Review Category : surface

To promote the launch of Surface Pro 3 in the UK, Microsoft has asked popular British artist James Mylne to draw famous portraits on a Surface Pro 3 using Fresh Paint app and the stylus. James created the paintings of the Bronte Sisters, William Shakespeare and Dame Christabel Pankhurst. “After years of creating art with a ballpoint pen on paper, it’s remarkable how quickly I was able to adapt my working style to the Surface Pro 3,” the 33-year-old artist explained. “The Pen has many levels of pressure sensitivity, which enabled me to create smooth, precise lines and capture the depth and spirit of each painting.” The results were amazing, find them below. About the artist from Wikipedia, James Mylne is a British contemporary artist known for his drawings in ballpoint pen. His technical abilities with this unorthodox art medium have earned Mylne recognition in Europe and the UK, where ...

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During the announcement about expansion of Surface Pro 3 availability to 25 additional markets, Microsoft posted a new infographic to promote devices like Surface Pro 3. Check it out above. Take a look at research we recently conducted in the Asia Pacific region showing burgeoning demand for hybrid devices. People want the ability to do more. Surface Pro 3 delivers the productivity of a PC and the freedom of a tablet. Make no mistake, Surface Pro 3 packs the power of a high-end PC (you can read up on full device specs here) and when combined with the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, it goes from the “tablet that can replace your laptop” to the “tablet that can replace your laptop and your desktop PC.” And even with its capabilities to do all this, Surface Pro 3 is still 30 percent thinner and 26 percent lighter than an 11-inch MacBook ...

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Microsoft today expanded the availability of Surface Pro 3 tablet to retailers and resellers in 25 additional geographies around the world. Consumers can buy Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 versions of Surface Pro 3 in these countries and the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station is now available for pre-order in all 28 markets and will be generally available starting September 12. Find the full list of launch markets below. Surface Pro 3 is now available at retailers and resellers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. For our customers who pre-ordered Surface Pro 3, your devices will begin shipping as early as today. For those interested in checking out a Surface Pro 3 for yourselves, find out which retailers and resellers near ...

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To promote the launch of Surface Pro 3 among Australian schools, Microsoft has created a cardboard replica of the Surface Pro 3 device. As you can see in the video above, this cardboard version of Surface Pro 3 has a MP4 player built-in which shows promo material related to Surface Pro 3 when you open it. Microsoft has sent this cardboard Surface Pro 3 for many schools in Australia. via: The Verge ...

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Recently, we reported that Microsoft has now reduced the price of Surface 2 tablets by over $100 in the US. The entry level 32GB model now costs $349 while 64GB model costs $449. Thin, light, with up to 10 hours of video playback on a gorgeous Full HD display, Surface 2 lets you do the things you want. For $349, I guess it offers great value to customers. NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2Gb System Memory, 32GB Hard Drive 10.6″ High-definition widescreen 5-point multitouch with ClearType technology (1920 x 1080) Front Facing 2.5MP camera, Rear Facing 5.0MP Camera SD Card Slot, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI Output, Windows RT 8.1, Touchscreen, Internal Speakers 1 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty This offer is also now live in the US from various retailers. For example, Tesco and Currys are currently selling Surface 2 for £259. Order Surface 2 for $374 from Microsoft Store US here. ...

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Few months back, Microsoft announced a new Xbox One SKU that starts at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU will be made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Microsoft also made it clear that Kinect remains an important part of their vision. They revealed a stat that more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console. Microsoft will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Just Dance 2014,” “Project Spark” and more. At that time, Microsoft said that they will make Kinect as a separate add-on later this fall. Now, As per report from WPC, Microsoft is ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 models are now available for lower prices from Microsoft Store. The entry level model is now available for just $720 and the savings increases up to $195 when you order the Intel Core i7 / 512GB model. Find the new pricing and Microsoft Store links below, Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $719.10 (Actual: $799) Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $899.10 (Actual: $999) Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,169.10 (Actual: $1,299) Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,394.10 (Actual: $1,549) Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,754.10 (Actual: $1,949)   All the Surface Pro 3 units will come with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus multi-touch display with 2160 x 1440 resolution and stylus as well. You can find the detailed specs ...

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Microsoft has now reduced the price of Surface 2 tablets by over $100. The entry level 32GB model now costs $349 while 64GB model costs $449. Thin, light, with up to 10 hours of video playback on a gorgeous Full HD display, Surface 2 lets you do the things you want. For $349, I guess it offers great value to customers. NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2Gb System Memory, 32GB Hard Drive 10.6″ High-definition widescreen 5-point multitouch with ClearType technology (1920 x 1080) Front Facing 2.5MP camera, Rear Facing 5.0MP Camera SD Card Slot, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI Output, Windows RT 8.1, Touchscreen, Internal Speakers 1 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty Order Surface 2 for $374 from Microsoft Store here. ...

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Microsoft today released a system firmware update for Surface Pro 3 devices. Usually, Microsoft releases firmware updates once in a month during patch Tuesdays. This week’s update includes features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios. This week’s firmware update: The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 8/19/2014” when you view your update history. Surface Pro UEFI (v3.9.150.0) adds features to display BIOS password state and asset tag information, as well as improving boot times in some scenarios. Last week’s firmware update: Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v38.4.50.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v3.9.250.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover and enhances overall system stability. Microsoft LifeCam Front (v5.20.1034.0) significantly improves power consumption during video chat such as Skype, supports Flash camera streaming in Internet Explorer, and improves overall functionality ...

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You can now save up to $199.98 by buying the Surface Pro 3 Essentials Bundle from Microsoft Store. You can build a bundle that includes Surface Pro 3, choice of Type Cover and Surface sleeve, 2-year warranty, and 1 year of Office 365. Essentials Bundle includes Surface Pro 3, your choice of Type Cover, choice of select Surface sleeves, Microsoft Complete Warranty Protection for accidental damage, and 1 year of Office 365 Home or Personal. Surface Pro 3: Offering unmatched versatility, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet has all the power and performance of a premium laptop in a thin and lightweight design. It also comes with the all-new Surface Pen which delivers a natural writing and drawing experience. Type Cover: Transform your Surface Pro 3 into a premium laptop with the Surface Pro Type Cover. Available in multiple colors, the Surface Pro Type Cover features magnetic stability to keep the ...

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Microsoft today announced that Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 is now available for order from Microsoft Store. Docking Station allows you to turn your Surface Pro 3 into a full-blown desktop PC, giving you easy access to your external monitors, keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers, and more. Microsoft also highlighted the improvements they have made over last generation Docking Station. For example, they have added more USB ports and many of them support USB 3.0. While you docked the SP2, the USB 3.0 port on the Surface  is still available for use when it is docked. Also, they have added Security Lock slot to it. Docking Station features: Instant office Just click your Surface Pro 3 into the dock and go from tablet to full desktop PC in an instant. With an Ethernet port, Mini DisplayPort, and five USB ports (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0) you can easily connect an HD monitor, wired ...

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In order to raise awareness about ALS, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella accepted Steve Gleason’s Ice Bucket Challenge and challenged Jeff Bezos and Larry Page to do the same. If they are not taking the challenge, they need to donate money for it. Even Mark Zuckerberg took the challenge and poured a bucket of water on himself. He challenged Bill Gates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to do the same. On Wednesday, the Ability Eye Gaze team, which won the Grand Prize in Microsoft’s first-ever companywide Hacakthon, was given the chance to dump a bucket of ice water on CEO Satya Nadella as part of an effort to raise awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS.) The Eye Gaze team had set out to do a project to help Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gleason’s foundation aims to raise ...

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  When Surface Pro 3 was originally few months back, few artists like Penny Arcade’s  Gabriel pointed out the annoying home button issue while they are drawing on Surface. Whenever he was trying to draw, he kept brushing that home button and getting kicked out to the desktop. Microsoft Surface team invited him to the campus and a team of designers and engineers watched him actually draw to find a solution to the issue. While they are trying to fix the issue from software side, you can disable the home button as a whole when you are going to use it for drawing. To disable or enable the Windows button, perform the following steps: Open up Windows Device Manager – an easy way to do this is to open the Charms bar and search “Device Manager” Select “System Devices” Click on the “Surface Home Button” item in the list On the “Surface Home Button ...

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It is Patch Tuesday and on schedule Microsoft has released a number of updates for the Surface RT, Surface Pro,  and Pro 3. Find update details below. Surface Pro 2: No product updates were released for Surface Pro 2 in August. Surface Pro: Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth (v14.69.24054.176) improves network connection stability and enables functionality on WiFi networks using a hidden SSID. Surface 2: No updates in August. Surface RT: Surface RT UEFI (v3.31.500) enhances overall system stability. Surface Pro 3: Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v38.4.50.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v3.9.250.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover and enhances overall system stability. Microsoft LifeCam Front (v5.20.1034.0) significantly improves power consumption during video chat such as Skype, supports Flash camera streaming in Internet Explorer, and improves overall functionality and stability. Surface Ethernet Adapter (v8.14.0704.2014) improved support for the gigabit Surface Ethernet Adapter. Download ...

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Autodesk yesterday announced SketchBook Pro 7 for Windows along with a new membership offering for Autodesk SketchBook, a family of digital painting and sketching apps. SketchBook Pro 7 boasts new community-requested features including Perspective Guides with 1 point, 2 point, 3 point, and Fisheye modes; Flipbook mode with animation timeline; a new drawing engine; and workflow improvements including Distort Transform, Gradient Flood Fills, improved Selection, layer grouping, multi-layer selection, and Blending modes. You can start using SketchBook for desktop completely free. This starter edition provides core tools to create basic drawings and enables artists to become familiar with the natural drawing experience and power of SketchBook. A paid membership of either $24.99 per year or $2.99 per month unlocks the latest SketchBook Pro 7. As per Surface team, SketchBook runs great on the latest Surface Pro 3 and supports a fully pressure sensitive drawing/sketching experience out of the box. I’m sure Surface Pro 3 ...

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If you are following Microsoft for the past few years, you might not be surprised to hear that Microsoft continues to lose money on its Surface tablets. ComputerWorld spoke with an analyst and concluded that Microsoft could have lost over $1.7 billion since its launch. In the last quarter, Surface business posted a revenue of $409 million and the cost of revenue was at $772 million. So, Microsoft lost about $363 million and they even mentioned in the financial reports that current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.” In FY2014, Microsoft lost about $676 million and in FY2013, Microsoft lost about $1.049 billion (including $900 million write-off). But does it matter to Microsoft? ComputerWorld and their analyst claims that Microsoft may stop investing in Surface if this loss continues for ...

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