Posts tagged with: Windows 8 RT
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    Though we're now onto the Surface Pro 3, some of Microsoft's older offerings may still be worth the buy. As part of its Memorial Day sale, Microsoft is offering up the 64GB original Surface for $249, and tossing in a Touch Cover for just $30 more. Nothing has changed about the Windows RT tablet -- it still has the same 10.6-inch 1366x768 display, 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. Whether that is enough for you entirely depends on your use-case. If you rarely ever need your computer for intensive tasks such as video editing, and can live with the app selection on ...

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    Sometimes there's so much news you need to call in the Reserves just to handle it all, and that's just what we've done this week. Between Google's surprise announcement of an unlikely pair of additions to the Google Play Store; Microsoft's rumored offer to pay Samsung to keep making Windows Phones; and a boatload of reviews, we're in over our heads this week - so we've brought in four team members to do the news justice. Sorry, no listener mail this week - but in its place you get a consolation prize: you get to know what curious fate befell that Lumia 2520 we were tinkering with a while ...

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    The original Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets were promising of a new Microsoft willing to adapt and capable of becoming relevant in the mobile computing space once again. The Surface RT, to be concise, fell short of our expectations. The software and user experience left much to be desired, with lag and a shortage of apps to blame. The Surface Pro, on the other hand, proved to be a much more capable and fitting device, though its starting price tag is cringe-worthy and in the range of most Ultrabooks. The Surface tablets haven't performed nearly as well as Microsoft was hoping, failing ...

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    Windows RT has emerged as the proverbial red-headed stepchild of the tablet ecosystem, cursed by under-performing launch devices, a less than impressive app library, and the ever-present specter of much more capable Windows 8 Pro-based tablets looming over it. We've already seen Microsoft take steps to make its own Surface RT more attractive to consumers, but for some other manufacturers, it may already be too late. ASUS chairman Jonney Shih has just been talking about his company's efforts with Windows RT, and he doesn't have much good to say. Shih describes ASUS's experience in the ...

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    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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    Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT tablets are still newcomers to the scene, and so far it's felt like they've been struggling to find their place. After all, the wildly fluctuating prices we've seen are hardly representative of a firmly established product that's going to keep pulling in predictable sales figures; we don't see anything like this with iPads, for instance. Are we being too hard on the nascent platform, though? Could it really be off to a better start than it's seemed? We're definitely reconsidering things in light of some new market figures, showing Windows tablets getting a pretty ...

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    Microsoft has been missing out on a portion of the mobile device market, having smartphones and larger tablet, but not really any sort of mid-sized device. Could it be looking to do something about that? We're asking ourselves just that question upon reading Microsoft's Windows Certification Newsletter from a little earlier this month, announcing a new minimum resolution for Windows 8 tablets. Instead of the 1366 x 768 which we've seen on tablets like the Surface RT, Microsoft will now permit OEMs to drop that down to 1024 x 768. The thing is, we're not entirely sure this could mean ...

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    On October 26th, 2012, Microsoft sprung Windows 8 on the world. A platform to unite all platforms. You would get the same experience on desktops, laptops, and most importantly tablets. Windows 8 was designed to be touch friendly and therefore tablet friendly. Of course, this rather left desktops and laptops – Microsoft's bread and butter – in somewhat of a lurch. Sure could use a mouse and keyboard with Windows 8, but it wasn't really designed for that.  As a compromise, Microsoft included “Desktop view” which took new users back to the warm and fuzzy look of Windows 7 and made ...

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    The Windows 8 Pro version of Microsoft's Surface tablet may be getting all the attention lately, but we're still waiting to see if Microsoft has what it takes to make the lower-end Surface RT catch on in any kind of serious way. We just took a look at some figures that suggested Microsoft had shipped around 900,000 of these tablets, but there's some degree of uncertainty over those numbers, and while Microsoft may have actually shipped closer to 1.25 million Surface RT tablets, end-user sales could be significantly lower, to the tune of around 700,000, suggesting there are still a lot of ...

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    The Surface RT has made its debut, and with Microsoft confirming Surface Pro pricing and January availability yesterday, that model is well on its way to becoming a reality, as well. After that, though, then what? These are still probably a long way off, but some new rumors are attempting to take a stab at what hardware Microsoft's looking at for its next wave of Surface devices, and they suggest that this time we could be getting three models instead of two. While the first two Surface tablets have different resolutions, they both share the same 10.6-inch screen dimension. According to ...

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    Many people are confused and frustrated with the Windows 8 user interface in that there's a muddy duality to the operating system.  Some parts are obviously Metro style and require a new specific user interface that's not immediately obvious, while other parts are reminiscent of the Windows 7 desktop interface.  Maybe it will make more sense if you look at it from a different perspective. On one hand, the new UI is designed for much more efficient interaction since it uses the "four corners" principal which adheres to "Fitt's Law"; The time to acquire a target is a function of the ...

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    It wouldn't be much of a high-profile smartphone or tablet launch if we didn't start hearing reports of all sorts of little weird, unexpected glitches cropping up over the following weeks. Apple knows that story all too well, but this time around it's Microsoft in the hot seat, upon a number of Surface owners reporting that their tablets have been unexpectedly muting themselves. These apparently random muting events seem tied to the use of a keyboard cover, and both the Touch and Type covers could be similarly affected. For whatever reason, sometimes the keyboards are misreporting a press ...

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    Midway through last month, while we were still waiting for Microsoft's Surface tablet to hit retail, we heard Microsoft's Ricardo Lopez talk a little bit about just how much of the tablet's storage space would be taken up by the operating system. While Lopez's figures didn't give us a very detailed breakdown of just what would take up how much space, it was clear from what he had to say that a 16GB Surface tablet would have simply been unfeasible. Now that the Surface RT models have arrived, Microsoft is taking a little more time to explain just why Surface tablet arrive with so little ...

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    The holiday period is always a busy one, but when you've got industry-defining products launching from literally every major manufacturer and platform-maker, it's a special Q4 indeed. That's what we're looking at with this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: from Microsoft's new Surface RT and Windows Phones, to Google's new Nexus family, to Apple's iPad Mini, there's a lot to cover. Throw in a lot of Windows 8 and Android commentary, the typically awesome helping of listener mail, and the fact that two-thirds of the podcast team have bad head colds, and you get a sweet -if stuffy- hour and a ...

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    The mobile world is no stranger to litigation, and 2012 has been a year pockmarked with legal battles of all shapes and sizes. While most of the action has centered around Apple and Samsung, today papers are being served on Microsoft, which just a few days ago unveiled its new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. The complainant, SurfCast, is a self-proclaimed operating-system designer headquartered in Portland, Maine. The complaint centers around Windows' use of Live Tiles in the Metro Windows 8 Store Style layout, which SurfCast claims it developed. The company's website says the ...

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    "Welcome to Q3!" That's the greeting Anton D. Nagy had for Michael Fisher when the latter talked about the sheer volume of news to cover on this week's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. And indeed, the ramp up to the holiday season in this, the third quarter of 2012, has been packed. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and a host of other manufacturers have all contributed to this month's veritable fountain of product releases and announcements, and Multimedia Editor Jaime Rivera joins us this week to talk about (almost) all of it. In this episode: Apple's iPad Mini and iPad 4, Microsoft's ...

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    Our Surface tablet has arrived right on time, letting us share with your our thoughts on just what Microsoft's managed to achieve here. You'll be hearing a lot more from us about Surface as we continue to dig in to the new experience, but not everyone who was expecting to have a Surface tablet by now is as lucky as us, with reports coming in that Microsoft is pushing back delivery estimates for certain pre-orders. Instead of Surface tablets arriving today, Microsoft has changed its tune to saying that some pre-orders will only ship as of today, and it could take until next Tuesday before ...

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    A large part of what makes Microsoft's Surface tablets so appealing is the thought Microsoft put into designing the tablet's various covers. Whether you're going with the Touch Cover or the Type Cover, they both look right at home on the tablet, and greatly enhance its functionality. Since learning just what kind of premium price these options demand, we may be suffering from a bit of sticker shock, but that doesn't detract from how cool they look. If you're interested in getting a little insight into how these guys came to be, Microsoft just released a short video talking about the Touch ...

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    It's rapidly starting to look like your best chance at getting a Surface tablet in the next couple weeks (unless you're order's already in, of course) is to head over to a Microsoft retail store. For those of you planning to make the trek, Microsoft has revealed an added incentive to help sweeten the deal, offering some customers a year's worth of premium Xbox Music service. We talked about Xbox Music a little last week, upon Microsoft announcing the cross-platform streaming service. While it's going to be free as an ad-supported edition on Windows 8 devices, a premium $10 monthly ...

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    We know that plenty of you were excited to see the start of Microsoft Surface RT pre-orders, as revealed by the responses to our poll. If you managed to get an early order in, you might want to keep a close eye on your email inbox, as some users are already reporting receiving confirmation that their new tablets have shipped. If you were holding off on placing an order, though, it's now looking like you're going to have an even longer wait on your hands. Officially, Surface becomes available on October 26, when you'll be able to grab a tablet at one of those pop-up stores Microsoft's been ...

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    While Microsoft is busy getting ready to release their 10.6" Surface RT tablet next week, Apple is expected to announce a smaller iPad.  There has been some interest in the smaller 7" tablet range given the popularity of the Nexus 7 and eBook-style tablets such as the Nook and Kindle.  Would a 7" tablet running Windows 8 or Windows RT be feasible?  Is it something you might buy? First off, it would probably depend on the screen resolution.  You can certainly fit an HD 720p screen in a 7" form factor and most of the Windows 8 MX style apps would probably be usable at that size, but a 7" ...

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    "Once we get a slow news week, we're gonna talk about this in-depth." That's been the go-to fallback phrase for the Pocketnow Weekly for the past few weeks, and as the holiday shopping season approaches, we doubt that's going to change anytime soon. On this installment of the densest podcast in mobile tech, we talk about the LG Optimus G and the Nexus 4, HTC's new Butterfly J, Apple's forthcoming iPad Mini, and the Microsoft Surface pre-orders and pricing. Plus, Brandon Miniman continues last week's riffing regarding pen-based input methods, and special guest Joe Levi the Android Guy, ...

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    There's a lot of excitement this week for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet which recently became available to pre-order with availability coming October 26th.  Actually, the pre-orders for the $499 32Gb version sold out the day they became available.  The 32Gb or 64Gb with touch keyboard bundles are still available, but the rumors are that Microsoft has only made an initial run of 3 to 5 million.  That's not a whole lot compared to the sales Apple gets with their iOS devices, and pre-orders are probably going to sell out by the end of the week.  So, besides the shiny newness of the ...

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    We still don't know what to call Windows 8 apps that are designed in the Metro style as opposed to classic desktop style apps.  A while back, our reader, Sergio suggested we call "Metro" Windows 8 apps "MX" apps since Microsoft has decided to not use the term "Metro" to describe their new design language anymore.  The reasoning behind this suggestion is because of OneNote MX, which is Microsoft's "Modern" "Metro" "Windows 8" style version of OneNote.  There's still a desktop version of OneNote called OneNote 2013, which will run in the Windows 8 desktop mode despite having some elements ...

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    Last week, Microsoft confirmed the date we had heard rumored for the official Windows Phone launch event, set to occur on October 29. Everything we've heard seems to indicate that the retail availability of WP8 hardware will follow almost immediately (or at least within the subsequent few days), but does that mean you'll have to wait until nearly Halloween to make your claim on a new WP8 handset? Perhaps not, as a new rumor out claims that pre-orders for such models will be opening over a week prior to the launch event, on October 21. At least, that's when AT&T is planning to open ...

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