Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Release Date

Microsoft unveils all new Surface Pro 3

May 20th at 11:19 AM

Microsoft unveils all new Surface Pro 3

Microsoft is currently holding a press conference in New York City, during which several brand new Surface tablets are expected to be unveiled. You can watch the event live right here. Rumors were all over the map leading up to the event, with early reports suggesting that an 8-inch Surface mini tablet would finally be unveiled after two years of rumors. Subsequent claims suggested that wouldn’t be the case at all, and Microsoft would instead show off an updated Surface Pro 3 with a larger display, as well as a new Surface 3 running Windows RT.

Now, the guessing game is finally coming to an end. More →

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Surface Mini Details

Multiple new Surface tablets to be unveiled on May 20th

May 7th at 9:25 AM

Multiple new Surface tablets to be unveiled on May 20th

Microsoft is widely expected to take the wraps off of a smaller “Surface mini” tablet during a press conference in New York City on May 20th. According to a new report, however, the Surface mini will be just one of several new tablet models that Microsoft plans to unveil at its event later this month. More →

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iPad Vs. Surface Microsoft Office

Will Office for iPad be the Surface’s death knell?

March 31st at 3:20 PM

Will Office for iPad be the Surface’s death knell?

Microsoft finally released Office for iPad last week to both great acclaim and lucrative sales. However, this success story has raised some questions about what this means for Microsoft’s young hardware division and most specifically its Surface tablet. Forbes contributor Gene Marks makes the case that the Surface “died” the minute Microsoft decided to bring Office to the iPad, although he sees that as a positive sign for the company’s future. More →

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Surface Power Cover Release Date and Price

Surface Power Cover finally arrives to fix your battery issues

March 11th at 7:25 AM

Surface Power Cover finally arrives to fix your battery issues

Microsoft is finally ready to ship the promised Surface Power Covers, as the company is currently taking pre-orders on its website, ZDNet reports, having revealed a March 19 launch date for the accessory. Priced at $199.99 in the U.S., the cover can extend battery life of up to 70% while still acting as a full keyboard and a screen cover for the Surface tablet. The device also recharges the battery of the Surface tablet while in use. More →

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Microsoft Surface iPad Sales

Ballmer explains how Apple forced his hand with the Surface

December 18th at 9:45 PM

Ballmer explains how Apple forced his hand with the Surface

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed in an interview with ZDNet that the company felt forced to manufacture its own Surface line of tablets to better compete against the iPad. Ballmer also said that the company’s decision to make its own hardware gave it the best shot to keep pace in a computer landscape where smartphones and tablets are evolving into the dominant species, even though that meant antagonizing some of its OEM partners that also make Windows-based computers.  More →

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Microsoft Surface Vs Galaxy Tab 10.1

Microsoft is finally tired of bashing Apple, sets sights on Samsung instead

December 2nd at 9:40 AM

Microsoft is finally tired of bashing Apple, sets sights on Samsung instead

Try as Microsoft might, it just can’t seem to put a dent in iPad sales with its Apple-bashing Surface ads. The company has issued several different ads that deal various jabs at Apple’s popular tablets, but the Windows RT-powered Microsoft Surface has yet to catch on with consumers while iPad sales came in at 14 million units last quarter. So, Microsoft decided to try something new. Since Android tablet sales have been growing far more quickly than iPad sales over the past year, why not start bashing them instead? And so we have Microsoft’s newest Surface RT advertisements, which set their sights on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 instead of Apple’s iPad lineup. More →

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Microsoft Surface Profits

Don’t expect the Surface to rescue the PC industry

November 19th at 3:45 PM

Don’t expect the Surface to rescue the PC industry

Analysts aren’t impressed with Microsoft and its Surface tablets, and they expect the company to only sell less than 10 million units by the end of next June. Kash Rangan from Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft stock to Underperfom from Neutral, Barron’s reports, while Heather Bellini from Goldman Sachs maintained a Sell rating with a $28 price target for Microsoft stock. More →

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iPad Surface Tablet Trade-ins

49% of tablet trade-ins going to iPad upgrades, only 5% to Surface

November 1st at 12:45 PM

49% of tablet trade-ins going to iPad upgrades, only 5% to Surface

Microsoft is spending hundreds of millions to convert tablet owners to the Surface this holiday season, but according to one survey, the public is still too fascinated by Apple’s iPad to pay much attention. OnePoll, commissioned by SellCell.com, found that 22% of tablet owners are planning to trade in their devices, and 49% of those people are going to spend the money on either an iPad Air or an iPad mini. Around 15% are considering an Android tablet, which have consistently outsold Apple tablets for quite some time, but only 5% are thinking about Microsoft’s Surface. Now that the new iPad models have hit the streets, upgrading is likely to begin en masse, along with some timely holiday shopping considering the risk of supply constraints. If Microsoft hopes to make a dent in the competitive tablet market, it might need a Christmas miracle to go along with its $400 million marketing campaign.

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Microsoft Windows Tablets 16 Million

Microsoft hopes massive marketing budget will move 16M Windows tablets this year

November 1st at 10:40 AM

Microsoft hopes massive marketing budget will move 16M Windows tablets this year

Microsoft is planning on doing whatever it takes to get Surfaces and third-party Windows tablets into homes over the holiday season. WinSuperSite reports that Microsoft’s goal is to sell 16 million Windows tablets before the end of December, while simultaneously repairing consumer opinion of the company’s brand after the botched launch of Windows 8. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft is going to spend a boatload of cash, $405 million according to WinSuperSite, in order to change consumers’ minds. This is a significant leap over last year’s $241 million for retail Windows marketing. More →

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Microsoft Surface Sales Rise

Surface sales are getting less awful

October 25th at 9:40 AM

Surface sales are getting less awful

The good news for Microsoft was that it didn’t have to write off $900 million because of poor Surface sales again last quarter. The trouble, though, is we still don’t have any idea of how well the Surface is really selling, although we do know that it’s selling better than it has in previous quarters. Microsoft said on Thursday that its Surface sales generated $400 million in revenue over the last quarter and that it sold twice as many Surfaces in fiscal Q1 2014 than it sold in the previous quarter. More →

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Microsoft Apple iWork Suite Criticism

Microsoft: Apple’s iWork suite isn’t worth giving away

October 23rd at 4:35 PM

Microsoft: Apple’s iWork suite isn’t worth giving away

Apple’s events typically lean on hardware announcements, such as the debut of the iPad Air on Tuesday, but the tech giant took some time to talk about software updates as well, including the revamped — and now entirely free — iWork suite of applications. There must be something in the air today, because not only has T-Mobile taken AT&T to task over tablet data plans, but now Microsoft is joining in on the fun with a savage riposte of its own. More →

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Microsoft Surface Multiple Sizes Aspect Ratios

Microsoft may take a page from Samsung’s playbook with multiple Surface models

October 1st at 10:30 PM

Microsoft may take a page from Samsung’s playbook with multiple Surface models

Microsoft may have learned a thing or two from watching Samsung work its magic over the years: If at first you don’t succeed try again and again and again with multiple sizes, specs, aspect ratios and prices. GeekWire reports that Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay said that the company is planning to release Surface models with multiple different sizes and aspect ratios, similar to how Samsung released several variations of its Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone this year. Although Panay didn’t give too many details on how many different kinds of Surfaces the company will release we do know that Microsoft is at least planning to release a Surface mini in the coming months that will presumably be priced to compete with the iPad mini, the Kindle Fire HD, the Nexus 7 and other popular small tablets.

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Surface Mini Specs

Microsoft again said to be prepping smaller Surface tablet

September 25th at 5:00 PM

Microsoft again said to be prepping smaller Surface tablet

It didn’t turn up at Microsoft’s press conference earlier this week like the Associated Press said it would, but a smaller Surface tablet is almost certainly in the works. The latest report suggesting Microsoft is on the verge of announcing a “Surface mini” comes from IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander, who told CNET that the upcoming Windows RT slate will feature a 7.5-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 1,400 x 1,050-pixel resolution. The only other detail provided was that the new Surface tablet may include embedded 3G/4G connectivity, which would be a first for Microsoft. A separate report on Wednesday from ZDNet suggested that Microsoft’s tinier tablet won’t debut until next year, so those looking for a new Surface in 2013 will seemingly have to choose to either the Surface 2 or the Surface Pro 2.

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