Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month, and the time when Microsoft pushes out software updates for their products. On this occasion this includes includes Microsoft’s first ARM computer, the Surface, and the update  is  a “Cumulative Update for performance/compatibility” and another is a firmware update which hopefully addresses the same issue. To check for an update: 1. Go to the charms menu and select Settings 2.  Select Change PC settings 3. Scroll to the bottom and select Windows Update. 4. Check for Updates and install. We noticed definite performance improvements, including in multi-tasking, text input, quicker loading times and improvements in IE, including in tab switching and closing. Have our readers noticed any other changes or improvements? Let us know below. Thanks Tishawn for the tip. ...

Read More →

Digitimes’s somewhat less than impeccable upstream supply sources are claiming that Surface sales will only hit 60% of Microsoft’s forecast in 2012. Unfortunately Digitimes did not exactly reveal what these forecasts were, leaving us to guess exactly how many millions of units this would represent. Their sources claim buyers are not seeing the value proposition of Windows RT tablets, and that Asus’s own Windows RT tablet is similarly affected. On the other hand they expect full Windows 8 tablets to benefit, as users wait for these more powerful devices. Are any of our readers waiting also opting for Windows 8 tablets over Windows RT ones, despite the bulk and battery life advantages of RT devices? Let us know below. ...

Read More →

In a surprise announcement, Microsoft has revealed that Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky is leaving the company, effective immediately. According to AllthingsD’s sources the move come after growing tension between Sinofsky and other top executives. Sinofsky, though seen as highly talented, was viewed at the top levels as not the kind of team player that the company was looking for. Sinofsky has recently been feted as an eventual successor to Steve Ballmer, and had a reputation for  fixing both Office and Windows 7, making sure both products shipped on time. His duties will be divided between Julie Larson-Green who will head up the engineering side of Windows, while Tami Reller, who has had headed marketing and served as the unit’s CFO, will have responsibility for the business side of things. Both will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer. In a press release, Microsoft CEO Ballmer praised Steven’s work, but also ...

Read More →

  Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer commenting about initial Surface sales from a French news website. Many tech blogs reported about the same and Microsoft has now responded to this to Pocketnow which you can read below, “When asked about Surface, Steve’s use of the term “modest” was in relation to the company’s approach in ramping up supply and distribution of Surface with Windows RT, which has only been available via our online store and certain Microsoft retail stores in the U.S.  While our approach has been modest, Steve notes the reception to the device has been “fantastic” which is why he also stated that “soon, it will be available in more countries and in more stores.” I think we will come to know about the exact Surface sales after the next quarterly earnings announcement from Microsoft. What do you think? Over the last weekend, we reported about Microsoft CEO ...

Read More →

There must be something about the Microsoft Surface that makes its users rather distracted. It may be the perfectly balanced design of the blissful confidence of having a full-power computer always at your beck and call, but it seems Surface owners often forget they are carrying it, and therefore leaves the device in harm’s way. The latest victim Robbbilicious’s Surface, that was also left on top of his car, where it subsequently fell off and was run over at 60 mph. He writes: Each car passed by with the tires on each side of the Surface until the very last car. The tire of the car ran completely over the Surface and next thing I saw was my brand new $700 tablet and touch cover flying through the air in separate directions! My heart jumped, and so did I! I jumped out of my car and ran across the street ...

Read More →

ReadWriteWeb posted the above review of the Microsoft Surface looking at features such as multi-tasking, performance, flash support, printing and sharing and other elements. The Surface did relatively well in the tests, except for not supporting some online video codecs, and in the end it came down to which ecosystem the user lived in, with the Windows tablet doing best in an enterprise setting, as expected. ...

Read More →

TheNational.ae reports that grey market importers are importing Microsoft Surface tablets into the United Arab Emirates and selling them at premium prices. "Demand has been good, we ordered a small lot to begin with and it sold out. More is on the way," said Ashish Panjabi, the chief operating officer of Jacky’s Electronics. No launch plans for the tablet in the UAE has been announced yet.  "We want to do things when we are ready and have the right products set to make sure customers are happy," Gustavo Fuchs, the head of mobility at Microsoft Gulf told The National before the launch. Jumbo is retailing the Surface for Dh2,699 (US$734) with its original cover. Normally grey market imports are actually around 10% cheaper than official imports, as they do not have to include the cost of the warranty, vs the 50% premium the Surface often demands. "There has been a ...

Read More →

So far Microsoft has not released any sales figures for the Microsoft Surface RT, but in Microsoft’s first comment on the performance of the device, Steve Ballmer has told Le Parisien that sales of the Microsoft Surface "are starting modestly." Microsoft blamed this more on a lack of distribution rather than demand, noting that the device is only being sold through Microsoft Stores, where the tablet is in fact often on short supply. Talking about the shortages, he said "It’s a good sign," adding that Microsoft "will fix this problem quickly" and that the increase in capacity is part of the company’s strategy. Steve also talked about the coming Surface Pro, noting that it will have a higher-definition screen and Intel processor. He also repeated an earlier announcement that the company sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades to consumers in only 3 days. Via Capital.gr ...

Read More →

For a sophisticated user tethering a Microsoft Surface tablet to a WIFI hotspot or phone is pretty simple. For everyone else however there are multiple obstacles, including needing to keep two devices charged, not having tethering on your data plan and of course draining your phone battery when using your Surface. In theory the perfect solution is a USB 3G dongle or stick. Unfortunately WindowsRT devices like the Surface can not install desktop software, and it seems all of the USB dongles need their own drivers and apps installed to make them go. As Vodafone writes: Windows 8 contains a driver for devices that use the NDIS 6.3 interface. The first Vodafone USB Sticks with NDIS 6.3 will be the K4305 and K4305-Z. For all other devices, it is necessary to install Vodafone Mobile Broadband 10 to get the driver. This would be all fine and good, but it seems ...

Read More →

Paul Everton, CEO of Yapmo, which creates enterprise software applications that are social media mobile/tablet apps designed to solve specific business needs, gave the Microsoft Surface a try and came away loving it. He initially went in with low expectations, particularly because the Surface lacked GPS and 4G connectivity. The utility of the tablet however soon won him over. He writes  “I have been using the product now daily and here are the features I love”: 1. Microsoft Office You would think this is an obvious one, but just the addition of Microsoft office has made this a device that can actually stop me from pulling out a laptop. All other tablets I have owned in the past were strictly devices for consuming, not producing content. To give you an example, I am using the Surface right now to write this blog post in Word. On any other tablet I ...

Read More →

The Guardian reports that the Microsoft Touch Cover appears to have a manufacturing defect, with splitting developing around the magnetic hinge on the cover. The issue is affecting numerous devices in both US and UK, suggesting the problem may be endemic to the keyboard. Microsoft is providing replacement covers at no cost for those what are affected, but it seems either there is a manufacturing issue, or the design is flawed in some way that will need a redesign. Are any of our readers affected? Let us know below. ...

Read More →

Some Microsoft Surface owners are complaining that their  tablets are randomly muting and unmuting, and are blaming it on their Touch/Type cover. If your device is similarly affected Microsoft is offering an exchange at myservice.surface.com. Alternatively users can contact Technical Support first here. Is the problem wide spread? Let us know below. ...

Read More →

It seems Acer will just not stop complaining about Microsoft releasing their own Windows tablet. Acer President for Greater China, Linxian Lang, has said he expects Microsoft will find building their own hardware like eating “hard rice.” It had previously said  that the Surface would have a “negative impact” on the Windows ecosystem and urged Microsoft to “think twice” about its decision to build the device, adding that it doesn’t think the Windows maker will be good at it. With more and more rumours of more Microsoft-branded hardware, including a Surface phone and Xbox Surface tablet, I think Acer will just have to get used to the new reality. Via TNW and Engadget.com ...

Read More →

  On Monday night’s Halloween-centered episode of Hawaii Five-0, the new Microsoft Surface was spotted being used by Dr. Max Bergman.  Before clicking on the bottom right icon to bring up a photo, it was clear he was showcasing it for the camera.  Also spotted on the episode was a blue polycarbonate Nokia Lumia, but it was unclear if it was a Lumia 900 or Lumia 920. Microsoft has showcased their Windows Phones on Hawaii Five-0 since the remake’s inception, and it’s clear that they are branching out into Windows 8 in-show advertising as well. ...

Read More →

I was not going to post about this video, which has been doing the rounds, but after the 10th tip about it I don’t think I have any choice anymore. The parody of an iPad commercial by Cinesaurus, a Seattle-based creative team that is “obsessed with telling stories through video and animation”, the video already has more than 120,000 views and shows a Surface pretty much dismembering an iPad. See another pretty relevant video by the same team below. Thanks everyone for sending this in. ...

Read More →

Lines of buyers waiting for the Microsoft Surface. Unfortunately not backed by figures, NPD vice president of industry analysis Stephen Baker told eWeek the Microsoft Surface is enjoying “healthy sales.” The sentiment was based on strong foot traffic at the 65 Microsoft Stores selling the tablet as well as lines at launch day. Baker also said a Microsoft Store he recently visited was busy with most everyone there looking at a Surface. Selling Surface only in Microsoft stores, “allows them to really talk about the value proposition of Surface in a very controlled way and drive a lot of traffic to their stores, he said. This allowed the Surface to shine without competing for attention with other tablets. Other analysts agree. “We called or visited all permanent Microsoft Stores this week, and the feedback was that Surface sales have been steady, foot traffic has been above average, and restocking shipments ...

Read More →