Microsoft yesterday announced their partnership with i-fixit, the online repair manual site, to develop and test a curriculum to help people start a small business offering repair services for mobile phone, tablets and laptops. Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program (RRP) already works with thousands of PC refurbishers to extend the life of Windows PCs. This new program called Pro Tech Network is a free, comprehensive program designed to make it easy for people to start new businesses fixing cell phones, tablets, and computers. iFixit and Microsoft aim for it to create thousands of new repair businesses around the world. The explosion of mobile devices means the refurbishment industry will need new knowledge, tools, and techniques to meet new challenges. The Pro Tech Network helps people learn to repair PCs, smartphones and tablets—and create businesses with these skills. Written by iFixit and sponsored by Microsoft, the Pro Tech Network collaboration ensures up-to-date business ...

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Not a surprise here. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 device Surface Pro 2 scored the same repairability score as its predecessors. It scored 1 out of 10, while 10 being the easiest to repair. When you want to have a device with 12″ ClearType Full HD Plus 2160 x 1440 multi-touch display, Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, dual speakers in a 11.5” x 7.93” x 0.36” (292.1mm x 201.4mm x 9.1mm), 1.76lbs (800 grams) weighing package, I don’t think we can expect a great reparability score. Summary of tear down from iFixit, The SSD can be replaced, but not without first risking damage to the tablet simply by opening it. The battery is not soldered to the motherboard, but very strong adhesive makes removal and replacement a chore. Non-standard connectors make for tricky display removal. The display assembly consists of a fused glass panel and LCD, and is extremely difficult to ...

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  Ifixit today posted their Microsoft Xbox One tear down just few hours after its launch. Xbox One scored a repairability score of 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). I think 8 of 10 is a number which should surprise everyone given the recent repairability scores of Surface devices from Microsoft. Ifixit posted their experience as below, Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart. The opening procedure is similar to, but much easier than, any Xbox 360. Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, heat sink, wireless board, and front daughterboard to be easily replaced. Clips instead of screws make opening the case more difficult than necessary, but the absence of adhesive and proprietary screws helps soften the transgression. The hard drive is relatively difficult to access; you’ll have to void the warranty if you’d like to upgrade/replace it. Source: Ifixit ...

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