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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Analyst William Power from R.W. Baird have told that Microsoft‘s Surface sales was not encouraging from retail chains like BestBuy, Staples, etc,. According to the sales reps, the sales volumes have been modest to date. Microsoft’s Surface, which Best Buy just recently started carrying, was not recommended to us by reps without us asking about it specifically. When asked about sales to date, reps noted that the device was new and indicated that early demand has been modest relative to the iPad and Kindle Fire. We would also note that the device was in stock at every store we contacted […] We contacted Staples stores in an effort to further gauge Microsoft Surface sales, though our impression from speaking with reps was tablets are not a major seller at Staples. Tellingly, Staples doesn’t currently carry the iPad. When pressed for details, Staples reps indicated that Surface volumes have been modest to date. ...

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Apparently many Surface users are experiencing a “Limited Connectivity error” when using WI-FI on the Microsoft Surface, which can only be fixed by disconnecting and reconnecting or restarting the tablet. Microsoft has pushed out a fix, but apparently some users are still having issues. However a solution has popped up on Microsoft Answers which may solve the left-over issues. The instructions are as follows: First of all, go to Start Screen by pressing the Windows button your Surface tablet. In Start Screen go to Search Charm by swiping from right and selecting ‘Search‘. Type in ‘cmd’ in the ‘Search’ box. ‘Command Prompt‘ would be showed in results. Swipe down on the Command Prompt tile and the app bar will open. Select ‘Run as administrator’ from the app bar. Command Prompt will open on the desktop. Type or copy and paste the following in the command prompt netsh int tcp set ...

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We were pretty glad when John Lewis announced they will be carrying the Microsoft Surface in UK this weekend, and I am sure French readers will be equally glad to hear popular electronics retailer FNAC is also offering the device. Already available online, the 32 GB tablet is retailing for 589 EUR, with the device available for delivery before Christmas. Presumably the tablet will also be showing up in stores this weekend also. See the online deal here. Are are French readers looking forward to having a hands-on with the device? Let us know below. Thanks Lauren for tip. ...

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A survey of US broadband subscribers by Parks Associates has shown significant interest in the Microsoft Surface, pegging in Q4 2012 at nearly half that of the iPad. The survey found 44% of consumers planned to buy an iPad, vs 21% a Microsoft Surface. This was nearly double of the interest in the Google Nexus, which scored only 12%. Parks notes interest in the Microsoft Surface was down from Q3 2012, before full details of the Surface, including the somewhat high price, was revealed. In some bad news for Apple, when given the choice between the iPad and the much cheaper iPad mini, 40% of consumers who intended to buy an iPad chose the cheaper device, which will place Apple’s iPad margins under pressure.  It is of note that the presence of the iPad mini did not increase the percentage of users who were opting for an iPad – in ...

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For some reason Microsoft has been only slowly releasing the news of which retailers will be carrying their Surface tablets around the world. For UK Pocket-lint has the amazing news that John Lewis will be carrying the Windows RT tablets both online and in store starting this weekend. The tablet will be available from www.johnlewis.com from the 14 December and in store over the weekend (15/16 December). "Always first with the latest technology, John Lewis is delighted to announce that it will be the first high street retailer in the UK to offer the Microsoft Surface from the 14 December 2012 and with a two-year guarantee included at no extra cost," the company told Pocket-lint. “Demand for Windows 8 computers has been phenomenal with touch screen models leading the way.” The Microsoft Surface 32GB with Black Touch Keyboard will cost £479 with a two-year guarantee while the Microsoft Surface 64GB ...

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Few Microsoft Surface units which were sold initially came with faulty Touch keyboards and Microsoft replaced them for their customers. It seems few other devices are now facing faulty magnetic systems. As you can see in the video above, when keyboard is attached to the tablet, the tape along with magnets on the tablet gets attached to the keyboard due to the weak tape/strong magnet in the Surface unit. As expected, Microsoft Support is replacing the faulty devices with new ones. So if your Surface faced similar issue, its time to call the Microsoft Support team. Thanks Steve for the heads up. Source: Microsoft Surface forums ...

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Just a day after Microsoft announcement of expanded retail availability of the Microsoft Surface in US and Australia, the Windows RT tablet has already become available online in the two countries. WPDownunder reports the Windows RT tablet will be available in store and online at Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi, with Harvey Norman having the device available online and in store by the 14th. In USA the device is already available online on Staples. Of course having the device actually available in store is what it is really about, allowing buyers to actually fondle the device before shelling out. Microsoft has not announced the expansion of the device to other countries yet, but we can only hope it will happen soon. Thanks Filipe for the tip. ...

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Some months ago Microsoft announced that they will be giving Surface tablets to all 90,000 full-time Microsoft employees. It seems that that day has finally come, as Jeff Wilcox, senior software developer at Microsoft, has tweeted that Surface for employees is “go!” Microsoft has recently announced that they have increased production of the Surface tablet, and it may be this loosening of supply which is making the internal roll-out possible.  It is not clear if the roll-out will initially be confined to US only, or will be world-wide. Those Microsoft employees hoping for an early Christmas present by selling the device on will be disappointed to know the terms and conditions prevent the sale of the gift. Hopefully the roll-out will be associated with an influx of high quality applications to the Windows 8 store as talented developers get their hands on the tablet. ...

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In what is either masterful spin or material information which suggests the Surface tablets are selling much better than expected, Microsoft has said it has increased their Surface tablet production and will be expanding the retail locations the tablet will be available. “The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface. Microsoft said it would make some of their pop-up stores permanent, and would make the tablets available via retailers in Australia and USA. Additional availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months. “Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first of the year. Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier,” ...

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Microsoft today released several updates for Windows RT, Office 2013 and Internet Explorer for Windows 8 and Windows RT platforms. As you can see in the above image, there were two updates for Microsoft Office 2013 RT, security updates for both Windows RT and Internet Explorer and updates for Windows RT OS. All these updates are available for Windows 8 devices also. Check for updates from your Windows RT device and enjoy the improved software experience. ...

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Smarthouse.com.au reports that Australian retailers will soon start selling the Microsoft Surface, with JB Hi Fi confident that they will have stock in store before Christmas. Harvey Norman is also expected to carry the Windows RT tablet. Scott Browning, the Marketing Director of JB Hi Fi, said "We have been talking to Microsoft for some time about selling their Surface tablet. It’s now a question of stock levels and whether we can get the device into stores prior to Christmas." Browning said "This is a product that needs to be exposed to a consumer; they need to touch and feel it and only retail stores can do this. Online is a commodity sell and if a consumer does not know the product or has not seen it in store it is always going to be harder to sell online". Smarthouse reports OEMs are not too happy with the move. One ...

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