Review Category : surface

Prior to Surface going on sale analysts predicted around 2 million would be sold.  After the quarter ended one analyst suggested about 1 million actually made it to market.  Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini however thinks the number may have been lower, a lot lower.  They estimate as few as 230,000 Surface tablets were sold, hardly enough to make a real impression in the market or support the Windows RT ecosystem.  Fortunately for Microsoft Windows 8 is there to carry the torch, with the company saying it has shipped more than 60 million licenses since launch Do our readers think the low-balled numbers are realistic? Let us us know below. via:  bgr.com ...

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On Thursday 24th January, Microsoft’s CFO Peter Klein said we should expect more distribution channels for the company’s Surface tablet line.  Today, there’s rumours that the Windows RT version of Surface will soon go on sale in Costco stores. Neowin reports that a list displaying Costco stores which require yearly membership will sell the 32 GB version of the tablet (without the touch cover) for $499.  The 32 GB and 64 GB versions of the tablet with the touch cover will be sold for $599 and $699.  Costco will also allow users to choose the colour of their Surface tablet touch cover, rather than being limited to the black touch cover. Now, in total, there are four retail outlets in US that are reported to sell the Surface RT tablet.  Microsoft’s retail stores were the first to offer the tablet at its launch on October 26th 2012, followed by Best ...

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  In a blog post Microsoft has formally announced the retail availability of the Surface Pro tablet from the 9th February in the U.S. and Canada through all Microsoft retail stores,microsoftstore.com and at Staples and Best Buy in the U.S. as well as from a number of locations in Canada. The Core i5 tablet will be retailing from $899 for the 64 GB model.  A 128 GB model will also be available for $999. The device will come with an included Surface Pen. Microsoft also announced expanded availability of the Surface RT tablet to 13 additional markets in the coming weeks, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Microsoft is also making additional accessories available, including laser-etched touch covers for $129 and the Surface-themed wedge mouse. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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Adduplex have given us a glimpse of their market share number gathered by their Windows 8 Store ad network. The numbers reveal, somewhat counter intuitively, that the Microsoft Surface has increased its share of the Windows 8 market, from 6% a month ago to 7.6% this month. This is despite the increase in the number of PCs running Windows 8 /RT from around 5000 to 7400 this month. Adduplex notes that this may be due to the expanded distribution of the Surface to non-Microsoft stores. The increase is despite Windows RT only being 9% of the Windows 8 market.  One can imagine with the release of the Surface Pro this percentage will only increase, leading to Microsoft giving real competition to the smaller OEMs. If should be noted that the data is drawn from Windows 8 Store apps, so Windows 8 x86 desktops and laptops are likely underrepresented, making Microsoft’s ...

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UBS analyst Brent Thrill estimates that Microsoft sold 1 million Surface RT tablets in the last quarter. He halved his previous Surface sales estimate of 2 million units. He says that people prefer iPads over Microsoft Surface and also lack of enough distribution affected Surface sales. Microsoft is selling Surface through its physical retail store and its online store alone. Thrill was also cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Intel based Surface Pro devices which will attract enterprise over iPads. via: SAI ...

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‘Super cool’ apple may be losing its grip on the teen demographic, according to bus marketing group, who polled teams as to their object of desire. Apparently apple’s latest i-products are too ubiquitous to be popular amongst the always counter culture teenage group.  Instead they are embracing current niche products such as Microsoft’s surface tablet. ‘Teens are telling us Apple is done,’ Tina Wells of the youth marketing agency Buzz Marketing Group told the website. ‘Apple has done a great job of embracing Gen X and older [Millennials], but I don’t think they are connecting with Millennial kids. [They’re] all about Surface tablets/laptops and Galaxy.’ As the iPhone and iPad increasingly becomes your fathers gadget, Microsoft may benefit from embracing their current role as the underdog. Read more at: Forbes.com and Dailymail.co.uk ...

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Analyst William Power from R.W. Baird have told that Microsoft‘s Surface sales was not encouraging from retail chains like BestBuy, Staples, etc,. According to the sales reps, the sales volumes have been modest to date. Microsoft’s Surface, which Best Buy just recently started carrying, was not recommended to us by reps without us asking about it specifically. When asked about sales to date, reps noted that the device was new and indicated that early demand has been modest relative to the iPad and Kindle Fire. We would also note that the device was in stock at every store we contacted […] We contacted Staples stores in an effort to further gauge Microsoft Surface sales, though our impression from speaking with reps was tablets are not a major seller at Staples. Tellingly, Staples doesn’t currently carry the iPad. When pressed for details, Staples reps indicated that Surface volumes have been modest to date. ...

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Engadget has just noticed a Microsoft tablet passing through the FCC which is most likely the Microsoft Surface. The tablet runs Windows 8 and has a number (1514) which is only 2 less than the 1516 number associated with the Surface RT. The FCC approval clears the way to a January release for the Intel tablet, which is now expected at the end of that month. See the entry at the FCC here. ...

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The Videolan team saw a massive responsive from their last update, raising nearly £4000 yesterday, but they are still £10,000 from their £40,000 target to create a VLC client for Windows Metro, which will eventually transfer to Windows Phone also. The team have therefore released two more high resolution renders resolution which can be seen here and here. To support the effort, which only has 9 days left, see the KickStarter page here. ...

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Picture of Windows 8 Devices as you enter  Best Buy  Microsoft made a big deal announcing the expanded distribution of the surface tablet last week due to “an exciting public reaction” of the device. With that in mind, any reasonable person would have expected a coordinated and cohesive strategy in presentation and sale of these devices at the 3rd party stores. The reality however was far more shocking and not in a good way! ...

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Apparently many Surface users are experiencing a “Limited Connectivity error” when using WI-FI on the Microsoft Surface, which can only be fixed by disconnecting and reconnecting or restarting the tablet. Microsoft has pushed out a fix, but apparently some users are still having issues. However a solution has popped up on Microsoft Answers which may solve the left-over issues. The instructions are as follows: First of all, go to Start Screen by pressing the Windows button your Surface tablet. In Start Screen go to Search Charm by swiping from right and selecting ‘Search‘. Type in ‘cmd’ in the ‘Search’ box. ‘Command Prompt‘ would be showed in results. Swipe down on the Command Prompt tile and the app bar will open. Select ‘Run as administrator’ from the app bar. Command Prompt will open on the desktop. Type or copy and paste the following in the command prompt netsh int tcp set ...

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We were pretty glad when John Lewis announced they will be carrying the Microsoft Surface in UK this weekend, and I am sure French readers will be equally glad to hear popular electronics retailer FNAC is also offering the device. Already available online, the 32 GB tablet is retailing for 589 EUR, with the device available for delivery before Christmas. Presumably the tablet will also be showing up in stores this weekend also. See the online deal here. Are are French readers looking forward to having a hands-on with the device? Let us know below. Thanks Lauren for tip. ...

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A survey of US broadband subscribers by Parks Associates has shown significant interest in the Microsoft Surface, pegging in Q4 2012 at nearly half that of the iPad. The survey found 44% of consumers planned to buy an iPad, vs 21% a Microsoft Surface. This was nearly double of the interest in the Google Nexus, which scored only 12%. Parks notes interest in the Microsoft Surface was down from Q3 2012, before full details of the Surface, including the somewhat high price, was revealed. In some bad news for Apple, when given the choice between the iPad and the much cheaper iPad mini, 40% of consumers who intended to buy an iPad chose the cheaper device, which will place Apple’s iPad margins under pressure.  It is of note that the presence of the iPad mini did not increase the percentage of users who were opting for an iPad – in ...

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For some reason Microsoft has been only slowly releasing the news of which retailers will be carrying their Surface tablets around the world. For UK Pocket-lint has the amazing news that John Lewis will be carrying the Windows RT tablets both online and in store starting this weekend. The tablet will be available from www.johnlewis.com from the 14 December and in store over the weekend (15/16 December). "Always first with the latest technology, John Lewis is delighted to announce that it will be the first high street retailer in the UK to offer the Microsoft Surface from the 14 December 2012 and with a two-year guarantee included at no extra cost," the company told Pocket-lint. “Demand for Windows 8 computers has been phenomenal with touch screen models leading the way.” The Microsoft Surface 32GB with Black Touch Keyboard will cost £479 with a two-year guarantee while the Microsoft Surface 64GB ...

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Few Microsoft Surface units which were sold initially came with faulty Touch keyboards and Microsoft replaced them for their customers. It seems few other devices are now facing faulty magnetic systems. As you can see in the video above, when keyboard is attached to the tablet, the tape along with magnets on the tablet gets attached to the keyboard due to the weak tape/strong magnet in the Surface unit. As expected, Microsoft Support is replacing the faulty devices with new ones. So if your Surface faced similar issue, its time to call the Microsoft Support team. Thanks Steve for the heads up. Source: Microsoft Surface forums ...

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