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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Microsoft today posted a new video showing the technology behind Touch Cover 2. Microsoft Distinguished scientist Stevie Bathiche from the Surface team shows off the enhancements to Touch Cover 2. The Touch Cover just got better this time. You now have illuminated keys and the Touch Cover 2 is thinner and lighter. Also the pressure-sensitive nature has been hugely improved as well. Lightweight, razor-thin keyboard and cover Innovative, 2.5 mm thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard responds to the touch of your fingertips. Twice as fast as onscreen typing. Smart enough to know when you are deliberately pressing a key, or just resting your hands. Doubles as a protective cover. Backlighting The keyboard is illuminated in low light, making it easy for you to use after the family (or the stranger sitting next to you in seat 37A) goes to sleep. Spill-resistant Smooth material repels moisture and dirt. To clean, simply wipe with ...

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Even though the new Windows RT platform didn’t have enough success so far, Qualcomm remains bullish about its future. Talking to CNET, Qualcomm executive Horton said that Microsoft is a very capable organization, with lots of technologies,” but “didn’t hit a home run out of the gate on the very first product, but they’re working on it.”. Also Qualcomm believes in Microsoft’s vision of having both entertainment and productivity on a single device. He said, “The RT of today may not be the RT of tomorrow.” “We have a longer term view on these things,” Talluri said. “The RT of today may not be the RT of tomorrow. But the vision of a device that’s both your entertainment and productivity device that you want to carry with you is going to be there. We invest for the longer term.” Read more from the link below Source: CNET ...

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Microsoft today sent out an updated statement to the media regarding the Surface RT 8.1 update issue. Microsoft pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store after few users raised concerns about their device getting bricked after the update. Microsoft then acknowledged the update situation and confirmed that they are working on a fix for the issue. According to Microsoft’s statement today, they are still fixing the issue and trying to release the update as soon as possible. “Based on our investigations of a situation customers have encountered updating to Windows RT 8.1, we can confirm that as of now this is a Windows update issue only affecting Surface RT customers. While only less than 1 out of every 1,000 (or less than 0.1 percent) Surface RT customers who have installed Windows RT 8.1 have been impacted, improving their experience and ensuring their systems are fully operable as quickly ...

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Microsoft Surface 2 reviews appeared online today. I’ve collected some conclusions from those reviews from popular websites. Mostly, the hardware received positive reviews with the exception that it is not pushing the boundaries. And the lack of apps in Windows Store was the most popular negative thoughts of Surface 2. Read the full reviews by clicking the title of the blogs/websites below. AnandTech: Surface 2 is a big step forward compared to Surface RT. The chassis looks awesome, the device is significantly quicker and battery life is appreciably better. The new display is much better than its predecessor (and so much better than what you get from most $449 PCs). The new touch/type covers see similarly major improvements. Surface 2 also benefits from the update to Windows RT 8.1, giving it a far more polished OS than what launched a year ago. The overall package is just a lot better ...

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Microsoft began taking pre-orders for the next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 last month. The devices were expected to be shipped on Oct 21st on the device launch day. However, if you order the device now, shipping date has been pushed to Oct 25th in the US. Only the $899 64GB Surface Pro 2 is now available with the original shipping date of Oct 21st. And Surface Pro 2 256GB and the 512GB models will be shipped only by December 15th. Also Type Cover 2 is now available only in Purple as others are out of stock. Microsoft also announced last week that it is hosting a series of midnight launch events at 10 Microsoft retail stores across the nation to celebrate the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Starting at 10 p.m. local time on Oct. 21, each participating store will host the ...

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Microsoft today announced that its retail stores will host midnight launch events for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in 10 cities across the country. And one winner and a guest in each city will attend ultimate concert experience with Pitbull performing at Microsoft’s retail store opening in Orlando at Mall at Millenia. Here is the press release. REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 9, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced it is hosting a series of midnight launch events at 10 Microsoft retail stores across the nation to celebrate the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Starting at 10 p.m. local time on Oct. 21, each participating store will host the Surface Challenge, offering contestants in each market a chance to go head-to-head in a series of fun, interactive and sometimes physical games for a chance to be whisked away to Orlando, Fla., the next morning for the ...

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Microsoft today released a short video showing the making of Surface 2. The next generation Surface devices are going on sale later this month and Microsoft has made some significant improvements in both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. This behind the scenes video shows the people behind the Surface 2 talking about key improvements made which building it. Surface 2 is now lighter, thinner and faster. Also Surface 2 comes with much improved Touch and Type covers which has pressure sensors all over it. Watch the video above.   ...

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The Surface team has been busy over the last three months in establishing the right infrastructure for getting their tablets to more business customers in more places.  Given the increase in demand for Surface tablets, starting October 1st 2013, Surface will be in seven new markets – Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The team also announced that the Surface will be available through commercial resellers in all 29 markets where the Surface is sold.  The Surface Blog reports: Our expanded reseller network, brings a variety of additional value-added services to the Surface family, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, knitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection. We already knew that people who use Surface love it. But, perhaps more importantly, business users who use Surface particularly love the ability to buy through the resellers that they’re already working with for their hardware ...

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