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  • Microsoft’s Panos Panay discusses the past and future of Surface

    Microsoft’s Panos Panay discusses the past and future of Surface

    In the earliest days of the Surface, it was hard to shake the notion that the line was something of a reference design for Windows 8. Things have evolved quite a bit. The line has grown to include two convertible tablets, a pair of laptops, a 28-inch all-in-one and a high-tech whiteboard, while the devices themselves have become some of the most capable and compelling in their respective spaces. Read More

  • Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface recommendation, citing high breakage rates

    Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface recommendation, citing high breakage rates

    The Surface line has been a surprising hit for Microsoft in recent years. What many regarded as little more than proof of concept for Windows 10 has become a leader in the two-in-one tablet category in its own right. But according to a new survey conducting by Consumer Reports, the devices have proven far more unreliable than much of the competition. In fact, things are so bad, the publication… Read More

  • Microsoft’s slow creep back into mobile Crunch Network

    Microsoft’s slow creep back into mobile

    Despite an early lead with Windows Mobile and Windows CE — and spending billions on Nokia’s mobile business — Microsoft has been on its heels in the mobile device market since the one-two punch of iPhone and Android launching in 2007. The introduction of x86-compatible ARM chips and the rise of progressive web apps could drive a return to the mobile market for Microsoft. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Surface line is coming into its own by borrowing from the best

    Microsoft’s Surface line is coming into its own by borrowing from the best

    Microsoft CVP Yusuf Mehdi isn’t shy about mentioning the competition. As we discuss the company’s recent launch of Windows 10 S, he refers to the pared down operating system as a “Chromebook compete.” The company knows that Google is eating its lunch in K-12 here in the States, so it answered with its own version, and it’s not really making any bones about… Read More

  • Windows 10 and 10 S options are coming for the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro

    Windows 10 and 10 S options are coming for the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro

    Three weeks to the day after launching the Surface Laptop, Microsoft is back with the latest version of its laptop replacement, the Surface Pro. The company says it eliminated the numbering scheme to streamline things — but sometimes simplification has the exact opposite effect. Things are kind of confusing here, for a number of reasons. Read More

  • New technique turns anything into a touch sensor

    New technique turns anything into a touch sensor

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a new way to turn almost any surface into a touchpad with just a little conductive spray paint. The system, called Electrick, uses a technique called “electric field tomography.” Created by CMU Ph.D. student Yang Zhang, Electrick uses small electrodes attached to the edges of a painted surface and it can turn wood, plastic… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Surface event and Apple’s Mac event preview: Listen to TCBC 7 with Romain Dillet

    Microsoft’s Surface event and Apple’s Mac event preview: Listen to TCBC 7 with Romain Dillet

    This week’s TCBC podcast is all about events: Microsoft’s and Apple’s, both of which happen this week and both of which will be covered by Romain Dillet, who joins as my guest for the episode. We’re fresh from watching and writing about Microsoft’s event earlier today, where it revealed its Surface Studio PC and a host of software improvements coming to Windows… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Surface Dial

    Easily the surprise hit of today’s big Window 10 event in New York City today, the Surface Dial is the new input device that none of us knew we needed. The $100 peripheral is, as “a completely new way to interact with technology and create in the most natural, immersive way,” according to the company’s press material. What that means in non-marketing speak is that the… Read More

  • Microsoft shows off a new $100 input method with the Surface Dial

    Microsoft shows off a new $100 input method with the Surface Dial

    Okay, this is cool. Microsoft kind of powered past the Surface Dial in all of the pomp and circumstance around the new Creators Update version of Windows 10 and the Surface Studio all in one, but the new wireless peripheral offers up some interesting new methods for interacting with the company products. The name and form factor tell you a lot about what you need to know here — the dial… Read More