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Microsoft’s Panos Panay talks about the Surface Pro’s battery life on Reddit

Microsoft’s Panos Panay talks about the Surface Pro’s battery life on Reddit

Reddit's semi-famous AMA board, in which anyone can hold an "Ask me Anything" session, was recently graced by Microsoft's Panos Panay, head of the company's Surface team. Over the course of the session, Panay addressed the issue of the Surface Pro's battery life, which some critics say is too short. The Surface team head stated that the device's battery life is best in its class.

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Analyst cuts Microsoft Surface sales projections for fiscal Q2

Analyst cuts Microsoft Surface sales projections for fiscal Q2

We're hearing more bad news for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet today, as one analyst at UBS AG has cut his sales projection for the company's fiscal Q2 in half. Brent Thill now says that Microsoft only managed to sell 1 million tablets during the quarter, which wrapped up in January. This isn't the first doom and gloom story we've heard about Surface RT, and it isn't likely to be the last.

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Microsoft ramps up production on Surface RT, teams up with retailers

Microsoft ramps up production on Surface RT, teams up with retailers

There may be a bit of doom and gloom surrounding the Surface RT at the moment, but it appears that Microsoft hasn't heard it. The company announced today that it has increased production on the Surface RT, which suggests that sales are at least satisfactory for Microsoft. Even better is that Surface RT will soon be appearing at retail outlets aside from Microsoft's own stores, with the company saying that Surface RT will start popping up on store shelves as early as mid-December.

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Microsoft promises to support Surface with Windows RT for at least four years

Microsoft promises to support Surface with Windows RT for at least four years

Four years is a long time. Most people only need four years to graduate high school or college for instance. Microsoft launched its Surface tablet running Windows RT about a month ago. When the tablet launched there was no official support policy for Windows RT. Most large enterprise buyers want to know that Microsoft will continue to support a platform for multiple years before they start purchasing and rolling devices out in quantity.

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Microsoft Surface RT teardown shows giant retail profit margin

Microsoft Surface RT teardown shows giant retail profit margin

The folks that see how inexpensive an item is to produce and feel that the manufacturer should have little to no profit over this cost are certainly not going to enjoy what they're hearing from IHS iSuppli about Microsoft today, that's for sure. With a a Bill of Materials (BOM) cost of $271 USD and a $13 USD manufacturing cost, the total cost of the Microsoft Surface RT with minimum 32GB NAND flash memory becomes $248 in all, this placing it well below retail price at $599. IHS iSuppli note that compared to the low-end iPad (that being the iPad 2 in this case), the Surface RT generates a greater profit margin in percentage terms and on a per-unit basis as well.

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