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    Microsoft helped usher-in spring this year with the launch of a new tablet, adding to its Surface line with the introduction of the Surface 3, the first non-Pro Surface to run a full version of Windows (and enjoy the same broad software support) and avoid all those RT shenanigans. And while the Surface 3 started hitting stores in early May, initial availability was only for the tablet's WiFi-only option. LTE would be on the way eventually, and today we get word of the first US carrier to offer just such an LTE-equipped Surface 3. AT&T begins Surface 3 sales later this week, where the ...

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    As you may already know, the Skype team at Microsoft somehow decided to discontinue the "modern" full-screen touch-friendly version of Skype for Windows 8 before any reasonable replacement was available. I received an email on June 16th, 2015 that said, "From 7 July, 2015 you’ll no longer be able to sign into the Skype for modern Windows app." After July 7th, the modern app was supposed to forward you to a website where you can download the x86 desktop version of Skype. The big advantage here would be that Skype no longer would have to keep developing two versions of the app for the same ...

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    For a tablet that's solidly over a year old at this point, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 keeps right on ticking. And why shouldn't it, with the sort of hardware that would look pretty good in a full-fledged laptop, let alone an eminently portable tablet. We found the Surface Pro 3 back in the news earlier this week as Microsoft released plans enthusiasts could use to 3D-print and build their own portrait-orientation docking stands for the tablet, and now it returns to the headlines once again, as we get word of a new hardware option becoming available for sale. Adding a new hardware ...

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    Translation apps help open up the world around us, breaking down barriers of communication and making talking with someone on the other side of the world as easy as chatting with our next door neighbor. We've seen software that automates the translation process for entered text, captured images, and even audio snippets, and last year Skype tried taking things to the next level with real-time voice translation. While that started out as a signup-only preview, the service is now ready to start being used by the public at large, and today the Skype Translator preview becomes available to ...

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    You guessed it, today is "Patch Tuesday," a day when bugs get dealt with, or when what wasn't broken, shouldn't have gotten fixed. Microsoft launched a good deal of security patches for most of its versions of Windows last Tuesday, and so far, we haven't heard any complaints. Today however, even though we do have a longer list of patches when compared to last week, the focus is different. Microsoft plans to launch over 30 non-security patches later today. 30 sounds like a lot, but some of these are going to Windows 7 and others will go to Windows RT 8.1. Windows 8.1 will be the most ...

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    Yesterday Microsoft introduced the latest tablet to join its Surface family, and one that finally puts aside the crippled Windows RT operating system for good: the Surface 3. Sales of the new Surface aren't set to start for a little over another month, but we heard that you'd be able to check the tablet out far in advance of that May 5 date, with select Microsoft retail stores getting demo units for display as of today. And while you can stop by and take a quick look at the Surface 3 on a whim, we're now learning that, much like the Apple Watch, if you want to get the complete hands-on ...

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    Microsoft just dropped a bit of a surprise, announcing the new Surface 3 tablet a few weeks in advance of our late-April expectations. The first full-Windows Surface that hasn't been a member of the family's Pro line, the Surface 3 attempts to offer a slightly more compact alternative to the Pro 3, while not skimping a heck of a lot on features. Starting at just about $500, it's also a lot more affordable than the $800 Pro 3, but just what do you get for that money? Let's take a look at the Surface 3's hardware: Microsoft Surface 3 specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,10.8 ...

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    It wasn't even one week ago when we heard that Microsoft could have a new Surface tablet just around the corner, one that would be a follow-up to the Windows-RT-running Surface 2 while moving to a full version of Windows, just like on the Surface Pro 3. Rumor was that this new Surface might launch at Build in late April, if not slightly before, but we had no idea just how soon this new tablet would really be making its debut, as this morning Microsoft introduces the Surface 3. The 10.8-inch tablet has a 3:2 1920 x 1280 display, measures 8.7mm thick, and weighs just 1.37 lbs, making it the ...

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    Microsoft's most recent tablet, the Surface Pro 3, is over ten months old at this point, having launched last May. We'd been expecting the Surface Mini, and then nearly from out of the blue, Redmond dropped this beast of a tablet on us. In the time since, the Pro 3 has held up remarkable well, but the same can't necessarily be said for the company's more affordable tablet option. After all, the Surface 2 is pushing eighteen months at this point, and Microsoft's already made it clear that the Windows RT-running Surface 2 won't be upgraded to Windows 10. Now we're hearing a little about ...

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    Microsoft's public preview of Windows 10 for smartphones is ready to get started soon. Rumors that it might launch earlier this week have clearly not panned out, though we heard as much already, anyway. But soon the preview will be here, make no mistake; will your phone be able to run it, though? Late last month we talked about an update to the now-Windows Insider app that mentioned minimum system requirements, making it sound like certain current Windows Phone models might not be able to run the preview. In the comments, many of you jumped on the theory that handsets with just 512MB of ...

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    With all Microsoft had to show at last week's Windows 10 event – from HoloLens to Spartan, not to mention what the new OS will mean for the company's smartphones – there are plenty of good reasons to be excited for what Microsoft's doing next. But before we start focusing too much on the future, it's time for another round of looking back on past performance as Microsoft release its latest quarterly financial figures. The overall picture is a mixed bag, but the company does manage to score a few wins in mobile, especially with the help of the Surface Pro 3 and its Lumia phones. Last ...

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    Microsoft's just getting things started with its Windows 10 event today, and while the company has lots of interesting announcements coming up (already teasing what sound like two new device types for a little later on), one of the early tidbits to emerge concerns an issue that's of key importance to anyone with an existing Windows device: what's the upgrade situation going to look like? We already knew that Windows Phone 8.1-running Lumias would be seeing the release of updates to Windows 10, but that's just a fraction of the device types that will make up the Windows 10 ecosystem: what ...

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    It's that season again, when companies everywhere are sharing their latest financial reports. Will investors be facing record returns? Who's bringing in big profits, and who continues to struggle? We saw Apple weigh-in with its own data a couple days back, and now it's Microsoft's turn to follow along, as it delivers a report that looks pretty positive on the mobile front. Let's start with the good news: phone hardware sales are up, with Microsoft selling some 9.3 million Lumia handsets in the last quarter alone. Even compared to last year (well, for Nokia), that's an improvement, up from ...

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    It used to be that Android was king of the low-priced tablet game: with even 2012's iPad models continuing to fetch premium prices, Apple's in no hurry to discount its hardware, whereas Android has no problem filling that sub-$300 space with plenty of tablets. Granted, there was a lot of crap down there mixed in with the few really good values, but at least affordable tablets were out there for those who wanted them. Now that Windows has emerged as an affordable tablet platform, we've seen a glut of similarly low-priced tablet hardware. But can it go even lower than the $100 price point ...

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    The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro isn't the only new tablet Lenovo's got to announce today, though with that integrated pico projector, it's quite the spotlight-grabber. The rest of the manufacturer’s new tablet offerings may not include such unusual features, but still manages to offer a nice selection of sizes and OS options: let's take a look at the multiple new Yoga Tablet 2 models. There are four primary configurations for the Yoga Tablet 2, combining either eight or ten-inch screen sizes with your choice of Android or Windows for the OS. All four are powered by quad-core Intel Atom ...

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    How close were we to getting the Surface Mini this past May? To hear the reports, Microsoft's decision not to introduce us to its pint-sized tablet at the event that ultimately delivered the Surface Pro 3 was very much a last-minute one. In the time that's followed, we saw evidence for the tablet's existence in the form of inadvertent mentions in the Pro 3 manual, as well as references to Microsoft's decision not to launch the tablet in an earnings report. But even all this time later, we haven't seen this guy in the flesh, nor found ourselves convinced of its ultimate fate: postponed or ...

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    Microsoft and its partners are really making a compelling case for the reasons why you shouldn't buy a tablet running a mobile operating system. Just a few months ago we saw some very affordable Dell Venue tablets running a full version of Windows 8 and with price tags that even make the iPad mini look expensive, but this wasn't the end of it. As IFA 2014 continues to wow us with more products for this fall, Acer has just raised its hand with another hot Windows tablet. Acer has just announced the Iconia Tab 8 W, and just before you dismiss it as another Windows tablet to look at, there ...

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    Microsoft has gained some decent fame with its launch of the Surface Pro 3. Surely it still hasn't proven that this tablet is attractive enough to replace the computers and tablets of most of the market, but we do praise the company for doing one of the best jobs we've seen. Still, nothing is perfect with these products on the first couple of rounds, and it seems the Surface Pro 3 has some unhappy customers. Many owners of the Surface Pro 3 in its Core i7 variant have been complaining on the web about the device overheating. Such is the problem that some have even experienced the tablet ...

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    Nokia's first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520, launched last fall, and we quickly saw carriers in the States lining up to offer the 2520 to their subscribers – well, at least AT&T and Verizon were interested. A whole lot of time has passed since then, and we've seen plenty of other Windows tablets emerge, but the 2520's still managed to hold on to a bit of the spotlight, and early last month @evleaks posted a T-Mobile document that sure seemed to reveal that the carrier was planning to belatedly welcome the 2520 to its collection of tablets. This week we get to check out additional ...

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    The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has definitely been one of the most well-received products Microsoft has made in the last couple years, so we're sure many of you are eager to have one in your hands. The problem is, availability has been limited so far, so it's definitely exciting to hear that Surface Pro 3 availability is expanding to 25 additional markets on August 28. These are the countries in question: Australia Austria Belgium China Denmark Finland France Germany Hong Kong Ireland Italy Korea Luxembourg Malaysia The Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal Singapore ...

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    The initial launch of Microsoft's Surface tablets wasn't without its upsets: one year in, we were looking at close to a billion dollars in losses for Microsoft due to unsold Surface RT inventory. But since then we've seen the arrival of the Surface 2 family, not to mention the Surface Pro 3 earlier this year – are they faring any better? Well, we've heard good things about Pro 3 sales, and solid Surface revenue, but revenue's just part of the equation – we have to factor in expenses before we have a real sense of profit (or lack thereof). And based on some analyst estimates, when we ...

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    Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 was a bit of a surprise when it launched back in May, and despite the tablet's relatively early arrival, hitting the scene just eight months following the debut of the Surface Pro 2, the Pro 3 sure appears to be doing quite well; what Microsoft has shared about Pro 3 sales, at least, indicates that consumer interest is stronger than it had been for earlier Pro models. Maybe that success means that Microsoft doesn't have to try so hard promoting the tablet; maybe it means that consumers are going to be interested in the hardware no matter how the company positions ...

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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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    For a moment in time, it seemed like such a sure thing: following the first two generations of full-sized Surface tablets, this past spring it finally looked like Microsoft was going to introduce a more compact Surface Mini. In the days leading up to the company's May event, the Mini was the clear favorite for the new hardware likely to be featured, but at the last minute focus shifted to what we ultimately saw announced, the Surface Pro 3. In the weeks that followed we've been picking up bits and pieces of the Mini's story, like the multiple mentions of the device in the Pro 3's manual, ...

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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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