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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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    Satya Nadella is finishing out his first six months as CEO of Microsoft, a time that's saw the company already make some big steps in mobile, like the unexpected release of the Surface Pro 3 or the completion of the Nokia Devices & Services acquisition. As the company heads into fiscal year 2015, Nadella is addressing his troops via staff-wide email, and spells-out a modified core vision for the company, impacting its focus on hardware. At least, Microsoft used to describe itself as a “devices and services” company, but Nadella's not satisfied with how that reflects its current ...

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    So far today we've been dealing with a higher-than-usual concentration of news surrounding Windows and Windows Phone, checking out rumors both about Android-running Lumias and Android app compatibility for pure WP8 devices. While that last report drifted into software territory, we're swinging back over to the hardware side of things as a couple new rumors discuss new Windows Phone and new Windows RT devices. First up, we could be looking at a new version of the Lumia 1520 phablet, the 1525. The only differences we've heard mentioned so far are that the 1525 would run WP8.1 out of the box ...

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    Is this week shaping up to be one chock full of news about smartphone software breaking through platform boundaries, reaching new users and coming from companies you wouldn't necessarily expect? We already brought you that rumor about an Android-running Lumia handset, and now we're seeing the resurgence of some other claims arising at that same intersection between Android and Windows Phone, as rumors about Android app compatibility coming to Microsoft's platform resurface. If this sounds familiar, that's because it should, since this rumor first popped up back in February. Those were ...

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    Leading up to last month's Surface Pro 3 launch event, we were very much expecting to see the Surface Mini, instead. Really, that's what we expected the main focus to be, and it wasn't until just about a week prior to the announcement that we started getting the sense that this was going to be a Pro 3 shindig. If we're to believe the rumors, there's a good reason we were getting that Mini vibe, and it was a pretty last-minute decision to not introduce the Mini. While Microsoft hasn't formally confirmed that was the case, it's hard to look at the recently released Surface Pro 3 user's guide ...

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    If you've been eyeing a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 since it was unveiled, it's finally time. You can grab yourself a Surface Pro 3 today in the Microsoft store of your choosing, but of course, there's a catch. The Windows 8-powered tablet is a pretty sweet competitor, though, as evidenced by our review, so you may just want to go pick one up yourself when your nearest Microsoft store opens for business today. The only models available for purchase today are the Intel Core i5-toting ones. Core i7 and i3 models will be available for purchase in August, though pre-orders are up and running on ...

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    Just about one month back, we saw Microsoft unveil its latest tablet offerings. And while most of us were expecting something along the lines of a Surface Mini, Microsoft went and threw us for a loop, instead using its launch event to introduce the Surface Pro 3, just seven months following the release of the Surface Pro 2. That's very much some speedy iPad 3/iPad 4-style timing, and the short lifespan of the Pro 2 seems to have left Microsoft with an abundance of stock. If you can live without having the very latest-and-greatest, though, this situation affords you an opportunity to pick ...

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