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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CNET reports that according to an industry source “familiar with” Intel’s plans, the chipmaker will be tweaking their Ivy Bridge processor to achieve even lower power ratings. The chip currently uses around 17 watts, compared to the 2 watts of ARM chipsets, and the 10 watt Haswell chipsets is set to only arrive in 2014. In 2013 however CNET predicts Intel will be working at reducing the power consumption  of current design Ivy Bridge processors to make them more suitable for tablets. Of course Intel does have its Atom range, which competes better with ARM chips, but with low power consumption also comes lower performance, which often turn away buyers hoping to do real work with their x86 hybrid tablets. Unfortunately it is unlikely the chips will be ready for the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is expected to be released with current generation Ivy Bridge processors at the end of ...

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Here’s a quick comparison of Microsoft Surface with Windows Pro and Apple MacBook Air. Both the devices have almost identical internals with a major difference of Surface being a Touch device with detachable keyboards. Spec Microsoft Surface Apple MacBook Air Image Size 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53in 11.8 x 7.56 x 0.68in Weight Less than 2lbs 1.08 kg (2.38 pounds) Display 1920×1080 1366 x 768 Touch Screen Support 10-point multi-touch No Pen Input Supported and Included Not supported CPU 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor Memory 4GB RAM 4GB RAM Storage 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 technology Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 technology Battery 42 W-h 35 W-h Cameras Two 720p HD cameras, front-facing and rear-facing 720p Front camera Ports Full-size USB 3.0 microSDXC card slot  Mini DisplayPort 2 Full-size USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Port Mini DisplayPort Sensors Ambient light sensor Accelerometer ...

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German online retailer Notebook.de has priced the x86 Windows 8 Surface Pro tablet on their site. The 64 GB model is priced at 679.83 EUR ($870) without tax, and the 128 GB model costs 763.87 EUR ($975). The full spec of the device reads as follows: 26.92 cm (10.6 ") Full HD ClearType multitouch display (1920×1080) Intel Core i5 (3rd generation) 4 GB RAM 64 GB of memory Intel HD 4000 Graphics (shared memory) Wireless LAN 802.11 a / ​​b / g / n Bluetooh 4.0 (Low Energy Technology) HD front & back camera with TrueColor and internal microphone SkyDrive feature VaporMG case Comes with stylus Weight: 900 g Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 2 years warranty . Notebook.de claims the tablets will be available in 3-4 weeks, which seems rather doubtful, with most expecting the device only in January 2013. If delivered earlier that would indeed be a great early ...

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The iPad is not the best business computer. There is a lot of optimism around Microsoft recently, and a report from Business Insider from a Chief Information Officer from a large enterprise company that plans to buy 4000 Surface Pro tablets instead of iPads will certainly continue to add fuel to the fire. He plans to use the tablets to replace 4,000 aging Windows PCs, devices which he initially planned to replace with iPads. "For a large part of the executive team, we do need mobile devices and we were leaning towards the iPad," he said. "That’s that’s changed with the Surface." He notes it takes as long to learn the iPad user interface than Windows 8, and it did not offer the same advantages. "The big killer app for us is Office," he said. "We want to do Office natively" on the device because there’s better compatibility when running ...

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