Microsoft is sending out emails to those who pre-ordered the Microsoft Surface tablet informing them that the WindowsRT device is in the mail and should arrive in time for the great Windows 8 launch. Microsoft had earlier sent out emails to some buyers notifying them of a delay in shipments, but later said those letters had been sent in error. Given the delivery dates on the email, it is possible some buyers will receive their tablets as early as tomorrow, which suggests we should start seeing some cool unboxings soon. Have any of our readers received their shipping notifications? Let us know below. Via WPC. ...

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Microsoft has announced that the first 100 people who buy a Microsoft Surface tablet at a Microsoft Store will receive a year’s Xbox Music Pass, worth $99.90. The offer is only open to in-store buyers so online buyers should not apply. Microsoft’s new Xbox Music service provide free ad-supported streaming music on Windows 8 tablets and PCs, and also unlimited streaming without ads with a $14.99 subscription on Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and Xbox 360 consoles (with a Xbox Live Gold membership). See the offer at Microsoft here. Via The Verge.com ...

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We have just received a note from a reader in China who has been told via email by Suning, a large retailer in China and one of the official distributers, that pre-orders for the tablet will only be fulfilled in early November. On further enquiry he was told that the launch in Hong Kong has been pushed back due to transportation issues in Hong Kong. The irony is of course that the tablet is being assembled in China by Pegatron. Have any more of our Chinese readers received such a communication? Let us know below. Thanks Gabe for the tip. ...

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Andy wrote us complaining: I pre-ordered the 64GB Surface minutes after it went on sale in Canada, and I just got an email notification from Microsoft saying my order will not ship until November 2nd. I’m wondering if I’m the only one, or if all 64GB models have been delayed, or if Microsoft is screwing customers outside the US to fulfil US orders. Might be worth looking into. It turns out he was one of many who received such emails, saying their Surface tablet orders would no longer be delivered on the 26th October. Now Microsoft has admitted that these emails have been sent in error to non-US buyers, telling Engadget: Unfortunately, an incorrect email was sent to several of our international customers who pre-ordered Surface from the Microsoft Online Store in the past week. All customers should expect their devices by the original date given when orders were placed. ...

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  After few hours of started taking pre-orders for Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Store indicated that the basic model of Surface which sells for $499 got sold out and the orders will be delivered only after 3 weeks. Today, the rest of the Surface SKUs got sold out and the order of shipments pushed back to 1-2 weeks. So, you can’t order a Microsoft Surface unit in US for about 1-2 weeks from now. I guess we will be able to order Surface from Oct-26th(the day Windows 8 is getting released) again. Did you order one already?       ...

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Good news for Microsoft and Windows RT fans is that the 32 GB Windows RT has now sold out also in Canada and UK. The 32 GB device has also proven to be popular in USA, where it sold out in less than 24 hours. We generally expected that the 32 GB device was selling out because it is the cheapest, but an alternate theory also actually makes a lot of sense – the bundles only include a Black Touch Cover, a colour I suspect few people would chose, suggesting many people are paying the $20 premium to get the actual colour of their choice or even the Type Cover, rather than settling for the bundled “freebie”. Via WPC. ...

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The Surface team posted the above video of a 30 inch drop test of a Surface tablet onto a hardwood floor. It is no surprise the Vapor Magnesium ensconced device survived the fall. More interesting however is that the video was captured by the Surface camera, and looks pretty good, even in 1080P HD. The device is now on pre-order, and appears so far to be selling well, with rumours that Microsoft is looking to sell 3-5 million over the next 3 months. Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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Microsoft officially launched their online store in China at microsoftstore.com.cn. Amongst other items the store will also be selling Microsoft’s Surface tablets there, which should make fans who prefer getting their warranty directly from Microsoft happy. Microsoft will also be distributing their Surface tablets through major Chinese retailer Suning. The Chinese Surface tablet will be somewhat different from the worldwide one, to comply with Chinese rules and regulations, including the absence of Facebook and Twitter integration for example. Microsoft is rumoured to have ordered between 3-5 million Surface tablets, and will need as many distribution outlets as possible to meet that sales target. See the store here. Via Livesino.net. ...

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Microsoft Surface team today posted some of the pictures of its labs at Microsoft in which Surface tablet was developed. One of them showed various design concepts and iterations of Surface tablet(Surface ID labs), another one showed huge 3D printers(Surface Model Lab),  another one showing how reliability of Surface was tested (Surface Reliability Lab). Check more such photos from their Facebook page here.  ...

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Morgan Stanley’s Adam Holt released a research note on the Microsoft Surface where he suggested Microsoft will be selling 3 million of the tablets, which are priced to be competitive with the Apple iPad, in the last 3 months of the year. He also expects Microsoft to sell 9 million devices in 2013, saying the device is “an underappreciated driver for Windows revenue in FY13 and beyond.” “Pricing appears competitive: $499 for a 32 GB Surface is less than the $599 for a new 32 GB iPad with WiFi, while $699 for a 64 GB Surface plus keyboard is consistent with the $699 cost of a 64 GB iPad, with no keyboard-and MSFT’s flat keyboard is itself a differentiator. The $599 Surface bundle (32 GB tablet + keyboard) costs the same as a 32 GB iPad, but > 50% of iPad users also purchase an iPad cover (~$50 at retail) ...

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It seems the prophets of doom may have been wrong about demand for the Microsoft Surface, as the cheapest of the 3 packages have now sold out on pre-order, and have gone on back order. The $499 tablet, sold without the touch cover, is now on 3 weeks back order (which presumably means about 2 weeks after the other Surface tablets are delivered). Microsoft is rumoured to have ordered up to 5 million Surface tablets for Q4 2012, so hopefully this level of interest will continue and help make the RT platform a success. Thanks Kamara for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has been keeping very quite about the resolution of the Surface RT display, but today finally revealed it was 1366×768  pixels. In the days of the iPad’s 2048×1536 “Retina” display which is supposed to make pixels imperceptible at arms length , 1366×768  seems downright low resolution. Microsoft’s applied sciences department manager Stevie Bathich however explained things are not as clear-cut as it seems, and that the iPad’s high resolution display may in fact hurt readability. He writes: Hey I tried to answer this resolution question for another post, but it got stuck.. So I will try here: Hey this is Stevie. Screen resolution is one component of perceived detail. The true measure of resolvability of a screen called Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), not Pixels. MTF is a combination of both contrast and resolution. There are over a dozen subsystems that effect this MTF number.. Most folks just focus on ...

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Microsoft posted the above video of their new Surface tablet, showing more usage scenarios, especially of the camera and touch cover, and emphasizes features that set is apart from the iPad, including support for USB drives and microSD cards. The Surface’s slogan “click in and do more” is also clearly targeting the iPad, and I am sure Microsoft hopes the increased functionality of the tablet will justify its iPad-equivalent price. Via Neowin.net ...

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Microsoft has been less than forthcoming with the details of their Surface tablets, including for many months now specifics such as what the screen resolution is or how many megapixels the camera is. Now Microsoft has released a PDF with slightly more information,  revealing amongst other information what the screen resolution of both Surface tablets are ( 1366×768 and 1920×1080) and whether the Surface RT supports a stylus (only capacitive pens it seems). Of course we still do not know what the resolutions of the cameras are (presumably around 2 megapixel each for HD support) but at least we know the RT tablet has 2 microphones while the Pro tablet has one. The PDF can be downloaded from Microsoft here. ...

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Along with the details about pricing, specs and availability of Surface tablet, Microsoft also posted a video on YouTube about the behind the scenes process that happened during the making of Surface. As you can see from the video above, Microsoft focused on every part of the tablet is of high quality and serves its purpose. Microsoft Surface is not same as anything in the current tablet market and has lots of unique features. Some of them are the Vapour Magnesium build, TouchCover, etc,. Enjoy the video above. You can pre-order Microsoft Surface here.  ...

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