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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.
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.
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.
Microsoft announced a ton of new products this morning but the ones that really matter are the Surface Book 4, the new version of its slate tablet, and the Surface Book, the company’s first ever laptop. We take a closer look at the two devices and how much it will cost you to buy them in Australia.
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?
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.