Microsoft is hitting back at Apple more aggressively and has launched a new website directly comparing the iPad to Windows 8 Tablets including the SurfaceRT, ASUS VivoTab Smart, Dell XPS 10, and HP ENVY x2. A number of direct comparisons are made including: Thinness Battery Life Weight Display Size microSD and USB ports Printing Free cloud storage Microsoft Office Multiple Accounts Using Multiple Apps Price It’s a great to see Microsoft starting to being more proactive with comparing its superior Windows 8 tablets to the iPads.  However, the OEMs clearly need to step up their game. Source: Microsoft   ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering some great deals on Windows 8/RT based hybrid devices. HP ENVY x2, Acer Iconia W510, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro and Toshiba Satellite U925t are available at discounted price. Toshiba Satellite U925t-S2130 Convertible Ultrabook: Cut to $799 from $1,149. 12.5-inch screen, Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). Acer Iconia W510-1674 Tablet: reduced to $399 from $499. 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom 1.8GHz “Clover Trail” Z2760 chip, 32GB SSD. HP ENVY x2 11-g012nr Touchscreen: Now $599, was $849. 11.6-inch screen, Intel Atom 1.8GHz “Clover Trail” Z2760 chip, 64GB SSD. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Tablet: Cut to $999 from $1,199. 11.6-inch screen (1,920×1080), Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB SSD. Check them out at Microsoft Store. via: CNET ...

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. For those of you who enjoy playing: Counter-Strike, StarCraft 2, League of Legends, DotA2 or World of Warcraft; the worlds leading brand in gaming has released the ‘Razer Edge’, a tablet that is specifically engineered to give the best gaming experience possible. Razer Edge is powered by:-Dual-core Intel Core i5 with Hyper Treading Base (1.7GHz/Turbo 2.6GHz);-NVIDIA GT 640M LE (1GB DDR3, Optimus Technology);-4GB DDR3 of RAM;-10.1″ Screen (IPS, 1336×768);-64GB SSD (SATA-III);It runs Windows 8 and brings a dock, mouse, keyboard and special controllers (that make the tablet a bit similar to Wii U controllers). The company ‘Razer’ was founded in 1998 in order to develop and market a high end computer gaming mouse, ‘the Boomslang’, which is targeted specifically to computer gamers.  It was one of the first companies to sponsor gamers, which directly contributed to the emerging pro-gaming phenomenon.  Watch the 10 minute video below to see the ...

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While Apple loves to tout the so-called Post-PC era, and even in their recent financials spoke about iPad growth on the strength of them replacing PCs, recent research has found they may not be as well position as they appear. Deloitte denies the claim that we are in the ‘post-PC era’, and that whilst tablet computers have made inroads to traditional PC sales, the only thing that tablets replace is paper, with pilots taking tablets into the cockpit and doctors reviewing medical records on them in hospitals and restaurants as wine menu’s. The 2013 forecast by the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group announced that only tablet computers between 10m and 15m are being used as PC replacements despite companies around the world purchasing 30m tablet computers. There are 500 million enterprise PC’s in use, but only 15 million tablets (3% of the enterprise PC market) and only 5 million of ...

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It is due to the fact that supplies of touch panels are limited that notebooks with touchscreen control features tend to be around $100-$200 more expensive than those without; therefore as a result customers are more inclined to purchase Windows 7 based notebook models in which touchscreen control features are not necessary. Currently –according to Digitimes Research- touchscreen-based notebooks contributed to 0.5% of total notebook shipments at the end of 2012, however once touch panel supplies increase and become cheaper, the percentage is expected to increase to 10% in 2013. While Windows 8 works perfectly fine using just a keyboard and a mouse, it does not deliver the new type of experience users expect from our touch-screen driven lifestyle these days.  It is expected that the wide availability of affordable touch screen laptops and tablets will provide the significant boost in sales which have eluded Windows 8 so far. Via: ...

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According to WSJ, Acer is planning to launch low cost Windows tablets next year. Acer now has Intel based Windows 8 tablets priced greater than $600 and Acer is looking to further reduce the price as they think as its current ones are “too pricey.” These low cost Windows tablets will be released in early next year and will also so be focused on Chinese market. Acer’s pursuit of lower-priced tablets will cut into its margins, but will help it secure a stronger foothold in the rapidly growing China market, said Daiwa Securities analyst Christine Wang. “Chinese white-box tablet makers are expected to sell some 60 million tablets next year, so it is a really big market,” she said. “None of the major PC brands sells a tablet right now priced to compete with them right now.” Source: WSJ ...

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During Microsoft’s shareholder meeting today CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged to shareholders that Microsoft should have moved quicker into hardware. “Sometimes getting the innovation right across the seam between hardware and software is difficult unless you do both of them,” he said, noting it was  something “maybe we should have done” earlier. “Bill did hold up a tablet many years ago,” when it was observed that Microsoft called tablets the future in 2001. “Maybe if we had started innovating then, which is what we really did with Surface,” Mr. Ballmer said, “maybe we should have done that earlier. Maybe that tablet shift would have been sooner.” “But we are building a big business working with those partners and serving a lot of needs,” he added. “What we say now is there is no boundary between hardware and software.” Steve said Microsoft is now determined to propel change, even suggesting there could ...

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Digitimes’s somewhat less than impeccable upstream supply sources are claiming that Surface sales will only hit 60% of Microsoft’s forecast in 2012. Unfortunately Digitimes did not exactly reveal what these forecasts were, leaving us to guess exactly how many millions of units this would represent. Their sources claim buyers are not seeing the value proposition of Windows RT tablets, and that Asus’s own Windows RT tablet is similarly affected. On the other hand they expect full Windows 8 tablets to benefit, as users wait for these more powerful devices. Are any of our readers waiting also opting for Windows 8 tablets over Windows RT ones, despite the bulk and battery life advantages of RT devices? Let us know below. ...

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I did not find HP’s promotional videos for their tablets very inspiring, but this Dell video for the Dell Latitude 10 tablet, aimed at a very different audience, that being enterprise, is exactly the opposite, doing a very good job of setting out the features and advantages of their tablet. If there is anything that could be faulted in the video is that it does not go much into the features of Windows 8, but it is likely it is much more important to businesses that their legacy apps run than what shows up in the Windows 8 Store. The device runs Windows 8 on a Atom Z2760 processor, 2 GB RAM, with a 10.1 inch 1366×768 pixel IPS screen with Gorilla Glass, 64 GB SSD and the option for a HSDPA or LTE modem. See the device and its specs at Dell here. ...

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  Wired posted the above picture, showing the wide range of Windows 8 hybrid tablets/laptops which will be hitting the market shortly. While there is a lot of trepidation about the reception Windows 8 will have in in the market, it does enable a wide variety of new form factors which may boost the moribund laptop market. “I do believe the convertibles have the ability to draw consumer attention,” IHS iSuppli analyst Craig Stice says. “The question of course will boil down to price with these new convertibles and how competitive they will be able to be versus the tablet.” Companies likeHP, Dell, Lenovo, Sony, Acer, Samsung, Toshiba, and Asus have all started pushing into this new category of convertible devices, with devices ranging in price for $700 to $1600, with the majority priced similar to an ultrabook. “Hybrid devices will not drive the overall growth [of the PC market] ...

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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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Samsung has revealed the US pricing of its Windows 8 tablets, PCs and laptops at an event yesterday. They will be releasing two tablets, the Samsung Ativ Smart PC 500T tablet which will be priced at $650 without a keyboard (an extra $100). It has an Intel Core i5 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 64 GB SSD. The Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T tablet will be priced at $1,200 and has an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. Their touch-screen laptops will range from $450  for a Series 3 notebook to $1,400 for the high end Series 9 Premium Ultrabook. They will also sell two all-in-one PCs that will range from $800 to $1,700 for the 27 inch Series 7. All of the devices will go on sale on October 26th. Via Neowin.net ...

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Digitimes reports that Taiwan-based notebook ODMs have discovered the impact of tablets like the iPad is less than they expected, as consumers discover they are good for entertainment, but not for getting work and studying done. The iPad has created new demand instead of eroding existing demand for notebooks, said Wistron chairman Simon Lin. However, iPad has absorbed a portion of consumer budgets, causing delays in replacement notebook purchases, Lin said. Notebooks are expected to regain demand after the launches of Intel’s Ivy Bridge in the second quarter and Microsoft’s Windows 8 in the fourth, Lin indicated. The X86 version of Windows 8 uniquely combines the productivity benefits of mouse and keyboard and a multi-window user interface with the full-screen touch interface of tablets. Regarding the global outlook for notebooks in the second half of 2012, Acer, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are optimistic while Hewlett-Packard and Dell are neutral, ...

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Digitimes, the great eastern rumour house, claims to have identified the ODM for the Microsoft Surface tablets and have fingered Pegatron Technology. Citing industry sources in the notebook market, they have also placed some bottom ends on the prices of the tablets, saying the Windows RT-based model, featuring Nvidia’s Tegra 3, will be priced above US$599, while the Windows 8 Pro-based Surface tablet PC with Ivy Bridge processor is expected to be at least above US$799. At $599 that would price the RT tablet at the equivalent price to the 32 GB iPad with WIFI only, making the price not as expensive as it appears. At $799 the Surface Pro would be priced cheaper than the iPad 64 GB with WIFI and 3G, costing $829, and it is of course a pretty low price for a full PC with an Ivy Bridge processor. Digitimes notes Microsoft only expects limited profits ...

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It seems the new Windows 8 tablets will not be bereft of high end gaming. Unlike Windows Phone 7 they will have direct access to the metal of the processor, meaning high end game engines should run perfectly fine on the OS. It seems however it was not Windows 8 but the Microsoft Surface which enthused Epic CEO Mark Rein, who tweeted that he “Can’t wait to get some Unreal Engine games on those babies!”  which is likely what Microsoft intention has been all along with producing their own tablet – to “prime the pump” of the Windows 8 ecosystem. Shall we start the count down for Infinity Blade in Windows 8 marketplace now? Via Game Trailers.com ...

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Morgan Stanley has conducted a survey which shows Microsoft could slip near instantly into the second spot in the tablet market. According to their survey 25% of those intending to buy a tablet were planning to buy a Windows 8 tablet, ahead of 22% who intend to buy an Android tablet. It seems its all about Office, said Morgan Stanley analyst Katie Huberty. “Our survey indicated Microsoft Office is the most important software feature to consider when purchasing a tablet, especially for first-time purchasers,” Huberty says. “Sixty-one percent of prospective tablet purchasers indicated that Office was the most important software feature vs. 44 percent for current tablet owners — which suggests there may be pent up demand for a tablet offering with a prepackaged Office bundle.” The finding likely explains why Google purchased Quick Office, but also leaves Microsoft with a dilemma. The company has been working on an Office ...

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