Microsoft is really starting to make its case as a ‘Devices & Services’ company.  Customers who purchase a new Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 will get: To help people get the most out of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, customers purchasing either device will receive free Skype calling to landlines in more than 60 countries for one year, unlimited Skype WiFi on their Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 at more than 2 million hot spots worldwide for one year, and 200 GB of free SkyDrive storage for two years. ...

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It appears Microsoft has learned from its mistakes and you will be able to pre-order the Surface shortly after today’s announcement (starting tomorrow).  It will launch in 22 markets simultaneously on October 22nd. Pre-order Surface Customers can pre-order Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 starting at 8 a.m. EDT on Sept. 24, 2013, at http://www.MicrosoftStore.com, Microsoft Stores, and Best Buy in the U.S. and Canada, as well as select retailers in most Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launch markets. ...

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Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new accessories at a press event in New York City today.  Among the new accessories was the successor to the Touch Cover, the Touch Cover 2 which includes a backlit keyboard. The same revolutionary dual-purpose keyboard and protective cover in one, but even lighter and thinner. A colorful, smooth exterior lets you type up to two times faster than onscreen. Type email, chat, and work. Touch Cover 2: Thinner and lighter than the original Touch Cover, measuring only 2.75 mm thin, Touch Cover 2 features backlit keys for even better readability. Touch Cover 2 is more rigid, registers keystrokes with greater accuracy and features updated sensors that support a variety of gestures across the entire keyboard. Touch Cover 2 has an estimated retail price of $119.99. It will be available for pre-order on Sept. 24 in all markets where Surface devices ...

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At a press event today, Microsoft announced their next generation Surface RT device, Surface 2. The new Surface 2 now sports the same 10.6-inch display but with full HD resolution. It will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor, 2GB RAM and will come in 32GB and 64 GB variants.  It will be running Windows 8.1 OS when it available on October 22 (pre-orders start 9/24). Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB configurations; it will start at $449. Surface 2 is the most productive tablet for personal use. It offers all the entertainment and gaming capabilities you expect from a tablet, along with the ability to get work done. Surface 2 is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, making apps run faster and smoother and increasing battery life to up to 10 hours of video playback. The 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display now renders 1080p video for ...

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Microsoft will be unveiling the next generation Surface this Monday in New York City.  Panos Panay, Corporate VP @ MSFT, and in charge of the Surface team has been in New York City since Thursday.  He along with other members of the Surface design and development team will host a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” at 3pm EST shortly after the Surface event.  Our sources tell us that the event will not be live streamed.  We will be posting a rumor roundup article tomorrow, but in the mean time you can see our previous coverage of the Surface: Surface RT 2 Details Revealed: Tegra 4, Full HD 1080p, White & Black Options, & More Surface 2 Specs Leak: Haswell, New Kickstand, More RAM, Launches Next Month Another New Accessory For Microsoft Surface, Docking Station Is Coming New Surface “Power Cover” Will Have Built-In Battery Microsoft’s Patent Filing Reveals Two Step Kickstand ...

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Every month on second Tuesday, Microsoft will release release patches and updates for its software and hardware lineups. Surface RT and Surface Pro devices were also getting these updates since launch and this month is an exception. There is no firmware update for both Surface RT and Surface Pro devices this month from Microsoft. I guess, Microsoft is working on delivering Windows 8.1 with fully optimized firmware for both these devices in October. When asked about the lack of updates this month, Microsoft commented the following to Neowin, Windows and Surface are periodically updated with new features and improvements as they become available, and they will continue to receive updates as needed. Product updates for Surface RT and Surface Pro will become less frequent as the products mature. This is the natural cycle for all devices. Are you waiting for Windows 8.1 update on your Surface device? Source: Surface RT, Surface ...

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Microsoft today sent out invites to the press for the next generation Surface event. The event is scheduled on September 23rd in NYC, US.  Microsoft is expected to reveal next generation Surface RT, Surface Pro and new accessories at this event.  We have already reported about most of these devices in the past few weeks.  The next generation Surface RT will come with 1080p display, Tegra 4 processor, and more.  The next generation Surface Pro will come with Intel Hasewell processor, 8GB RAM option and more.  Both the Surface devices are expected to sport new Kickstand with two-step preset. The rumored Surface Mini is not expected to be announced at this event.  The Lenovo 8-inch tablet has also been delayed, coincidence? Here are those posts, Surface RT 2 Details Revealed: Tegra 4, Full HD 1080p, White & Black Options, & More Surface 2 Specs Leak: Haswell, New Kickstand, More RAM, ...

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For the first time ever, a Windows RT build has leaked online. This is the upcoming Windows 8.1 RTM build, 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE. Microsoft has already made an announcement that they are rolling out Windows 8.1 to both ARM and x86/x64 PCs in October. If you are so eager to try it out before that, you can download it from torrent sites. As expected, this build comes with Office 2013 pre-installed which will also include new Outlook 2013 RT. But as always, there is a risk associated with it. So, do at your own risk! Windows RT 8.1 Build details: MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.RT.8.1.WITH.OFFICE.2013.RT.RTM.WOA.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:48D55E2DCBDA7E1D251C4325EC9DC0ABAC59F48A RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2013 BUILD: 6.3.9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623 OFFICE 2013 RT BUILD: 15.0.4505.1015 FILE: 9600.16384.130821-1623_WOAFRE_ClientRT_O15_EN-US-IRM_CCSA_DV5.ISO SIZE: 2,611,933,184 byte SHA-1: F2683FA0240EF928A846C69A5016AD5BC9CE21D6 MD5: 20FF7884B78470D2322BB43BBA875635 Surface RT Driver details: FILE: SurfaceRT-8.1-drivers.zip SIZE: 12,230,873 byte MD5: A000FB5083C82281B8848A7E7622BAD0 SHA1: 9639D5A75D6F48D8CDE2A5BDED334FFD706A8F86 The language packs for both Windows RT 8.1 and Office 2013 also got leaked. You can find download links ...

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Microsoft Surface Team has announced a new contest where you will be able to win a Surface Pro device. It is a special Surface Pro unit, Halo: Spartan Assault skinned 128 GB Surface Pro. You have to tweet Surface team on why you think Surface is an awesome gaming experience between August 21 & 22 and you will have a chance to win 1 of 10 Surface Pro devices. Halo: Spartan Assault Surface Twitter Contest: We will be posting a question on the @Surface Twitter page at 10:00 am PT on August 21, 2013 and will be taking your responses to our question until 11:59 pm PT on August 22, 2013. Your reply to our question should be no longer than 130 characters and must include @Surface and the hashtags #WinSurface and #Ad. To help maximize your character space, you can get super creative and post a video, picture, or ...

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Microsoft today announced their expansion of commercial distribution for Surface in 17 new markets. These resellers in all the countries will offer variety of additional value-added services to the Surface device, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection. Also all these devices will come with Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage. Today we’re kicking off the next phase in this plan – the first international channel availability of Surface RT and Surface Pro for our commercial, education and public sector customers in 17 new markets. In addition to the U.S. commercial channel, the markets that will begin to sell Surface today via a commercial channel include: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Microsoft posted a short Q&A on their blog. Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Which specific resellers are authorized in ...

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Microsoft today released set of firmware and driver updated for both its Surface RT and Surface Pro devices. These update brings enhance stability, reliability and more. Here is the full change log. Windows RT 8.0 updates only: UEFI firmware update that optimizes the audio experience at low volumes and removes a perceived pulsing in audio volume for some content. Update to system drivers that enhance stability and reliability. Windows 8.0 update only: UEFI and System Aggregator (SAM) firmware update that enhances system stability, reliability, reduces power consumption, and improves touch latency with the touchpad on the Surface Type Cover and Surface Touch Cover. Updates are automatically installed on Surface through Windows Update. If you want to manually install, follow the below steps. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap or click Settings.      (If you’re using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen, move the ...

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In an interview to CNET, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that they are working really hard on second generation Surface to make it a success. This confirms two things. First, Microsoft is indeed working on next generation Surface RT device. Second, the upcoming Surface RT device will also run on Nvidia Tegra platform. He said that the lack of Outlook was one of the significant problems in first generation Surface launch. “It is the killer app for Windows,” Huang said. “Now we’re going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We’re working really hard on it, and we hope that it’s going to be a big success.” Source: CNET ...

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Microsoft Surface RT devices does not support External Ethernet so far and there were some workarounds to make it work. But even those solutions are not working right now. According to ZDNet, Microsoft is working on bringing  External Ethernet support to Surface RT devices. Also Microsoft is working with hardware partners to make external Ethernet dongles that support Connected Standby, the Windows 8 feature that provides instant-on/off whenever network connections are available. Another related news about Surface RT is that Microsoft has extended the discounted Surface RT availability program for qualifying education institutions till end of September. “In June, we announced a one-time offer for Surface RT that starts at $199 for qualifying education institutions, valid for all K-12 and universities purchasing from Microsoft. Thanks to great customer interest, we are thrilled to share that this special offer to education institutions will continue until the end of September. Microsoft has a ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of both Surface RT and Surface Pro devices in Taiwan. Even though Taiwan’s Pegatron makes Surface tablets for all parts of the world, their home country got Surface devices nearly after 9 months of the launch. According to Neowin, the new reduced price of Surface Pro is also live in Taiwan for a limited period. Sales of the tablets began at noon Sunday, when 100 Tsann Kuen Enterprise and Fayaque electronic stores became the first outlets to officially sell the Surface RT and Surface Pro in the country. The Surface Pro will feature a reduced price until Aug. 29, when Microsoft plans to end its temporary price cut; Taiwanese customers will pay the equivalent of about $100 less for the tablet until that time. Source: Microsoft via: Neowin ...

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Microsoft submitted their Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission today and it revealed some interesting information about Surface. Microsoft Surface totally generated a revenue of $853 million. This is not so encouraging number for Microsoft because it equates to poor sales of the Surface units. If you roughly calculate the $853 million for $500 per Surface unit, you end up with just 1.7 million Surface units sold number. Recently, Microsoft announced a $900 million charge to reflect a $150 price drop in the Surface RT device, attempting to clear inventory due to poor sales. Source: SEC via: Geekwire ...

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