Microsoft Surface blog today detailed how they are improving the overall Surface experience using Windows update. Every month, Microsoft delivers a product firmware update that improves the device experience for users. For example, they have done the following through updates so far. Improving your connected experiences with more robust connections to more network types Improving the visual experience with better color rendering, wireless displays and better graphics performance Making your keyboard smarter in more positions and more precise at capturing your commands Improving the sound of your Surface Providing the Windows 8.1 Update and its new improvements for free. How to get Windows Updates? If you didn’t opt in to Windows Updates when you set up your Surface you can turn them on at any time (Swipe from the right. Tap Settings. Tap Change PC Settings. Select Update and Recovery, then Windows Update). We generally release updates on a monthly ...

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Microsoft has now opened up the pre-order for Surface 2 LTE model in UK. Last month, Microsoft released Surface 2 LTE in the US market for AT&T LTE network and now they are expanding to UK. It comes with only one SKU, Surface 2 64GB (4G) will cost £539.00 incl. VAT in the UK. You can pre-order it today and the general availability is from 8th of May. You don’t have to be near a Wi-Fi connection to be able to get the most out of your Surface. Now anywhere you can get a mobile signal, you can get online .Surface 64GB 4G comes with a micro-SIM slot. Insert any pre-paid micro-SIM to start using data.9 It also comes with couple of offers, 200GB storage for two years When you put a file on OneDrive, it’s with you on all of your internet-enabled devices. Get free Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote ...

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It is Patch Tuesday and on schedule Microsoft has released a number of updates for the the Surface 2, Pro, & Pro 2.   The updates contain support for the Power Cover (which is now available for pre-order), improved multiple finger support, bug fixes for wireless issues, improved miracast support, and stability and performance improvements.  A detailed list can be seen below: Surface Pro March 2014 updates Windows 8.0 updates: The following updates will be listed as “System Hardware Update – 3/11/2014” when you view your update history. Surface Type Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad. Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v1.0.317.0) update improves multiple finger support on the touchpad. Surface Power Cover Firmware Update (v1.0.323.0) provides support for Surface Power Cover. Windows 8.1 updates: The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 3/11/2014” when you view your ...

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Three weeks ago we reported: “Microsoft Surface 2 AT&T LTE Version Passes Through The FCC, Release Expected In Next Few Months.” During a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices back in September 2013, Surface team confirmed that they are working on LTE version of Surface devices. Q: “Why was LTE not included on neither Surface nor Surface Pro?” Panos Panay: “We didn’t talk about it today, but Surface 2 will be launching an awesome LTE SKU early next year!” Now new information has come to light that the new Surface 2s w/ LTE have been mass produced and are sitting in Microsoft to start to build up inventory.  Our friends at WPCentral have received photos of the device, including the box that reads “AT&T Network Ready” but are not sharing them publicly at this time. It is expected that the new Surface 2 w/ LTE will be unveiled at the Build ...

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During a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices back in September 2013, Surface team confirmed that they are working on LTE version of Surface devices. Why was LTE not included on neither Surface nor Surface Pro? We didn’t talk about it today, but Surface 2 will be launching an awesome LTE SKU early next year! Looks like the time has come. A Surface device with AT&T LTE has now passed through the FCC which again confirms that we are closer to launch. We can expect the device either in March or April. FCC published the Surface with LTE documents just today and since it comes with confidentiality request, we have very less details on the device. Neowin noted in the testing report that the device is running Windows RT OS. “EUT driver software installed during testing was Windows RT8.1 Preview Build 943”. I guess the device should be identical to current Surface 2 with an added option for cellular. What do ...

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Microsoft today released February firmware updates for Surface family of devices. Except for Surface RT, all the other Surface devices got updates. Surface Pro 2 had the most significant update which resolves various issues that was reported by users in the past. Find the full change log for all these devices below. Surface Pro 2: Surface Display Panel (v1.0.2.0) provides tuning to the Surface display calibration. Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v24.00.50) Resolves issue where Surface would not go into hibernation. Resolves issue where available battery percentage was reported incorrectly. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.04.0150) Resolves issue where Surface would reset upon repeated Surface Cover attach/detach. Resolves issue where On Screen Keyboard would unexpectedly pop-up even though Surface Cover is attached. Resolves issue where Surface Cover is not detected after wake up from sleep. Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.228.0) update improves two-finger touchpad use. Surface Type ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced the Surface Classroom Design Challenge where it was asking us to help them re-imagine the classroom. What would it look like if every student had a Surface as a learning tool? How would Teachers teach with a Surface? What kind of furniture, and accessories would they need? How can we make using Surface in the Classroom even better? As a result, Microsoft ended up with lots of designs from people – like Surface desks, binders, backpacks, RC blades, solar powered chargers, and more. Now, you need to just vote for your favorite idea. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite idea. Spend some time browsing the Gallery, pick your favorite ideas, register, and vote (limit 1 vote per day). You could win a Surface 2 just for voting. But better hurry – the voting ends January 17th. http://www.SurfaceClassroomChallenge.com/ via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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In a post on the Surface blog, Bryson Gordon, a director on the Surface team wrote: Like a lot of Microsoft-ies, I am the resident tech support contact for my extended family. This means that when my in-laws’ old laptop needed some TLC, I took it down to the team at the Microsoft Store, University Village to get it taken care. Outside of getting it running like new, a few of the associates starting talking with pride about one of their own, Jonathan Velasquez, and what he could do with the Surface Music Kit. I left my email address and later that night, after the doors closed, (you’ll notice in the video it is 9:18pm), Jonathan sent me this video. I’ll let it speak for itself. The Surface Music Kit may launch at the Build conference in early April.  Currently Microsoft is having a tough time keeping the Surface, Surface ...

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The New York Times published their review of the Surface Pro 2 & Surface 2 today.  Even though the author, Bob Tedeschi, is an Apple developer, he gave the next generation Surfaces a relatively objective look and was fairly positive about both devices.  It is amazing what can be accomplished with David Pogue finally leaving the New York Times.  I am looking forward to Walt Mossberg leaving the Wall Street Journal too.  Here are some pull-quotes: But the second iteration of the Surface, which went on sale in late October, most of those downers have been addressed. The new Surface includes Outlook, an upgraded battery, a kickstand with two viewing angles instead of just one and faster USB ports, and other goodies. It has roughly the same thickness and weight as the iPad — it weighs 1.5 pounds without the cover — and the overall screen size is 10.6 inches, ...

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We are just few weeks away from Black Friday deals. Many retailers in the US have started publishing their deal information online. BesyBuy yesterday revealed their upcoming Black Friday deals. It includes Surface tablet (previously known as Surface RT) as well. Surface 32GB will go on sale for $199, down from its original price of $349.99. The deal will be valid from November 28-30, 2013. Get ready for the Black Friday shopping! Source: BestBuy ...

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There is a limited time deal going on at Microsoftstore.com. When you buy a Surface 2 64GB model and a Type Cover 2 bundle, you can get a free Touch Cover. Touch Cover comes in various colors and it costs $79.99. Another deal was with Surface Pro 2, you can save over $75 by buying the bundle which includes Office 365 Home Premium, Complete for Surface Pro 2-year warranty, Touch Cover (Cyan), and Surface Pro Screen Protector. You can buy this bundle for $269.00 instead of the regular price of $348.97. Find the deal here. via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft today released firmware updates for Surface devices which includes Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro. Surface 2 received the most significant update which includes lots of improvements across the system like wireless performance, system performances, audio performance, battery life improvements, etc. Surface 2: •Performance improvements for all Type Cover and Touch Cover versions. •Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver updates to improve wireless display performance. •Camera improvements. •Audio improvements including switching to speaker playback after disconnecting a headset. •System performance and stability improvements. •Battery life improvements. Surface Pro: Windows 8.0 •Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2. Windows 8.1 •Update to the LifeCam driver to increase TrueColor fidelity. •Update to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers to enable improved wireless display performance and to further enhance Wi-Fi network performance and stability. Surface RT: Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type ...

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Often we come across comparisons of Microsoft Surface with Apple iPad. While both of them are meant to be tablets, Microsoft Surface running Windows RT is much more powerful than an Apple iPad. When you compare recently released Apple iPad Air and Microsoft Surface 2, I think Surface 2 offers lot more value to most of the consumers with full web browser support, USB port and kickstand built-in and more. This fan made video released yesterday shows the capabilities of Surface 2. In this video I show off my favorite features in the Microsoft Surface 2, with windows 8.1 RT. I show off voice control (windows speech recognition), multiple monitor support, and a variety of accessories via USB hub (including external hard drive, mouse, keyboard, and Xbox 360 controller integration). I show how I connect the Surface 2 to my HDTV as well as wireless casting of music and video! ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a new commercial to promote the new Surface 2 tablet among schools. The video ad shows a school teacher telling how the new Surface 2 enables students to do both work and play with a single device. I personally think Surface 2 will be lot more useful for students than an Apple iPad. The new Surface comes with Microsoft Office, has a keyboard to do real work and great apps like Bing Smart Search and Xbox for having fun. See how the new Surface with Windows gives you one experience for everything in your life. Watch the video above. ...

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Both Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro now features 10.6” ClearType HD(1080p) displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Even though the resolution is not high enough to compete with other tablets out there, Microsoft has taken care of other aspects of display to make the viewing experience better. The display on the new devices is gorgeous, and the engineering work to produce gorgeousness isn’t trivial. It requires focus on far more than pixel count – things like size and aspect ratio, optical bonding of the display to the cover glass for reduced reflection, contrast ratio, viewing angles, color depth, gray scale, color reproduction, luminance, and backlight uniformity. Source: Microsoft     ...

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Microsoft today posted a short video where Ralf Groene from the Surface team was discussing about how they designed and engineered Surface. Ralf Groene the design head of Surface team, he leads the industrial and interaction design teams. In this brief interview, you’ll see the total focus on a great final experience as Ralf talks through aspects of the Surface 2 that range from precise manufacturing to the antenna cover to the fabric used on Type Cover 2 to the chemistry and physics of grease-repelling surfaces that minimize fingerprints. You can now buy/order Surface 2 at Microsoft Stores and other select retailers now. Source: Surface Blog   ...

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