Surface

  • Holiday Survey Indicates Strong Performance In The Tablet Space By Amazon, Microsoft

    Holiday Survey Indicates Strong Performance In The Tablet Space By Amazon, Microsoft

    This morning, online advertising network Chikita released a short report detailing the changes it saw in the tablet space after Christmas compared to the period directly before. The report shows a small decline in Apple’s tablet dominance, strong momentum for Amazon, and perhaps surprisingly, second highest in-class growth for Microsoft’s Surface line of devices. What Chikita found… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Surface 2 Shortage Persists, Will Likely Stretch Into The New Year

    Microsoft’s Surface 2 Shortage Persists, Will Likely Stretch Into The New Year

    In mid-December, Microsoft’s Surface 2 inventory became extremely tight. Now in the post-Christmas period of the month as we move into 2014, Surface 2 inventory continues to be heavily constrained: Microsoft’s own online store remains sold out, Best Buy won’t ship you one of the Windows RT 8.1 devices, on Amazon you can only snag one for around $100 greater than list price… Read More

  • Low Surface Inventory Could Hamper Microsoft’s Q4 Hardware Results

    Low Surface Inventory Could Hamper Microsoft’s Q4 Hardware Results

    Demand for Microsoft’s new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 computers is outstripping supply, with shortages being noted online and off. Over the past few days, reports have cropped up that stock of the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablet hybrids has become quite tight. A quick search around the Internet confirms this. Mashable wrote about the lack of stock a few days ago, with one Best… Read More

  • Microsoft Debuts Another Set Of Surface Updates And Patches

    As 2013 wraps to an end, Microsoft released its final set of Patch Tuesday fixes, updating its Surface line of tablets at the same time. According to Microsoft, the fixes include 11 bulletins, five of which are marked critical, solving 24 vulnerabilities. That’s quite the raft. Among the patched products are Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and Exchange. So, more so than in some… Read More

  • Microsoft Updates Surface Firmware, Patches IE Zero-Day Exploit Among 19 Total Flaws

    Microsoft Updates Surface Firmware, Patches IE Zero-Day Exploit Among 19 Total Flaws

    We don’t cover Patch Tuesday much here at TechCrunch because the majority of you know how to leave Windows Update on and suck down the new software each month direct from the source. This month is a bit more special, however, as it heavily impacts the Surface line of tablets. Up front, among the updates are a set of Internet Explorer fixes that are worth checking into if you manage PCs. Read More

  • Qualcomm: Nokia Lumia 2520 “Bigger, Faster, Lower Power” Than Microsoft’s Surface 2

    Qualcomm: Nokia Lumia 2520 “Bigger, Faster, Lower Power” Than Microsoft’s Surface 2

    If you, like me, took some offline time this weekend, we’re a bit late to the latest slap fight in the world of Windows RT. Until recently, there was only one functional player in the Windows RT space – Microsoft, and its Surface 2 tablet – but Nokia has stepped into the ring, and one of its suppliers is talking a little trash. No shame in that, of course. Bragging is as old… Read More

  • Microsoft Surface Unit Volume Doubled In Most Recent Quarter

    Microsoft Surface Unit Volume Doubled In Most Recent Quarter

    Microsoft today reported that its Surface line of tablets had revenue of $400 million in the most recent quarter. On its earnings call, the company stated that in the most recent quarter (fiscal Q1, 2014), Surface unit volume doubled from the prior quarter (fiscal Q4, 2013). Read More

  • Microsoft Surface 2 Review

    A Closer Look At Microsoft’s New Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 Tablets

    Over the past few days, we’ve had in our hot hands the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. We published an initial video clip and hands-on notes last evening and today, we’re sharing a short video run-through of the hardware. Surface, of course, is Microsoft’s hardware gambit that places it in contention with its traditional OEM partners. The company’s new… Read More

  • Surface 2 Vs Surface Pro 2

    Field Testing Microsoft’s New Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 Tablet Hybrids

    Microsoft has two new Surface tablets that are currently up for preorder, as well as a crop of refreshed accessories. I’ve had the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new Touch and Type covers for a few days now, and can report on their performance. The above video clip has all the hardware specifics that you could possibly want. TechCrunch’s previous coverage of the new tablets… Read More

  • Motorola Is Becoming Google’s Surface

    Motorola Is Becoming Google’s Surface

    Motorola isn’t doing very well as a part of Google. In Google’s most recently reported quarter, Motorola garnered revenue of $1.18 billion. Not a small number, but a mere 8% of its parent company’s consolidated revenue. And, in the comparable third quarter of 2012, its revenue totaled $1.78 billion. That’s a decline of 34% in a year, even with Motorola launching its… Read More