Posts tagged with: Surface
  • by | June 28, 2013 8:45 AM

    Microsoft just released a publicly available preview version of the new Windows 8.1 operating system at their BUILD 2013 conference.  The preview version is really supposed to be only for people who want to do some testing and work on building new applications for the operating system, however, we had to install it on a Surface Pro right away to see how everything is going to change in the world of Windows tablets... and there certainly is a lot that's going to change with Windows 8.1.  Most of the changes are really refinements, but some are quite different.  For example, the search ...

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  • by | June 28, 2013 1:22 AM

    There were no new Windows 8 tablets unveiled at the Microsoft Build conference this year, despite rumors that possible Surface slate refreshes might appear. While there was no announcement, there were some hints at the possible future of Windows 8 tablets. The screenshot above shows a list of anticipated Windows 8.1 tablet screen sizes and resolutions. While this doesn't necessarily mean we will see such Surface slates in the future, it might mean that Microsoft is expecting OEMs to produce such slates. There's a 7-inch form factor with a 1920x1200 resolution mentioned alongside a ...

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  • by | June 4, 2013 7:06 AM

    It's been nearly a year now since Microsoft introduced the world to its Surface tablets. As mobile device announcements go, Microsoft nailed it. While there were some rumors talking about the idea of a Microsoft tablet in the days leading up to the event, we were practically shooting in the dark – first there was word that it could be some kind of Barnes & Noble Nook tie-in, and with just hours to go until the announcement itself, we heard that it might be more gaming-focused, like an Xbox 360 accessory. In the end, what we got was surprising, impressive, and just inspiring: it was a ...

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  • by | May 31, 2013 3:38 PM

    One of the oft-cited problems with Microsoft's Surface tablets is that for a tablet experience that seems so linked to the presence of a keyboard – indeed, Microsoft's Touch and Type Cover designs were some of our favorite parts of the Surface launch – the keyboard isn't provided as part of the base Surface package. That might not be the end of the world, were it not for the sky-high prices Microsoft has been asking, wanting $100 for the Touch or $130 for the Type Cover. Thankfully, Microsoft is doing something about that, and for a short time you might be able to score a free keyboard ...

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  • by | May 24, 2013 6:42 PM

    Windows 8 and RT tablets didn't exactly get off to a booming start. The initial absence of the Surface Pro and a lack of compelling products from OEMs failed to add up to a lot of holiday season retail success. Still, Microsoft and its manufacturing partners continue to soldier on, and we're already hearing about what's next on the hardware side. Now a source has possibly leaked a good bit of info on Microsoft's tablet goals for fiscal year 2014 (beginning in July), and it looks like the company is setting the bar for itself seriously high. According to this source, Microsoft wants to ...

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  • by | May 23, 2013 4:38 PM

    Microsoft continues to try and stir-up interest in its tablet offerings, taking the latest step of putting up a page on its site to let visitors do a spec-by-spec comparison between the iPad and a number of Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets. A small controversy has ensued following the page's publication, as some people try and claim that Microsoft is misleading the public, especially when it comes to the screen sizes on these devices. Just what is it doing, and is there really anything untoward about it all? Microsoft's page runs down a number of key factors for this head-to-head: battery ...

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  • by | May 16, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the white Nexus 4 launch rumors along with a possible launch date for Android 4.3. Then we talk about the recent dispute between Google and Microsoft over the custom-made YouTube Windows Phone 8 app. Then let's talk about Google hangouts and how AT&T is spoiling the fun for everyone. We later go through the rumors of a much cheaper Microsoft Surface 2, though that's the only good news so far. We end today's show talking about the Google HTC One, and how the whole concept was dismissed as quick as we wished for it not to. All this and more ...

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  • by | May 16, 2013 9:32 AM

    As we've heard at the beginning of the month, Microsoft might be ready to announce it's second generation of Surface tablets in June. Then came those ugly rumors according to which we'd have to wait until 2014 to see some Microsoft slates and we're now, more recently, hearing confirmations that it might still be June for the second-wave Surface RT tablets. Whether our wish-list for the next Surface will be taken into consideration or not, only time will tell. However, Digitimes reports that second-generation Surface RT is expected to land in June. It should be an eight-incher and should ...

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  • by | May 13, 2013 7:50 AM

    My first and biggest complaint after buying the Surface Pro months ago was that it did not include WinTab drivers for the screen's pressure sensitive digitizer input. The hardware supports pressure sensitivity, but with the default drivers, that only worked in certain newer graphics programs like Sketchbook Pro and Manga Studio. My first tweet the day I bought the Surface Pro went to the Surface team explaining that they NEED to implement the WinTab drivers. At first they thought it was an Adobe issue, but really they just needed some help from Wacom to make the right drivers. Those ...

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  • by | May 13, 2013 7:00 AM

    On the eve of their big London announcement, Nokia might have a problem. Once, far and away the favorite to take Microsoft on a ride of profit and swing dancing, Nokia has failed to take advantage of it's position as Fresh Prince of Windows Phone to gain any significant market share.  Windows Phone still finds itself an uber-distant third in the smartphone marketplace and while Nokia has done an admirable job making quality hardware, it hasn't quite gotten the job done in the flying off the shelves department. Now Microsoft might have to take the reins and ride this horse to the finish ...

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  • by | May 9, 2013 10:57 AM

    Microsoft made some bold, risky choices when introducing its first Surface tablets. Both the Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro Surface models did things sort of differently from competitors like the iPad or any number of Android tablets. For one, Microsoft chose to position these two as premium devices, and avoided the bottom-scratching battle for budget tablet sales taking place in the $200-$400 range. It also gambled on not going with a unified platform for its mobile apps, making its tablets incompatible with apps already developed for Windows Phone. I'll get back to the app situation in a ...

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  • by | May 8, 2013 1:35 PM

    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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  • by | May 6, 2013 4:14 PM

    Bill Gates was talking tablets this morning as he took to CNBC to discuss Microsoft's Surface models, as well as the tablet landscape in general. Of course, that inevitably led to discussion of the Apple iPad. Gates found a number reasons to be critical of Apple's tablet offerings, mentioning the lack of Microsoft Office, for one. Well, that may be out of Apple's hands for now, but another one of his comments has us wondering if Gates can hear himself speak, singling-out the iPad for a disappointing typing experience due to the lack of an official hardware keyboard option. Now, Surface, of ...

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  • by | May 3, 2013 12:09 PM

    Yesterday we told you about some new rumors dealing with Microsoft's follow-up to its first Windows 8 tablets, the Surface RT and Surface Pro. According to that info, we'd be seeing a 7-to-9-inch tablet launch quite soon, possibly in late June. Well, we'll know how accurate that guess was in just a matter of weeks, but today we hear a new assessment about what to expect from this next Microsoft Surface tablet, and this tale has us waiting quite a while. Instead of a June launch, analysts are predicting sometime in 2014, instead. Supposedly, Microsoft is only just getting started sourcing ...

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  • by | May 2, 2013 4:06 AM

    Many people today consider the Microsoft Surface line-up as the perfect tablets. Particularly in the case of the Surface Pro, which we've found to be a very powerful computer, this might be right. On a positive note, you get a tablet with no compromises, but on the negative note, both the Surface Pro and Surface RT have proven to be terrible in sales amounting to no more than 1.5 Million units combined. That could change though as Microsoft is already preparing their Second Surface attempt. Digitimes now reports that Microsoft is already working on getting their second-generation Surface ...

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