Microsoft Surface Team has announced a new contest where you will be able to win a Surface Pro device. It is a special Surface Pro unit, Halo: Spartan Assault skinned 128 GB Surface Pro. You have to tweet Surface team on why you think Surface is an awesome gaming experience between August 21 & 22 and you will have a chance to win 1 of 10 Surface Pro devices. Halo: Spartan Assault Surface Twitter Contest: We will be posting a question on the @Surface Twitter page at 10:00 am PT on August 21, 2013 and will be taking your responses to our question until 11:59 pm PT on August 22, 2013. Your reply to our question should be no longer than 130 characters and must include @Surface and the hashtags #WinSurface and #Ad. To help maximize your character space, you can get super creative and post a video, picture, or ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of both Surface RT and Surface Pro devices in Taiwan. Even though Taiwan’s Pegatron makes Surface tablets for all parts of the world, their home country got Surface devices nearly after 9 months of the launch. According to Neowin, the new reduced price of Surface Pro is also live in Taiwan for a limited period. Sales of the tablets began at noon Sunday, when 100 Tsann Kuen Enterprise and Fayaque electronic stores became the first outlets to officially sell the Surface RT and Surface Pro in the country. The Surface Pro will feature a reduced price until Aug. 29, when Microsoft plans to end its temporary price cut; Taiwanese customers will pay the equivalent of about $100 less for the tablet until that time. Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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Intel recently previewed its upcoming energy-efficient versions of the Y-series Core processors that will consume as little as 4.5W power. These chips are expected to power fanless tablets and Intel so far has not revealed any upcoming tablet designs that will be using this chip. I expect Microsoft to refresh its Surface Pro device with this new chips for better battery performance. The 4.5W chips will have same 11.5W thermal design power rating as their 6W counter parts. There are obvious implications for the next-generation of Microsoft’s Surface Pro. It’s unclear whether Microsoft will wait until Broadwell to reduce the thickness of Surface Pro, or if it’ll go with a Y-series Haswell ULX part this year and release something that’s much thinner immediately. The challenges Microsoft would face there are similar to those Apple faced with the 2013 MacBook Air, namely Microsoft would have to be accepting of a CPU ...

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As we previously reported Microsoft is continuing to expand its distribution for the Surface Pro: http://microsoft-news.com/microsoft-allows-resellers-to-start-selling-surfaces/  This combined with Microsoft’s educational offering discount and the early beginnings of the back to school buying season have overwhelmed Microsoft’s supply of the 64 GB Surface Pro and it is currently out of stock.  The Surface Pro 64Gb remains in high demand due to its lower price point than the 128GB model. We have reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update accordingly.   ...

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Today is “Day Zero” at Microsoft’s TechEd New Orleans 2013 Conference. We previously reported, Microsoft is allowing TechEd attendees with a full conference pass to buy a SurfaceRT for $99 (Touch Cover included) and a Surface Pro for $399. Our friend Mary-Jo Foley is reporting the line to buy the Surface is already over 1.5  hours long and shared some photos as proof Picture at TechEd 2013 near the front of the Surface purchasing line Microsoft says they are well stocked in will not run out of Surfaces. I would not look at this deal as Microsoft shedding old inventory in preparation for a Surface refresh in the near future, but more of a “buy this and get ready for Windows 8.1″ Source: Mary-Jo Foley ...

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Well of course there is a catch. You must be a paid attendee of TechEd in New Orleans between June 2 – June 6. Standard cost of attending TechEd is around $2195 plus hotel and eating costs.  Often larger enterprises will pay for their employees to attend.  However you do a great deal on Surface Pro and RT (limit one per customer each) • Surface RT 64GB with touch cover bundle for $99.99 USD • Surface Pro 128GB standalone for $399.99 USD Source: Channel 9 ...

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The Surface Pro is making its way around the world and Japan is getting its taste on June 7th.  Microsoft previously stated that it would make region specific changes based on the market.  The Chinese Surface Pro had unique Touch Covers and Office preinstalled and Japan will be getting the same.  The Japanese Surface Pro will also come with a 256GB variant, in addition to the 128GB version, but no 64GB version. Pricing was revealed via @SurfaceJP Surface Pro 256GB: 119,800 JPY / $1,170 USD Surface Pro 128GB: 99,800 JPY / $975 USD   Source: Liveside (Please take a look at pictures of the Touch Covers in their blog post) If you are a Japanese reader of Microsoft-news please let us know if you will be buying a Surface Pro in the comments below. ...

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Despite severe stock shortages and a high price the Microsoft Surface pro has still managed to make it onto Best Buy’s Bet Seller list, currently sitting in 4th spot behind much, much cheaper Amazon Kindle and Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Windows 8 tablet has been seeing severe supply shortages, but Microsoft has promised to restock this weekend, and is currently taking pre-orders for delivery later in the month. Interestingly on the same page the Surface RT tablet holds 12th spot, suggesting the Windows 8 tablet may see better success than its more limited sibling. See the Best Buy page here. Thanks JamesSB for the tip. ...

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The Examiner has interviewed some new Surface Pro owners 2 days after they took their Windows 8 tablets home, and found them pretty satisfied with their devices. "I’ve had this thing by my side for the past three days," says Jesse Fuentes, an engineer in Los Angeles." It is by far the best device I have ever owned. I can do everything I can with this that I could my MacBook Air and iPad," he continues. Yong Lee, a marketing manager,  also fell in love. "I am more of an Apple person than Microsoft. But the Surface Pro is a better piece of hardware than Apple has ever made," Lee says. Lee agrees that the battery life is subpar, but it’s not a disaster. "This is a laptop replacement, not a tablet replacement," says high school math teacher Jennifer Parsons. "The battery life is on par with most ultrabooks. Students ...

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Panos Panay, GM for the Microsoft Surface, has had some good news for long-suffering Surface fans. He has confirmed on twitter that Microsoft would be restocking the 128 GB Surface tablet at Best Buy and Microsoft Stores this weekend, with stock expected on Saturday. The less popular 64 GB Surface Pro tablet, which nevertheless also sold out, is being restocked right now. Early estimates are that less than 20,000 Surface Pro tablets have been sold.  Hopefully improved stock will boost this figure significantly. ...

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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro ad has quite a catchy tune, but musician Stay Classy felt it was a bit too short, and decided to extend it into this two minute version above. He writes: The Surface Pro song is so amazing, that I was able to make it longer and a lot cooler I know that a lot of us fans would appreciate having a version that we can listen to on the train or on our way to work See his site here for more. ...

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The reason one choses a Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet over an iPad or Android tablet is pretty simple – the power of a full Windows PC with the portability of a tablet. In the above video we have Martin giving a demo of that power, by playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on his tablet. He notes the game works pretty well, but is somewhat limited by the keyboard – maybe next time he should drag his Xbox 360 controller with him Have any of our readers managed to get their hands on the short-supply tablet yet? Let us know your experience below. Thanks Martin for the tip. ...

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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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The Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet went on sale yesterday, and despite the rather negative reviews has been snapped up by fans, with the 128 GB version of the tablet selling out in a mere 7 hours at Microsoft’ Online Store. Of course early sales does not really tell us what the real demand for his rather expensive tablet will be, and given Microsoft’s propensity to not release numbers I don’t think we will ever find out. Will our readers be picking up a Surface Pro? Let us know why or why not below. Thanks Martin for the tip. ...

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  In a blog post Microsoft has formally announced the retail availability of the Surface Pro tablet from the 9th February in the U.S. and Canada through all Microsoft retail stores,microsoftstore.com and at Staples and Best Buy in the U.S. as well as from a number of locations in Canada. The Core i5 tablet will be retailing from $899 for the 64 GB model.  A 128 GB model will also be available for $999. The device will come with an included Surface Pen. Microsoft also announced expanded availability of the Surface RT tablet to 13 additional markets in the coming weeks, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Microsoft is also making additional accessories available, including laser-etched touch covers for $129 and the Surface-themed wedge mouse. Read more at Microsoft here. ...

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Engadget has just noticed a Microsoft tablet passing through the FCC which is most likely the Microsoft Surface. The tablet runs Windows 8 and has a number (1514) which is only 2 less than the 1516 number associated with the Surface RT. The FCC approval clears the way to a January release for the Intel tablet, which is now expected at the end of that month. See the entry at the FCC here. ...

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