We already saw reports that Microsoft Surface RT attracted a long line in Beijing, China back in October when it was first launched. It seems that the demand didn’t last for so many days, according to IDC, Microsoft Surface RT shipments has been low with only 30,000 units shipped during the fourth quarter. So, Surface accounted for only 1% of tablet market in China. IDC also reported that Microsoft was concerned less with boosting shipments, and instead used the device to demonstrate to PC vendors “how great” a Windows tablet could be, Chang said. In China, Microsoft decided to only sell the product through local electronics retailer Suning and its own online sales channel. Read more about it from the links below. via: TNW, Computer World ...

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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates today had an interview with CBS This Morning program. He was talking mostly about his foundation work while answering some questions related to Microsoft as well. When Charlie Rose asked about the smartphone industry, Bill Gates admitted that Microsoft didn’t “get out in the lead very early.” “We didn’t miss cell phones, but the way that we went about it didn’t allow us to get the leadership. So it’s clearly a mistake.” He also commented on Steve Ballmer being CEO of Microsoft and the work Microsoft has been doing under his leadership such as Windows 8, Microsoft Surface launch, etc,. Watch the video above. Source: CBS This Morning via: Neowin ...

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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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Microsoft has now officially released its first Microsoft Surface Pro commercial online. Similar to Surface RT tablet ad, Surface Pro ad involves lots of dancers with Surface Pro in hand. It shows the unique Surface capabilities such as Stylus support, full USB support, etc,. This ad was directed by Jon M Chu, an American film director and screenwriter best known for directing the movies Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D. ...

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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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Microsoft launched its Surface Pro PC/tablet yesterday through no.of retail partners in US. Panos Panay who heads Microsoft Surface team at Microsoft was at The Fashion Show Mall In Las Vegas to launch the Surface Pro device. One of the audiences there at the mall recorded the above video and that too with his Nokia Lumia 920 with OIS technology. It also reveals the upcoming TV ad for Microsoft Surface Pro device involving dancers. Check it out. Source: Ubergamer256 ...

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Microsoft today announced that the expansion of availability of Microsoft Surface RT tablet. Surface RT will be made available in 13 new countries on Feb. 14. Those countries include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. “We are thrilled to expand the Surface family with the release of Surface Pro,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. “The launch of Surface Pro marks a pivotal moment for customers who can now do more with their machines than ever before. Within the Surface family, customers will be able to choose a combination of devices that best suit their needs: Surface Pro, which provides the power and performance of a laptop in a tablet package, or Surface RT, which offers the convenience of a tablet with some laptop capabilities so you can get things done.” Microsoft also announced the following new products will also be available from ...

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Last week many tech blogs reported about the free storage space left is Surface Pro models are very less. Ed Bott from ZDNet today posted a detailed comparison between Surface Pro 128GB and Macbook Air 128GB. According to his analysis, both Microsoft Surface Pro and Macbook Air offers similar out-of-the box free storage space. MacBook Air 128: 92.20 GB (approx. 99 billion bytes) Surface Pro 128: 89.7 GB (approx. 96.3 billion bytes) In Surface Pro, you can even increase the free space by moving your recovery partition contents to USB Drive or external HDD. Read the source link below for more details. Source: ZDNet ...

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Today several tech blogs reported about the out-of-the box storage space available to Microsoft Surface Pro users. Just like any other device, Surface Pro models will offer less GBs than the marketed storage sizes. For example, a 64GB model Surface won’t have 64GB  free available space for the end users. According to Microsoft, The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. “The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box. Of course, Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives. Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB ...

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Prior to Surface going on sale analysts predicted around 2 million would be sold.  After the quarter ended one analyst suggested about 1 million actually made it to market.  Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini however thinks the number may have been lower, a lot lower.  They estimate as few as 230,000 Surface tablets were sold, hardly enough to make a real impression in the market or support the Windows RT ecosystem.  Fortunately for Microsoft Windows 8 is there to carry the torch, with the company saying it has shipped more than 60 million licenses since launch Do our readers think the low-balled numbers are realistic? Let us us know below. via:  bgr.com ...

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On Thursday 24th January, Microsoft’s CFO Peter Klein said we should expect more distribution channels for the company’s Surface tablet line.  Today, there’s rumours that the Windows RT version of Surface will soon go on sale in Costco stores. Neowin reports that a list displaying Costco stores which require yearly membership will sell the 32 GB version of the tablet (without the touch cover) for $499.  The 32 GB and 64 GB versions of the tablet with the touch cover will be sold for $599 and $699.  Costco will also allow users to choose the colour of their Surface tablet touch cover, rather than being limited to the black touch cover. Now, in total, there are four retail outlets in US that are reported to sell the Surface RT tablet.  Microsoft’s retail stores were the first to offer the tablet at its launch on October 26th 2012, followed by Best ...

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UBS analyst Brent Thrill estimates that Microsoft sold 1 million Surface RT tablets in the last quarter. He halved his previous Surface sales estimate of 2 million units. He says that people prefer iPads over Microsoft Surface and also lack of enough distribution affected Surface sales. Microsoft is selling Surface through its physical retail store and its online store alone. Thrill was also cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Intel based Surface Pro devices which will attract enterprise over iPads. via: SAI ...

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‘Super cool’ apple may be losing its grip on the teen demographic, according to bus marketing group, who polled teams as to their object of desire. Apparently apple’s latest i-products are too ubiquitous to be popular amongst the always counter culture teenage group.  Instead they are embracing current niche products such as Microsoft’s surface tablet. ‘Teens are telling us Apple is done,’ Tina Wells of the youth marketing agency Buzz Marketing Group told the website. ‘Apple has done a great job of embracing Gen X and older [Millennials], but I don’t think they are connecting with Millennial kids. [They’re] all about Surface tablets/laptops and Galaxy.’ As the iPhone and iPad increasingly becomes your fathers gadget, Microsoft may benefit from embracing their current role as the underdog. Read more at: Forbes.com and Dailymail.co.uk ...

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As part of its regular “Patch Tuesday” security update Microsoft has pushed out a patch for Windows RT. The update includes a System Firmware (UEFI) update which improvements to audio playback when in Connected Standby  and brings additional capabilities for handling firmware updates during low battery situations. The update also delivers a few other security- and non-security fixes and updates for Windows RT, including one that is designed to improve .Net 4.5 and Windows RT compatibility, according to Microsoft’s Web site. To check for the update search for Check for Updates from the Settings category using the Search charm. Via ZDNet.com Thanks Steve for the tip. ...

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As we reported last month, NVIDIA has released their TegraZone gaming app for Windows RT devices in Windows Store. TegraZone will allow you to easily find games that are optimized to exploit the full potential of the Tegra mobile processor. App Description: Finding the best Windows RT games just got easier. NVIDIA TegraZone: Find the best Windows RT games Finding the best Windows RT games just got easier. With the TegraZone app for your NVIDIA® Tegra™-powered mobile device, you can easily find games that are optimized to exploit the full potential of the Tegra mobile processor. Discover unique, premium games for Windows RT that deliver more visually-stunning graphics and smoother gameplay, so you can get the most out of your Tegra-powered mobile device. TegraZone supports all Tegra-powered Windows RT devices. Discover: Get all of the top games for Windows RT at your fingertips. Find Windows RT games to download quickly ...

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