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Last week, Microsoft launched the Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC that is aimed squarely at creative professionals. Apple has already secured a large portion of that market with its iMac desktops but the Surface Studio is a formidable competitor. So how do they stack up against each other? Here's a detailed breakdown of the specs and the pricing for the Microsoft Surface Studio and the latest Apple iMac with Retina display.

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Microsoft will be lifting the curtains on new Surface devices at a launch event tonight. It's being held in the US, but for Aussies who are keen to see the new products as soon as they're announced, here's how you can watch the event in the comfort of your own home.

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At one point during the development process of Microsoft's laptop-tablet hybrid Surface Book, engineers within the design team at the company's Redmond offices were 3D printing new chassis structures daily — making changes to their designs throughout the day, setting the fast-prototyping machines to work overnight, and then repeating the same process the next day. For a company best known for the slow and iterative progress of Windows and Office, this is something distinctly different. And the hardware that it has created is something special.

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There has been a great deal of fanfare surrounding Microsoft's first ever laptop, the Surface Book. It's a risky move for Microsoft to enter the ultra-competitive notebook market, especially since it will be competing directly with its hardware partners, but the Surface Book does boast some impressive specs. We take a look at how useful the new laptop contender is for work and a bit of play.

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I've lost count at the number of times my Xbox controller's disposable batteries have died on me at the most inopportune moments. It still baffles me as to why Microsoft doesn't just put rechargeable battery packs onto its controllers and I'm left asking the same question when it comes to the new Surface Pen.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a very effective laptop replacement, but it's relatively expensive. If you like the Surface approach to 2-in-1 tablets but don't need the same level of grunt, the newly-announced Surface 3 might do the trick. Here's what it will cost in Australia.

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Hey Lifehacker, I am keen on the idea of grabbing a Surface Pro (either the original or the new model), but I have a few questions that I can't seem to find answers to anywhere on the internet. If I can install software just as I would on my PC from a network or USB location, wouldn't that make the Windows Store useless? If the Surface comes with Windows 8, can it be upgraded to Windows 8.1? And can I hook up an external Bluetooth keyboard and mouse?

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The initial generation of Microsoft's Surface tablet didn't sell so well, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft persisting with an updated Surface 2 design running Windows 8.1. The good news for Australians? Based on what we know so far, there won't be any 'Australia tax' added to the price.

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The news from Microsoft's annual results that is initially attracting attention is that the company is writing off close to $1 billion in expenses relating to the Surface RT. Ouch. However, for server admins there's a more interesting stat buried in the numbers: System Center appears to be the fastest-growing product within the company.

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One of the minor benefits for attendees at TechEd North America 2013 has been the chance to purchase heavily-discounted Surface tablets. Yet while people have happily queued for up to three hours or more to get their hands on them, it seems some are doing so purely to then on-sell them for a profit.

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Our competition-winning blogger Adam Webster set himself two missions for the first day: learning about Active Directory and buying a discounted Surface RT. He didn't expect he'd also get to do some painting and set up his first Azure service, but TechEd 2013 is full of surprises.