It's Surface Pro 3 day, and Microsoft is marking the release of its latest Windows tablet with some new news on its siblings and accessories. The Surface Pro 3 will be available to order in Core i3 and Core i7 variants from August 1st in the US and Canada, Microsoft has said today, while the Core i5 model turns up in stores from today.
New Surface Pro 3 owners receiving their Windows 8.1 tablets tomorrow will get more than just a Microsoft slate in the box, with the company releasing a firmware update in tandem. The tweaked software will address certain power issues related to using the accessories, Microsoft says; however, it's not the first update the Surface Pro 3 has seen.
With the Surface Pro 3 well on its way to a commercial release, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft sounded the death knell for the previous generation its tablets. The first part of that process has now started as Microsoft implements a substantial price cut of the Surface Pro 2 tablets across all available configurations.
Even though the final release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is still two weeks away, the company appears to be ready to bring the experience to consumers early. Starting today, Microsoft stores across the country will have the Surface Pro 3 available for demonstration purposes. You’ll be able to get your hands on this beast well before you buy it.
The useful OneNote Clipper, allowing snippets of webpages to be quickly added from the browser to a OneNote note, has spawned a Chrome extension, Microsoft has announced. The tool - particularly handy if you're using a Surface Pro 3 - aims to streamline the scrapbooking process. Meanwhile, Microsoft is also hoping to sweep a few ex-Springpad users into its app, with a OneNote import tool.
Third time looks to have been the charm for Microsoft, with the Surface Pro 3 proving to be a surprise hit among most reviewers - even those who are usually ardent Apple fans. As Vincent’s glowing judgement of the adaptable tablet suggests, there’s a lot of value to be found in a flexible form-factor. The glaring omission, though, is in not taking that flexibility to its logical conclusion: it wouldn’t take much for Microsoft to really tip Surface into must-have territory.
In Early March, word surfaced that Microsoft Executive Vice President of Business Development and Evangelism Tony Bates would be departing the company, something rumored to result from a spat revolving around the appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO. At the time, it was said Bates was being sought as CEO of GoPro, something that has become official today.
The Surface Pro 3 is something special. Microsoft has refused to give up on its concept of one device that’s both a tablet and ultrabook, and its ramped up the trash-talk, too, calling out the MacBook Air and iPad by name when it launched the third-generation Windows 8.1 machine. Thing is, this may not just be hot air: bigger but lighter, faster but slimmer, the Surface Pro 3 might well be the hybrid Microsoft has been promising all this time. More importantly, it could well convince me - as an unabashed Mac and iPad user - that the Surface Pro 3 is now competitive. Read on for my full review.
Apple is continuing its "Your Verse" marketing campaign, showing how two iPad Air users - one a composer, the other a travel writer - integrate the iOS tablet into their lives. The pair of clips, which went live over the weekend, aim to show the usefulness of a tablet beyond the typical internet browsing, ebook reading, email, and games.