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If you're looking for bad news about Microsoft, top tip: look away now

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella march into the cloud seems to be paying off for the Windows 10 and Office 365 giant: on Thursday, the biz announced its sales for Q3 2018 jumped 16 per cent. For the quarter ending March 31, the third of Redmond's 2018 fiscal year, can be summarized thus: Revenues of $26.8bn were up 16 per cent …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2018
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$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

Updated Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners are up in arms over what they claim is an ongoing epidemic of screen failures blighting their expensive fondleslabs. Disgruntled punters on the Redmond support forums and the dedicated independent website FlickerGate.com say their tablets are prone to a hardware glitch that causes the display to …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Feb 2018

Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

Hands On You have £3,000 burning a hole in your pocket. You're also an engineer, developer or manipulate visual images. You also absolutely must have a touchscreen portable workstation, preferably with a display that detaches so you can go home and watch Netflix. If you're in that most slender Venn diagram intersection, then lucky, …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Dec 2017

Microsoft's 'Surface Phone' is the ghost of Courier laughing mockingly at fanbois

The handful of fans anticipating a Microsoft "Surface Phone" should brace themselves for disappointment. Just-published patents filed by Microsoft look back rather than forward: back to Courier, the code name for a booklet-style, hinged dual-display tablet product that Microsoft canned in 2010. The "new" claims, filed in …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Dec 2017

LTE it snow: Microsoft to punt out LTE-tastic Surface Pro in December

Microsoft's Surface Pro with added LTE goodness is due to land in the UK on 1 December, just in time for enterprise punters to request one from the local Santas residing in their procurement and IT department. Panos Panay, corporate veep of devices, took to the stage at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in London to confirm the …
Paul Kunert, 31 Oct 2017
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Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...

Canalys Channels Forum The biggest tech resellers in Europe would not mourn the demise of the Surface device should Microsoft decide to kill it off by 2019, as was recently predicted at the Canalys Channels Forum. Industry figures including Steve Brazier, CEO at Canalys; Lenovo COO Gianfranco Lanci; and Dell president Marius Haas have all claimed …
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2017

2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

Canalys Channels Forum Microsoft will quit its loss-making Surface hardware business by 2019, according to execs from PC manufacturers and a channel watcher. Talking at the tenth Canalys Channels Forum in Venice, Canalys CEO Steve Brazier said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would exit the product line because he is a “software guy, a cloud guy” and …
Paul Kunert, 4 Oct 2017

Don’t buy that Surface, plead Surface cloners

IFA The mainstay of Microsoft's boutique Surface range faces tougher competition as rivals sharpen their act. Announced at IFA in Berlin with relatively little fanfare – just a line in Lenovo's official announcement – the refreshed IdeaPad Miix 520 is a Surface Pro clone that isn't cheap. But it does look like quality. In fact …

Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

Veteran Microsoft-watcher Paul Thurrott has made the sensational allegation that Microsoft's senior management "misled" their CEO about the cause of serious launch issues with its flagship Surface Pro 4 PC. Microsoft defended the reliability of the Surface range after Consumer Reports withdrew its Buy recommendation last week …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Aug 2017

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

Review Microsoft waited almost two years to update its boutique computer, the Surface Pro. In the meantime the line expanded to include a detachable tablet (Surface Book), a desktop (Surface Studio) and a proper laptop (Surface, er, Laptop), while the cheaper, Atom-powered POS (Plain Old Surface) fell into the bin and wasn't rescued. …

Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

Review Student debt in the United States now stands at $1.2 trillion. In the UK outstanding student loans top £100 billion. Microsoft has made an fascinating contribution to the student debt crisis, by attempting to increase it. The machine I am typing on is a locked-down laptop aimed at "students" and "classrooms" that costs £1,549 …
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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

Difficult as it might be to comprehend, Microsoft has been shipping Surface for just under five years. Historically a software company, Microsoft's decision to branch into hardware – or at least designing and selling – was widely dismissed. In 2012, after Microsoft revealed its plans, then Acer chief exec JT Wang advised …
Michael Allison, 12 Jul 2017
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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

It appears as if Microsoft has been following the Apple playbook in creating another laptop whose components you can never replace. DIY site iFixIt tried to take apart the new Microsoft Surface laptop – an ultra-thin and light unit which starts at £979 – and seemingly couldn’t do it without completely and utterly destroying it …
Andrew Silver, 19 Jun 2017

It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

Microsoft has revamped its Surface tablet, which at last includes a SIM card slot. The 2017 iteration of the boutique but highly profitable fondleslab loses the numbering – it's now just a "Surface Pro". Cosmetically there's little difference: the tablet retains the 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI) display and 786g weight (for the i5 and …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 May 2017
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S is for Sandbox: The logic behind Microsoft's new lockdown Windows gambit

Analysis Microsoft had two strategic problems to address yesterday. Over several years, the PC has been taking its long, sad journey into becoming a niche. But more recently, Google has leapt into the US education market, going from zero to over 50 per cent in three years. Redmond's response is unexpected, but also confusing. Rather …
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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

Microsoft has reported strong results in its latest quarter, pulling in nearly $5bn in profits and showing good cloud revenue growth. Just don't mention the sagging Surface fondleslab sales. Still, CEO Satya Nadella was in ebullient form on a conference call Thursday with investors and analysts, saying the Windows giant was …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2017
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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

Pic By now, Windows 10 users have grown accustomed to the photos and inspirational quotes from Microsoft adorning their lock screens. Usually, they are just pleasant landscape or architecture pics, with a randomly selected line or two of text to accompany them. Other times, however, they can be a bit unnerving. For Reg reader …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2017
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Microsoft skates over Surface Hub sales data

Microsoft has released highly selective figures on sales of the Surface Hub, its Windows-10 powered multi-touch whiteboarding wall. The software giant claimed to have shipped Hubs to 2,000 customers with an average deal size of 50 units. It claimed one large order of 1,500. Microsoft did not release any financial data. …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Dec 2016

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