A filing with the FCC reveals Microsoft has been working on an accessory currently called the Surface Wireless Display Adapter.  The accessory is an HDMI dongle which allows mirroring to a tv or other external monitor from a Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2.  According to the FCC filing the dongle supports dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and may hit the market as early as August.  It is possible a demo may be shown at the Build Conference in a few weeks. It should be noted the Surface 2 currently supports the Miracast standard which allows you to mirror your screen to another Miracast capable display wirelessly. Source: FCC via Engadget ...

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Microsoft Surface is the official tablet for NFL sports event in the US. There were lots of marketing going around NFL for Surface in the past few months. The Surface logo and visuals have been a visible addition to all the games this past season, showing up on the sidelines on the communication carts and instant replay hoods. But it goes well beyond that, Surface has also been used in trials with many teams across the NFL, as a tool to help assist medical personnel in the area of player health and in front office operations as a powerful tablet that can go from the desktop to the field. Team use and integration into the operations of managing a NFL franchise will only increase in future seasons. Microsoft assisted NFL in releasing all its official app in Windows Store for Windows 8/RT devices. They recently detailed the NFL Combined Dashboard app ...

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A recent patent filing from Microsoft reveals a new switchable magnetic lock mechanism that could be used in smartphones, laptops and others. Find the excerpt from the patent below. Current solution followed by various OEMs: Many computing devices have movable and removable parts and peripherals. A smart phone may include a stylus. a laptop a hinged display. a tablet computer a battery charger. or a portable audio player a docking station, to name just a few. Current techniques often fix these parts and peripherals to their computing devices using mechanic connectors, such as latches, sliding tabs, and so forth. These mechanical connectors, however, often fail to provide a satisfactory design because they have objects that jut out or holes that pierce the computer body, part, or peripheral. Examples include exposed latches, latch holes, tabs hooks, and tab reception detents, to name just a few. Some techniques have attempted to address this ...

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Microsoft today released February firmware updates for Surface family of devices. Except for Surface RT, all the other Surface devices got updates. Surface Pro 2 had the most significant update which resolves various issues that was reported by users in the past. Find the full change log for all these devices below. Surface Pro 2: Surface Display Panel (v1.0.2.0) provides tuning to the Surface display calibration. Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v24.00.50) Resolves issue where Surface would not go into hibernation. Resolves issue where available battery percentage was reported incorrectly. Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v2.04.0150) Resolves issue where Surface would reset upon repeated Surface Cover attach/detach. Resolves issue where On Screen Keyboard would unexpectedly pop-up even though Surface Cover is attached. Resolves issue where Surface Cover is not detected after wake up from sleep. Surface Touch Cover 2 Firmware Update Device (v2.0.228.0) update improves two-finger touchpad use. Surface Type ...

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Microsoft today revealed that they will be at the Singapore Airshow, talking with leaders across the commercial airline industry about how they have removed the barriers to adopting Electronic Flight Bags (EFB’s) and going paperless in the cockpit. Microsoft also announced that Surface 2 tablets have achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization for Class 1 or 2 EFB needs for all phases of flight. This FAA authorization will allow airlines to use Surface for their actual work anytime. Through this authorization process, we’ve completed rigorous environmental and situational testing of the Surface 2 tablet, streamlining the approval process when airline operators want to use Surface 2 tablets as a Class 1 EFB during flight operations. While airlines are still obligated to define their specific use requirements with the FAA and request specific device approval, our completion of these tests for Surface 2 satisfies a lengthy and important part of that ...

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Mozilla has finally released its beta version of Firefox for Windows 8 touch devices. Mozilla claims that this Firefox version is designed to ensure users get the best Firefox browsing experience possible on their Windows 8 tablets, touch-screen laptops and other compatible devices. It has a new tile-based Firefox start screen with one-tap access to Top Sites, Bookmarks, and History. It even includes the Awesome bar and support for swipe gestures such as ‘pinch to zoom’ and one-touch swipe transitions. Full, Snapped and Fill views: These options let you chose if you want to view an app full-screen, or ‘snapped’ to a narrow region of the screen (typically to the left of the screen like a sidebar), or if you’d like your app to ‘fill’ the remaining screen area not already occupied by an app in ‘snapped’ state. Visual Navigation: The big tiles on the start screen make browsing a ...

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Microsoft is showcasing some enterprise customers who are deploying Microsoft Surface and German bank Volksbank Mittelhessen is the latest one to join the list. Volksbank chose Microsoft Surface over Apple iPad because of the full Office suite availability and other enterprise uses that focuses on productivity. They are using it to train their incoming young employees. Watch the video above to see it in action. German bank Volksbank Mittelhessen decided to up their game and acquire better young talent into their training academy program by deploying Microsoft Surface tablets. As new hires enter the Volksbank Academy, they are given a Surface in order to get familiar with the bank’s Microsoft/Office/Windows environment and to interactively train on bank procedures and practices via a custom modern app. Now Volksbank’s training material is instantly up to date and trainees can access all the materials instantly and from anywhere. ...

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Microsoft today announced their Q2 2014 financial results with record revenue driven mainly by sales of Xbox One and Surface hardware businesses. I’ve collected the highlight of each financial segments from Microsoft’s Investor website which you can read below. Devices & Consumer Licensing: D&C Licensing revenue decreased $319 million or 6%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Retail and other sales of Windows declined $264 million or 69%, due mainly to the release of Windows 8 in the prior year. Windows OEM revenue declined $109 million or 3%, reflecting a 12% increase in OEM Pro revenue, offset by continued softness in the consumer PC market. Consumer Office revenue declined $244 million or 24%, reflecting the transition of customers to Office 365 Home Premium as well as continued softness in the consumer PC market. Windows Phone revenue ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced the Surface Classroom Design Challenge where it was asking us to help them re-imagine the classroom. What would it look like if every student had a Surface as a learning tool? How would Teachers teach with a Surface? What kind of furniture, and accessories would they need? How can we make using Surface in the Classroom even better? As a result, Microsoft ended up with lots of designs from people – like Surface desks, binders, backpacks, RC blades, solar powered chargers, and more. Now, you need to just vote for your favorite idea. Now it’s time to vote for your favorite idea. Spend some time browsing the Gallery, pick your favorite ideas, register, and vote (limit 1 vote per day). You could win a Surface 2 just for voting. But better hurry – the voting ends January 17th. http://www.SurfaceClassroomChallenge.com/ via: Windows Team Blog   ...

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Most of the consumer electronics companies are busy showing off their products at CES happening in the US this week. Microsoft last year decided to move away from CES since its timing didn’t align with Microsoft’s product cycle. If you were really missing some news from Microsoft for CES, consider this as your savior. @MSFTnerd today tweeted about some of Microsoft’s future plans. Microsoft is bringing InstantGo support for BayTrail+, Mullins and other SoCs with Windows 8.1 Update 1. Microsoft is planning to bring Surface 3 powered by Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with Denver CPU (64-bit ARMv8) in end of 2014. You can expect Surface Mini and LTE versions of Surface 2 before the end of 2014. Microsoft is planning to use AMDs upcoming Mullins CPU instead of their custom designed chip for its upcoming Xbox TV. Microsoft’s previous plans to release Surface notebook is on hold for now. via: ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 was released to the market in October last year and it was powered by 1.6GHz Intel i5-4200U CPU. The Verge today reported that the latest Microsoft Surface Pro units comes with the 4300U CPU. The main difference between both these CPUs is 4300U being clocked higher, and it includes Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology for improved security. Microsoft has confirmed this slight CPU upgrade in latest Surface Pro 2 units. They provided the following statement for the reason behind this upgrade.  “Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers,” “With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains excellent.” If you are an early adopter of Surface Pro 2, does this new affect you? I don’t think consumers will really feel the ...

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This is a good news for Microsoft. Following the poor sales of first generation Surface RT devices, Microsoft reduced the price of the device by almost half and sold it through various retailers in the US. As a result, the number of devices in consumers hands has increased significantly. From the latest data of online ad network Chitika, Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle grew their tablet market share over others. In fact, Surface usage share was more than that of Google Nexus tablets. Microsoft’s Surface lineup also continued its impressive year end run. Surface users generated more tablet traffic than all Google Nexus tablet users following the holiday, making Microsoft the fourth-largest source of continental tablet Web traffic should it maintain the lion’s share of this latest share growth. How Chitika came to this number, To quantify this latest report, Chitika Insights surveyed a sample of tens of millions of smartphone and tablet online ad ...

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Few days back Microsoft said, “To ensure the best experience for our customers during the holiday season, we have taken steps to remove the update for Surface Pro 2 that was previously published through Windows Update on December 10,” and even confirmed that they are working to release an alternative update package after the holidays. It seems, Microsoft has changed their minds and decided to deliver the fix earlier than expected. Here is the info from the Support forums, We are working through the holidays to deliver a fix for the small number of customers that have experience decreased battery life and booting/sleeping problems as a result of the December update.  We took the update down to prevent additional customers from ending up in this state. All hardware failures, none of which are known to be caused by the December update, are being handled promptly through our warranty exchange policy. The UEFI firmware ...

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With just a five days to go before Christmas, shoppers are in full-on spending mode, but those looking to score the new Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 may be having a tough time finding one. As of this writing, Microsoft’s online store shows the Surface 2 as sold out and the same message for the 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB model for the Surface Pro 2. A check for either version of the device on Wal-Mart’s online store also showed the device as “out of stock,” with the exception of the 128GB Surface Pro 2 as above. A number of customers are also reporting that the device is sold out at physical Best Buy stores. However, Best Buy’s website shows the device as available. Mashable did an investigation on the availability of the Surface in retail Best Buy stores: I conducted my own unscientific test to see what would happen if I called local stores looking for ...

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Microsoft has granted Mary-Jo Foley exclusive access to CEO Steve Ballmer.  She recently published a discussion with Ballmer about the Surface in which he admitted: “Nobody ever buys Windows. They buy Windows PCs.”  A pretty profound statement in it of itself. “One of the things tech companies really do terribly is build new capability,” Ballmer said.  Unfortunately, when the industry changes, if you haven’t built any new capability, you can become less relevant because the thing you were good at becomes less relevant and you didn’t built capability in a new area.” “We’ve had to do it a couple of times, in fact, from platforms to apps, from now software to services, from OS (operating system) royalties, to OS royalties and devices,” he said. Ballmer called Xbox  “sort of a signature about building new capability in hardware and devices.”  Microsoft staffed up its supply-chain-team after getting into the Xbox business.  Some of ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on smaller version of Surface device to be released next year. There were several reports in the past which confirmed the same, but the details on the device are yet to be confirmed. Some reports said that the device will have 8.3 inch 1080p display, while some reported that it will have 7.5-inch 1080p device. Some reports said that the device will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Today, WPDang reported that Surface Mini will come with 8” 1080p display and Intel Bay Trail CPU running full Windows 8.1. They also reported that an ARM version of the same may be in the works. Surface Mini will include some new Kinect like technology that will be able to recognize people’s faces, human hand gestures and more. I’m more skeptical about this Kinect like somatosensory technology baked in Surface mini, but we have to ...

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