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 →

Tech-snobs.com posted this head to head comparison of the Asus Vivo Tab RT vs the Microsoft Surface, both Windows RT tablets that share slim form factors and long battery life. One of the main differences between the tablets, besides the build quality, was their keyboards, and while they Surface has the choice of both a slim Touch and Type cover, the Vivo Tab has a rather substantial laptop-style dock which also double’s battery life. While I am sure most of our readers will opt for the Surface tablet, do some see the advantage of the Vivo Tab? Let us know below. ...

Read More →

RWalrond has posted a series of videos comparing the performance the developer Samsung Core i5 Windows 8 tablet vs the Windows RT Microsoft Surface tablet with an NVidia chipset. While the presenter does repeatedly say the performance of the Surface tablet is close to that of the Core i5 tablet, I think it is clear than the Intel chip is outperforming the ARM chip, so if you prefer performance over battery life a Windows 8 tablet is the clear choice over an ARM tablet. See two more videos below. Boot Up test. Gaming. ...

Read More →

Microsoft does a lot of bragging about the Surface being able to support printers via the USB port. Robert decided to put this claim to the ultimate test, and decided to print something from his old printer, which happens to be an Okidata dot-matrix printer with a parallel port. Of course the Surface does not in fact come with a Parallel port, but one standard Belkin USB to Parallel cable later, and that problem was neatly sorted. While most people retired their dot matrix printers a decade ago, the demo does go to show that the Surface, despite running Windows RT, is a real computer, which still works exactly as expected. Thanks Bob for the tip. ...

Read More →

Last June, we reported about a specs of a device from Microsoft called Xbox Surface.  We thought it was just a fan made concept, but it seems that it may get real soon. According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft is working on  a 7-inch version of Xbox Surface tablet which will be focused on gaming. While the specs of the device was not yet finalized,  it will  likely include a custom ARM processor and high-bandwidth RAM suitable for high performance gaming. It was also reported that Xbox Surface will run on custom Windows kernel and will have some tablet focused apps. Are you ready to own another gadget between your Windows Phone and Microsoft Surface ?? Source: The Verge ...

Read More →

Microsoft has boasted of the durability of their Vapor-Mg case, and even uploaded a video of the device being drop tested. Kurt Shintaku had the misfortune of testing Microsoft’s claims with his own personal Surface. Coming back from a pizza run he left his Surface tablet on the roof of his car. He writes: I guess it stayed there for several blocks as I sped down a main thruway before I made a lane change on Westwood Blvd & it lost its grip, slid off the top, & careened off the side of my car into the middle turn lane. (sob)  Several onlookers watched in horror as the device toppled corner-over-corner finally resting a lane over from where I was. Then a car going the opposite direction drove over it while making a left turn. (!!!) Did his device survive? Yes, and in better nick than suspected. He writes Besides ...

Read More →