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Topic: Surface

Review roundup: Microsoft's Surface Pro is about compromises

02/05/2013, 09:02 pm

With Microsoft's Surface Pro about to hit store shelves, review embargoes have been lifted and tech writers across the web are releasing their thoughts on the company's second ever attempt at building a personal computer.

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Apple's iOS mobile web share calls into question reports touting Android sales supremacy

02/01/2013, 07:02 pm

An uptick in mobile web usage by iOS devices, matched by an even greater decline in Android web traffic since November, is calling into question figures from IDC that reported an apparent, significant slippage by Apple in global tablet market share.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro to ship with as little as 36% of advertised storage available to users

01/29/2013, 05:01 pm

Microsoft has promised its Surface RT follow-up, the Surface Pro, to be a full-featured Windows 8 tablet complete with a host of built-in apps, but the operating system and software will take up as much as 64 percent of the device's onboard storage depending on the model.

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Microsoft quarterly results reflect troubled PC market, middling Windows 8 launch

01/25/2013, 10:01 am

Microsoft this week announced its second quarter of fiscal 2013 earnings, revealing more than 60 million Windows 8 licenses sold. Industry observers, though, remain cautious on the software giant in light of trends in the PC sector.

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Microsoft launching Surface Pro, expanding Surface RT lineup on Feb. 9

01/22/2013, 04:01 pm

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it will expand its Surface tablet lineup next month with the new "Pro" model running Windows 8, as well as a new "RT" version with 64 gigabytes of storage.

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Samsung nixes plans for Windows RT tablets in US, citing 'modest' demand

01/12/2013, 01:01 pm

Samsung no longer plans to launch a tablet in the U.S. running Microsoft's Windows RT platform due to a number of factors, including consumer confusion and slow sales.

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Dell exec warned Microsoft that Windows RT branding would confuse consumers

12/17/2012, 12:12 pm

An executive at one of Microsoft's largest PC partners, Dell, warned that the "Windows RT" branding for its tablet operating system might confuse consumers because it does not run traditional Windows applications.

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Microsoft hopes to boost Surface sales by expanding retail availability

12/12/2012, 09:12 am

A lack of retail presence is reportedly "killing" the Microsoft Surface, which has prompted the company to expand availability of its iPad-competing tablet beyond Microsoft's own stores.

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Microsoft Surface Pro to start at $899 for 64GB model

11/29/2012, 04:11 pm

Microsoft on Thursday announced the pricing for its forthcoming Surface Pro tablet, starting at $899 for the entry-level 64-gigabyte version with an Intel processor and the full Windows 8 operating system.

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Microsoft's Ballmer admits drive to tablets was late, but lauds new Surface

11/28/2012, 08:11 pm

At Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Steve Ballmer conceded that the company was late to the tablet market now dominated by Apple's iPad, but suggested the software giant would have led the shift to portable devices if it entered the computer hardware business earlier.

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Apple trounces Microsoft in Black Friday retail traffic, purchases

11/26/2012, 08:11 am

A comparison of Apple and Microsoft retail stores on Black Friday found that nearly 5 times as many items were purchased per hour at the Apple Store.

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Gates' support of Ballmer led to Microsoft ouster of Sinofsky - report

11/13/2012, 11:11 am

Microsoft decided to oust Windows head Steve Sinofsky after former CEO Bill Gates reportedly expressed his support for current CEO Steve Ballmer.

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Microsoft Surface screen falls short of Retina iPad, but outperforms iPad 2

11/12/2012, 04:11 pm

A head-to-head comparison of the Surface display with competing tablets has found Microsoft's tablet beats out similarly equipped screens, but can't take down the Retina display on Apple's 9.7-inch iPad.

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Microsoft rumored to release 7-inch 'Xbox Surface' gaming tablet

11/06/2012, 03:11 pm

Microsoft reportedly plans to take on Apple's new iPad mini with its own smaller 7-inch tablet designed primarily for playing games.

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Microsoft exec promotes value of Windows 8 PCs, calls iPad mini a $329 'recreational tablet'

10/26/2012, 05:10 pm

After Windows 8 debuted on Thursday, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky offered his view of the computing landscape, and said PCs represent a great value when compared to "recreational tablets," alluding to Apple's new iPad mini.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls Microsoft Surface 'compromised, confusing'

10/25/2012, 06:10 pm

Asked by analysts to comment on the launch of Microsoft's Surface, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook noted that reviews of the product have described it as "compromised" and "confusing."

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Review roundup: Microsoft Surface hardware shines, but software is a letdown

10/24/2012, 03:10 pm

Initial takes on Microsoft's new Surface tablet find the hardware could be a competent laptop replacement, but it's held back by the Windows RT software which can't compete with Apple's iOS ecosystem.

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Microsoft reveals strong pre-sales of Windows 8 in quarterly earnings

10/19/2012, 03:10 pm

Sales of Windows PCs plunged ahead of the forthcoming release of Windows 8, but Microsoft saw strong pre-sales for its next-generation operating system ahead of its Oct. 26 launch.

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Display expert refutes Microsoft claim that Surface RT display is "sharper" than iPad

10/18/2012, 05:10 pm

A display expert on Thursday compared the technology powering Microsoft's upcoming Surface RT with the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad's displays, seemingly debunking previous claims made by Microsoft that claimed its new tablet would be "sharper" than competing Apple products.

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Microsoft says Surface screen outperforms iPad Retina display

10/17/2012, 01:10 pm

Even though Microsoft's new Surface has a lower resolution screen than the Retina display on the new iPad, one Microsoft engineer has argued that the Surface offers superior picture quality because of "ClearType" display technology.

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