After many customer queries, Microsoft has explained about the free space available for users in Microsoft Surface models. If you buy a 32GB model of Microsoft Surface, you won’t have 32GB to store your music, videos, etc,. Instead, you will only have 16-20 GB approx. What happened to the rest of the disk space? Check the image above to understand them. This is true for Apple iPad too. But since it does not come with Microsoft Office and many built-in apps, you many find more free space than Microsoft Surface. Unlike Apple, Microsoft is providing you with many choices to increase your storage capacity, Cloud storage using SkyDrive microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory card (adds up to 64 GB) USB flash drive or hard drive Read more about it here. ...

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Community Award Winning Photo App on Windows Phone now comes to Windows 8 and Windows RT. Fhotoroom brings +90 powerful photo editing, photo styles, light leaks, and frames in one clean, elegant and easy to use UI. The key features of fhotoroom are Native x86, x64 and ARM CPU’s Upto 16MP photos 15 Editing Tools like Crop, Exposure, Saturation, Rotate, Sharpen, Flip, Mirror, Black and White Point 22 Beautiful Styles that give your photo a unique feel and atmosphere. 21 Light Leaks that give your photo a classic camera lens look. 22 Picture Frames and Borders to give your photo that perfect finishing touch. Editing Brush that allows you to draw saturation, brightness, darkness, softness, sharpen, denoise, and red eye removal. 9 Vignettes Supports layouts for both Portrait and Landscape. Unlike the phone, fhotoroom for Win8 brings much more professional level tools to the tablet with support for upto 16MP ...

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Geekwire reports that Democracy Live is testing a Microsoft Surface as a ballot machine in Virginia this week. The device would only be used in one voting station, where it will record votes using a browser-based voting system backed by Microsoft Windows Azure. The web app lets the voter use the Surface to access, mark, and print a ballot for tabulation by a separate machine. The Windows device allows the use of peripherals such as sip-and-puff input devices for people with disabilities and the use of the device’s built-in screen reader. The precinct involved is in Charlottesville, Va, and the machine will be used for balloting in both the national and state elections. Democracy Live CEO Bryan Finney says the company plans to work with Microsoft on a broader rollout of Surfaces following the upcoming release of Surface Pro devices, which will run legacy Windows applications. Read more at Geekwire ...

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Microsoft has not announced any Surface sales figures, leaving analysts to do what they do best. “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 have been consistent,” wrote Phil Winslow of Credit Suisse in a note to clients. The Windows RT Surface tablet was launched on the 26th October and the cheaper model quickly sold out soon after. He added that returns “have been relatively few,” with most of those citing the lack of backwards compatibility with older Windows applications that will only be available when the company launches the “Pro” version of the tablet sometime early next year. Analyst Brendan Barnicle of Pacific Crest surveyed a number of Microsoft’s stores, and reported “strong” sales of the tablet and that most stores had gone through at least one round ...

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According to research firm IHS, Microsoft Surface 32GB costs $271 to build it and TouchCover costs just $16 to build. Microsoft Surface’s main components include a Tegra 3 processor chip from Nvidia, and a display and memory chips from Samsung. Samsung appears to be having a healthy profit from Surface by supplying display, the memory chips and the battery, pocketing about $137 (almost half of total Surface cost). As every other OEM do, Microsoft seems to be profiting more from the TouchCover keyboard accessory. TouchCover includes chips from Atmel and Freescale Semiconductor and since it’s a compelling accessory for users, Microsoft is trying to squeeze more profit margin from it. You can read more about it from All Things D here. ...

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Paul Thurrott posted this useful tip on his WinSupersite. The Surface tablet lacks a rotation lock button, and the location of the switch is not that obvious. To lock the rotation of the screen, open the Charms > Settings > Screen and find the rotation lock switch on top of the brightness slider. A bit of an odd place to find it – hopefully Microsoft will make it more obvious in a future update. Via WinSupersite.com ...

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There is an increasing impetus to get work done on tablets, and that usually means a keyboard. The best keyboard/case combination for the iPad is the ZagFolio Keyboard Case, which certainly does the job, but weighs 1.2 pounds and adds nearly an inch of thickness (0.8 inches) to the product. Comparing this to the 3mm (0.1 inch) thickness of the very effective Surface Touch Cover, and the built-in stand in the very durable Surface,  and one can clearly see which product has been designed for work from the start and which one has been shoe-horned into the role. No wonder businesses are increasingly planning to move from the iPad to Microsoft Surface products. Via Product-reviews.net ...

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Digitimes: Nokia Windows RT tablet delayed due to Surface.   It seems Acer is not the only OEM who is stepping back from Windows RT products after the announcement of the Surface RT tablet. Digitimes reports that multiple OEMs were initially enthusiastic about Windows on ARM, but that interest has cooled after the launch of the Microsoft Surface. According to them Asustek Computer, Dell, Samsung Electronics and Lenovo all plan to ship less than 50,000 units each of such devices, while Acer of course, but also Sony, HP and Toshiba have all decided not to ship any products at all. Even Nokia, who Digitimes claims was set to launch a Windows RT tablet in cooperation from Compal, has postponed the plans because of Surface RT. Fortunately this has not reduced their commitment to Windows 8, with multiple Clover Trail products already shopping in volume. AMD it has also shipped processors ...

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There are apparently some reviewers who are complaining that the Microsoft Surface is underpowered, and unable to display 1080P video or play graphic-intensive games without lag. Ludwig Hildmann took offense to this, and has posted the above video demonstrating that at least his Surface has no issue with either of these. How have our Surface-using reader’s experience been with the same issues? Let us know below. ...

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In addition to their series of ads for Microsoft’s new tablet- the Surface, Microsoft has released the extended version of their first surface advert on YouTube as a treat to their fans.  The surface tablet was officially released on the 26th, and the 32 GB version is currently sold out in the United States.  While Microsoft has not yet released official figures it appears early sales are going well.  Early projections has Microsoft selling between 3 and 5 million Surface this holiday season. The Surface Pro Windows 8-based tablet will hit the market in January 2013. Check out the school children breakdancing alongside their Surface tablets in the video below. Watch more Surface ads on the official Microsoft Surface YouTube channel. ...

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Slashgear reviewed the Microsoft Surface against the Apple iPad 3 running iOS 6. While the devices Surface tablet had much to be commended for vs the iPad, the issue of the app ecosystem continued to raise its head, hopefully an issue which will rapidly be addressed by the 100,000 apps Microsoft promised by the end of the year. Slashgear’s full review of the device can be seen here. ...

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We posted earlier about the Microsoft Surface beating the Google Nexus 7 in Laptop Magazine’s Tablet World Series league play-off. Now in the next stage the Microsoft Surface is up against the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity  and the device could do with some help, being somewhat behind at the moment. Make your preference known by voting at Laptop Magazine here. Thanks h3man for the tip. ...

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Its probably an error, but Amazon has listed the $119.99 Microsoft Surface Touch Cover for only $19.99, which is a rather massive discount. The 3mm thick cover offers a great typing experience for the tablet, with some saying typing is even better on it than on the bulkier Type Cover. The Cover is marked as out of stock, but there is a small chance the giant retailer will honour the orders when the device does become available. See the accessory at Amazon here. Thanks Chris for the tip. ...

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WMPoweruser.com readers would be familiar with Laptop Magazine’s play-offs, in which Windows Phone fans have multiple times seen off the Android fan boys. While such contests are fun it is actually more rewarding to see the Microsoft  product win without the assistance of our hundreds of thousands of readers. This was the case most recently in the Laptop Magazine Tablet World Series, during which the Microsoft Surface handily beat the much cheaper Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. The next stage will pit the Windows RT tablet against either the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or Asus Transformer Pad, but I suspect given the general performance of Android tablets in the market the Mercedes of tablets will not have any problem dominating again. Thanks Jacopo for the tip. ...

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