Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts which is home to 80 middle school students and 450 upper school students representing 27 U.S. states and 27 countries has chosen Surface Pro as their device for their students and the faculty. This empowers students and educators with 1:1 learning. “We have tried and tested different products from different vendors, [but] we settled quite quickly on the Microsoft Surface device,” says Paul Wade, ICT Support Manager at St. Mary’s College. “The key issues for us were the ease of use, the fact that they are so intuitive, the fact that they are so user friendly and really the fact that the pupils and the staff using them don’t need that much support and don’t need that much training.” So, instead of trudging to school uphill both ways in the snow with a 20-pound backpack, kids these days are “enlightened students” – reading, writing, and creating ...

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From earlier leaks, we all know that Microsoft is working on a wireless display adapter which is compatible with Surface devices. Today, more details on this upcoming accessory got leaked on the web. This wireless video adapter will plug into HDMI port on the display and can be powered by USB ports available on the display devices itself. Other details about this device, It will be compatible with Surface 2 and Surface Pro devices, right from original Surface to Surface Pro 3. It won’t work with Surface RT which runs on Windows RT. It works up to 6 meter distance. It works on Miracast wireless display standard. Source: Windowsblogitalia Update: Corrected info about device support. ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was launched in June in the US followed by expanded availability in 25 markets last month. Microsoft today revealed that Surface Pro 3 in is short supply due to strong demand. Microsoft didn’t ship enough units to retailers in the US, and also some retailers in Australia, Surface sold out by lunchtime on launch day.  In China, retailers are sold out of the Core™ i5 and i7 models.  And devices are hard to come by in Germany, New Zealand, Korea, and at one of the largest retailers in the United Kingdom. Microsoft is working to fix this supply issue and expects normal availability of Surface Pro 3 in the coming weeks. While we’re fortunate to have fans who appreciate what we built, we’re also committed to replenishing supply as quickly as possible.  For those of you waiting for Surface Pro 3 (or for the specific version that ...

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Last month, Microsoft reduced the price of Surface 2 tablets by over $100. The entry level 32GB model now costs $349 while 64GB model costs $449. Thin, light, with up to 10 hours of video playback on a gorgeous Full HD display, Surface 2 lets you do the things you want. For $349, I guess it offers great value to customers. Surface 2 and Sleeve Bundle includes: Surface 2 and your choice of select sleeves. Surface 2: At just under 1.5 pounds and preloaded with Office 2013 RT*, Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. Choose from 32GB or 64GB Wi-Fi models, or 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (AT&T). Choose a sleeve: Sleeves to protect your Surface come in styles to fit every personality, from neutral solids to trendy chevrons and everything in between. Specs: NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2Gb System Memory, 32GB Hard Drive 10.6″ High-definition widescreen ...

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Recently, Microsoft has patented the flexible hinge and removable attachment techniques that are found in the Surface Touch and Type Covers. The flexible hinge may be configured to support movement of the input device similar to a cover of a book, such that the input device may act as a cover. Abstract: Flexible hinge and removable attachment techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a flexible hinge is configured to communicatively and physically couple an input device to a computing device and may implement functionality such as a support layer and minimum bend radius. The input device may also include functionality to promote a secure physical connection between the input device and the computing device. One example of this includes use of one or more protrusions that are configured to be removed from respective cavities of the computing device along a particular axis but mechanically bind along other axes. ...

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Microsoft has signed a $400 million deal with NFL for various marketing activities. In fact, Microsoft is the “The Official Sideline Technology Sponsor of the NFL,” and the Surface is “the official tablet” of NFL. You could have even spotted Surface and Microsoft branding in sidelines during NFL games. Despite all these, a commentator was not aware of the fact that players were given a Surface Pro 2 devices to analyze their games instead of physical photos which they used all these years. The commentator mentioned it as “iPad like tool” when he was trying to mention Microsoft Surface. I guess Microsoft marketing team should better educate the people involved in NFL about Surface devices. via: The Verge ...

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Surprisingly, former Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Ron Johnson commented positively about Microsoft retail stores and Surface Pro 3 during his participation in Andreessen Horowitz’s podcast. He said that Microsoft Stores have succeeded more than people’s opinion and Surface Pro 3 which is a great product was supported by retail stores. He also said that comparing Microsoft’s retail stores with Apple’s own retail presence is like comparing two different restaurants by the crowd alone. “I think the Microsoft stores have succeeded much more than popular opinion. [...] I think it’s really helped, for instance, the Surface 3. It’s a really great product and we all know that. Everyone who has tried a Surface 3 is pretty blown away with the software, the interaction, how it can be a tablet and a computer, its part of the future. Without those stores that Surface 3 wouldn’t be where it is today.” You can ...

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Microsoft retail stores and MicrosoftStore.com today said that they will be delivering the choice value and service for customers this back-to-school season by offering students an online flash sale only available at MicrosoftStore.com for the Acer Aspire E-15. Acer Aspire E-15 will be on sale for just $199, down from its regular price of $249. Key Specs: 15.6 in HD widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit (1366 x 768) Intel Celeron N2830 CPU 4GB memory/500GB HDD Up to 4.5 hours battery life Acer Crystal Eye webcam Windows 8.1 with Bing, 64-bit This deal will be offered only on Friday, Aug. 29 while supplies last. Order it from the link below, Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-511-C590 Signature Edition Laptop – $224 ...

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Microsoft has now reduced the price of Surface 2 tablets by over $100. The entry level 32GB model now costs $349 while 64GB model costs $449. Thin, light, with up to 10 hours of video playback on a gorgeous Full HD display, Surface 2 lets you do the things you want. For $349, I guess it offers great value to customers. NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2Gb System Memory, 32GB Hard Drive 10.6″ High-definition widescreen 5-point multitouch with ClearType technology (1920 x 1080) Front Facing 2.5MP camera, Rear Facing 5.0MP Camera SD Card Slot, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI Output, Windows RT 8.1, Touchscreen, Internal Speakers 1 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty Order Surface 2 for $374 from Microsoft Store here. ...

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During the launch of all of its Surface products, Microsoft always touts the design of these tablets that can withstand casual drops. One of Microsoft’s key marketing points for Surface is the tablet’s durability. Panos Panay couple of times dropped the tablet on stage to demonstrate this. In the recent patent filings, we noticed that Microsoft is patenting a ruggedized display device. We are not sure whether this is an existing technology found on Surface tablets or it will be seen on upcoming devices. Abstract: A ruggedized display device is disclosed. The ruggedized display device may include an optical stack configured to resist a load up to a load threshold. The optical stack may include an electronic display including a top surface and a bottom surface, and a top protective component coupled to the top surface of the electronic display via a bonding material layer, to shield the electronic display. ...

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Microsoft sells PPI (Perceptive Pixel) Touch Devices which deliver exceptional, multi-purpose productivity solutions for brainstorming, collaboration, and interactive presentations. The 55” Touch Device allows for productive small-group or individual brainstorming. It can be used in smaller spaces, including offices, huddle areas, conference rooms and lounges. Last year, PPI screen was given in the hands of one of the most influential EDM Producers on the planet, Deadmau5. Recently, he gave his fans the glimpse of what is possible via PPI and how he uses it. via: The Verge ...

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It is Patch Tuesday and on schedule Microsoft has released a number of updates for the Surface RT, Surface Pro,  and Pro 3. Find update details below. Surface Pro 2: No product updates were released for Surface Pro 2 in August. Surface Pro: Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth (v14.69.24054.176) improves network connection stability and enables functionality on WiFi networks using a hidden SSID. Surface 2: No updates in August. Surface RT: Surface RT UEFI (v3.31.500) enhances overall system stability. Surface Pro 3: Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v38.4.50.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v3.9.250.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover and enhances overall system stability. Microsoft LifeCam Front (v5.20.1034.0) significantly improves power consumption during video chat such as Skype, supports Flash camera streaming in Internet Explorer, and improves overall functionality and stability. Surface Ethernet Adapter (v8.14.0704.2014) improved support for the gigabit Surface Ethernet Adapter. Download ...

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When Microsoft announced Surface Pro 3 few months back, they started to marketing it as ‘The tablet that can replace your laptop’. Even during the launch event, Microsoft compared Surface Pro 3 against MacBook Air. Surface Pro 3’s official webpage and Microsoft Store listing also compares MacBook against Surface Pro 3. Following them, Microsoft has now released three new videos comparing Surface Pro 3 with MacBook Air. Watch them below, Tablet or laptop? With the Surface Pro3, you get the best of both. The Surface Pro 3 has the power to run full Adobe Photoshop, Office and Windows. But unlike the Mac Book Air, it has a touchscreen, a pen and converts to a tablet. Don’t try that with the Mac. You can order Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft Store from the links below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of ...

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If you are following Microsoft for the past few years, you might not be surprised to hear that Microsoft continues to lose money on its Surface tablets. ComputerWorld spoke with an analyst and concluded that Microsoft could have lost over $1.7 billion since its launch. In the last quarter, Surface business posted a revenue of $409 million and the cost of revenue was at $772 million. So, Microsoft lost about $363 million and they even mentioned in the financial reports that current year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.” In FY2014, Microsoft lost about $676 million and in FY2013, Microsoft lost about $1.049 billion (including $900 million write-off). But does it matter to Microsoft? ComputerWorld and their analyst claims that Microsoft may stop investing in Surface if this loss continues for ...

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As many of you know, Surface is the Official Tablet of the NFL. The Surface logo and visuals have been a visible addition to all the games this past season, showing up on the sidelines on the communication carts and instant replay hoods. For this year’s NFL, Microsoft is planning to release new NFL apps for Xbox One and Windows 8. This new app will be personalizedwith content from team and players you’re interested in, as well as different media provided by NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NFL Now and NFL Sunday Ticket. Microsoft is also planning to integrate content from other fantasy league providers such as ESPN. And as you expect, it supports Xbox One snap more and more. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Engadget ...

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Microsoft introduced the concept of multitasking in modern touch based world with Windows 8. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft made multi-tasking even better by allowing users to put more apps on screen (up to 4 on a large screen). It was rumored recently that Apple is planning to similar feature in the iOS for iPad in the near future. Samsung too copied this feature and implemented this feature on Android in its Galaxy Tablets. Now, Samsung has released an ad purely based on this multi-tasking feature of allowing users to snap two apps side-by-side. Find out what he is doing with his Samsung Galaxy Tab S. A High court judge votes for his favorite contestant in Planet Popstar, a singing competition show, with his Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It just might be the highest profile case of his career. Get the tablet designed for play with its multitasking capability. Samsung GALAXY Tab S. Watch ...

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