Review Category : surface

  Microsoft released a firmware update for Surface Pro 2 users in December and then later pulled it due to issues caused by the update. Microsoft then said, “To ensure the best experience for our customers during the holiday season, we have taken steps to remove the update for Surface Pro 2 that was previously published through Windows Update on December 10,” and even confirmed that they are working to release an alternative update package after the holidays. Today, there are reports that Microsoft Surface Pro 2 users are receiving firmware update dated 18/01/2014. Microsoft is yet to confirm whether this is the fix for the firmware update released last month or something different.   Source: Surfaceforums via: ZDNET Microsoft Releases Firmware Updates For Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 With Lots Of Improvements Surface Pro 2 Firmware Patch Pulled From Windows Update; Fix Will Come Next Year Microsoft Working Through The Holidays ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced the Surface Classroom Design Challenge where it was asking us to help them re-imagine the classroom. What would it look like if every student had a Surface as a learning tool? How would Teachers teach with a Surface? What kind of furniture, and accessories would they need? How can we make using Surface in the Classroom even better? As a result, Microsoft ended up with lots of designs from people – like Surface desks, binders, backpacks, RC blades, solar powered chargers, and more. Now, you need to just vote for your favorite idea. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite idea. Spend some time browsing the Gallery, pick your favorite ideas, register, and vote (limit 1 vote per day). You could win a Surface 2 just for voting. But better hurry – the voting ends January 17th. http://www.SurfaceClassroomChallenge.com/ via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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Most of the consumer electronics companies are busy showing off their products at CES happening in the US this week. Microsoft last year decided to move away from CES since its timing didn’t align with Microsoft’s product cycle. If you were really missing some news from Microsoft for CES, consider this as your savior. @MSFTnerd today tweeted about some of Microsoft’s future plans. Microsoft is bringing InstantGo support for BayTrail+, Mullins and other SoCs with Windows 8.1 Update 1. Microsoft is planning to bring Surface 3 powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with Denver CPU (64-bit ARMv8) in end of 2014. You can expect Surface Mini and LTE versions of Surface 2 before the end of 2014. Microsoft is planning to use AMDs upcoming Mullins CPU instead of their custom designed chip for its upcoming Xbox TV. Microsoft’s previous plans to release Surface notebook is on hold for now. via: ...

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Microsoft releases December 2013 update for Surface Pro 2 devices with no.of improvements. Since its release, many Surface Pro 2 device owners faced problems with the update and resulted in poor battery life. Microsoft pulled the update and reported that they are working on a fix. Now, Microsoft Support team has confirmed that a new firmware update is coming to Surface Pro 2 owners on Jan 14th. “Just got off a call with Surface support team and they confirmed that the new firmware will be released January 14th. Interesting the support team have been told by Microsoft that the botched December firmware only affected 3 in 1000 devices, needless to say I nearly fell off my chair when they said that!” December 2013 update: Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games. Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points. Improved Surface Cover interaction ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 was released to the market in October last year and it was powered by 1.6GHz Intel i5-4200U CPU. The Verge today reported that the latest Microsoft Surface Pro units comes with the 4300U CPU. The main difference between both these CPUs is 4300U being clocked higher, and it includes Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology for improved security. Microsoft has confirmed this slight CPU upgrade in latest Surface Pro 2 units. They provided the following statement for the reason behind this upgrade.  “Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers,” “With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains excellent.” If you are an early adopter of Surface Pro 2, does this new affect you? I don’t think consumers will really feel the ...

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This is a good news for Microsoft. Following the poor sales of first generation Surface RT devices, Microsoft reduced the price of the device by almost half and sold it through various retailers in the US. As a result, the number of devices in consumers hands has increased significantly. From the latest data of online ad network Chitika, Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle grew their tablet market share over others. In fact, Surface usage share was more than that of Google Nexus tablets. Microsoft’s Surface lineup also continued its impressive year end run. Surface users generated more tablet traffic than all Google Nexus tablet users following the holiday, making Microsoft the fourth-largest source of continental tablet Web traffic should it maintain the lion’s share of this latest share growth. How Chitika came to this number, To quantify this latest report, Chitika Insights surveyed a sample of tens of millions of smartphone and tablet online ad ...

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Few days back Microsoft said, “To ensure the best experience for our customers during the holiday season, we have taken steps to remove the update for Surface Pro 2 that was previously published through Windows Update on December 10,” and even confirmed that they are working to release an alternative update package after the holidays. It seems, Microsoft has changed their minds and decided to deliver the fix earlier than expected. Here is the info from the Support forums, We are working through the holidays to deliver a fix for the small number of customers that have experience decreased battery life and booting/sleeping problems as a result of the December update.  We took the update down to prevent additional customers from ending up in this state. All hardware failures, none of which are known to be caused by the December update, are being handled promptly through our warranty exchange policy. The UEFI firmware ...

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With just a five days to go before Christmas, shoppers are in full-on spending mode, but those looking to score the new Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 may be having a tough time finding one. As of this writing, Microsoft’s online store shows the Surface 2 as sold out and the same message for the 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB model for the Surface Pro 2. A check for either version of the device on Wal-Mart’s online store also showed the device as “out of stock,” with the exception of the 128GB Surface Pro 2 as above. A number of customers are also reporting that the device is sold out at physical Best Buy stores. However, Best Buy’s website shows the device as available. Mashable did an investigation on the availability of the Surface in retail Best Buy stores: I conducted my own unscientific test to see what would happen if I called local stores looking for ...

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In a post on the Surface blog, Bryson Gordon, a director on the Surface team wrote: Like a lot of Microsoft-ies, I am the resident tech support contact for my extended family. This means that when my in-laws’ old laptop needed some TLC, I took it down to the team at the Microsoft Store, University Village to get it taken care. Outside of getting it running like new, a few of the associates starting talking with pride about one of their own, Jonathan Velasquez, and what he could do with the Surface Music Kit. I left my email address and later that night, after the doors closed, (you’ll notice in the video it is 9:18pm), Jonathan sent me this video. I’ll let it speak for itself. The Surface Music Kit may launch at the Build conference in early April.  Currently Microsoft is having a tough time keeping the Surface, Surface ...

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The Surface Pro 64GB is now just $599 – a $200 savings.  You can purchase online or at a physical Microsoft Store.  The Surface Pro 128GB is $679 a $220 savings.  Microsoft is also offering touch covers for $50 with the purchase of a Surface. The Surface bundle is being offered for $269, a $75 savings, which includes Office 365 Home Premium, Complete for Surface Pro 2-year warranty, Touch Cover (Cyan), and Surface Pro Screen Protector. Note, this is the Surface Pro 1, not the Surface Pro 2.  Are you considering buying it at this price point or will you hold out for the rumored Surface Mini? Let us know in the comments below… Purchase: Surface Pro ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on smaller version of Surface device to be released next year. There were several reports in the past which confirmed the same, but the details on the device are yet to be confirmed. Some reports said that the device will have 8.3 inch 1080p display, while some reported that it will have 7.5-inch 1080p device. Some reports said that the device will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Today, WPDang reported that Surface Mini will come with 8” 1080p display and Intel Bay Trail CPU running full Windows 8.1. They also reported that an ARM version of the same may be in the works. Surface Mini will include some new Kinect like technology that will be able to recognize people’s faces, human hand gestures and more. I’m more skeptical about this Kinect like somatosensory technology baked in Surface mini, but we have to ...

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Microsoft today released December firmware updates for both its second generation Surface devices. The updates for Surface 2 and Surface Pro include improved trackpad experience and several other improvements. Surface 2 December update change log: Screen dimming during CPU intensive operations resolved. Decreased charge time for batteries. Two-finger trackpad use optimized. Update to support additional external displays. Skype video quality improved. Resolved delay during restart when Bluetooth devices are connected. Surface Pro 2 December update change log: Improved system stability, including when minimizing full screen games. Updated Wi-Fi driver for improved wireless display and connectivity with wireless access points. Improved Surface Cover interaction including power-saving sleep functionality. Color fidelity improvements for all applications. Optimized two-finger trackpad use. Enhanced audio experience when connected to a Display Port 1.2 device. Surface RT December update change log: Surface Home Button Driver update to optimize available system memory. Surface Type Cover audio device driver ...

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After releasing couple of ads for Surface devices on comparing with Apple iPad, Microsoft today posted the above video ad today. In the new ad, Microsoft focuses on the built-in USB port of Surface devices. The port can be used to charge other devices, connect external drives, accessories, etc,. It compares this feature with Samsung Galaxy Tab which sports only one Micro USB port that will be required during charging. And you need additional accessories to use USB devices in Samsung Galaxy Tab. Watch the video ad above.  Check out more at http://www.surface.com/compare. ...

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Microsoft today released couple of ads to promote Surface devices by comparing them with the competing Apple iPad. The first ad shows the usage of tablets in the cooking scenario. If you want to use a tablet while cooking, Surface is a perfect device for you. Why? Surface comes with built-in Kickstand while you need to purchase separate case for iPad to make it stand straight. Also, the cooking app in the Surface works with gestures allowing you to turn your recipe pages with a wave of your hand. In iPad, you should shout at your tablet with voice commands which often fails. The second ad shows the scenario where a single tablet is shared among the family. In the case of Surface, you can create multiple user accounts with separate login and personalized environment. In Apple iPad, you always have one account and one home screen for all. What ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Microsoft Store on eBay in the US. It is basically Microsoftstore.com within eBay. Microsoft is expanding their online retail presence with this move. As you can expect, all Microsoft products from Xbox to Surface are available. Our customers continue to tell us they want more choice, value and service and appreciate how our stores connect them to the best of Microsoft. This delights us to no end. By working with eBay, a top global shopping destination with more than 124 million active users globally, even more customers can now purchase their favorite Microsoft first-party products including Surface and Xbox, as well as accessories. Our customers can expect the same safe online shopping experience, return policy and free shipping from the Microsoft Store on eBay that they’ve come to expect on microsoftstore.com. Visit Microsoft Store on eBay. ...

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We are just few weeks away from Black Friday deals. Many retailers in the US have started publishing their deal information online. BesyBuy yesterday revealed their upcoming Black Friday deals. It includes Surface tablet (previously known as Surface RT) as well. Surface 32GB will go on sale for $199, down from its original price of $349.99. The deal will be valid from November 28-30, 2013. Get ready for the Black Friday shopping! Source: BestBuy ...

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