Review Category : Microsoft

It seems the prophets of doom may have been wrong about demand for the Microsoft Surface, as the cheapest of the 3 packages have now sold out on pre-order, and have gone on back order. The $499 tablet, sold without the touch cover, is now on 3 weeks back order (which presumably means about 2 weeks after the other Surface tablets are delivered). Microsoft is rumoured to have ordered up to 5 million Surface tablets for Q4 2012, so hopefully this level of interest will continue and help make the RT platform a success. Thanks Kamara for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has been keeping very quite about the resolution of the Surface RT display, but today finally revealed it was 1366×768  pixels. In the days of the iPad’s 2048×1536 “Retina” display which is supposed to make pixels imperceptible at arms length , 1366×768  seems downright low resolution. Microsoft’s applied sciences department manager Stevie Bathich however explained things are not as clear-cut as it seems, and that the iPad’s high resolution display may in fact hurt readability. He writes: Hey I tried to answer this resolution question for another post, but it got stuck.. So I will try here: Hey this is Stevie. Screen resolution is one component of perceived detail. The true measure of resolvability of a screen called Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), not Pixels. MTF is a combination of both contrast and resolution. There are over a dozen subsystems that effect this MTF number.. Most folks just focus on ...

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Microsoft posted the above video of their new Surface tablet, showing more usage scenarios, especially of the camera and touch cover, and emphasizes features that set is apart from the iPad, including support for USB drives and microSD cards. The Surface’s slogan “click in and do more” is also clearly targeting the iPad, and I am sure Microsoft hopes the increased functionality of the tablet will justify its iPad-equivalent price. Via Neowin.net ...

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Microsoft Surface team answered questions from various users on Reddit today. Here are some interesting info gathered from there, If you buy a 32GB Surface, after the OS, OfficeRT and a bunch of apps, you will still have about 20GB free space. You cannot install apps on the SD card you insert into Surface, but you can move your photos, music and videos. Why no 3G/4G models: “We made what we feel is World Class WiFi connectivity. For 3G/4G we looked at several elements when deciding on what features to include. We knew that the primary use was going to be in the home, we looked at tablet sales data 2/3 WiFi, 1/3 Mobile Broadband. Of the 1/3 sold, 1/2 were activated. Phone hotspot / tethering use was also a consideration.” Regarding usage of TouchCover and TypeCover: “Hey this is Stevie, yes absolutely. Both TouchCover and TypeCover have sensors that ...

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Microsoft has been less than forthcoming with the details of their Surface tablets, including for many months now specifics such as what the screen resolution is or how many megapixels the camera is. Now Microsoft has released a PDF with slightly more information,  revealing amongst other information what the screen resolution of both Surface tablets are ( 1366×768 and 1920×1080) and whether the Surface RT supports a stylus (only capacitive pens it seems). Of course we still do not know what the resolutions of the cameras are (presumably around 2 megapixel each for HD support) but at least we know the RT tablet has 2 microphones while the Pro tablet has one. The PDF can be downloaded from Microsoft here. ...

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Along with the details about pricing, specs and availability of Surface tablet, Microsoft also posted a video on YouTube about the behind the scenes process that happened during the making of Surface. As you can see from the video above, Microsoft focused on every part of the tablet is of high quality and serves its purpose. Microsoft Surface is not same as anything in the current tablet market and has lots of unique features. Some of them are the Vapour Magnesium build, TouchCover, etc,. Enjoy the video above. You can pre-order Microsoft Surface here.  ...

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Microsoft today revealed the pricing and availability details of its upcoming Windows RT tablet Surface. Surface with Windows RT will initially be available in three SKUs: a 32GB version priced at US$499, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$599, and a 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$699. It will be on sale online in eight markets including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. Pre-order was already started in few countries and in US it will start in few minutes from now.   ...

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Microsoft Surface 32GB Acer Iconia W510 OS WindowsRT Windows 8 Processor ARM, NVidia Tegra 3 Intel Atom z-760 1.5 ghz Storage 32 Gb 32 GB, microSD Screen 1366×768, 10.6 inch 1366×768, 10.1 inch Camera front and rear camera 2 MP front, 8 MP rear Battery 8-13 hours up to 9 hours Weight 676g 600g Dimensions 9.3mm 167.5×258.5×8.8 mm Price $499 $499 With the price of the Microsoft Surface RT models now finally released, one can make an informed comparison between the various tablets. The tablet closest in price to the Surface RT is the Acer Iconia W510, at $499 without the keyboard dock. An extra $100 gets you the keyboard cover on the Surface RT 32 GB, while an extra $250 gets you an additional 32 GB storage and the keyboard dock, with built-in battery, on the Iconia W510. Looking at the specs, which one will out readers be choosing? ...

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Microsoft today announced the pricing of Surface tablets. Microsoft running Windows RT will priced starting from $499. The $499 version of Surface will include 32GB without Touch Cover and with TouchCover it will cost $599. 64GB model without Touch Cover will cost $599 and with Touch Cover it will cost $699. This pricing denotes that Microsoft has not planned to be disruptive and they are taking a safe bet. This pricing will allow OEMs to breath in WinRT ecosystem, it will also act as a design stand point and more importantly it will not burn Microsoft’s balance sheets. What do you think? via: The Verge ...

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  WSJ today reported that Microsoft is planning to sell 3-5 Million Surface Tablets this quarter alone. According to component suppliers in Asia with whom WSJ spoke with,  Microsoft has placed orders to produce 3 million to 5 million of these tablets in the fourth quarter. This number looks equal to what Amazon and Google placed orders for Kindle and Nexus. Can Microsoft beat their expectations? Source: WSJ ...

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Microsoft kicked off its marketing campaign for its upcoming Windows 8 tablet Surface yesterday night. In case you missed it, you can watch it here. This ad was aired on TV during Monday Night Football and Dancing with the Stars in US. Now, Paul Thurrott of Winsupersite is reporting that pricing and availability announcement of Surface will be made on today(10/16). Will Microsoft begin the pre-orders for Microsoft Surface today along with pricing and availability announcement? I hope so! Source: Winsupersite ...

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Microsoft today started rolling out the dashboard update for Xbox 360 users. This new update brings in several new features to Xbox 360 such as the new Music app, SmartGlass support, Internet Explorer browser, etc,. New Features that will be part of this update are as follows, Internet Explorer for Xbox. We will bring the web browser to your TV with navigation supported by Kinect voice, Xbox SmartGlass and the Xbox 360 controller. We have also added autocomplete functionality to the address bar, making it easier than ever to get to the websites you love. Genre search will be an added option for voice search so you’ll be able to search by genres such as comedy, drama, action, etc. to quickly find movies and TV shows across your entertainment apps. Web video results. Bing voice search will be extended to include content in the YouTube app, which will be displayed ...

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Microsoft today started their marketing of Surface in TV with their new ad. Earlier today Microsoft posted a time lapse video showing the making of Surface street art. This is just start of the $400 million marketing campaign Microsoft has planned for the upcoming Surface. What do you think of this first TV ad? ...

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Except for the issue that many new features will not be coming to Windows Phone 7, Xbox Music Pass only adds features to Zune Pass for subscribers, who can look forward to a cross-platform music streaming client, a bigger library, portable playlists and eventually the ability to plug the holes in the streaming selection by uploading your own tracks. Microsoft sent the above circular to their Zune Pass subscribers informing them of the same, and also, as a sweetener, offered them 1,000 Microsoft Points, which should be just about enough to hire a movie or buy a few tracks, which is not bad for doing nothing. Let the Xbox Music party begin! Via Neowin.net. Thanks Amedeo for the tip. ...

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