Posts tagged with: Windows 8 RT
  • by | December 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    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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  • by | September 23, 2013 6:43 PM

    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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  • by | July 30, 2013 2:41 PM

    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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  • 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 | April 24, 2013 3:35 PM

    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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  • by | March 29, 2013 5:10 PM

    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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  • by | March 20, 2013 7:00 AM

    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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  • by | January 31, 2013 2:47 PM

    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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  • by | November 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    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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  • by | November 27, 2012 8:33 AM

    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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  • by | November 8, 2012 12:14 PM

    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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  • by | November 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    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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  • by | November 2, 2012 12:34 PM

    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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  • by | October 31, 2012 10:52 AM

    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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  • by | October 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    "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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