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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.
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.
At TechEd North America back in June, Microsoft created multi-hour queues and an eBay glut by offering the Surface RT for $US99 dollars and the Surface Pro for $US399. Attendees at TechEd Australia this week get a rather less impressive discount: the 64GB Surface RT for $299.
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.