We wrote about Microsoft’s idea of creating Surface Blades for different purposes last month. During the second generation Surface launch event held last month, Microsoft announced the Surface Remix Project which showed how you could click in a specially designed Touch Cover that let you remix your favorite songs and share them with the world. Even though it is limited to music for now, it shows that productivity can go various other ways, not just click in keyboards. Microsoft realized that this concept has a great potential and they visited Art Center College of design to meet students for a three day workshop where students were asked to imagine different blades concepts. Microsoft refers the Cover you click in to Surface as blades. The Surface Remix Project has a music blade and there could be many other blades for various other purposes. Microsoft released a short video to show how ...

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Microsoft began taking pre-orders for the next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 last month. The devices were expected to be shipped on Oct 21st on the device launch day. However, if you order the device now, shipping date has been pushed to Oct 25th in the US. Only the $899 64GB Surface Pro 2 is now available with the original shipping date of Oct 21st. And Surface Pro 2 256GB and the 512GB models will be shipped only by December 15th. Also Type Cover 2 is now available only in Purple as others are out of stock. Microsoft also announced last week that it is hosting a series of midnight launch events at 10 Microsoft retail stores across the nation to celebrate the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Starting at 10 p.m. local time on Oct. 21, each participating store will host the ...

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When Microsoft revealed their next generation Surface devices last month, it was evident that Microsoft has changed the branding for Surface RT. Instead of ‘Surface RT’ and ‘Surface Pro’, it is now just ‘Surface 2′ and ‘Surface Pro 2′. It seems Microsoft has dropped the ‘RT’ branding from its second generation Surface to avoid consumer confusion. Microsoft’s product marketing manager for Surface, Jack Cowett revealed that one of the reasons for dropping the ‘RT’ branding was to avoid  consumer confusion. “We think that there was some confusion in the market last year on the difference between Surface RT and Surface Pro. We want to help make it easier for people, and these are two different products designed for two different people.” He also said that the new two stage kickstand feature is done as a result of direct customer feedback. Since people want to use their Surface as a laptop on their ...

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Best Buy is now offering a trade-in program for older generation Surface tablets just in time for the launch of the next generation of Surface devices later this month. You can trade in a Surface RT or Surface Pro tablet and get a gift card worth at least $200 and up to $350 which you can use to buy other stuff from Best Buy. You need to visit the nearest Best Buy Store to use this offer. The program will end on Oct. 21. Check the Best Buy page here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that its retail stores will host midnight launch events for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in 10 cities across the country. And one winner and a guest in each city will attend ultimate concert experience with Pitbull performing at Microsoft’s retail store opening in Orlando at Mall at Millenia. Here is the press release. REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 9, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced it is hosting a series of midnight launch events at 10 Microsoft retail stores across the nation to celebrate the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. Starting at 10 p.m. local time on Oct. 21, each participating store will host the Surface Challenge, offering contestants in each market a chance to go head-to-head in a series of fun, interactive and sometimes physical games for a chance to be whisked away to Orlando, Fla., the next morning for the ...

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Even though Microsoft Surface is available in retail in more than 25 countries, Microsoft didn’t begin selling Surface tablets via commercial resellers. Microsoft announced few authorized resellers for Surface devices in the US in July and then now, Microsoft is expanding the commercial channel availability to 29 markets where Surface is already available in retail. This is a great news for enterprises which often relies on resellers for their device purchases. “As of Oct 1, we have implemented the initial phase of our commercial channel expansion plan, making Surface available commercially in all 29 markets where we are currently in retail. We are taking a measured and phased approach to expanding commercial channel availability for Surface in an effort to provide the best possible experience for our customers. We are exploring future phases of the program and we have nothing further to share at this time.” Source: ZDNET ...

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Microsoft today released a short video showing the making of Surface 2. The next generation Surface devices are going on sale later this month and Microsoft has made some significant improvements in both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. This behind the scenes video shows the people behind the Surface 2 talking about key improvements made which building it. Surface 2 is now lighter, thinner and faster. Also Surface 2 comes with much improved Touch and Type covers which has pressure sensors all over it. Watch the video above.   ...

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Microsoft has started their marketing activities around Surface 2 tablet. The new Surface 2 tablet which is now lighter, brighter and more powerful than previous generation Surface device. The street arts jut mentions “Lighter, Brighter” wording with Surface device image with the date of release. Surface 2 device starts at $449. Key Specs: Dimensions: 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.35 in, Weight: 1.49 lbs Casing: VaporMg, Color: Magnesium Physical buttons: Volume, Power Screen: 10.6 inch Resolution: 1920 x 1080, Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen), Touch: 5-point multi-touch, Durable display 32 GB or 64 GB5 2 GB RAM, NVIDIA Tegra 4 Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology Two video cameras on front and back 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera, 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera Two microphones, Stereo speakers Up to 10 hours1,7-15 days idle life Charges in 2-4 hours with included power supply full-size USB 3.0, microSD card reader Headphone jack, HD video out port, Cover ...

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Surface chief Panos Panay and Windows hardware scientist Stevie Bathiche yesterday previewed the upcoming Surface devices at Microsoft Store in Seattle’s University Village. Both of them together spent almost more than an hour to preview these devices. When asked about the 8-inch version of Surface, Panos said that “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Surface are in the works. “We have a lot of great things that we are thinking about and working on, and there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface,” he said. “That’s the best answer I have for you.” Panos also revealed that the 4G LTE version of Surface 2 will be available initially on AT&T in the U.S. and Vodafone in Europe. He also confirmed that here won’t be a 4G version of Surface Pro 2. According to previous reports, Surface Mini is expected to be released in early 2014. The ...

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Over the past few months, Microsoft has been working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to develop Windows Store apps for the enterprise.  On July 1, the company announced our ISV Program, AppsForSurface, which provides devices and funding for app design intended to get key enterprise apps on Surface and Windows 8.  Microsoft has announced new participants to the program: SAP: SAP is a market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and industries run better.  Rustum Broacha, VP of Ecosystems & Channels with SAP said, “Our partnership through the AppsforSurface program builds on the SAP tradition of delivering innovation to our enterprise customer base, and, together with our SAP Mobile Platform and Afaria solutions, it provides a strong foundation for enterprise mobile computing.  We look forward to helping our customers fully leverage the capabilities of SAP’s apps on Windows 8 and Surface, to enable their business to ...

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The Surface team announced new third-party accessories catered specifically for businesses.  With the launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, ten new accessory manufacturers have committed to satisfying the needs of business customers deploying Surface in the commercial and enterprise space. The following are designed specifically for the Surface: Fixed and mobile POS accessories from ArmorActive Charging carts from Anthro Fixed and mobile POS accessories from ArmorActive Source: Surface Blog ...

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A year ago, the Surface was a surprise to many and Microsoft’s first serious foray into the hardware side of the PC market.  In many ways, this was a situation Microsoft was forced into.  The OEMs had stopped innovating years ago focusing on squeezing the maximum profits and loading their “PCs” with crapware to further worsen the experience.  In the meantime Apple had been seriously innovating in the hardware space, with Google also looking into getting in the game as well. The devices and services strategy is starting to pay off, even if there was an initial $900 million blunder.  The OEMs are finally starting to put out decent devices, and most are now touchscreen, even if it is a year later than it should have been.  The Surface has set the standard of a what a PC can be.  While the distribution channels were not ready a year ago, the Surface ...

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Delta Air Lines is equipping its 11,000 pilots with electronic flight bags using the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet.  Device rollout to pilots flying the Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 fleets will start later this year and all Delta cockpits are projected to be paperless by the end of 2014.  The Surface 2 will run on the Windows RT 8.1 platform and provide flight crews real-time access to essential tools and the most up-to-date flight-related resources including key charts, reference documents, and checklists while saving the airline $13 million per year in fuel and associated costs.  “Delta’s electronic flight bag running on Surface 2 continues the technological strides Delta has been making to give our crews the best tools to keep them flying safely and efficiently,” said Capt. Steve Dickson, Delta’s senior vice president – Flight Operations.  “This intuitive device puts key information at their fingertips right when they need it.  ...

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During the second generation Surface launch event held last week, Microsoft announced the Surface Remix Project which showed how you could click in a specially designed Touch Cover that let you remix your favorite songs and share them with the world. Even though it is limited to music for now, it shows that productivity can go various other ways, not just click in keyboards. Microsoft realized that this concept has a great potential and they visited Art Center College of design to meet students for a three day workshop where students were asked to imagine different blades concepts. Microsoft refers the Cover you click in to Surface as blades. The Surface Remix Project has a music blade and there could be many other blades for various other purposes. Now let me rewind the clock back a little over three weeks. As we thought about what else we could click in to a Surface, we thought it would ...

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  Microsoft is releasing their next generation Surface devices Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 next month. Recently during the Reddit AmA session, Microsoft commented the following regarding the criticisms on their  ads for Surface devices. Definitely true – some people love our ads, and some people really don’t like them.  Our new ads will launch shortly and highlight some of the great ways people love to use Surface.  We hope you like them! Our original ads were meant to drive breakthrough for a new brand.  We did hear the feedback and you will see our new campaign shortly – it shows some of the favorite ways our customers use Surface today. I guess the above one is the first of many videos that are going to be released by Microsoft. As you can watch above, the new ad focuses on the device itself, how people can use it for both ...

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Microsoft first announced Windows on ARM project 2 years back. Since then, they branded it Windows RT and started licensing it to OEMs. In fact, Microsoft itslef has become Windows RT OEM. Since its launch in October 2012, Windows RT devices are struggling to find a place in the fastest growing tablet market. Asus and Samsung discontinued their Windows RT efforts soon after the poor market reception. Lenovo was selling Yoga 11 Windows RT devices until it released Yoga 11S Intel based device. Dell and Microsoft continued selling XPS 10 and Surface RT devices respectively. Today, Dell has also announced that XPS 10 product is unavailable. And they have suggested Intel based Latitude 10 as a comparable system. So, the only Windows RT tablet you can buy in the market right now is Microsoft Surface RT. In the near future, Surface 2 from Microsoft is getting released. Other than that, I don’t think any other Windows ...

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