LA Microsoft Store not mobbed, but Surface has a following

Surface Pro didn’t generate the level of excitement that the RT tablet did. But the product sold out immediately. The Surface Pro (Credit: Brooke Crothers) LOS ANGELES — The launch of the Surface Pro at the Microsoft Store in LA’s Century City was a relatively low-key affair compared with the debut of the Surface RT. […]

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Microsoft Surface Pro set for sales on Saturday

Microsoft will begin sales of the Surface Pro this weekend. The Pro and RT model look alike, but that’s where the similarity ends. The Surface RT (left) and the Surface Pro. (Credit: Microsoft) With the Surface Pro set to go on sale Saturday, consumers will have a pretty stark choice between two Microsoft tablets that […]

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Here comes Microsoft Surface Pro, 64 bits and all

The Windows 8 Pro version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet is just around the corner. Here’s what to expect. Surface with Windows 8 Pro starts at an ultrabook-like $899. (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Windows 8 Pro version of the Surface will arrive soon, giving consumers probably one the highest performing tablets to date. Microsoft is already dropping not-so-subtle hints that the device […]

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Microsoft Surface tiptoes into Verizon store display cases

Microsoft’s Surface tablet has an inconspicuous presence at Verizon stores. So inconspicuous that you’ll probably miss it. And, oh yeah, it’s not for sale anyway. Microsoft’s Surface tablet is used as a promotional tool at Verizon stores. It’s not for sale — at least not yet. (Credit: Brooke Crothers) Microsoft Surface has arrived in Verizon […]

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Google, Microsoft ‘challenged’ vs. Apple, says Goldman Sachs

Google and Microsoft will face an increasingly dominant Apple in the coming years, a Goldman Sachs study says. The iPad 4, iPad Mini, and iPhone 5. Loyalty to Apple is increasing in the age of ‘multiple device ownership’ says Goldman Sachs. Google and Microsoft will struggle to vend off Apple’s smartphone-tablet juggernaut, according to a […]

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Microsoft Surface tablet arrives at Best Buy today

Casting a wider net: Until now, the Windows RT device was sold only through Microsoft’s 31 retail stores and 34 holiday pop-up stores in the U.S. Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet will be available through Best Buy. The Surface RT tablet makes its official debut at Best Buy today. Microsoft’s Surface will be available for sale at Best Buy’s […]

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Surface tablets may be heading to retailers soon

Redmond is set to begin selling its Surface RT devices through non-Microsoft retail stores in two phases, a source tells one Windows watcher. Microsoft’s Surface tablet (Credit: Microsoft) Chalk this one up as a one-source rumor. But the source is supposedly pretty solid, according to my Windows Weekly cohost Paul Thurrott. Thurrot said he was […]

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Intel to slash power consumption on Ivy Bridge chip

Chip giant plans to make Ivy Bridge more power efficient than the versions that are currently used in the MacBook Air and Windows 8 ultrabooks. Microsoft Surface Pro: More power efficient Ivy Bridge chips could mean more tablets with ultrabook-class performance. (Credit: Microsoft) Intel is on a mission to cut the power consumption of its […]

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Microsoft Surface Pro is more ultrabook than tablet

The core silicon in the Microsoft Surface Pro is not unlike that of an ultrabook. So, think of it as a hybrid ultrabook more than a pure tablet play. The Intel Ivy Bridge chip-based Surface with Windows 8 Pro starts at $899. (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Windows 8 Pro version of the Surface tablet got a cool reception today when […]

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro will be $899 for 64GB and $999 for 128GB models, available in January

Earlier in the year we brought you the news that Microsoft’s Surface Pro pricing would run in the $999 range. Now, Microsoft has confirmed the pricing in a post by Surface GM Panos Panay. The Surface Pro models will come in two flavors, with a 64GB model running $899 and a 128GB model running $999. Both Surface Pro models will […]

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Analysts turn negative on Windows 8 prospects

Windows 8 gets little love from analysts. They cite a mix of factors including a confusing interface and confused positioning of Windows 8 and Windows RT. Windows 8 got pummeled today by analysts, who cited it as a major factor in tepid PC growth. The launch of a new Microsoft operating system rarely, if ever, […]

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To glimpse Windows’ future, get thee to a Microsoft store

The Microsoft store provides a bright snapshot of where Windows is headed. And it’s by far the best place to get some positive feedback on Windows 8 devices. The Acer Aspire S7 is one of the most impressive touch-screen laptops you’ll find at a Microsoft store. (Credit: Brooke Crothers) Getting to a Microsoft store isn’t […]

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Windows 8 sales ‘well below’ projections, report claims

Windows 8 isn’t flying off the shelves in the numbers Microsoft was hoping for, according to a report. Windows 8 may not be selling nearly as well as Microsoft projected, according to a report. “Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing,” Paul Thurrott wrote on his Supersite […]

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Motorola wants a cut of Microsoft’s Surface profits

The legal battle between Microsoft and Motorola just had some gasoline added to it after Motorola requested Microsoft give them a share of their new Surface’s profits. Today, in the opening salvo of Motorola’s suit against Microsoft, the phone maker’s lawyers brought up the Microsoft Surface and claimed that the device’s Wi-Fi technology infringes Motorola’s patents. Naturally, Moto want’s […]

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Microsoft Sued for Misrepresenting Surface Storage Space

It looks like at least one Microsoft customer isn’t too happy with his new Surface tablet. Andrew Sokolowski, a lawyer based in Los Angeles, filed a lawsuit against Microsoft on Tuesday for allegedly misleading consumers about the amount of storage space on the Surface tablet after he ran out of space on his 32 GB […]

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Stats don’t lie? Surface single most popular Windows 8 device

Microsoft’s tablet is the most popular Windows 8 device — at least according to numbers cited by a Windows ad-serving business. Microsoft Surface RT tablet (L) and coming Surface Windows 8 Pro. (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet is the most popular single Windows 8/RT device, according to ad-based statistics. “Surface is already the most popular single device […]

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