Microsoft is releasing a new Surface laptop, imaginatively called the Surface Laptop. At first blush, it feels very nice. That should be the case given how much Microsoft talked up the build quality of its new take on the traditional clamshell, but that premium feel did carry over in the short time I was able to play with the device at the company’s New York City event on Tuesday. Read on for our first impressions and photos.
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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.
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.
We've known since its announcement back in May that Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet would hit Australian shelves in "late August". Now we have a more precise release date: Thursday 28 August.
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.
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.
One more feature that's going to show up as part of the Windows 8.1 release later this year: a version of Outlook for the Surface RT. Good news for tablet-toting heavy-duty emailers.