Review Category : surface

According to report from Reuters, members of Microsoft board have held talks with ValueAct Capital Management in the last week over the activist shareholder’s demands to have a seat on the Microsoft’s board. ValueAct owns 33 million Microsoft shares as of March, which is 0.4 percent of total outstanding shares of Microsoft in NASDAQ. ValueAct wants to have control over Microsoft to make changes on how they adapt to the new world of mobile computing by having a board member. Microsoft’s huge stock drop on Friday, prompted by its financial results and a $900 million write-down on the value of unsold Surface tablets, provoked fresh skepticism of Ballmer’s new plan to reshape Microsoft around devices and services. “The recent reorganization does not fix the tablet or smartphone problem,” Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund said in a note to clients on Friday. “The devices opportunity just received a $900 million hardware write-off ...

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If you are not aware of it already, Microsoft Surface is one of the most reliable tablets out there. Microsoft chose right from the material to the build quality to ensure great reliability in the hands of consumers. The Microsoft Reliability Lab is a high-tech dungeon where Microsoft drops, bends, pokes, and otherwise abuse devices to ensure they’re ready for the real world. In the latest episode of “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon goes inside Microsoft’s top secret Reliability Lab, where our products undergo dozens of tests to help ensure what our customers receive is sturdy, strong and resilient. In the video above, the Surface tablet is one of the Reliability Lab’s latest victims. Check out the video above. Source: Microsoft ...

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  Three months back, we reported about couple of reports that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. One was by WSJ and another by The Verge. Now, there is a new round of reports from various sources that confirmed that Microsoft is indeed working on a smartwatch. The Verge then reported that Microsoft’s Xbox team is working on prototypes of Smart Watch. The Smart Watch is expected to have 1.5inch display with removable bands. Yesterday, AmongTech reported more details on it. The smartwatch prototypes which are now being part of Surface team is making variety of removable wrist bands in blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey colors for smartwatches. Also these prototypes are made of Oxynitride Aluminum, an expensive “translucent aluminum” that is said to be three times harder than glass. Some smartwatch prototype includes 6GB of storage, LTE support, phone notifications and music control and more. Read more at ...

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Over the weekend, we reported about the price cuts for Microsoft Surface RT in US. The new price is now live in various other countries where Microsoft Surface is available. In US, Surface RT base model with 32GB storage is now available for just $349 down from its original price of $499. Surface RT with 64GB model costs $449. Both these models combined with Touch Cover/Type Cover costs $449 and $549 respectively. In UK, Surface 32GB model now sells for £279 (down from £399) and the 64GB model sells for £359 (down from £479) and you can get touch/type covers for an additional £80. You can check your local Microsoft Store and retailers for the new price in your respective countries. ...

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Last week we reported about Microsoft planning to cut the price of Surface RT tablet, and the new price is now live in Microsoft Store. Surface RT base model with 32GB storage is now available for just $349 down from its original price of $499. Surface RT with 64GB model costs $449. Both these models combined with Touch Cover/Type Cover costs $449 and $549 respectively. Check it out here. ...

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This was expected! After selling Surface RT devices for just $99 at WPC, TechEd and other Microsoft conferences, Microsoft is now planning to cut the device price by $150 for general consumers. According to the report from The Verge, the base model of Surface that comes with 32GB will cost $349. Surface RT 32GB – $349.99 Surface RT 64GB – $449.99 Surface RT 32GB with Touch Cover – $449.99 Surface RT 64GB with Touch Cover – $549.99 These price cuts are expected to go live next week. So, if you were planning to buy a Surface unit, wait till next week. Source: The Verge ...

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Microsoft so far had only two versions of Surface Pro devices, one with 64GB storage and another with 128GB. It seems Microsoft is planning to sell one another version of Surface with 256GB storage. Microsoft Surface Pro runs on Intel Core i5 3317U processor, 4 GB RAM,  256 GB SSD, Windows 8 Pro, Multi-Touch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity with 1 YR limited warranty will go one sale from Surface authorized retailer CDW for $1,199.99. Do you think this is a good deal? I think Microsoft should release a Surface Pro with Intel Hasewell processors with great battery life. via : WPCentral  Source : CDW ...

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Tom Warren over at The Verge , who has been fairly reliable in the past, believes Microsoft is hinting at a 2560 x 1440 Surface Pro and high density 7-inch tablets at the BUILD conference going on this week. “…Microsoft appears to be dropping some accidental hints at the future of Surface and other 7- and 8-inch tablets.” -Tom Warren One session at Build talked about building apps across multiple screen sizes, during the session Microsoft showed potential screen sizes for Windows 8 tablets.  One of these resolutions was a 10.6″-inch tablet running at 2560 x 1440.  This may potentially be the next screen resolution for the Surface 2, which is currently 1920 x 1080.  There also lies the possibility this will be a  tablet by an OEM or unannounced ODM design that has not been publicly announced yet. Other potential display resolutions shown included a 7-inch display running at 1920 x 1200 and a ...

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Microsoft is planning to offer Surface RT 32GB tablet for just $199 for schools and universities. Microsoft is planning to make this announcement official later this month and the offer details got leaked today. Microsoft is pleased to offer special pricing on Surface RT directly to schools and universities for a limited time between June 17, 2013 and August 31, 2013. Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realize their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions. Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today. There are three SKUs available to make use of. Surface RT (32GB) – $199 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $499) Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover – $249 ...

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ISTE Announces Exclusive Offer for Registered Attendees to Get a Free Microsoft Surface Tablet Online Registration for ISTE Open Until June 18 WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 13, 2013 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) today announced that Microsoft Corp. plans to give a Microsoft Surface RT to 10,000 ISTE 2013 conference attendees as part of the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project. Online ISTE conference registration is open until June 18 for the world’s premier education technology event slated for June 23-26 in San Antonio. “Access to meaningful technology for all learners is at the core of ISTE’s mission, so there’s tremendous synergy between our goals and Microsoft’s generous investment in our 2013 conference attendees,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. “This bold move is illustrative of Microsoft’s commitment to the effective use of technology in education. It’ll be fantastic to watch attendees take their conference learning ...

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Microsoft has released a firmware update for the Surface Pro & RT every month.  Updates rolled out the for this month include: Surface Pro: Update includes driver and performance improvements including: LifeCam driver that enhances clarity for low light operation and improves reliability when switching between the integrated camera and an external camera. Surface RT Update includes these firmware and performance improvements: Surface Home Button driver update that improves the reliability of the devices waking up immediately on the first button press. Firmware update for Surface Type Cover and Surface Touch Cover that improves functionality for both accessories. Includes the ability to toggle function keys, new shortcuts, and helpful keyboard navigation improvements.   ...

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An update will come to the Surface in a few week that will allow for the ability to toggle between what the keys on the top row do, get some quick access to other capabilities like screenshots through shortcuts, and just make some things like paging easier to do with one hand. These include: Fn + Caps: Locks F1-F12 into being function keys. Do it again and you get the charms, volume, Home, End, etc. if you are in the function lock mode, you can get the inverse options by pressing the Fn key, naturally Fn + <spacebar>: Print Screen Fn + <spacebar> + Alt: Print Screen for the in-focus App only Fn + Del: Brightness Up Fn + Backspace: Brightness Down Fn + <left>: Home Fn + <right>: End Fn + <up>: Page Up Fn + <down>: Page Down   Source: Surface Blog ...

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We have seen multiple reports in the past that Microsoft is planning to release a 8-inch Surface RT device this year. Digitimes today reported some more information about the upcoming device. They expect 8-inch Surface RT device will be launched in June with the price tag between US$249-299 and a 10.x-inch model as early as the third quarter of 2013. The 8-inch Surface will use touch panels supplied by Samsung Electronics and Nvidia-developed processors, and Taiwan-based ODM Pegatron will be responsible for production, the sources said. If the above report turns out to be true, we can expect Microsoft giving away new Surface RT devices to developers at BUILD conference in June. Source: Digitimes (1), (2) ...

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Microsoft today released firmware and performance improvements updates for Surface Pro and Surface RT devices. The most important update is the  firmware update that enhances Surface RT speaker volume. May 2013 updates released on May 14: The May update includes these firmware and performance improvements: •UEFI firmware update that enhances Surface RT speaker volume and improves system stability. •Driver pack that improves performance and works with the updated UEFI firmware to enhance Surface RT speaker volume. •Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction with the Trackpad Settings app for Japanese customers. May 2013 updates on released May 14: The May update includes these firmware and performance improvements: •UEFI firmware update enables the PXE boot feature. This feature is only available when using the Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter due to the UEFI integration needed to implement PXE boot. •Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction ...

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Microsoft is expanding its Surface Pro device availability across the globe. After beginning the sale 3 months back in US, now  Surface will be sold by Hong Kong retailers from this Friday. Surface Pro with 64 GB version will be priced at HK$7,088 ($913), and the 128 GB version will be priced at HK$7,888 ($1016). Microsoft is also planning to have an launch event where first 150 people in line will get prizes like a Wedge Mouse, a Surface Touch Cover, etc,. Source: Livesino via Liveside ...

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft is working on a 7-inch Surface tablet powered by Windows RT. After the success of iPad 10-inch tablet, the market seems to have moved towards 7-inch tablets like iPad mini, Google Nexus 7 and more. There are currently no Windows based devices in the category since the OS is not optimized for such devices. As previously reported, the upcoming update for Windows codenamed ‘Blue’ will optimize the Windows experience for 7′inch media tablets. One person familiar with Microsoft’s product plans said the 7-inch tablets weren’t part of the company’s strategy last year, but Microsoft executives realized they needed a response to the rapidly growing popularity of smaller tablets like Google Inc.’s 7-inch Nexus, which was announced last summer, and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini introduced by Apple Inc.last October. Source: WSJ ...

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