As announced earlier, Microsoft’s next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 went on sale today. Surface 2 powered by Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage starts from 449 USD. Surface Pro 2 powered by Intel 4th gen processor, upto 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD starts from 799 USD. Alone with new Surface devices, new accessories like Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 are also on sale. Surface is now available via Microsoft Stores in the US and other 3rd party retailers around the world in launch countries. Check out Microsoft Store listing here. ...

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Surface Pro has launched, which means you can (maybe) head to your local Microsoft Retail Store to finally pick up your Surface Pro. But before you head out the door with an empty Surface in hand, you might want to take advantage of the bundled deals that are available.  What is Microsoft Complete? Complete is Microsoft’s insurance and tech support program for the Surface. Unlike other extended warranties, you get quite a few things included for $99 for 2 years: Accidental damage coverage Factory defects coverage Tech support that includes unlimited support at the Answers Desk in-store, virus/spyware removal, hardware/software install, etc. and unlimited support over the phone The really good thing about Complete for Surface Pro is that, unlike the one for Surface RT, there is no deductible and there is no limit to check-ins (versus a limit of 2 on the RT). So that means that if something happens ...

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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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Armando posted part 1 of his comparative review of the Microsoft Surface RT vs the Google Nexus 10 tablet. His video interestingly shows that the super-high res screen on the Nexus 10 is in fact a disadvantage due to image upscaling, and that IE10 is generally a better browser than Chrome on Android. Keep an eye on his channel for the next 5 videos in the series. ...

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Dr Raymond Soneira is President of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation has posted a scientific comparison of the Microsoft Surface screen against a wide variety of other tablets on Gizmodo Australia. He found the screen did indeed have the best reflectance and the highest contrast ratio, and that Cleartype did indeed do a good job in compensation for the lower resolution, but that the screen only had a 57% colour gamut, which meant the device was not very good at presenting very saturated colours. The screen was however well calibrated, better than the iPad, but text was still sharper on the Retina Display iPads. He concludes: The display on the Microsoft Surface RT outperforms all of the standard resolution full-size 10-inch tablets that we have tested in our Display Shoot-Out series. The lab tests and measurements documented in the Shoot-Out Comparison Table below indicate that Microsoft has paid a lot of attention ...

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Microsoft Surface 32GB Acer Iconia W510 OS WindowsRT Windows 8 Processor ARM, NVidia Tegra 3 Intel Atom z-760 1.5 ghz Storage 32 Gb 32 GB, microSD Screen 1366×768, 10.6 inch 1366×768, 10.1 inch Camera front and rear camera 2 MP front, 8 MP rear Battery 8-13 hours up to 9 hours Weight 676g 600g Dimensions 9.3mm 167.5×258.5×8.8 mm Price $499 $499 With the price of the Microsoft Surface RT models now finally released, one can make an informed comparison between the various tablets. The tablet closest in price to the Surface RT is the Acer Iconia W510, at $499 without the keyboard dock. An extra $100 gets you the keyboard cover on the Surface RT 32 GB, while an extra $250 gets you an additional 32 GB storage and the keyboard dock, with built-in battery, on the Iconia W510. Looking at the specs, which one will out readers be choosing? ...

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WPDownunder reports on a tip from “an impeccable source” that Microsoft will not be sticking to their Microsoft Store-only policy for distributing the Microsoft Surface in Australia. Apparently Microsoft is in negotiations with a major Australian retail partner to distribute the Windows 8 tablets in stores nationwide,  which should suite a country as big as Australia very well. Also apparently the devices will hit Australian stores on October 26th, the same date as USA, and given Australia’s position this means they will be getting their hands on the tablets before anyone else in the world. Unfortunately no pricing has been released, but WPDownunder expects it to be competitive with the iPad rather than with the Google Nexus. Read more at WPDownUnder here. Thanks gh8421 for the tip. ...

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  Besides the colourful touch cover and type cover, the Microsoft Surface tablet adopts Henry Ford’s strategy – any colour as long as it is black. Sharp-eyed reader Randy however noticed this altogether more colourful version in the background, looking like a blue device with a white rim. Now of course this picture may simply be of a rapid prototype, but that kick stand probably does not work very well if made out of plastic, suggesting we may be looking at potential colour options for Surface in the future, an area where Microsoft with the Zune devices often chose to differentiate. The scene above can be seen at around the 8 second mark in this video from the design of the tablet here. Thanks Randy for the tip ...

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You can in fact type with the Microsoft Surface on your lap, just like a laptop. TechRadar seems to have had unprecedented access to the Microsoft Surface and have posted a 3 page review of the two devices. They note the design is impressive and practical, and reveal that the whole bezel is touch aware. They also reveal the kick-stand is held in place with magnets and has two rubber feet and that the screen switches off when the touch cover is closed, much like the iPad smart cover. They also said the device is well balanced, and could easily be balanced on the lap for typing like a proper notebook. They found the Windows RT running on the Surface RT to be smooth and fast and worked as well as Windows 8 running on the x86 processor. They conclude: It’s a surprise that Microsoft created its own tablet, but ...

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It seems the new Windows 8 tablets will not be bereft of high end gaming. Unlike Windows Phone 7 they will have direct access to the metal of the processor, meaning high end game engines should run perfectly fine on the OS. It seems however it was not Windows 8 but the Microsoft Surface which enthused Epic CEO Mark Rein, who tweeted that he “Can’t wait to get some Unreal Engine games on those babies!”  which is likely what Microsoft intention has been all along with producing their own tablet – to “prime the pump” of the Windows 8 ecosystem. Shall we start the count down for Infinity Blade in Windows 8 marketplace now? Via Game Trailers.com ...

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