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  • Microsoft Gets In The Holiday Spirit With Latest Apple-Bashing Ad

    Microsoft Gets In The Holiday Spirit With Latest Apple-Bashing Ad

    Microsoft is up to its old tricks again, and just in time for the holidays. The latest ad out of Redmond pits its Surface Pro 3 against the MacBook Air, and with all the holiday cheer and spirit you’d expect in mid-November. Going over all the same features we see listed in every Surface Pro 3 ad, Microsoft talks about the touchscreen and the pen and the detachable keyboard, all the tune… Read More

  • Should Microsoft Build Hardware?

    Should Microsoft Build Hardware?

    So what’s this new Microsoft strategy you’ve been hearing about? According to CEO Satya Nadella, the company is three things: Office 365, Windows and Azure. “That’s it,” the executive recently quipped. Given that narrow focus, how do the company’s massive and recent bets on hardware fit into the picture? Read More

  • Surface Revenue, Redux

    Surface Revenue, Redux

    In about an hour, Microsoft will release the results of its most recent quarter, the first quarter of its fiscal 2015. The company is expected to report revenue of $22 billion, and earnings per share between $0.49 and $0.55, depending on which set of averaged estimates you trust. That will all come shortly. For now, let’s talk about Surface. Read More

  • The Surface 2 Slow Fade

    The Surface 2 Slow Fade

    The 64GB SKU of the Surface 2 is sold out on Microsoft’s website, and, according to a sales person that Neowin spoke to, it likely won’t be restocked. The sales rep said the company is looking to get rid of inventory of the older device and “focus on the newer version of Surfaces.” Read More

  • Microsoft Promises More Surface Pro 3 Inventory Amid Tight International Supply

    Microsoft Promises More Surface Pro 3 Inventory Amid Tight International Supply

    I really need to learn how to bet. Today in a blog post, Microsoft’s Brian Hall promised that Microsoft will get more Surface Pro 3 inventory to the parts of the world where supply of the device is hard to find. The company noted Germany, China, Australia, and Korea as places where it might be difficult to snag one of the devices. What is going on? Microsoft didn’t ship enough of… Read More

  • Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 3 To 25 New Markets

    Microsoft Rolls Out Surface Pro 3 To 25 New Markets

    In keeping with prior expectations, Microsoft is currently in the process of rolling out its Surface Pro 3 tablet-hybrid to 25 new markets over the next 24 hours. With the 25 new markets all live, Surface Pro 3 will be available in a total of 28 markets. The rollout of the device has therefore been quite constrained to date. Microsoft also detailed in a post today that the new Surface dock… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises Fix For Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue

    Microsoft Promises Fix For Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue

    The issue that is causing some Surface Pro 3 devices to restart and tell users that they are overheating is an error, according to Microsoft. The company has promised a fix in short order. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet hybrid has an Intel Core i7 processor option; Microsoft says the chip requires “[its] fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds – and for the unit to… Read More

  • Microsoft Cuts The Price Of The Surface 2 By $100

    Microsoft Cuts The Price Of The Surface 2 By $100

    Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface 2 tablet hybrid by $100, leaving the consumer-facing device with a price tag as low as $349. That price, however, doesn’t include a keyboard attachment that is generally viewed as mandatory to use any Surface tablet. Other Surface 2 models, including the LTE-powered, higher-storage SKU have also received price reductions. The timing, as some… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Windows 8.1 And Surface Tablets

    Microsoft Updates Windows 8.1 And Surface Tablets

    It’s a big day in the Windows world, with Microsoft rolling out a grip of security patches, updates for Surface tablets, and new capabilities for Windows 8.1 as part of its August update. Regarding the security fixes, nine security updates are part of the package, addressing what Microsoft calls “37 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures.” Read More

  • Microsoft Goes After The Ubiquitous MacBook To Boost Surface Brand Recognition

    Microsoft Goes After The Ubiquitous MacBook To Boost Surface Brand Recognition

    Microsoft billed the Surface Pro 3 as the device that can replace multiple pieces of Apple kit, including the MacBook and the iPad. Its latest ad spots for its Windows 8 marquee device target the MacBook directly, invoking the classic Apple Mac vs. PC ads with their visual style but focusing more on specs. Two of them feature just two guys chatting with each other naturally (read: not at… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Surface And The Fine Line Between Investment And Loss

    Microsoft’s Surface And The Fine Line Between Investment And Loss

    There’s been quite a bit of interesting financial commentary on Microsoft‘s Surface line of tablet-hybrids published recently. The Surface project loses money. Understanding the magnitude of those deficits is important. The analysis led to the Verge’s Tom Warren asking the somewhat provocative question of whether Surface is the new Zune, a product line that improved… Read More

  • NFL Will Let Teams Use Microsoft Surface Tablets On The Sidelines During Games

    NFL Will Let Teams Use Microsoft Surface Tablets On The Sidelines During Games

    In the first instance of tablets and mobile computing devices being used on the sidelines of NFL games, Microsoft Surface tablets will be used by coaches and players in the upcoming season as part of a reported $400 million multi-year deal between the NFL and Microsoft. The Sideline Viewing System is meant to help coaches and players study their opponents in realtime from the sideline, which… Read More

  • How Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later

    How Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Stacks Up A Month Later

    Microsoft has a new Surface tablet/PC hybrid, and it’s a departure from their first- and second-generation versions of the Surface line, with an all-new design and a bigger, better display. The device is basically the perfect partner for Windows 8 and the Modern Windows UI, but your appreciation of this device (or lack thereof) will depend heavily on what you want to do with your computer. Read More

  • Microsoft Reports $23.38B FQ4 Revenue Including $2B In Phone Top Line, Misses With EPS Of $0.55

    Microsoft Reports $23.38B FQ4 Revenue Including $2B In Phone Top Line, Misses With EPS Of $0.55

    Today after the bell Microsoft reported its fiscal fourth quarter performance, including revenue for the period of $23.38 billion and earnings per share of $0.55. Analysts had expected the company to earn $0.60 on revenue of $23.00 billion. In the quarter, Microsoft recorded Surface revenue of $409 million. Its operating income totaled $6.48 billion. Its revenue figure for the period grew by… Read More

  • A Microsoft Surface Revenue Bet

    A Microsoft Surface Revenue Bet

    After the introduction of the Surface Pro 3, I tweeted that I thought it would do pretty well in the market. I should have clarified that I meant that in the context of prior Surface sales, but I can’t edit tweets after the fact, so here we are. Read More

  • Microsoft Does Us A Solid By Accidentally Confirming That The Surface Mini Is Real

    Microsoft Does Us A Solid By Accidentally Confirming That The Surface Mini Is Real

    Microsoft declined to comment. Earlier today, a manual published to help users dig into their new Surface Pro 3 devices contained multiple mentions of the currently Super Secret Surface Mini. Oops. Surprised? Don’t be. Microsoft had originally planned to debut the Surface Mini alongside the Surface Pro 3. I’ve heard from people with knowledge of the matter that the decision was… Read More

  • Microsoft Cuts The Price Of Its Now-Dated Surface Pro 2 Tablet Hybrid

    Microsoft Cuts The Price Of Its Now-Dated Surface Pro 2 Tablet Hybrid

    Here’s a non-surprise: Microsoft is discounting its line of Surface Pro 2 tablets by $100 to $200, configuration depending. When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, a device that has received stronger reviews by the media than its predecessors, we asked if it would continue to sell the Surface Pro 2. The company replied with the following comment: “Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2… Read More

  • Microsoft Brings Penny Arcade Artist To An Engineering Team To Work Out Surface Pro 3 Issues

    Microsoft Brings Penny Arcade Artist To An Engineering Team To Work Out Surface Pro 3 Issues

    Microsoft is gearing up to begin shipping its Surface Pro 3 tablet, and many have already had a chance to test out the latest in tablet/laptop hybrids. One early tester is Penny Arcade’s Mike Krahulik (aka Gabe) who was a huge fan of the Surface Pro 2, because with the stylus, it was an awesome digital artist tool for hand-drawn creations. Gabe wasn’t so impressed with the Surface… Read More

  • Is The Surface Pro 3 The Perfect Microsoft Laptop?

    Is The Surface Pro 3 The Perfect Microsoft Laptop?

    The Microsoft Surface has long been the embodiment of Microsoft’s ambitions for Windows 8.1. Now that the outrage against Microsoft and its efforts to move to a more modern touch interface has died down, it’s time for the company to finally prove that Windows makes sense and that Windows 8 is the only true successor to XP, like it or not. The new Surface Pro 3, then, shows just how… Read More

  • Surface Pro 3 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

    Forget everything you thought you knew about the Microsoft Surface tablet, as the latest generation of the Windows-powered Surface Pro is a clear step up from the Microsoft slates of yore. In terms of specs, the 12-inch tablet packs a Core i7 processor, and is thinner, lighter, and more powerful than anything Microsoft has put on the table. The Surface Pro 3 also sports a brand new… Read More

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