Microsoft today released set of updates for Surface Pro devices which brings in support for using Type Cover 2 or Surface Touch Cover 2 and device driver updates to optimize Surface Pro for Windows 8.1 which is getting released later this month. October 2013 updates: In preparation for the release of Windows 8.1, these additional updates were released for Surface Pro running Windows 8.0: •UEFI firmware updates. •System Aggregator firmware updates. •Various device driver updates to enhance the Windows 8.1 update experience, and optimizations for using Type Cover 2 or Surface Touch Cover 2. Note These updates should be applied prior to updating to Windows 8.1. Source: Microsoft ...

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Pre-orders of the Surface 2 & Surface Pro started last week after the products were unveiled a press event in New York City.  If you pre-ordered online you had to at least put at least $50 down to reserve the device.  However if you are cash strapped at the moment it may be a good idea to visit a Microsoft Store in person.  Currently you can reserve the Surface 2 or Surface Pro with your choice of accessories for $0 down. Please check our previous coverage of the Surface 2, Surface Pro, and accessories: Microsoft’s Surface Blades Concept Has Unlimited Potential New Surface Ad From Microsoft, One Device For Everything In Your Life Microsoft Opens Up Pre-order For Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 Interesting Information On New Surface Devices From Reddit AmA, Surface 2 LTE Version Coming And More Interesting Information On New Surface Devices From Reddit AmA, Part-2 ...

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  Microsoft is releasing their next generation Surface devices Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 next month. Recently during the Reddit AmA session, Microsoft commented the following regarding the criticisms on their  ads for Surface devices. Definitely true – some people love our ads, and some people really don’t like them.  Our new ads will launch shortly and highlight some of the great ways people love to use Surface.  We hope you like them! Our original ads were meant to drive breakthrough for a new brand.  We did hear the feedback and you will see our new campaign shortly – it shows some of the favorite ways our customers use Surface today. I guess the above one is the first of many videos that are going to be released by Microsoft. As you can watch above, the new ad focuses on the device itself, how people can use it for both ...

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Microsoft corporate vice president Panos Panay discusses about the upcoming Surface series 2 devices and more with Steve Clayton, Microsoft’s Storyteller. He talks about the journey of how Surface team started working, the highly talented people at Redmond, both Surface and other Microsoft services team working together, etc,. He described his whole journey as an emotional roller coaster ride. Watch the above video to know it all. ...

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Microsoft Surface team today did a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices. I’ve collected some interesting information from the whole discussion. Read the part 1 of the same here. Part 2 content, Whether Surface Pro 2 just has updated CPU from Intel ? – To get the full benefit, it’s not just a case of switching out the CPU. For Surface Pro 2, we complexly redesigned the motherboard, performed system level tuning, upgraded to LPDDR3 RAM & low power SSD, and tuned the firmware and drivers. Touch Cover pressure sensitive nature – Hey this is StevieB. the touchcover 2 pressure sensors have 1024 pressure levels as well. But currently we do not pass the pressure data on to the operating system. All the processing is done inside touchcover.. We will try to post a demo video of how the pressure levels look.. it is pretty coo. to see (done via ...

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Microsoft Surface team today did a Reddit AmA on new Surface devices. I’ve collected some interesting information from the whole discussion. Read it through below. This is Pete K – Program Manager on Surface – the docking station comes with a power supply that will charge your Surface Pro/Surface Pro 2.  It does slide open and close to hold your Surface Pro. Pre-order tomorrow 9/24, available on 10/22. Can the whole new touch cover be used for gestures or just the non key area? – You bet.  the entire key area is live!  You can use it for select gestures….. some pretty cool ones. Will the new Surface accessories (such as the power cover and dock) work on the older Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets? – Yes. Touch Cover/Type Cover compatibility with older Surface devices – Absolutely.   Both the Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 are compatible with ...

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Microsoft today posted couple of videos to promote their upcoming Surface devices. The new Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, with an improved battery life to up to 10 hours of video playback. The 10.6-inch ClearType display is now Full HD, and it sports full-size USB port has been upgraded to USB 3.0 for up to four times faster file transfers. Camera resolution of both front and rear camera has also increased. There is a 3.5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera, both capable of capturing 1080p video and featuring improved low-light performance, making face-to-face conversation with your favorite people crisp and clear. And more importantly the Surface 2 is slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro and is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor which, combined with other improvements, delivers increased performance and up to 60 percent longer battery ...

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Microsoft today revealed their next generation Surface Pro device called Surface Pro 2. The main improvement over the current generation model is the processor. Surface Pro 2 is now powered by latest Intel Haswell processors which improves performance and battery life over previous generation processors. Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro and, like its predecessor, is a true laptop replacement, capable of running all your Windows software including the full Microsoft Office suite, as well as apps from the Windows Store. Surface Pro 2 offers the portability and simplicity of a tablet when you want it and the power and flexibility of a laptop when you need it. It is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor which, combined with other improvements, delivers increased performance and up to 60 percent longer battery life than Surface Pro. Starting at $899, Surface Pro 2 will be offered in ...

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Microsoft will be unveiling the next generation Surface this Monday in New York City.  Panos Panay, Corporate VP @ MSFT, and in charge of the Surface team has been in New York City since Thursday.  He along with other members of the Surface design and development team will host a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” at 3pm EST shortly after the Surface event.  Our sources tell us that the event will not be live streamed.  We will be posting a rumor roundup article tomorrow, but in the mean time you can see our previous coverage of the Surface: Surface RT 2 Details Revealed: Tegra 4, Full HD 1080p, White & Black Options, & More Surface 2 Specs Leak: Haswell, New Kickstand, More RAM, Launches Next Month Another New Accessory For Microsoft Surface, Docking Station Is Coming New Surface “Power Cover” Will Have Built-In Battery Microsoft’s Patent Filing Reveals Two Step Kickstand ...

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Information about the Surface and accessories continues to trickle in as we approach the Surface launch event on September 23rd in New York.  This time we learned an interesting fact regarding the type covers.  When Microsoft originally launched the Surface last year, the touch covers were available in five different colors: magenta, white, cyan, red, and black.  There were also limited edition touch covers made available later on which included special designs on the back and some were even specific to certain markets, but in the same five colors.  The type cover was only available in black, however, Microsoft has seen a lot of user demand for type covers in different colors and had stated they would consider making colored type covers at a later time. Well it appears Microsoft will make the Type Cover available in multiple colors.  Sources have not confirmed what colors will be available exactly.  At ...

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Microsoft has quietly launched a new program where customers can trade in their Apple iPads for new Microsoft Surface purchases at Microsoft Stores. Microsoft is ready to offer a minimum of $200 Gift card for your old iPad. This deal is only available in select Microsoft retail stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada Bring in your gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4 and get a minimum of a $200 gift card to the Microsoft store. Looking to upgrade your tablet?  Check out the Surface RT or Surface Pro. Surface RT The revolutionary new tablet built by Microsoft comes pre-installed with touch-enabled versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Starting at $349 Learn more Surface Pro The laptop in tablet form, built by Microsoft, runs your favorite Windows desktop programs and includes a one month free trial of Office 365. Starting at $799 Learn more See store associate for ...

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Every month on second Tuesday, Microsoft will release release patches and updates for its software and hardware lineups. Surface RT and Surface Pro devices were also getting these updates since launch and this month is an exception. There is no firmware update for both Surface RT and Surface Pro devices this month from Microsoft. I guess, Microsoft is working on delivering Windows 8.1 with fully optimized firmware for both these devices in October. When asked about the lack of updates this month, Microsoft commented the following to Neowin, Windows and Surface are periodically updated with new features and improvements as they become available, and they will continue to receive updates as needed. Product updates for Surface RT and Surface Pro will become less frequent as the products mature. This is the natural cycle for all devices. Are you waiting for Windows 8.1 update on your Surface device? Source: Surface RT, Surface ...

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A new report claims Microsoft is building a docking station for the Surface Pro 2. The dock will allow for easy attachment of a keyboard and mouse.  There will be three USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port on the dock as well as the ability to attach to an external display via a mini DisplayPort. It will also feature a 1 Gbps Ethernet port, dedicated microphone and headphone/speaker ports. This will allow the Surface to be a complete desktop replacement for many users. It will be compatible only with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. Sources have not provided timing or price at this time, however speculation is that it may launch with the Surface Pro 2. Thurrott confirms many of the details: Pro only: It will be compatible with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, but not Surface RT or Surface 2. Design: The Docking Station is ...

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At IFA today, Sony announced their competitor to Microsoft Surface called VAIO Tap 11. This 11-inch device comes with a kickstand similar to Surface Pro, comes with latest Intel Core processor, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS touch display with support for pen and attachable keyboard. Read about it below. Available in both black and white options, the new VAIO Tap 11 Tablet PC is the world’s thinnest (0.39″) Windows 8 Tablet PC with Intel® Core™ Processor family. * Featuring an aluminum magnetic full pitch keyboard/cover with a touch pad, users can be as productive as they are on a traditional notebook PC. In addition, the keyboard uses magnets to easily attach to the display when it is not being used, providing a cover and charging the keyboard in this position. VAIO Tap 11 models are also equipped with fourth generation Intel Core processors with up to Core i7 and Solid State Drives for ...

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Neowin has published a report on the supposed Surface 2 specs. As expected, Surface Pro 2 will be powered by Intel Haswell based CPU which will double its current battery life from 3-4 hours to 6-7 hours. While the look and feel of the device will remain the same, it seems Microsoft has refined the kickstand to some extent. Leaked Specs: Haswell-based Core i5 Will help increase battery life significantly RAM doubled from 4GB to 8GB. Not sure how much I believe this since it seems somewhat unnecessary and increases power consumption Device will look similar to the current Pro Microsoft has “refined” the kickstand Possibly one that is more robust stand that is stronger or one that offers alternative viewing angles (speculation) Price will remain the same Launches near the release of Windows 8.1 Microsoft is also planning a large marketing campaign during the launch period to promote the new ...

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Microsoft originally stated the $100 Surface Pro price cut would last from Aug 4 – Aug 29th.  However, as widely expected, Microsoft has made the price cut permanent. $100 USD off Surface Pro (including the 256GB SKU) – Surface Pro will now start at $799 USD $40 USD off Touch Covers – Touch Covers will now start at $79 USD, Limited Edition Touch Covers will now start at $89 USD $50 USD off Surface RT bundles – Surface RT bundles will now start at $399 USD Microsoft provided a statement to Neowin: The customer response to recent Surface pricing and keyboard-cover promotions has been exciting to see, and we are proud to begin rollout of Surface Pro, Touch Cover and Surface RT bundles at even more affordable prices starting 29 August. People who buy Surface love Surface, and we’re eager for more people to get their hands on this incredible device. ...

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