Microsoft today released an another ad for Windows RT tablets devices attacking Apple iPad. This new ad focuses on multitasking capabilities of Windows RT in Windows RT tablets like Surface RT, Dell XPS 10, etc, and showing that Apple iPad lacks this feature. An employee is Skyping with his superior while browsing vital information during the call by having the apps side by side on his Surface. What do you think of this ad? Update: The device used in the above ad is Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet, not Surface RT as mentioned before.   ...

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Microsoft is offering students with a valid .edu email address a 10% discount on the purchase of a Surface, software, and/or accessories.  This could be a savings of over a $100 with the purchase of a 128GB Surface. Head over to the Microsoft Store and enter your email address to get a unique code for the savings. ...

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With the OEMs continuing to fail, Microsoft is ramping up the marketing and distribution of their Surface tablets.  Three new videos have been published on Microsoft’s official Surface youtube channel showing real life cases of businesses using the Surface tablet: Marcus Bluestein, Chief Technology Officer of Kraft Kennedy has replaced his corporate-issued laptop, his iPad and even his desktop with the Surface Pro. He has discovered that he can access all his corporate and productivity applications while enjoying the portability of a tablet. At Palmetto Health, physicians are using Surface Pro to improve patient care. Physicians who are using a Surface believe it improves efficiency and allows them to see two more patients on average each day. At FlyWheel Sports, customers use Surface RT devices at more than 24 boutique fitness locations to check in, get their bike number and access their TorqBoard to track their performance. Source: Surface on ...

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Microsoft so far had only two versions of Surface Pro devices, one with 64GB storage and another with 128GB. It seems Microsoft is planning to sell one another version of Surface with 256GB storage. Microsoft Surface Pro runs on Intel Core i5 3317U processor, 4 GB RAM,  256 GB SSD, Windows 8 Pro, Multi-Touch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity with 1 YR limited warranty will go one sale from Surface authorized retailer CDW for $1,199.99. Do you think this is a good deal? I think Microsoft should release a Surface Pro with Intel Hasewell processors with great battery life. via : WPCentral  Source : CDW ...

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Microsoft continues to slowly expand its Surface distribution channel.  Today Microsoft announced the Microsoft Devices Program, which allows customers to purchase Surface and commercial services through authorized resellers. The first authorized Surface US distributers will be Ingram Micro Inc., SYNNEX Corp. and Tech Data Corp.  The first US resellers include DW, CompuCom Systems Inc., En Pointe Technologies, Insight Enterprises Inc., PC Connection Inc., PCM Inc., SHI International Corp., Softchoice, Softmart and Zones Inc.  Resellers will be allowed to sell Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage and in addition to adding their own services such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling. and data protection. During the next few months, Microsoft will work to authorize commercial distributors and resellers in more countries. In June, Microsoft announced a one-time offer for Surface RT starting at $199 for qualifying educational institutes running until the end of August in 26 ...

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Tom Warren over at The Verge , who has been fairly reliable in the past, believes Microsoft is hinting at a 2560 x 1440 Surface Pro and high density 7-inch tablets at the BUILD conference going on this week. “…Microsoft appears to be dropping some accidental hints at the future of Surface and other 7- and 8-inch tablets.” -Tom Warren One session at Build talked about building apps across multiple screen sizes, during the session Microsoft showed potential screen sizes for Windows 8 tablets.  One of these resolutions was a 10.6″-inch tablet running at 2560 x 1440.  This may potentially be the next screen resolution for the Surface 2, which is currently 1920 x 1080.  There also lies the possibility this will be a  tablet by an OEM or unannounced ODM design that has not been publicly announced yet. Other potential display resolutions shown included a 7-inch display running at 1920 x 1200 and a ...

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Microsoft is planning to offer Surface RT 32GB tablet for just $199 for schools and universities. Microsoft is planning to make this announcement official later this month and the offer details got leaked today. Microsoft is pleased to offer special pricing on Surface RT directly to schools and universities for a limited time between June 17, 2013 and August 31, 2013. Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realize their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions. Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today. There are three SKUs available to make use of. Surface RT (32GB) – $199 USD (Estimated Retail Price is $499) Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover – $249 ...

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ISTE Announces Exclusive Offer for Registered Attendees to Get a Free Microsoft Surface Tablet Online Registration for ISTE Open Until June 18 WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 13, 2013 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) today announced that Microsoft Corp. plans to give a Microsoft Surface RT to 10,000 ISTE 2013 conference attendees as part of the Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project. Online ISTE conference registration is open until June 18 for the world’s premier education technology event slated for June 23-26 in San Antonio. “Access to meaningful technology for all learners is at the core of ISTE’s mission, so there’s tremendous synergy between our goals and Microsoft’s generous investment in our 2013 conference attendees,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. “This bold move is illustrative of Microsoft’s commitment to the effective use of technology in education. It’ll be fantastic to watch attendees take their conference learning ...

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Microsoft has released a firmware update for the Surface Pro & RT every month.  Updates rolled out the for this month include: Surface Pro: Update includes driver and performance improvements including: LifeCam driver that enhances clarity for low light operation and improves reliability when switching between the integrated camera and an external camera. Surface RT Update includes these firmware and performance improvements: Surface Home Button driver update that improves the reliability of the devices waking up immediately on the first button press. Firmware update for Surface Type Cover and Surface Touch Cover that improves functionality for both accessories. Includes the ability to toggle function keys, new shortcuts, and helpful keyboard navigation improvements.   ...

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An update will come to the Surface in a few week that will allow for the ability to toggle between what the keys on the top row do, get some quick access to other capabilities like screenshots through shortcuts, and just make some things like paging easier to do with one hand. These include: Fn + Caps: Locks F1-F12 into being function keys. Do it again and you get the charms, volume, Home, End, etc. if you are in the function lock mode, you can get the inverse options by pressing the Fn key, naturally Fn + <spacebar>: Print Screen Fn + <spacebar> + Alt: Print Screen for the in-focus App only Fn + Del: Brightness Up Fn + Backspace: Brightness Down Fn + <left>: Home Fn + <right>: End Fn + <up>: Page Up Fn + <down>: Page Down   Source: Surface Blog ...

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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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US office supply and electronics store Staples discounting all Windows 8 tablets and Win8 touch screen PCs $100.  Theoretically, you can get a SurfaceRT for only $399!  Valid in store, online, or over the phone until May 27th.  For those of you looking to buy an 8 inch device, you may want to hold off purchasing anything for another month. Source: Staples   ...

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We have seen multiple reports in the past that Microsoft is planning to release a 8-inch Surface RT device this year. Digitimes today reported some more information about the upcoming device. They expect 8-inch Surface RT device will be launched in June with the price tag between US$249-299 and a 10.x-inch model as early as the third quarter of 2013. The 8-inch Surface will use touch panels supplied by Samsung Electronics and Nvidia-developed processors, and Taiwan-based ODM Pegatron will be responsible for production, the sources said. If the above report turns out to be true, we can expect Microsoft giving away new Surface RT devices to developers at BUILD conference in June. Source: Digitimes (1), (2) ...

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Microsoft today released firmware and performance improvements updates for Surface Pro and Surface RT devices. The most important update is the  firmware update that enhances Surface RT speaker volume. May 2013 updates released on May 14: The May update includes these firmware and performance improvements: •UEFI firmware update that enhances Surface RT speaker volume and improves system stability. •Driver pack that improves performance and works with the updated UEFI firmware to enhance Surface RT speaker volume. •Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction with the Trackpad Settings app for Japanese customers. May 2013 updates on released May 14: The May update includes these firmware and performance improvements: •UEFI firmware update enables the PXE boot feature. This feature is only available when using the Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter due to the UEFI integration needed to implement PXE boot. •Trackpad Settings driver for Surface Type Cover to enable interaction ...

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Microsoft is expanding its Surface Pro device availability across the globe. After beginning the sale 3 months back in US, now  Surface will be sold by Hong Kong retailers from this Friday. Surface Pro with 64 GB version will be priced at HK$7,088 ($913), and the 128 GB version will be priced at HK$7,888 ($1016). Microsoft is also planning to have an launch event where first 150 people in line will get prizes like a Wedge Mouse, a Surface Touch Cover, etc,. Source: Livesino via Liveside ...

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WSJ today reported that Microsoft is working on a 7-inch Surface tablet powered by Windows RT. After the success of iPad 10-inch tablet, the market seems to have moved towards 7-inch tablets like iPad mini, Google Nexus 7 and more. There are currently no Windows based devices in the category since the OS is not optimized for such devices. As previously reported, the upcoming update for Windows codenamed ‘Blue’ will optimize the Windows experience for 7′inch media tablets. One person familiar with Microsoft’s product plans said the 7-inch tablets weren’t part of the company’s strategy last year, but Microsoft executives realized they needed a response to the rapidly growing popularity of smaller tablets like Google Inc.’s 7-inch Nexus, which was announced last summer, and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini introduced by Apple Inc.last October. Source: WSJ ...

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