In what really should be labelled an ad, Chris Pirillo starred in this video by Pokki, who makes a start menu replacement for Windows 8, and goes around deliberately trying to confuse current Windows users by presenting them with Windows 8 without any preparation at all, and asking them to perform a task which Microsoft deliberately hid- turning off the PC. I believe long time Windows users will be as confused if they were presented with a Mac, and to turn off the PC the simplest is of course to press the power button or on many laptops simply closing the lid, actions that did not go away with Windows 8. The video is a deliberate FUD piece which Chris should be ashamed to have his name associated with. Do our readers agree?  Let us know below. Via Hothardware.com ...

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I know us Windows fans will not buy a single product before it has been reviewed by the esteemed Walt Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal, so we are fortunate enough to have been graced with just that before the OS hits the market in a week’s time. The good news is that he seems to like it, calling the start screen “handsome, modern, slick“ that “works very well and is a welcome step” and “holds its own with iPad and Android.” He did however complain about the potential for confusion, not just between the Modern and Desktop UI, but also between RT and Windows 8 devices. He also complained of lack of key apps and found the mail client poor, but unexpectedly gave Microsoft a pass for this, saying it could be updated in the future. He concludes: Microsoft deserves credit for giving Windows a new, modern face. And ...

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It seems the prophets of doom may have been wrong about demand for the Microsoft Surface, as the cheapest of the 3 packages have now sold out on pre-order, and have gone on back order. The $499 tablet, sold without the touch cover, is now on 3 weeks back order (which presumably means about 2 weeks after the other Surface tablets are delivered). Microsoft is rumoured to have ordered up to 5 million Surface tablets for Q4 2012, so hopefully this level of interest will continue and help make the RT platform a success. Thanks Kamara for the tip. ...

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Microsoft has been keeping very quite about the resolution of the Surface RT display, but today finally revealed it was 1366×768  pixels. In the days of the iPad’s 2048×1536 “Retina” display which is supposed to make pixels imperceptible at arms length , 1366×768  seems downright low resolution. Microsoft’s applied sciences department manager Stevie Bathich however explained things are not as clear-cut as it seems, and that the iPad’s high resolution display may in fact hurt readability. He writes: Hey I tried to answer this resolution question for another post, but it got stuck.. So I will try here: Hey this is Stevie. Screen resolution is one component of perceived detail. The true measure of resolvability of a screen called Modulation Transfer Function (MTF), not Pixels. MTF is a combination of both contrast and resolution. There are over a dozen subsystems that effect this MTF number.. Most folks just focus on ...

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Microsoft posted the above video of their new Surface tablet, showing more usage scenarios, especially of the camera and touch cover, and emphasizes features that set is apart from the iPad, including support for USB drives and microSD cards. The Surface’s slogan “click in and do more” is also clearly targeting the iPad, and I am sure Microsoft hopes the increased functionality of the tablet will justify its iPad-equivalent price. Via Neowin.net ...

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Microsoft Surface team answered questions from various users on Reddit today. Here are some interesting info gathered from there, If you buy a 32GB Surface, after the OS, OfficeRT and a bunch of apps, you will still have about 20GB free space. You cannot install apps on the SD card you insert into Surface, but you can move your photos, music and videos. Why no 3G/4G models: “We made what we feel is World Class WiFi connectivity. For 3G/4G we looked at several elements when deciding on what features to include. We knew that the primary use was going to be in the home, we looked at tablet sales data 2/3 WiFi, 1/3 Mobile Broadband. Of the 1/3 sold, 1/2 were activated. Phone hotspot / tethering use was also a consideration.” Regarding usage of TouchCover and TypeCover: “Hey this is Stevie, yes absolutely. Both TouchCover and TypeCover have sensors that ...

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Microsoft has been less than forthcoming with the details of their Surface tablets, including for many months now specifics such as what the screen resolution is or how many megapixels the camera is. Now Microsoft has released a PDF with slightly more information,  revealing amongst other information what the screen resolution of both Surface tablets are ( 1366×768 and 1920×1080) and whether the Surface RT supports a stylus (only capacitive pens it seems). Of course we still do not know what the resolutions of the cameras are (presumably around 2 megapixel each for HD support) but at least we know the RT tablet has 2 microphones while the Pro tablet has one. The PDF can be downloaded from Microsoft here. ...

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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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Microsoft Surface 32GB Acer Iconia W510 OS WindowsRT Windows 8 Processor ARM, NVidia Tegra 3 Intel Atom z-760 1.5 ghz Storage 32 Gb 32 GB, microSD Screen 1366×768, 10.6 inch 1366×768, 10.1 inch Camera front and rear camera 2 MP front, 8 MP rear Battery 8-13 hours up to 9 hours Weight 676g 600g Dimensions 9.3mm 167.5×258.5×8.8 mm Price $499 $499 With the price of the Microsoft Surface RT models now finally released, one can make an informed comparison between the various tablets. The tablet closest in price to the Surface RT is the Acer Iconia W510, at $499 without the keyboard dock. An extra $100 gets you the keyboard cover on the Surface RT 32 GB, while an extra $250 gets you an additional 32 GB storage and the keyboard dock, with built-in battery, on the Iconia W510. Looking at the specs, which one will out readers be choosing? ...

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  WSJ today reported that Microsoft is planning to sell 3-5 Million Surface Tablets this quarter alone. According to component suppliers in Asia with whom WSJ spoke with,  Microsoft has placed orders to produce 3 million to 5 million of these tablets in the fourth quarter. This number looks equal to what Amazon and Google placed orders for Kindle and Nexus. Can Microsoft beat their expectations? Source: WSJ ...

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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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Except for the issue that many new features will not be coming to Windows Phone 7, Xbox Music Pass only adds features to Zune Pass for subscribers, who can look forward to a cross-platform music streaming client, a bigger library, portable playlists and eventually the ability to plug the holes in the streaming selection by uploading your own tracks. Microsoft sent the above circular to their Zune Pass subscribers informing them of the same, and also, as a sweetener, offered them 1,000 Microsoft Points, which should be just about enough to hire a movie or buy a few tracks, which is not bad for doing nothing. Let the Xbox Music party begin! Via Neowin.net. Thanks Amedeo for the tip. ...

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European retailer Expert is ready to jump in on Windows 8, and has posted a giant circular, scanned by Windowsblogitalia, describing their new range of Windows 8 notebooks, ultrabooks, and tablets. Of particular interest in the tablet section above, showing the cheapest Windows RT tablet, the Asus TF600T, costing 599 Euro, while adding 3G brings it up to 699 Euro. Adding another 100 Euro will get you an x86 tablet, the ATOM powered Samsung ATIV smartPC, which fortunately comes with the full range of keyboard docks and pens. Do our readers agree these RT tablets are a bit expensive? Let us know below. ...

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In a press release Logitech has announced a new keyboard specifically designed for Windows 8. The Logitech® Bluetooth® Illuminated Keyboard K810 is a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard with some special Windows 8 keys, including the Windows 8 Start key which provides a quick and easy way to get back to your Start Screen, and App Switching function key which allows you to quickly switch among your open apps. The design features  real brushed aluminium and sleek lines, and auto-adjusting illumination to ensures the laser-etched key characters are always bright and easy to read. The keyboard also uses proximity detection to turn on the lighting when your hands approach it, and automatically dims or brightens, depending on the amount of light in the room. “It’s increasingly common for people to use more than one device over the course of the day, and we saw an opportunity to help ease the transition among ...

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