Review Category : surface

Few days back we reported about the poor Microsoft Surface sales due to lack of distribution. It seems Microsoft is aware of the issue and looking to solve this problem by increasing the retail availability. ZDNet reports that Microsoft is planning a two phase roll out to increase the distribution of Surface. Microsoft plans to allow retail chains to sell the Surface RT devices in many countries other than US, Canada and Puerto Rico. In the 2nd phase roll out slated for January 2013, Microsoft is planning to sell Surface RT and Surface Pro through major retailers such as BestBuy, Staples, etc,. Read more about it in the source link below. Source: ZDNet   ...

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Gizmodo yesterday posted a blog post about the 10 most important tablets of 2012. Microsoft’s Surface took the No.1 spot leaving Apple’s iPad and Google Nexus 10 behind. Here is what Gizmodo said on the new Microsoft Surface RT, A new operating system. An entirely new product category. A new keyboard cover technology. Microsoft Surface RT may not be the PC-tablet bridge we’d all been dreaming of—we’re still hoping Surface Pro manages that trick—but it was without a doubt the most important demonstration of how far tablets can take us, and how much Microsoft is willing to risk to get us there. Even I think Microsoft Surface was the most innovative tablet that got released this year. What do you think? Source: Gizmodo ...

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No-one except Microsoft really knows how well the Surface is selling, but speculation is rife. Detwiler Fenton, a Boston-based brokerage firm, said in a research note today that Microsoft is likely to sell just 500,000 to 600,000 Surface RTs in the December quarter. The analyst, a bit like Steve Ballmer, blamed it on poor distribution of the tablet. “Lack of distribution is killing the product,” Detwiler Fenton explained. “Mixed reviews and a [$499] starting price tag certainly don’t help, but lack of retail exposure at Best Buy and others is severely depressing sales.” Potential buyers are not able to get a hands-on with the device themselves, which can be a deal breaker with a new product like the Microsoft Surface. Currently, there are just 31 Microsoft stores and 34 smaller holiday kiosks in the U.S. Given that paucity of stores, the average consumer’s is pretty likely to see the device ...

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While we recently had an indication that Facebook is not in fact in the process of building a Facebook app for Windows RT, the above Surface ad certainly suggests such an app is in the offing. While the large Facebook live tile in the top left is suggestive, we must recall that on at least one occasion Microsoft used the logo of an app without any app being in development, that being when they used the Angry Birds logo without Rovio’s permission in a WP7 promotion. We do think in the end Facebook will have make an app for the Windows Metro environment, and they might as well come around sooner rather than later, but the tile in the ad is likely not evidence enough. Via Neowin.net ...

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Few analysts predicted that Microsoft may sell few million Surface tablets in Q4 2012. Now, IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander have told CNET that Microsoft may sell only over 1.3 million Surface units this quarter. She said “I would be surprised to see it much above that,”. Boston-based brokerage firm, Detwiler Fenton released their research report on Surface sales and told that the number will be below 1 Million. Do you think Microsoft can reach the million units number by selling the device through online stores alone in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and in ~90 retail stores from US? I think this numbers will go up if Microsoft makes Surface available among 3rd party physical and online retailers. Source: CNET   ...

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CNET reports that according to an industry source “familiar with” Intel’s plans, the chipmaker will be tweaking their Ivy Bridge processor to achieve even lower power ratings. The chip currently uses around 17 watts, compared to the 2 watts of ARM chipsets, and the 10 watt Haswell chipsets is set to only arrive in 2014. In 2013 however CNET predicts Intel will be working at reducing the power consumption  of current design Ivy Bridge processors to make them more suitable for tablets. Of course Intel does have its Atom range, which competes better with ARM chips, but with low power consumption also comes lower performance, which often turn away buyers hoping to do real work with their x86 hybrid tablets. Unfortunately it is unlikely the chips will be ready for the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is expected to be released with current generation Ivy Bridge processors at the end of ...

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Readers may recall an episode of Modern Family which rotated around acquiring an iPad. Microsoft appears to have purchased a similar level of marketing and product placement for the Microsoft Surface, which not only starred prominently in the show in multiple scenes, but also managed to get a nice feature run down during the show also. Are our readers impressed at Microsoft’s level of spending? Let us know below. Thanks Bugbog for the tip. ...

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MSNerd, well known leaker of Microsoft secrets, has posted the following tip: MSFT switch to Snapdragon for 8.6" Surface RT2, Temash for 11.6" Pro 2 & Haswell for 14.6" Surface Book. The Snapdragon processor for the next Surface RT of course makes a lot of sense, given that it is generally felt Qualcomm’s processors are more performant than NVidia’s. The Temash processor for the Surface Pro 2 however does not make as much sense. The chip is an X86 unit by AMD with two cores and a GPU cut at 28 nm and therefore very low power.  The issue is of course not the processor specs, but whether Microsoft would further jeopardize their relationship with Intel by using an AMD processor in their own-branded device. Lastly we do have an Intel chip for the intriguingly named Surface book, which has a 14.6 inch screen and is powered by an Intel ...

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Here’s a quick comparison of Microsoft Surface with Windows Pro and Apple MacBook Air. Both the devices have almost identical internals with a major difference of Surface being a Touch device with detachable keyboards. Spec Microsoft Surface Apple MacBook Air Image Size 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53in 11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68in Weight Less than 2lbs 1.08 kg (2.38 pounds) Display 1920×1080 1366 x 768 Touch Screen Support 10-point multi-touch No Pen Input Supported and Included Not supported CPU 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor Memory 4GB RAM 4GB RAM Storage 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 technology Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 technology Battery 42 W-h 35 W-h Cameras Two 720p HD cameras, front-facing and rear-facing 720p Front camera Ports Full-size USB 3.0 microSDXC card slot  Mini DisplayPort 2 Full-size USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Port Mini DisplayPort Sensors Ambient light sensor Accelerometer ...

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So far we have heard some positive news about Microsoft Surface sales. But now Digitimes reports that the upstream supply chain of Microsoft’s Surface RT has recently seen the tablet’s orders reduced by half. Microsoft originally expected to ship four million Surface RT devices by the end of 2012, but has recently reduced the orders by half to only two million units. Not just Microsoft, Windows RT tablets from other OEMs such as Asustek Computer, Samsung Electronics and Dell are also facing weak consumer demand. Digitimes also speculates that Microsoft may bring Intel based Surface Pro tablet earlier than expected due to weak Surface RT demand. The sources also pointed out that Surface RT is also unlikely to achieve great performance in the upcoming quarter which may force Microsoft to bring out its Intel-based Surface Pro tablet earlier in December. The sources also noted that Microsoft may consider reducing its ...

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Windows RT, the new version of Windows that runs on ARM processors has started shipping to consumers via new tablets such as Microsoft Surface, Asus VivoTab RT, etc,. So far, Nvidia Tegra is the only ARM processor that Windows RT ships on. Some reviews of the devices like Microsoft Surface pointed out to the performance hiccups in Windows RT. This may be because of Windows RT is not yet fully optimized for Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Microsoft is still working on fully taking advantage of Tegra 3 processor in Windows RT. It is evident from the Nvdia’s own page that Windows RT is not taking advantage of Tegra 3′s key innovation 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core. 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core** – Four plus one refers to Tegra 3’s four CPU cores, plus the fifth, battery-saver CPU core. This Variable SMP architecture enables four performance ...

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Solitaire and Minesweeper are some of the most played games ever, having been included in Windows since version 3.1. Unfortunately Windows RT shipped without such niceties, but Microsoft has now corrected the issue. A Windows 8 version did exist, but did not support RT. An update to the app has now added the ability, which is sure to boost Surface sales. The game is Xbox Live enabled and will offer players daily challenges to complete and offers online leaderboards to compare scores with those from Xbox Live friends. Find the game in the Windows Store here. Via Neowin.net ...

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Microsoft today posted a new commercial to promote its Microsoft Surface tablet. The new ad focused on all the unique features of Microsoft Surface in 10 seconds. It showcases Microsoft Surface features such as multi-colored Touch Cover availability, Built-in Kickstand, USB support, Availability of apps like Skype, Netflix, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, Fresh Paint and Microsoft Office compatibility. ...

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These days it is not uncommon to see developers auctioning off exclusive dev units they received for free, but the action of a Steve Ballmer-signed Microsoft Surface is fortunately nothing like that. Emotion Touch is auctioning off an exclusive Steve Ballmer signed Microsoft Surface with all proceeds going to supporting a Christmas Party at the cancer ward Charité, Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Berlin, under the auspices of the Kinderleben Association for the Promotion of the Department of Children’s Cancer Association. The 32 GB Surface tablet was signed by Steve Ballmer at a Berlin developer event 3 weeks ago, and comes with free shipping and the original accessories, and also with a VAT invoice if companies want to bid. At the time of writing the auction is standing at 610 Euro with 9 bids and is closing on the 5th December. See the auction at eBay here and support a good cause while ...

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Regular readers will know we are quite concerned by the lack of support for 3G Dongles in the Microsoft Surface and by extension other Windows RT tablets. While 3G/WI-Fi dongles provide somewhat of a solution, it seems unnecessary to waste battery life on running two WIFI radios when communication could as easily happen via USB. The big issue with using existing 3G dongles is that they need drivers and management software installed, which makes all of the current crop incompatible. Now it seems, from a twitter conversation with O2 support, that O2 may be working on a Connection Manager for Windows RT, which would solve the problem and fulfil one of the major expandability promises of the Surface- the ability to overcome any issues by simply plugging in an accessory into the USB port. See the twitter conversation here. ...

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