The Surface team posted the above video of a 30 inch drop test of a Surface tablet onto a hardwood floor. It is no surprise the Vapor Magnesium ensconced device survived the fall. More interesting however is that the video was captured by the Surface camera, and looks pretty good, even in 1080P HD. The device is now on pre-order, and appears so far to be selling well, with rumours that Microsoft is looking to sell 3-5 million over the next 3 months. Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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Microsoft is offering a 328 page instructional ebook, Windows 8 at a Glance, for German users as a free download until the 1/11/2012. The book, also published for 9.90 Euro as a paperback by Microsoft Press, is by Nancy Muir and is 35 MB big and DRM free. The book covers: The Windows 8 user interface Windows 8 on use touch gestures, mouse and keyboard Computer Settings Using the search The Windows App Store File management and Ribbon Sync and SkyDrive Going online, e-mail and messaging Network devices … Nancy Muir works full time as an author and has written over 50 books on topics from the fields of technology and business. See the offer at this page here. Via WPArea.de ...

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Lenovo has posted couple of videos on YouTube which seems to be a long commercials for their new IdeaPad Yoga and the ThinkPad Twist Windows 8 devices. These ads were directed by James Bond’s Martin Campbell with music by Aeph. I really liked these videos and I like to appreciate Lenovo’s marketing team. They also posted couple of unboxing videos of Yoga and ThinkPad Twist. Check them out below. via: winitpro ...

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LondonDrug, a Canadian Store, have uploaded this video of the Toshiba Satellite® U920t Ultrabook Convertible. The device has the now usual 1366×768 pixels IPS Screen that is a larger 12.5 inches, covered in Gorilla Glass, is 1.45 kg in weight, two USB ports, WIFI, Bluetooth, HDMI, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Core i5 processor and is less than an inch thick when closed. The device starts at $1,149,99 at Toshiba’s website here. ...

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Windows 8 is a major transition in the look and feel of Windows but Ubuntu’s desperate call for desktop users to upgrade to their OS to “Avoid the pain of Windows 8” rings rather hollow when one bears in mind that for desktop upgraders, Windows 8 will still run all their old apps, while Ubuntu’s poor clone of Windows XP will not. Of course the fact that Steam is trying to move their gaming empire to Linux does mean Microsoft should not completely ignore the threat, but I think just the idea that Windows users will move in droves to Linux is so embarrassing that Ubuntu has already changed the slogan on their web page back to “Your wish is our command”. Do our readers think Microsoft should be worried? Let us know below. Thanks Filipe for the tip. Screen shot Softpedia.com ...

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While Windows 8 is not difficult to use, in some ways it is very different from Windows 7. Microsoft recognizes this, and all Windows 8 PCs will start with a video tutorial. For those that need more however Microsoft is offering free Windows 8 training at their Microsoft Stores. Hopefully trainees will leave the sessions also ambassadors for the new OS, and spread their knowledge to their friends and colleagues. You can find a local training sessions here. Via Neowin.net ...

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HP has unveiled the HP Envy x2, a 1.8 Ghz Atom z2670 tablet with docking cradle that together make a pretty good Windows 8 laptop that is still less than an inch thick and weights only 3 pounds, a bit earlier but not the ship date. The device comes with the now usual 11.6 inch 1366×768 IPS screen and 64 GB SSD, and with a 8 megapixel rear camera and 1080p front camera. It has 2 GB of RAM and Beats Audio with Dual Speakers and multi-band WIFI and also NFC. HP has still not revealed the price, but has now said the device will e available in December, which should make it a good stocking stuffer for the new Windows 8 user. See the specs and register your interest at HP here. Thanks Benjamin for the tip. ...

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In a press release  Toshiba has announced that they are now accepting pre-orders for their range of Windows 8 PCs. The range includes Satellite S, P and L laptops or the U series of Ultrabooks, the Qosmio X875 for gamers, the LX815 and LX835 all-in-ones. Pre-orders can be made at Toshiba’s site here, with delivery expected from the 26th October. Toshiba’s Windows 8 PCs Now Available Pre-orders of New Satellite Laptops, Ultrabooks and All-in-One Desktops Start Today on ToshibaDirect.com and Retailers Nationwide IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that its consumer line-up of Satellite® laptops and Ultrabooks™, Qosmio® laptops as well as its All-in-One desktops featuring Windows 8 are available for pre-order starting today and will be widely available for purchase from select U.S. retailers and ToshibaDirect.com on October 26. Windows 8 Optimization Toshiba’s ...

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Morgan Stanley’s Adam Holt released a research note on the Microsoft Surface where he suggested Microsoft will be selling 3 million of the tablets, which are priced to be competitive with the Apple iPad, in the last 3 months of the year. He also expects Microsoft to sell 9 million devices in 2013, saying the device is “an underappreciated driver for Windows revenue in FY13 and beyond.” “Pricing appears competitive: $499 for a 32 GB Surface is less than the $599 for a new 32 GB iPad with WiFi, while $699 for a 64 GB Surface plus keyboard is consistent with the $699 cost of a 64 GB iPad, with no keyboard-and MSFT’s flat keyboard is itself a differentiator. The $599 Surface bundle (32 GB tablet + keyboard) costs the same as a 32 GB iPad, but > 50% of iPad users also purchase an iPad cover (~$50 at retail) ...

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Microsoft today announced that IE10 for Windows 7 release preview will be released in mid-November. And the final availability will follow as Microsoft collects developer and customer feedback. IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8. We built an entirely new browser with Windows 8, with more performance and developer capabilities. IE10 brings improved real-world site performance and additional standards support to Windows 7 that Web developers have been asking for. We look forward to getting your feedback on IE10 on Windows 7, and will provide another update when the preview is available. At last, Microsoft has provided the info about the availability of IE10 on the most used OS in the world. Source: Microsoft ...

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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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