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    Rumors have until now been few and far between regarding an eventual Surface Pro 5 launch by the end of the year, not to mention a Surface Book sequel, while the Surface Phone remains a definite but distant prospect. On the software update front, Microsoft wants the whole world to know already that the Windows 10 Anniversary, aka Redstone 1, rollout will begin for both PCs and mobile devices early next month. Still, you shouldn’t rule out a slew of fall 2016 hardware announcements. Extremely credible sources tell us “minor Surface configuration updates” are indeed also in the ...

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    Microsoft has pretty much confirmed not long ago that it’s taking a little break from in-house production of hardware powered by Windows 10 Mobile while continuing to support existing Lumias and third-party devices, with yet another round of layoffs suggesting the end could be near. But the Redmond-based tech giant insists at least business-oriented, Continuum-capable Windows handhelds have a future, and many tipsters believe the elusive, almost mythical Surface Phone will finally come to light sometime in 2017. If that’s the case, of course, it’s too early to be certain of anything, ...

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    Microsoft has declared time and time again of late its commitment to the mobile iteration of Windows 10, but the very fact such assertions are needed while the current focus is clearly directed elsewhere suggests the platform may simply not be relevant enough to all of a sudden switch to growth next year. Yes, it’s only next year that Redmond intends to invest precious new resources in both W10M hardware and software, with the oft-rumored, practically mythical Surface Phone likely to finally break cover in April 2017, alongside a major Redstone 2 OS update centered around mobile ...

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    Is it time for the tablet wars? In Australia, quite possibly. We've seen the PC marketplace at full capacity and at low interest for a few years — and we've been covering the reasons why that's the case. As PC-makers try and consolidate (and fail to do so), we may a resurgence in the plateaued tablet market. Specifically, we're talking about convertible tablets. Research and analysis company Telsyte decided to put its eyes to the land down under and found that Windows and iOS took away market share from Android in a shrinking overall market. In fact, the market's in its second year of ...

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    It would want your money, sooner or later, but until then, it wants you (yes, you) to choose what exactly goes into its latest project. You might have heard of Jolla — struggling to survive as it is — and PuzzlePhone — which only got 46 percent of its Indiegogo funding goal. Those two startups represent a good snapshot of Finland's tech scene right now: still ailing, but very much alive. If you play Clash of Clans, you have Finland's Supercell to thank. Nokia's also pushing patience with its comeback to the mobile hardware industry. And then there's Microsoft, still cutting jobs ...

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    Usually, when a device manufacturer “neglects” to reveal unit sales numbers of a specific product or category, merely announcing revenue generated, it means said gadget or gadget family didn’t do so great at the box-office. But Microsoft has always been secretive about the constant growth of its 2-in-1 Surface roster, so it shouldn’t come as a shock to find out the productive Windows tablets actually sold like hotcakes during 2015, even while essentially all other slate makers saw their shipment figures drop. According to “Taiwan-based supply chain” sources quoted by Digitimes, ...

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    The National Football League’s decision to endorse Windows-powered Surface tabs rather than iPads, which are clearly way more popular to the general public, raised many eyebrows back in the day, and some pigskin fans continue to routinely confuse the two brands. Others simply feel their favorite players and coaches would be better off doing tactical analysis and reviewing plays on Apple gear, especially after a recent incident during the AFC playoff game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. The latter team, which ultimately lost by a measly two points, was plagued by a ...

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    Recent market research showed that Microsoft could secure double-digit share in the tablet world by the end of the year for its slowly but steadily rising Windows-powered products, with almost a fifth of pad sales prospectively going to Surfaces and their relatives in 2019. Stateside, Redmond’s 2-in-1s might reach great popularity peaks much sooner, as the 1010data Ecom Insights Panel claims Apple is no longer the top-selling online brand. At least in October, when the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book launched commercially, while the iPad Pro didn’t, Microsoft ruled at the top 100 ...

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    Dating as far back as we can remember, Microsoft was rumored to build an enterprise and productivity-focused Surface Phone. Even before Redmond purchased Nokia’s moribund handset business, Windows fans couldn’t help but picture the platform’s full work rate and potency translated on a smaller screen, perhaps with some sort of a kickstand included, definitely with stylus support, and PC convertibility capabilities. Granted, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are already more than just your conventional, “rudimentary” smartphones, seamlessly connecting to Continuum Docks for a near-complete ...

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    For a versatile line of detachable 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrids, Windows-powered Microsoft Surfaces have always been a great pain to disassemble and put back together for DIY enthusiasts. The very first member of the convertible family, running Win RT, scored a disappointing 4 out of 10 repairability points around three years ago, and believe it or not, it was all downhill from there for the “laplet” roster. The original Surface Pro, released in early 2013, barely got a 1 mark in iFixit’s comprehensive teardown review, the second and third-gen remained physically impossible to repair ...

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    For a long time, the purported Microsoft Surface Phone sounded more like something people wanted to be real than a device with actual chances of ever materializing. But just last week, a presumed pre-release prototype of the ultimate business Windows mobile was allegedly seen in the flesh, and now, a semi-credible source confirms ongoing work on a productivity-centric diminutive Surface. This should apparently roll out at some point next year with “enhanced” Continuum capabilities, Win32 app support in tow, as well as “less focus on specs.” But fret not, high-end specification ...

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    The “ultimate laptop”, as Microsoft insists on calling it, is also a phenomenal tablet, with a beautiful 3,000 x 2,000 pix res 13.5-inch touchscreen in tow, and provided you buy a discrete graphics configuration and keep it docked into the keyboard, the Surface Book can deliver up to thrice the performance of a MacBook Pro 13… in certain use cases. Save for the price, which is fitting but extravagant, everything about the Intel Skylake powerhouse looks great on paper, and so it’s not surprising to hear “pre-orders have been huge.” Unfortunately, some early Microsoft Surface ...

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    They say the recently unveiled Lumia 950 and 950 XL could decide the entire fate of Microsoft’s smartphone-making business, and despite looking phenomenal on paper, the Windows 10 Mobile flagships aren’t off to a great retail start, with premature UK discounts and US carrier support snags. But what if another Lumia failure were to only bring the death of the Nokia-conceived product family? And what if Redmond were to rely on the surprising success of Surface Pros and warm early reception of the Surface Book to better market Windows phones? Yes, the almost mythological “Surface ...

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    “The ultimate laptop” can’t come cheap, especially with a surprise convertible mode in tow, super-sharp 3,000 x 2,000 pix res 13.5-inch display, sixth-gen Intel Core i5/i7 CPUs, a top-shelf custom-made Nvidia GPU, up to 1TB solid state storage, 16GB RAM, and above all, a stunning machined magnesium build. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend an absurd $3,000 for a decent Microsoft Surface Book version. Initially made available in five configurations, the Windows 10 beast has added two new models to the US pre-order slate this week, one priced at $3,200 with the ...

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    If you were wondering exactly how Microsoft manages to keep “partners” like Lenovo, HP or Dell happy while eroding their hardware sales numbers with Surface competition, it turns out it’s not always easy. The PC market’s second and third largest manufacturers recently came even closer to Redmond, agreeing to plug Surface Pro convertibles themselves at the expense of homebrewed products, but the worldwide leader in computer shipments turned down the offer. That apparently happened “more than one year ago”, when Lenovo president and COO Gianfranco Lanci “said no I don’t see ...

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    The utter lack of Surface Pro 4 visual leaks is certainly odd so close to the convertible tablet’s prospective formal announcement, especially considering how thoroughly detailed the Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones already are. But you can now begin to imagine how the Windows 10 “laplet” might look, at least if some questionable intel divulged on an Arabic-language website is to be trusted. Nobody can vouch for the inside information’s legitimacy, and while it’s a little hard to swallow, it’s not altogether beyond the realm of possibility. We don’t know exactly what sort of ...

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    Microsoft has been doing a ton of changes all around, from its approach towards competing platforms, to its internal strategy. One thing that hasn't changed sadly, is how long the company takes to launch flagship Lumia products. October 6 is apparently the date for these to see the light of day, and aside from some leaks, we also see some internal changes. Microsoft has just decided to merge the Lumia Conversations website with the Surface Blog. Now you can find these as the new Microsoft Devices blog. This change makes all the sense in the world since Redmond actually made these ...

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    There's no shortage of Windows tablets out there, and a ton of companies that make Windows laptops have taken a swing at the tablet form factor, too. But for all the choices available to shoppers, Microsoft's own Surface lineup remains the hardware to beat, and a huge reason why are the smart design decisions the company's made. This week Microsoft shares some of the history that led to that iconic Surface look, sharing the story of early Surface prototypes. As Microsoft's Ralf Groene tells it, the key point at which the Surface we know today first started coming together was the ...

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    With as many products that show up at trade events like CES, it's inevitable that some will resemble others to an extent. Of course, there are devices that have a thing or two in common, and then there are those that veer much closer to outright copycat territory, a situation we looked at earlier today after Oppo started speaking out about the Polaroid Selfie phone and its unmistakably N1-clone of a design. We find ourselves back in look-alike territory this evening as we hear about the Remix “ultra-tablet” from Jide Technology, an Android tablet that might look more at home in ...

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    Even though tablet sales are stagnant at the moment, we all have the impression that we're really only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of this technology. Microsoft Research has been doing some amazing working in bringing smart haptic feedback to smartphone and tablet displays in order to give users a sense of texture, but this is just one of many projects. Today we learn of the company's new plans, and if these work, they're on to something big for professionals. Microsoft Research has just demoed a new transparent smart cover that we can really call "smart." ...

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    It's hard to not admit that Microsoft has scored a hit with its Surface Pro 3. There are still some of us that are mixed between loving it, hating it and just getting used to it, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a powerful tablet, that's well designed, and aggressively priced for all it can do. If you're wondering just how well it's selling, Microsoft has just decided to shed some light on the topic. Microsoft's Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood just came on record to state that the Surface Pro 3 is already outpacing earlier Surface Pro models. Hood was sadly not specific on ...

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    Traveling can be a harrowing experience. Traveling with a child, even more so. Traveling with a child while testing a new device can be a disaster waiting to happen. That's the situation I found myself in this past weekend. Full disclosure – I wasn't traveling very far nor for very long, and I was with my son who my wife and I call “the easy one” and I'm not completely ignorant to the ways of the Surface, so I liked my odds, but still. Since I was traveling a few hundred miles to nearby Indianapolis for a quick two-day excursion, I decided to go all-in with the Surface Pro 3 which ...

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    Everyone seems to want to have a crack at making a smartwatch, Microsoft seemingly notwithstanding. If this latest report is to be believed, the company is indeed hard at work on a wrist-mounted wearable with a custom Windows build to boot. The watch reportedly features a flat, elongated display, though not freakishly large as one's imagination might assume. The inner portion resting against the user's skin is curved, allegedly, and the display itself is said to be fairly low-resolution. GearLive refers to the device as "the Surface watch," and reports that it has a similar interface ...

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    The Surface Pro 2 was the best tablet that I've ever used. The new Surface Pro 3 brings a lot of upgrades to that device, but there are also a few changes that I'm a bit uneasy about.  First, we'll start with the new features that are just fantastic and make the Surface Pro 2 look like old news.  The screen!!  I love the 12" screen on the Surface Pro 3.  This is the size of the screen that I've been used to on my older Windows tablets that were running Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. The 3 by 2 aspect ratio may seem too roomy in some of the Metro apps, but in desktop programs like ...

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    The Surface Pro 3 looks a lot like the big brother of the Surface 2. There are a few similarities and a lot of differences. Since the previous Surface Pros were shaped about the same as the Surface RT devices except for the increased thickness and heft, we kind of expected that from the Surface Pro 3. Surprisingly, that is not the case. The Surface Pro 3 (running full high-end 64 bit Windows 8 hardware) feels just as light as the Surface 2 (running an ARM processor and the limited Windows RT). The specifications differences are monumental though. The Surface Pro 3 is available in ...

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