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Microsoft Surface 2 tipped as cautious BUILD release

Microsoft Surface 2 tipped as cautious BUILD release

This week the folks at Microsoft have been tipped to be wrapping up production of a second-generation Surface tablet for Windows 8, readying the device for a reveal at this year's BUILD developer conference. A release of a second-generation Surface tablet will be done "cautiously" according to sources speaking this week, with the original run of the tablet having sold less than expected in its initial push. Both the Surface RT and the Surface Pro may be getting a full refresh this year.

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Microsoft IllumiRoom fleshed out: Gaming and movie AR for your living room

Microsoft IllumiRoom fleshed out: Gaming and movie AR for your living room

Microsoft's IllumiRoom immersive projected gaming system, first shown off at CES, has broken cover again for a more comprehensive demo, complete with more details of how the "TV expanding" augmented reality works. Still described as a proof-of-concept, though thoroughly whetting appetites for what the next-gen Xbox might one day evolve into, IllumiRoom will be presented at CHI 2013 [pdf link] this week, complete with learning the topography and design of your living room and then digitally manipulating it.

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Microsoft Surface tablet availability expands amid reports of demand

Microsoft Surface tablet availability expands amid reports of demand

Microsoft will soon be expanding the availability of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets. It stated that due to the high demand for its products in other countries, it has decided to bring its tablets to several more markets. The Surface RT will be expanded to 4 new markets, while the Surface Pro will be expanded to a whopping 24 new markets. The expansion will be completed by the end of June.

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Microsoft Smartwatch prototyped and wireless

Microsoft Smartwatch prototyped and wireless

This week it's been reported more than once that a Microsoft-developed smartwatch may well be on the way, today's tip including no less than a magnetic wireless charging port on its back. This smartwatch would build on the work Microsoft had done in the 2000's with the brand SPOT, that particular watch using FM radio signals for data. At a Microsoft TechFest research event in early March, the company's own Bill Buxton presented a 37-year history of smartwatches. The clues are stacking up.

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Microsoft’s Myerson: Android “still kind of a mess”, Windows Phone “a well-funded start-up”

Microsoft’s Myerson: Android “still kind of a mess”, Windows Phone “a well-funded start-up”

According to the head of the Windows Phone division at Microsoft, Terry Myerson, Android is "still kind of a mess". Myerson spoke at All Thing's D conference, D: Dive Into Mobile about the progress of Windows's mobile devices and how Windows Phone compares to the competition, mainly Google. Myserson believes that the only entity benefiting from Google's Android OS is Samsung, and that there is "clearly mutiny in the Starship Android..."

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Microsoft smartwatch in R&D tip supply sources

Microsoft smartwatch in R&D tip supply sources

Count Microsoft among those on the smartwatch bandwagon, supply chain sources claim, with the company supposedly working on potential smart-timepiece designs as it weighs their market potential. The in-development watch, which follows Kickstarter success Pebble and ongoing chatter of an Apple "iWatch", would be built around a 1.5-inch screen, component sources tell the WSJ, with Microsoft apparently tinkering with possible designs alongside an in-house Windows Phone handset.

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Microsoft reportedly planning 7-inch line of Surface tablets

Microsoft reportedly planning 7-inch line of Surface tablets

Sources have tipped off The Wall Street Journal about a new line of Surface tablets being produced by Microsoft, these ones measuring in at 7-inches and being slated for production some time towards the end of 2013. Expounding on this was one source who said the 7-inch line of Surface devices is a somewhat knee-jerk reaction by Microsoft, whose plans didn't include them last year, to the popularity of competing 7-inch slates.

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