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Topic: Surface

After 8 years, IDC admits Apple's iPad is leading the tablet market 'unabated'

10/08/2018, 01:10 pm

Since iPad launched in 2010, International Data Corporation has dutifully crafted various media narratives that belittled as it as a toy, dismissed it as merely a "media consumption" device in a world that needed Windows, and disparaged it as inconsequential in a vast sea of cheap Android tablets (some of which were literally children's toys). But they were wrong, here's why.

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The Apple versus Microsoft hardware double-standard rears up again with the latest Surface update

10/05/2018, 03:10 pm

Across the last couple years, Apple's new Macs have been roundly criticized for raising their prices using flashy -- rather than purely utilitarian-- new features like the Touch Bar, while delivering only incremental improvements in performance due to a reliance on Intel's processors. Yet when Microsoft follows the same playbook, suddenly high prices are reasonable, flashy but unnecessary features are a sign of innovation, and big performance gains aren't really necessary.

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Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 & Surface Studio 2

10/02/2018, 05:10 pm

At a Tuesday press event Microsoft revealed three new computers in its touch-capable Surface line, leading with the Surface Pro 6, a competitor to both iPads and MacBooks.

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Where is Apple's innovative iPad, MacBook Pro hardware to rival Microsoft's Surface?

07/25/2018, 01:07 pm

Despite getting lighter, thinner and faster, Apple's iPad tablets and MacBook notebooks haven't dabbled into entirely new desktop computing form factors and experimental hardware concepts the way Microsoft has with its Surface business segment -- and for good reason. Here's a look at why.

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Microsoft's new Surface Go is still not an iPad killer

07/10/2018, 01:07 pm

Microsoft is at it again with yet another Surface hardware release. But, as with the rest of the Surface line, it doesn't look like the Surface Go will make much of an impact in the markets it seems to be aiming for.

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Microsoft's low-cost Surface Go takes aim at Apple's entry-level iPad

07/10/2018, 01:07 am

Microsoft is angling for a bigger piece of the tablet market with Surface Go, the smallest -- and cheapest -- of the company's two-in-ones to pack the usual assortment of hybrid internals into a sleek reference design.

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Microsoft's next Surface product might be just pocket-sized

06/29/2018, 02:06 pm

Microsoft's long-rumored "Andromeda" device will be a "pocketable" Surface product, further smearing the line between phones, tablets, and laptops, according to a leaked internal document.

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Microsoft to reportedly target iPad with cheaper Surface tablets

05/16/2018, 09:05 am

Microsoft is reportedly looking to challenge Apple head-on in the tablet market by once again producing a cheaper Surface option, which would compete against Apple's $329 entry-level iPad.

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April Fools: get ready for the worst jokes in the tech industry

04/01/2018, 09:04 am

Every year, several companies--most notoriously Google--float various unfunny, excessively long dad jokes on April Fools Day. But rather than waste your time detailing these latest flat attempts at humor in tech, why not take a moment on April 1 to take a look at the really foolish stuff the tech media serves up virtually every day?

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Microsoft reveals Surface Book 2 hybrid tablets, claims they're twice as powerful as Apple's MacBook Pro

10/17/2017, 11:10 am

Microsoft is continuing its attempts to compete against Apple's MacBook Pro and iPad Pro lines with an updated version of its tablet-notebook hybrid, with the Surface Book 2 boasting a new larger model and a USB-C port, alongside expected performance improvements.

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Leaked Microsoft memo points to high initial return rates for Surface Book & Surface Pro 4

08/14/2017, 01:08 pm

Problems with the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 may be responsible for Consumer Reports's recent decision not to recommend the Surface line as a whole, a leaked Microsoft memo suggests.

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25% of Microsoft Surface owners report problems within 2 years, Consumer Reports finds

08/10/2017, 11:08 am

A new, large survey of Microsoft Surface owners found that a quarter of those using the hybrid devices experience problems by the second year of ownership, raising questions about the reliability of the company's iPad and MacBook competitors.

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Microsoft website reveals Touch Cover keyboard for Apple's iPad

08/02/2017, 11:08 am

A reference to an iPad keyboard accessory from Apple rival Microsoft was discovered on the Windows maker's website, suggesting the company may have a new wireless accessory in the works for the market's top tablet.

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Microsoft launches 'Surface Plus,' adapting iPhone Upgrade Program concept to PCs

08/01/2017, 01:08 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced "Surface Plus" and "Surface Plus for Business," two ownership plans that appear to mimic Apple's strategy with the iPhone Upgrade Program.

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Microsoft revenues up on cloud & Office 365, slowed by phones & Surface

07/21/2017, 09:07 am

Apple rival Microsoft's revenues were up 13 percent year-over-year to $23.3 billion in the June quarter, with profits of $6.5 billion -- driven largely by its cloud and Office businesses however, as some hardware efforts struggled.

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Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro ahead of Apple Mac & iPad Pro refreshes

05/23/2017, 11:05 am

At a Tuesday press event in Shanghai, Microsoft revealed the long-awaited fifth-generation Surface Pro, hoping to steal some thunder away from Apple ahead of Mac and iPad Pro refreshes that could come as soon as next month.

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In two-pronged attack, Microsoft intros low-end Windows 10 S, high-end $999+ Surface Laptop

05/02/2017, 12:05 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface Laptop, a new PC aimed at the educational market, despite having a $999 base price tag with 4 gigabytes of non-upgradeable RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage.

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A very false narrative: Microsoft Surface vs Apple iPad, Mac

04/27/2017, 04:04 pm

It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But they're all wrong, here's why.

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J.D. Power: 2017 tablet buyers report "outstanding" satisfaction, ready to spend money on premium brands

04/07/2017, 08:04 pm

In a followup conversation to clarify the firm's recently reported findings on U.S. tablet buyers, J.D. Power highlighted a series of data points that overturn many established narratives on the "beleaguerment" of the tablet market, particularly with regard to premium-priced, higher-end models.

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Curious J.D. Power report scores 2017 tablet makers by screen size, bundled apps, mouse support

04/06/2017, 03:04 pm

A curious report from J.D. Power gave Microsoft's Surface brand a higher overall score in comparison to other tablet makers, "largely due to its top rankings in the features and styling & design factors," in particular the size of the screen.

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