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Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS

Microsoft has quickly backpedalled on its Windows 8.1 update, pulling it from the Windows Store after reports that it was bricking Surface tablets. In this post at its Answers site, Microsoft explained the withdrawal of the update: “Windows RT 8.1. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users …

While world drools over Apple, Microsoft fixes Windows RT 8.1 update

Microsoft has once again made the Windows RT 8.1 update available via the Windows Store, following an earlier boondoggle that left some owners of ARM-based Surface RT tablets unable to boot their devices. According to Microsoft, about one in 1,000 Surface RT owners who tried to install the update ended up with their fondleslabs …
Neil McAllister, 22 Oct 2013
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Dell 'disappears' cut-price Windows XPS 10 RT tab

Dell, the last bastion of Windows RT on fondleslabs - outside of Microsoft itself - has refused to give a public seal of approval to the OS ahead of a product refresh next week. This comes after the XPS 10 tablet models running Windows RT disappeared from parts of its website. While the devices are no longer available at Dell's …
Paul Kunert, 25 Sep 2013
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Nokia halts sales of Lumia 2520 Win RT tablet over zap-happy charger

Nokia's Lumia 2520 is one of the few tablets to ship with Windows RT besides Microsoft's own Surface line, but the Finnish firm has now suspended sales of its ARM-based Windows fondleslab in Europe due to issues with its charger. In a product advisory published on Thursday, Nokia said that quality-assurance testing had revealed …
Neil McAllister, 17 Apr 2014
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Now swallow: Microsoft hands out cure for Surface RT tabs killed by Win 8.1

Microsoft has quietly released a recovery image for Surface RT tablets rendered unusable by bugs in last week's upgrade to Windows RT 8.1. The image can be downloaded here, along with a short instruction sheet explaining how to create a bootable recovery drive using any PC running Windows 7 or later and any USB drive larger than …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2013

Asus boss flushes down tabs, says 'Windows RT has not been successful'

It takes a big company to admit it's wrong - and Taiwanese PC maker Asus has finally conceded that it can't keep making Windows RT tablets that folk simply don't want to buy. "It's not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful," said Asus CEO Jerry Shen told the WSJ ahead of its …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2013
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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

An update to Microsoft's tablet OS Windows RT will finally add email client Outlook to fondleslabs. The news was announced by Windows chief financial and marketing officer Tami Reller during the Computex keynote in Taipei - along with more details of Windows 8.1. Windows RT is said to be a straight-up ARM-compatible processor …
Bill Ray, 05 Jun 2013
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Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

Microsoft isn't done with its second round of Surface tablets, but a Mini version with an eight-inch or smaller screen and running Windows RT probably won't arrive until next year, according to the latest rumors. Longtime Redmond-watcher Mary Jo Foley's sources say Microsoft is readying a pint-sized portable to round out its …
Neil McAllister, 25 Sep 2013

Microsoft: Everyone stop running so the fat kid Win RT can catch up

Windows Phone has been a success for Microsoft in 2013, thanks almost entirely to very low cost but good value Nokia devices. But the platform itself advances at the pace of a continental shelf on a work-to-rule. Will the latest platform enhancements in GDR3 help? Most certainly - but it's all WP users will have to chew on for …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2013

What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

New reports have emerged suggesting that Nokia is planning to boldly go where other device makers fear to tread: the Finnish firm is reportedly planning to release a tablet running Microsoft's ill-fated Windows RT operating system. Murmurs that Nokia is working on a Surface RT competitor have been buzzing around for months now, …
Neil McAllister, 26 Aug 2013

HTC drops 12-inch Windows RT tablet, sticks to a 7-incher

It's been a while since we've heard much about Windows RT from Microsoft's OEM partners, and the latest rumblings from HTC are both good news and bad for Redmond's ARM-based OS, according to sources. The good news is that the Taiwanese smartphone maker is still moving ahead with plans to ship a 7-inch fondleslab running Windows …
Neil McAllister, 31 May 2013

Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

Nvidia's CEO says his company is working with Microsoft on a second-generation Surface RT, and that he believes it has a chance of success – even though the original Surface RT tablet was an utter flop – because it will include Microsoft Outlook. "It is the killer app for Windows," Huang told Cnet. "Now we're going to bring it …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Aug 2013

How to relieve Microsoft's Surface RT piles problem

Somewhere in Redmond (at least metaphorically speaking) are several very large piles of unsold Surface RT tablet components. Why did the long-awaited and much-hyped ARM tablet running "Windows for ARM" Windows RT flop so badly, when ARM tablets running iOS for ARM from Apple are doing so well? It's not just the Modern Windows …
Liam Proven, 14 Nov 2013

Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

Microsoft is once again slashing the price of its unwanted ARM-based Surface RT fondleslabs. The software giant has shaved 30 per cent off the price of a 32GB RT device now $349 and 25 per cent off the 64GB RT, now $449. A 32GB Surface with a black Touch cover has been cut by 25 per cent to $449 and a 64GB unit with same black …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2013

Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

Nokia's first Windows RT tablet – the 10.1in 2520 – was unveiled today, showing how wise the company was to bide its time. The Finnish firm has watched while first-generation Surface RT tablets and convertible laptop-slabs crashed and burned, and today's offering shows what it learned. The Lumia 2520 stands out on both price …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Oct 2013
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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

The TV ads for Microsoft's Surface tablets look like music videos, with happy Surface users snapping and unsnapping their fondleslabs from their keyboard-covers. There's just one problem: Surface doesn't come with a cover – until now, that is. Previously, the Surface Touch Cover was available in five colors as a $120 add-on. The …
Neil McAllister, 31 May 2013

Lawsuit claims Microsoft misled investors in Surface RT fiasco

A US law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Microsoft shareholders, alleging that Redmond misled investors when it failed to alert them to dismally poor sales of its ARM-based Surface RT fondleslabs. According to a press release issued by the law firm of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd on Monday, the suit charges …
Neil McAllister, 14 Aug 2013

Microsoft supporting Surface with Windows RT until 2017

Microsoft has set date on the end of mainstream support for its Surface tablet running Windows RT as April 11, 2017, with Office products likely to get similar support. This four-and-a-half-year support cycle is unusual for Redmond. Consumer releases of Windows usually get mainstream support for five years, with security updates …
Iain Thomson, 26 Nov 2012
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Acer is the latest maker to delay plans for a Windows RT fondletop

Acer has postponed the release of its Windows RT tab on the channels say so as it waits to see how market adoption rates develop. The Taiwanese giant had planned to push out its version around February next year but EMEA president Oliver Ahrens confirmed the date has slipped by a couple of months. "We talk to channel partners …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2012
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Surface RT now on sale in 13 more European markets

Continental Europeans who can't think of anything to get that special someone for Valentine's Day might condsider a Surface RT fondleslab, which Microsoft made available in 13 additional markets on Thursday. Until now, the ARM-based tablets running Windows RT have only been available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany …
Neil McAllister, 14 Feb 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro sales CANNIBALIZING Surface RT

The bad news just keeps coming for Microsoft's vaunted line of Surface fondleslabs, with sources reporting that sales of the devices continue to disappoint. Redmond has sold just around 1.5 million of the devices to date, Bloomberg reports, citing sources who claim knowledge of the company's sales figures. That's a little more …
Neil McAllister, 15 Mar 2013
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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

Business strategy at Sun Microsystems became a joke long before even the prospect of a mercy acquisition by Oracle was in the air. If I’d heard one Sun executive try to convince me that hardware-dominated Sun was going to become a successful software and services player, I’d heard them all say it. Tired of hearing the same old …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jul 2013

Toshiba pulls out of Windows RT tablet push

Toshiba today backtracked on its decision to produce Windows RT tablets. It blamed the move on a delay in receiving key components. The manufacturer had previously announced its intent to make Surface-style slates with ARM-derived processors from Texas Instruments. However, after struggling to obtain certain parts, which it did …
Caleb Cox, 15 Aug 2012
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Windows RT jailbreak smash: Run ANY app on Surface slabs

The security mechanism preventing unauthorised software running on ARM-powered Windows RT tablets - such as Microsoft's Surface slabtops - can be easily defeated. The Redmond giant wanted only cryptographically signed executables, ideally those obtained from the official Windows application store, to run on its hardware. But, we …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Jan 2013
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Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

Just how off were Microsoft's sales projections for its ARM-powered Surface RT fondleslabs? Try $900m off. That's how much Redmond wrote down in inventory adjustments in its disappointing fourth quarter and fiscal 2013 earnings report on Thursday, which saw the software giant miss analyst estimates by a significant margin. …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2013
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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

Microsoft reveals Windows RT PC partners Dell, Lenovo, Samsung and ASUS ARMed for “RT PCs” Microsoft has revealed the full roster of Windows RT PC OEMs, and detailed more about the future products' users interfaces. The details were revealed in a blog post, as is the case for many such announcements in these socially-oriented …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2012

Dixons and Microsoft haggling over Surface RT Ts&Cs

Dixons Retail is currently thrashing out the terms and conditions to flog Microsoft's seemingly little loved Surface RT slab. Sources close to the talks say a deal is on the cards but were unsure if it could be struck before the peak festive sales seasons begins in earnest. "Dixons is likely to get it [Surface] but is still at …
Paul Kunert, 13 Dec 2012

Microsoft halves Surface RT production orders - report

Microsoft has slashed the number of Surface RT tablets on order with the Original Design Manufacturers in Asia, according to reports. The supply chain was primed to build and ship four million units of the ARM-based device by year-end but Redmond has slashed this to two million on the back of weak demand, sources told Digi Times …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012
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Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

Microsoft needs to hack a third off Surface RT prices and widen distribution to give the fondleslab a fighting chance to compete, said equities analyst Detwiler Fenton Group (DFG). The ARM-powered device isn't winning many friends apart from the software giant's rank and file. Only last week the firm was reported to have halved …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2012

John Lewis agrees to flog Microsoft's Surface RT tablets

Microsoft has brought in premium retailer John Lewis to flog its Surface RT slablet just days after shooting down its pure direct sales strategy. Redmond confirmed on Wednesday that it was enlisting a network of retailers to push its device in Europe from next year, claiming it was ramping production to meet demand. This is …
Paul Kunert, 14 Dec 2012
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Windows RT OEMs unveil pricing for Surface wannabes

With the ARM-based version of Microsoft's Surface tablets due to launch in less than three days, rival PC makers are only now beginning to unveil details of their own Windows RT devices. If you were hoping Microsoft's partner OEMs would rise to the occasion and beat Redmond at its own game, prepare to be disappointed. On Tuesday …
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2012
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Was Russia Today hacked - or did it just forget to renew rt.com?

The website of government-owned news service Russia Today suffered intermittent downtime for two days in what some suspect is a hack. Visitors to the rt.com homepage were surprised to find a generic placeholder for Network Solutions, rather than news articles - and for about a day links to the site seemed to be broken. …
Anna Leach, 10 Sep 2012
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Microsoft's 32GB Surface RT has 16GB of free storage

If you've saved up $499 for a 32GB Microsoft Surface RT, you might want to save a bit more for a capacious microSD memory card, or at least break out one of your external USB drives: according to Microsoft, half of that 32GB will be unavailable for your files. Microsoft has published a support note that details how 16GB is all …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Nov 2012
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Microsoft braces for Surface RT feedback storm

Kludgey, dull screen, audio problems, fraying cloth covers – whatever your beef with Microsoft’s Surface, now’s your chance to get if off your chest. Microsoft has launched a Surface Owner Feedback Program for new owners of the Redmond fondleslab. You’ll be asked to take part in a survey on your experiences with Surface. Happy/ …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Nov 2012
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Windows RT still haunted by the ghost of Microsoft's 2001 tablet fiasco

Microsoft's Windows is coming to tablets again, showing that a fondleslab can do anything a laptop can. Yet not all Windows tablets are equal, and Microsoft is relying on our ongoing obsession with physical keyboards to ensure that Windows RT remains secondary to the flagship full-fat Windows 8 operating system. It's not the …
Bill Ray, 25 Oct 2012
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HP and Dell to 'unveil Windows RT slabs in October'

HP and Dell will both release tablets based on the forthcoming ARM-powered Windows RT operating system after it’s launched in October, according to the latest rumours swirling from the supply chain in Asia. Speculation has been mounting about the hardware vendors chosen to supply the first wave of tablets running the new OS - …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Aug 2012
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Roll up, roll up, Microsoft's rolled up dozens of OS fixes

Microsoft's just released its November rollup of product fixes to address issues that go back to April 2014. The new dump includes patches galore for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2. The latter gets some handy fixes, such as one that includes “performance and reliability improvements in the cluster, file …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2014
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Review: Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet and dock

Windows RT: unholy fondleslab abomination or clever integration of a grown-up desktop and touch-friendly tablet UI? Opinions veer wildly and violently between one and the other extreme. The newest and first non-Nvidia Tegra 3 receptacle for Microsoft’s alleged problem child is Dell’s Asus Transformer-esque XPS 10. On paper, and …
Alun Taylor, 06 Feb 2013

Surface RT: Freedom luvin' app-huggers beware

“It’s the ultimate expression of a Windows PC,” says Windows chief Steven Sinofsky... or “a compromised, confusing product”, according to Apple’s Tim Cook, who has not used one. This is Surface RT, Microsoft’s first own-brand tablet, which went on sale today. Along with the fact that it runs Windows 8, there are two notable …
Tim Anderson, 26 Oct 2012
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Microsoft's ARM blunder: 7 reasons why Windows RT was DOA

Industry doomsayers were circling Windows 8 like buzzards before it even launched, but they picked the wrong carcass. Microsoft's real 2012 roadkill was Win8's ARM-powered cousin, Windows RT. The chattering class's comparisons of Windows 8 and Windows Vista are premature – it will take several more quarters before we can gauge …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jan 2013
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Yahoo! finally! releases! Flickr! app! for! iPad! BUT! shuns! Windows! fans!

Yahoo! has finally developed a Flickr app for Apple's iPad – but the move has upset Microsoft Windows' fans who have accused the Purple Palace of having "selective hearing" about its userbase. The Marissa Mayer-run company, which bought photo-sharing site Flickr in 2005, said on Friday that it had cooked up an app for Cupertino' …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2014

Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

Microsoft has issued its usual warning to admins ahead of this month's Patch Tuesday – and servers are getting some serious fixes. Redmond will be pinging out six parcels of patches; two critical batches, three important and one rated moderate – the latter covering the service bus for Windows Server. But Windows RT, Server 2008 …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2014
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Antitrust probe looms over Windows RT 'browser ban'

US politicians are reportedly poring over complaints by Mozilla that Microsoft will block access to rival browsers in Windows 8 on ARM, aka Windows RT. The powerful Senate Judiciary Committee plans to “take a look” at the allegations made by the Firefox maker last week, which were backed up by Google. Whispers of a probe …
Gavin Clarke, 14 May 2012

Patch looks like Microsoft FAIL, quacks like FAIL, is actually quite good

An out of band patch, from none other than Microsoft, sounds like a familiar cause of a couple of panicked late nights. Rest easy today, dear readers, for even though that combination has arrived this time there's little need for alarm. The patch in question applies to Windows Update, the bit of Windows that downloads and …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2014
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Microsoft unloads monster-sized can of bug spray on Internet Explorer, again

True to form, Microsoft has released its latest batch of monthly security fixes, although as expected, September's Patch Tuesday update is a relatively light one. As Redmond warned us, the only critical patches this time around are included in a big roll-up of fixes for Internet Explorer, which addresses one publicly disclosed …
Neil McAllister, 09 Sep 2014

Dear Windows Journal, today I got owned: 29 security bugs swatted

Microsoft has released patches for 29 security vulnerabilities, while Adobe has released an update for Flash Player. Redmond's latest Patch Tuesday batch is composed of six bulletins, two of which have been rated as critical updates. Three others have been rated important, and the sixth is considered a moderate risk. The …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2014
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Snowden seeks Russian asylum extension

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has asked Russia to extend his temporary asylum for a further year. The former National Security Agency contractor is applying to extend his leave to remain in ‪Russia‬ beyond 31 July, when his existing one-year permit runs out, according to his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. "We have submitted …
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2014

Microsoft leaks reveal 'Threshold' projects looming in 2015

Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch a series of updates in 2015 that could see major revisions for the Windows, Xbox, and Windows RT platforms. According to a report from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, officials within Microsoft are planning a series of updates that will take place in 2015. Dubbed "Threshold", the reported …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Dec 2013
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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

Hackers seized a database from the City of Detroit earlier this year before unsuccessfully demanding $800,000 in Bitcoin. The failed extortion attempt back in April was disclosed by Detroit mayor Mike Duggan at the North American International Cyber Summit conference on Monday. The stolen database wasn’t needed by the cash- …
John Leyden, 20 Nov 2014
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Microsoft may launch several new Surfaces on May 20 – report

Microsoft's Surface launch event on May 20 may be a bigger deal than was previously thought, with multiple new models to be unveiled, a new report claims. Redmond hasn't said what it plans to announce at the media event, billed as a "small gathering" in New York. But most rumors point to a "Surface Mini" – some version of …
Neil McAllister, 07 May 2014