Microsoft previously announced that Intel Core i3 and Core i7 versions of Surface Pro 3 would be shipping “in August.“ Panos Panay today said “Thanks to some great work by our team, I can confirm that, in this case, “in August” means August 1, which is when these versions will arrive in stores and at commercial resellers in Canada and the US.” Also Surface Pro 3 will be made available by end of August in 26 additional markets. By the end of August 2014, Intel® Core™i3, i5, and i7 versions of Surface Pro 3, as well as select new accessories, will become available for purchase in 26 additional markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. If you don’t own a Surface Pro 3 yet, ...

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New Zealand is the first country in the world to launch the Xbox One due to its time zone. And the world’s first Xbox one was officially sold to a customer named Dan. Xbox New Zealand posted the above photo of Dan receiving his Xbox One console. Xbox One releases for retail sale on Friday, November 22, 2013 in 13 markets around the world. Microsoft has planned thousands of mid-night launches across the US to celebrate the launch with Xbox One customers. ...

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Microsoft continues its support of small and distant languages with the addition of te reo Maori, language of New Zealand’s native people.  Users of can now Mera (email) or look up Nga Tangata (contacts).  A Microsoft spokesman said the company had launched Windows 8, Office 2012, Outlook and Internet Explorer 10 in te reo Maori this week, with schools, universities and government departments all keen to get their hands on the software.  Te reo Maori is one of New Zealand’s three official languages. Even though a number of initiatives have been introduced to revitalize the language, including a television channel, it is only spoken by around 157,000 people globally.   “It’s a free download so there is no money in it…But we feel it is nice to be part of the revitalization efforts in New Zealand,” the Microsoft spokesman said. “[The program’s] been pretty popular in the Maori language classes ...

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As midnight rolls over the world, it is now the 26th in New Zealand, and some stores there are holding midnight openings for  Windows 8. Neowin reports little consumer enthusiasm so far, with only one or two customers showing up in the store they visited. One person who was certainly enthusiastic is Greg Daniel, who was officially the first person in the world to buy a copy of the new OS. While Microsoft is rumoured to be planning to spend more than $ 1.5 billion promoting the OS, there has been very little advertising in the run up to the release surprisingly, likely explaining the muted response so far. Update: In a related story, Australians seems to be showing more enthusiasm, seemingly filling the Harvey Norman Store waiting in line for their Windows 8 retail copies. Via Neowin.net, picture by Long Zheng. ...

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