Windows RT 8.1 update is now back in Windows Store. Microsoft released Windows RT 8.1 update for Surface users last week and later pulled it from Windows Store as few users experienced issues while updating. Microsoft was aware of the issue and it was working on a fix for past couple of days. Microsoft provided the following statement on this issue, “This was due to a rare situation where firmware updates had not completed at the time of the update to RT 8.1. In most cases, if a customer encountered this issue the result was simply an extra reboot. However, for a very small percentage, the boot configuration data was affected which prevented a successful boot. We worked to quickly resolve the issue and now encourage customers to update their Surface RT devices. Surface Pro and 8.1 customers were not impacted by this issue.     “As previously announced, there is ...

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Microsoft today sent out an updated statement to the media regarding the Surface RT 8.1 update issue. Microsoft pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from Windows Store after few users raised concerns about their device getting bricked after the update. Microsoft then acknowledged the update situation and confirmed that they are working on a fix for the issue. According to Microsoft’s statement today, they are still fixing the issue and trying to release the update as soon as possible. “Based on our investigations of a situation customers have encountered updating to Windows RT 8.1, we can confirm that as of now this is a Windows update issue only affecting Surface RT customers. While only less than 1 out of every 1,000 (or less than 0.1 percent) Surface RT customers who have installed Windows RT 8.1 have been impacted, improving their experience and ensuring their systems are fully operable as quickly ...

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reviews appeared online today. I’ve collected some conclusions from those reviews from popular websites. While many of these reviews are not so convinced with Microsoft’s argument that Surface Pro 2 can replace both your Ultrabook and tablet, they are happy over the improved battery life with Haswell processor.  Read the full reviews by clicking the title of the blogs/websites below. AnandTech: Surface Pro 2 is a good improvement over its predecessor. The platform is quicker, quieter and boasts longer battery life as well. The new kickstand is awesome, as are the new touch/type covers, and the new display is a big step in the right direction. If you were tempted by the original Surface Pro, its successor is a solid evolution and that much more tempting. I really like using Surface Pro 2 and Windows 8.1 in general as a productivity focused tablet OS. When Surface ...

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Microsoft Surface 2 reviews appeared online today. I’ve collected some conclusions from those reviews from popular websites. Mostly, the hardware received positive reviews with the exception that it is not pushing the boundaries. And the lack of apps in Windows Store was the most popular negative thoughts of Surface 2. Read the full reviews by clicking the title of the blogs/websites below. AnandTech: Surface 2 is a big step forward compared to Surface RT. The chassis looks awesome, the device is significantly quicker and battery life is appreciably better. The new display is much better than its predecessor (and so much better than what you get from most $449 PCs). The new touch/type covers see similarly major improvements. Surface 2 also benefits from the update to Windows RT 8.1, giving it a far more polished OS than what launched a year ago. The overall package is just a lot better ...

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Microsoft is beginning the sales of next generation Surface devices, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 from Oct 22nd. Since the launch is few days away, retailers in launch countries has already been receiving units from Microsoft to put on sale on Oct 22nd. However, retailer Argos listed the Surface 2 tablets on its own website allowing customers to purchase them online and pick them up in store. People were able to buy the device yesterday even though the device is launch in on Oct 22nd. After realizing their mistake, Argos has now removed Surface from the sales listings. Their response on this incident,  “We fully comply with embargos issued by our suppliers and have withdrawn the Microsoft Surface 2 from sale with immediate effect. We are working with Microsoft to investigate this error as a matter of urgency.” Source: The Verge ...

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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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