Review Category : Microsoft

German online retailer Notebook.de has priced the x86 Windows 8 Surface Pro tablet on their site. The 64 GB model is priced at 679.83 EUR ($870) without tax, and the 128 GB model costs 763.87 EUR ($975). The full spec of the device reads as follows: 26.92 cm (10.6 ") Full HD ClearType multitouch display (1920×1080) Intel Core i5 (3rd generation) 4 GB RAM 64 GB of memory Intel HD 4000 Graphics (shared memory) Wireless LAN 802.11 a / ​​b / g / n Bluetooh 4.0 (Low Energy Technology) HD front & back camera with TrueColor and internal microphone SkyDrive feature VaporMG case Comes with stylus Weight: 900 g Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 2 years warranty . Notebook.de claims the tablets will be available in 3-4 weeks, which seems rather doubtful, with most expecting the device only in January 2013. If delivered earlier that would indeed be a great early ...

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Microsoft has not announced any Surface sales figures, leaving analysts to do what they do best. “We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments have been consistent,” wrote Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse in a note to clients. The Windows RT Surface tablet was launched on the 26th October and the cheaper model quickly sold out soon after. He added that returns “have been relatively few,” with most of those citing the lack of backwards compatibility with older Windows applications that will only be available when the company launches the “Pro” version of the tablet sometime early next year. Analyst Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest surveyed a number of Microsoft’s stores, and reported “strong” sales of the tablet and that most stores had gone through at least one round ...

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Microsoft Skype has launched two new pre-paid cards that will be available for £10 and £20 in UK through hundreds on retailers. Skype Prepaid Cards are the way to get access to a whole set of Skype premium features such as making affordable calls to mobiles and landlines around the world, Sending low cost text messages, Group video calling, Unlimited calls to a country of your choice, Access to to over one million global WiFi hotspots and more. Read the full press release after the break. Press Release: Skype Launches New Prepaid Card in UK Partners with Asda, Currys, PC World, Sainsburys’ and WHSmith for launch of Skype Cards London, November 5th 2012. Skype today announced the availability of Skype Prepaid Cards, a new way for users in the UK to purchase Skype Credit and add premium features to the free software they already use. Skype is joined in this initiative by five ...

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According to research firm IHS, Microsoft Surface 32GB costs $271 to build it and TouchCover costs just $16 to build. Microsoft Surface’s main components include a Tegra 3 processor chip from Nvidia, and a display and memory chips from Samsung. Samsung appears to be having a healthy profit from Surface by supplying display, the memory chips and the battery, pocketing about $137 (almost half of total Surface cost). As every other OEM do, Microsoft seems to be profiting more from the TouchCover keyboard accessory. TouchCover includes chips from Atmel and Freescale Semiconductor and since it’s a compelling accessory for users, Microsoft is trying to squeeze more profit margin from it. You can read more about it from All Things D here. ...

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Everyone knows that Windows RT is more secure than Windows 8 because of its closed nature and the app model surrounding it. Even though one cannot install unverified apps on Windows RT machines, already installed apps should be protected from hackers, etc. Recently, a Windows Phone Developer posted the above picture showing how he can hack a Windows RT game code to increase the gold coin numbers in the game. This may not sound serious to you, but the same amount of gold coins costs about $100 on Android! The above file was in IsoStore of the game and it was even encrypted. Even though signing/verifying the data should be taken care by app itself, I think Windows RT should provide more tamper-proof application storage solution for developers as individual developers themselves can’t do all these. What do you think? Thanks to WP Dev for the heads up. ...

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Microsoft and Google -as well as Dell, HP, Phillips and Intel- have expressed an interest in using ‘white spaces’ in their devices in order to provide their users with the convenience of widespread broadband access.  The white-space spectrum used by Microsoft is between 512-698 megahertz, offering a longer range than the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks we use currently, thus allowing people in rural areas to have better signal. The rumour is that Microsoft is planning to offer free WIFI as a value-added feature on Nokia’s handsets, with Senior government sources telling The Sunday Telegraph that Microsoft and Google have expressed “extreme interest” in unused sections of airwaves known as white spaces The two companies are rumored to looking to offer nation-wide WIFI to their smartphone users in UK using White Spaces spectrum. To clarify, white spaces are gaps between airwaves used for television, radio and mobile services, which are also used to prevent interference between ...

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Xbox Live is pretty well known for their misogynistic teens but it seems this is a reputation Microsoft is less than proud of and intends to actively combat. According to GameStop UK Microsoft is implementing a zero-tolerance policy against users who make sexist or derogatory comments on Xbox Live. "It can be dangerous to give adolescents a broadcast mechanism," said Kiki Wolfkill, the executive producer of Halo 4. "There are always going to be jerks out there, and if you give them a way to express that side of their personality without being seen, you’re going to see this type of behaviour manifest itself." Offenders  face a lifetime ban on the gaming network if they cross the line. Do our readers think this punitive approach is right, with what is after all paying customers or should there be a bigger focus on education? Let us know below. Via Neowin.net ...

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Paul Thurrott posted this useful tip on his WinSupersite. The Surface tablet lacks a rotation lock button, and the location of the switch is not that obvious. To lock the rotation of the screen, open the Charms > Settings > Screen and find the rotation lock switch on top of the brightness slider. A bit of an odd place to find it – hopefully Microsoft will make it more obvious in a future update. Via WinSupersite.com ...

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The Guardian reports, after the devastation of Sandy, which may have caused $30 billion in damages, a radical geo-engineering idea by scientist Professor Stephen Salter, backed by Bill Gates and Nathan Myhrvold is drawing some attention again. Developed after the last major US Hurricane-related tragedy, Katrina, which struck New Orleans and caused an estimated $81 billion damage, the Salter Sink is beautiful in its simplicity, using hundreds of 100m (300feet) long tubes held up by old car tyres and the natural action of waves to mix warm surface water, the main driver of hurricanes, with cool deep sea water. Each degree centigrade of difference can drop a hurricane by one scale, from scale 5 to scale 4 for example, and if surface temperature can be dropped below 26.5 degrees hurricanes can not form at all. "If you can cool the sea surface, you would calm the hurricanes. I estimate you ...

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In addition to their series of ads for Microsoft’s new tablet- the Surface, Microsoft has released the extended version of their first surface advert on YouTube as a treat to their fans.  The surface tablet was officially released on the 26th, and the 32 GB version is currently sold out in the United States.  While Microsoft has not yet released official figures it appears early sales are going well.  Early projections has Microsoft selling between 3 and 5 million Surface this holiday season. The Surface Pro Windows 8-based tablet will hit the market in January 2013. Check out the school children breakdancing alongside their Surface tablets in the video below. Watch more Surface ads on the official Microsoft Surface YouTube channel. ...

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The reviews are rolling in for Halo 4, and the game is universally being very well received, scoring 89/100 on Metacritic, and receiving 100/100 from multiple sites. The game is the first edition under the stewardship of 343 Industries, and the result has exceeded expectations. A staff of more than 340 worked on the title, which IGN has called “possibly the best game of 2012” IGN concludes: After soaking in the new game, I am beyond thrilled to be so in love with Halo again, more than I’ve been since Halo 2. Halo 4 is a masterstroke everyone can and should celebrate, and its two guaranteed sequels instantly make the next-generation Xbox a must-own system, with Halo 5 its most anticipated title. Halo has been rebuilt. It has been redefined. And it has been reinvigorated. The Xbox’s original king has returned to his rightful place on the throne. The game ...

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With a billion users security has been a top priority for Microsoft for some time now, as evidenced by Kaspersky’s Top 10 list of products with security vulnerabilities, which do not contain a single Microsoft product. In fact topping the list is Adobe’s Flash, which is rather worrying for an Internet facing application. Similarly Oracle’s Java also presents a significant risk to PCs, as the wave of cross-platform exploits this summer has shown. Next on the list is Apple, with another Internet facing application, Quicktime, which also presents a risk to Windows PCs. With the Windows OS layer now very well protected, it seems Windows users can protect themselves rather well by uninstalling apps like Flash, Java and Quicktime, a strategy which Microsoft itself promotes in the Metro side of Windows 8. See Kaspersky’s report “IT Threat Evolution Q3 2012” here. Via Hothardware.com ...

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Slashgear reviewed the Microsoft Surface against the Apple iPad 3 running iOS 6. While the devices Surface tablet had much to be commended for vs the iPad, the issue of the app ecosystem continued to raise its head, hopefully an issue which will rapidly be addressed by the 100,000 apps Microsoft promised by the end of the year. Slashgear’s full review of the device can be seen here. ...

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The iPad is not the best business computer. There is a lot of optimism around Microsoft recently, and a report from Business Insider from a Chief Information Officer from a large enterprise company that plans to buy 4000 Surface Pro tablets instead of iPads will certainly continue to add fuel to the fire. He plans to use the tablets to replace 4,000 aging Windows PCs, devices which he initially planned to replace with iPads. "For a large part of the executive team, we do need mobile devices and we were leaning towards the iPad," he said. "That’s that’s changed with the Surface." He notes it takes as long to learn the iPad user interface than Windows 8, and it did not offer the same advantages. "The big killer app for us is Office," he said. "We want to do Office natively" on the device because there’s better compatibility when running ...

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Microsoft has thrown together reporting tool for the New York Mayor’s office which citizens of New York can use to report damage to their to their property and help the city prioritize recovery and repair. The web app runs on Microsoft’s Azure platform and was put together by the STU/Account team and can be seen sandystormcityofnewyork.cloudapp.net. Windows Azure allows for applications to be built using many different programming languages, tools or frameworks and makes it possible for developers to integrate their public cloud applications in their existing IT environment for rapid deployment and great scalability. Read more about Azure at Microsoft here. ...

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WMPoweruser.com readers would be familiar with Laptop Magazine’s play-offs, in which Windows Phone fans have multiple times seen off the Android fan boys. While such contests are fun it is actually more rewarding to see the Microsoft  product win without the assistance of our hundreds of thousands of readers. This was the case most recently in the Laptop Magazine Tablet World Series, during which the Microsoft Surface handily beat the much cheaper Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. The next stage will pit the Windows RT tablet against either the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or Asus Transformer Pad, but I suspect given the general performance of Android tablets in the market the Mercedes of tablets will not have any problem dominating again. Thanks Jacopo for the tip. ...

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