. At only 800 grams, the #SurfacePro3 is heavyweight performance in a featherweight form. With @intel i3, i5, and i7 processors, the #SurfacePro3 is our fastest, most powerful device yet. The multi-position kickstand on #SurfacePro3 is gorgeous and productive at any angle. Type in your comfort zone with the redesigned #SurfacePro3 Type Cover. We’ve completely redesigned the #SurfacePro3’s touch pad. Tap and scroll to your heart’s content. Open @MSOneNote instantly with the Surface Pen on #SurfacePro3. With Dolby sound and a gorgeous 12” display, #SurfacePro 3 is an entertainment powerhouse. Pre-order it from Microsoft Store today. ...

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At the press event held in NYC, Microsoft announced a device for its Surface range called Surface Pro 3. Surface Pro 3 will run on full Windows 8.1 as opposed to Windows RT. Surface Pro 3 will come with 12-inch screen 2160X14400, 9.1 mm thickness and weighs less than 900Gms. It is the thinnest Intel core product  and comes with multi-stage Kictstand which you can use to angle the device upto 150 degrees. You can choose up to Intel Core i7 processor as well. ...

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Microsoft has invited the press for a small gathering in the New York City later today. Microsoft is expected to reveal couple of new Surface devices. Lots of reports claim that Microsoft will unveil a Surface Mini and a Surface Pro device with larger display at the event. Also, expect new Type Covers with improved Touchpad experience. The event will begin at 11am ET (8am PT). Tune in and see what’s next for Surface. Find the local timing for this event here. Watch the Microsoft Surface Event here. ...

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The annual Information Sector report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) was released today. In general, customers are more satisfied with the with telecommunication services and technologies than they were a year ago. But, the customer satisfaction with computer software for desktops and laptops continues to fall. Microsoft and the aggregate of smaller software makers both backslide 1% to 74 and 76, respectively. Customer satisfaction with computer software manufactured for desktops and laptops stabilizes at an ACSI score of 76. The aggregate of small software makers including Intuit (TurboTax), Adobe (Acrobat), and multiple antivirus programs takes a slight 1% gain to 77. Likewise. Microsoft, the largest individual software manufacturer, experiences an incremental gain to 75. These upticks, however, are not enough to Impact the industry as a whole. Shrinking shipments of desktop and laptop PCs continue to pose a challenge for traditional software makers as a plethora of relatively ...

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Chinese government today made a strange move by announcing the ban of Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS in government computers. As per reports, the ban is due to the notice on the use of energy-saving products. The official Xinhua news claims that it was due to security concerns. It is not yet clear on what exactly is the cause of Windows 8 ban. The Central Government Procurement Center issued the ban on installing Windows 8 on government computers as part of a notice on the use of energy-saving products, posted on its website last week. The official Xinhua news agency said the ban was to ensure computer security after Microsoft ended support for its Windows XP operating system, which was widely used in China. Neither the government nor Xinhua elaborated on how the ban supported the use of energy-saving products, or how it ensured security. Microsoft is yet to comment on ...

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft has started selling their flagship X series device Nokia XL in India. Along with this, Microsoft has also quietly started selling the Nokia X+ Dual Sim device for Rs. 8,399 in India. Microsoft has partnered with Airtel to offer users free unlimited download of Android apps for six months on the Nokia XL Dual SIM. It comes with 4-inch display, Qualcomm S4 Dual core processor, 768MB RAM and 4GB of built-in storage. Viral Oza, Director Marketing of Microsoft Mobile commented the following, After receiving a great response with the Nokia X, which introduced the category to this market, we are now bringing the much awaited Nokia XL and X+ to our consumers. Nokia XL, our flagship offering within the Nokia X family, comes packed with a large screen experience with a superlative front camera and a wide array of apps, offering a great Smartphone ...

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UK based developer Rare Studios is the creative brain behind popular Kinect based titles such as Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports Rivals still remains an important part of Microsoft despite Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. Phil Spencer recently said that the studio is independent to chose their next project and they are “evaluating what they want to do next”. Today, Eurogamer reported that Rare has experienced layoffs following underwhelming sales of Kinect Sports Rivals and around 16 people have been let go. Microsoft commented the following regarding layoffs, “At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences. As part of Rare’s commitment to this goal, we have made a decision to change our development process and methodology at Rare to best support our future projects, this has led to us reviewing the skills and the makeup of our development ...

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There is a new report from Computerworld claiming that Microsoft won’t be unveiling the much anticipated Surface Mini device at the press event scheduled later today in the US. Since last month, we have seen various reports from Bloomberg to Neowin claiming that Microsoft will reveal a ARM based Surface Mini device that will include Stylus support. Microsoft is also expected to reveal a bigger Surface Pro device that will start with Intel Core i3 CPU/64GB for $799 to Intel Core i7/512GB for $1899. Today, Computerworld reports that Microsoft won’t be revealing a Surface Mini device. Instead, Microsoft will reveal a Surface Pro device with large screen targeting the enterprise and pro customers. The anticipated Surface, which many had assumed would be a device with a 7- or 8-in. screen — dubbed by wags as the “Surface Mini” — will, in fact, not be unveiled Tuesday at Microsoft’s New York ...

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AdDuplex today published their report on Windows tablet market based on the data collected from almost 800 apps in the Windows Store. Microsoft Surface RT is the most used device among all Windows 8 devices and it is ahead of Surface 2 by a huge margin. Surface RT is still the most popular device to run Windows Store apps by a huge margin. That said, Surface 2 has still a long way to go to catch up with it’s older sibling, but it has moved from number 4 to 2 in less than 2 months. Surface Pro 2 has entered the top-10 too. So all of the Surfaces are now represented in the top-10. Among Microsoft devices, Surface RT is more than 75% of the devices, while Surface 2 and Surface Pro are in the 2nd and 3rd positions. Among the Windows 8 OEMs, Microsoft is the No.1 OEM with ...

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Earlier today, we reported that Google is going to acquire Twitch game streaming service for about $1 billion. Twitch is extremely popular among gamers and has over 45 million monthly users. Now, The Verge reports that Twitch chose Google over Microsoft amid multiple buyout offers. They believed that Google’s YouTube would be a greater fit for their strategy as Microsoft may restrict them to Xbox after the deal. Also, they expect Google to help them scale after the acquisition to meet the demands of the gamers. Microsoft and others have made serious approaches to Twitch, said the person, but YouTube was deemed the better fit. It’s unlikely that the gamer-friendly Twitch would have wanted any part of a deal that would tie the service to Xbox, as it’s embedded in Sony’s rival PlayStation console as well. A source familiar with the deal says that Twitch likely would have rejected a ...

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Microsoft has organized Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 in Washington, D.C. from July 13-17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. At WPC 2014, Microsoft’s partners can grow their professional network and their business by networking, learning business building best practices, and honing their expertise with Microsoft solutions. They can learn how Microsoft is betting big on the five trends of the modern IT industry—Cloud, Data, Leadership, Mobility, and Social—and discover where opportunities exist for their business to expand. Even though the conference is open to anyone who gets the passes, Microsoft every year restricts employees of certain companies from attending their events. Last year’s list included Google, Salesforce and VMWare. This year, Microsoft has added Amazon to the list. It is not a surprising move from Microsoft given the fact that they are competing against each other in Cloud Computing industry. The following companies and their employees and representatives are excluded from pre-purchasing ...

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