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Clandestine Microsoft Surface launch leaves PC partners puzzled

Clandestine Microsoft Surface launch leaves PC partners puzzled

Microsoft's Surface heads-up to PC partners was at most a three day warning, OEM insiders claim, with Windows head Steven Sinofsky outlining sketchy details in a series of short calls last Friday. The Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets came as almost a complete surprise to hardware partners in the US and Taiwan, Reuters' sources at the firms have insisted, with Sinofsky's calls failing to confirm either then name or the specifications of the slates. However, at least one high-profile PC manufacturer has suggested that Microsoft's plans for the Surface brand are short-lived.

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A case against Microsoft Surface tablets’ future success

A case against Microsoft Surface tablets’ future success

The consumer public is about to forget about the Microsoft Surface faster than it realized what it was looking at, and Microsoft knows it. What's been presented this week is an impressive collection of features for a piece of hardware that developers would love to play with, but without a unified view with details in the background, Microsoft has no chance at chomping away at the still-dominant iPad's market share. The Microsoft Surface tablet is not made to compete with the iPad, or so they might say, but it'll be considered a tablet as long as it's marketed without its keyboard - and rightly so.

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SlashGear 101: What is Microsoft Surface?

SlashGear 101: What is Microsoft Surface?

Where before this week there were a variety of Microsoft Surface devices, each of them made on a large table-sized scale, now we've got that brand dedicated to tablets. The Samsung device known as SUR40 has now had its operating system re-branded "Microsoft Pixelsense" where just yesterday it had the shorter iteration of said name. Microsoft has now taken the "Surface" brand and has given it to their new tablet lineup - have a peek at what it all means for you!

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Microsoft Surface: The great iPad attack is on

Microsoft Surface: The great iPad attack is on

The Kraken awakes. Microsoft's Surface tablets turned out to be a surprisingly direct attack on the iPad, rather than the segment-tweaking workarounds that had been predicted: not a gaming-focused Xbox slate, or a pared-back multimedia and ebook device, but an all-out assault on the market that, in the past few years, Apple has made its own. With two variants of Surface, however, Microsoft has hedged its bets a little. Is the stylus still relevant, has the finger taken over, or is the keyboard simply refusing to be dislodged?

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Microsoft Surface tablet keynote video goes live

Microsoft Surface tablet keynote video goes live

The full video of Microsoft's Surface tablet keynote has been released, allowing keen tableteers to pick through the details of the Windows RT slate pair. The 45 minute presentation was something of a coup for Microsoft, with the company having managed to keep the bulk of its new tablet details from leaking prior to the event. If you want to see Steve Ballmer triumphantly flaunting a 9.3mm slice of Windows RT-based magnesium, you've come to the right place.

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Microsoft Surface could debut MagSafe-data hybrid hook-up

Microsoft Surface could debut MagSafe-data hybrid hook-up

Microsoft could have already implemented the combination magnetic power/data connector it attempted to patent, with a similar-looking connection spotted on the new Surface tablet. The four-pin port is on the right lower edge of the new tablets, and seemingly matches up with the MagSafe-like connector detailed in a patent application from the company. If so, that could mean a single hook-up for recharging the Surface and synchronizing it with other devices.

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Microsoft Surface tablet event wrap-up

Microsoft Surface tablet event wrap-up

This week we made our way down to Los Angeles to check out Microsoft's big Surface tablet reveal, this their big move into the tablet space before Windows 8 and Windows RT have been formally introduced with 3rd party manufacturers. The likes of Acer, Lenovo, and HP were nowhere to be found at this event, with Microsoft speaking only for themselves here in their rare appearance in the hardware manufacturing realm. After a quick drive down memory lane from the Microsoft Mouse to the Xbox all the way forward through the original Microsoft Surface (the big table version), Microsoft brought on the fire with their first big-time tablet for Windows 8's Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.

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Microsoft Surface Touch Cover vs Type Cover hands-on

Microsoft Surface Touch Cover vs Type Cover hands-on

There are two different covers for the Microsoft Surface tablets revealed today, both of them able to cover up and protect the front of the tablet but each of them with different abilities in their keys. The biggest difference between the two is the way the keys work - while the Type Cover has moving keys while the Touch Cover is capacitive instead. The Touch Cover is also a bit thinner, while the Type Cover will likely cost a bit more - and both have been introduced right alongside the Microsoft Surface tablets (see our hands-on here) as their best companions.

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Microsoft Surface Windows RT confirmed with NVIDIA’s Tegra processor

Microsoft Surface Windows RT confirmed with NVIDIA’s Tegra processor

While Microsoft announced two new Surface PC tablets today at their event in LA, one thing they didn't make clear was the processor under the hood powering one of their new slates. The Windows 8 Pro model will be significantly thicker and run an Intel Ivy Bridge 22nm processor but the thin 9.3mm device we got hands-on with will be powered by an ARM chipset. NVIDIA has just confirmed it will be running their Tegra chipset.

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