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Microsoft Surface kicks dust in face of Apple iPad Pro in Q3

Microsoft's Surface line leapfrogged Apple's iPad Pro as the detachable tablet of choice for tech distributors in Western Europe but that top spot definitely won't be sustained, or so IDC says. The box-counter estimated that "roughly" 316,000 Surface devices were shipped into wholesalers' warehouses in Q3, up around 40 per …
Paul Kunert, 16 Nov 2018
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'Frontline workers' of the world, unite! And grab yourselves a Surface Go White Van Man edition

Microsoft has confirmed that a 4G version of its budget fondleslab, the Surface Go, will ship this month. The LTE version of the mini convertible 2-in-1 is targeted at "Frontline Workers". Microsoft names insurance loss adjusters and construction project managers as typical use cases. It touted Microsoft's device management …
Team Register, 12 Nov 2018

Got a new Surface? Have some firmware. Old Surface? La la la la la, we can't hear you

As Microsoft released the first batch of firmware updates for its shiny new Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 hardware, owners of Surface Pro 4 fondleslabs afflicted by July's borked update remain in the dark as to when, or even if, their broken firmware will ever be fixed. In with the new Those with a Surface Pro 6 brave …
Richard Speed, 26 Oct 2018
Surface Pro 6 Teardown (credit: iFixit)

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

Torx twirlers iFixit celebrated the release of Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 by ripping the thing apart only to find that its still pretty much unrepairable. The team noted that the new model was initially tricky to distinguish from its predecessor. Both include USB-3 and a Mini DisplayPort but, significantly, lack the USB-C port …
Richard Speed, 17 Oct 2018
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HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

Microsoft's Surface has become a victim of its own success. This year’s iteration reuses the same case, maintaining compatibility with peripherals. Several PC rivals can boast better value in the premium professional segment with more interesting designs. HP Inc, for one, can boast striking designs and a comprehensive …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Oct 2018
Pinky and the Brain

Microsoft Surface to die in 2019? Not while Redmond keeps making it, er, blush

Microsoft’s chief product officer, Panos Panay, took to Twitter today to insist that the Surface line was positively in the pink. In China, at any rate. Panay is in Beijing, having toured the China production facilities for the matte black Surface Pro 6 with his Surface chum, Joe Belfiore. Today, however, was a not a day to …
Richard Speed, 15 Oct 2018
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That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

Canalys Channels Forum 2018 Microsoft is still going to ditch or spin off the Surface line in 2019, insists the analyst who first made the prediction a year ago, despite the line-up's annual refresh this month. 2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware READ MORE "I stand by the fact that it doesn't make sense" for Microsoft to continue …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2018

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners: So, about that other broken update…

Unhappy Surface Pro 4 owners continue to fill Microsoft's support forums with complaints over an update that is leaving the touchscreen untouchable. We first noted problems back in August after readers got in touch to complain about their beloved devices becoming little more than slightly broken laptops after the update. The …
Richard Speed, 11 Oct 2018
Pulling the plug

Happy with your Surface Pro 3's battery? Well, here's a setting that will cut the charge by half

In news that will make Surface Pro 3 owners twitch involuntarily, Microsoft is fiddling with Surface battery settings yet again. Fear not, however. The tweak is to allow users to restrict how much charge to give a battery while a Surface is plugged in. The setting, named "Enable Battery Limit Mode", and hidden within the Boot …
Richard Speed, 10 Oct 2018
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If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

Consumers looking to spread the cost of their Surface fix will have to look elsewhere for their fondleslab financing now Microsoft has brought the axe down on the programme. The deal, which was introduced just over a year ago, aped similar options available to iPhone owners by allowing customers to spread the cost of their …
Richard Speed, 3 Sep 2018

Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

If you can put up with the slow speed, Microsoft's budget Surface Go offers a cheapskate alternative to the stylish but costly Surface Pro line, effectively reviving the Netbook concept a decade on. The convertible slab is aimed at students and schools, but it's likely to be bought for field workers too. The Surface Go bucks …
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Edge, Azure and Windows Phone receives a Telegram. Yup, it's the week at Microsoft

There was more to Microsoft last week than the launch of a little brother for the Surface Pro. Here are some of the stories you may have missed amid the fondleslab furore. Web Authentication in Edge Microsoft's attempts to get people to use its unloved Edge browser continued with support for the Candidate Recommendation (CR) …
Richard Speed, 6 Aug 2018
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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

Microsoft has avoided cannibalising its boutique, premium Surface line by making one that's a lot less boutique and premium – at around half the price. Steven Sinofsky at Surface launch event Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show READ MORE In May, when word of the initiative first …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jul 2018
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We might be skimming the Surface, but it looks like Microsoft's readying a wallet-friendly device

Microsoft fans hoping to sate their desire for a Surface device without selling a non-vital organ to fund it may have taken a step closer to realising their dreams this week. German hardware site WinFuture spotted a filing made by Microsoft with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that pointed towards new hardware. …
Richard Speed, 5 Jul 2018
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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

Finding a new form factor for personal computing is harder than Microsoft thought. Reports suggest Redmond has gone back to the drawing board for its "Andromeda" handheld device due to incomplete software. So the mythical computer looks like the victim of another Redmond reorg. In March, the Windows and Devices Group (WDG) was …
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USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle

Lovers of USB-C who have had a Surface device inflicted upon them may soon find their long wait for dongle-based delight is at an end, according to reports. USB-C is notable by its absence from Microsoft's current line-up of Surface tablets. Only the Surface Book 2 has been blessed by the wonder-connector. The Surface Laptop …
Richard Speed, 26 Jun 2018
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Budget Surface 'spotted' in Microsoft's crystal ball

Further evidence that Microsoft wants to broaden the appeal of its boutique Surface hardware has emerged. Almost a month ago, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicted budget Surface hardware was being planned, priced at "about $400... 20 per cent lighter than the high-end models, but [with] around four hours fewer of battery life". …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jun 2018
Steven Sinofsky at Surface launch event

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

Analysis According to industry watchers, below the surface of Microsoft's Surface business it's not a happy picture. Microsoft claimed to turn its first profit on Surface in 2014, after racking up $2bn of losses, and by 2016, it was almost out of the woods. Amid a collapsing tablet market, and just in time, Microsoft had redefined …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2018

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