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Microsoft confirms Surface 3 production to end later this year

Microsoft confirms Surface 3 production to end later this year

While it only launched just barely over a year ago, the Surface 3 tablet will end manufacturing by the end of this year, Microsoft has confirmed. The entry-level device was launched in May 2015 as a cheaper alternative to the Surface Pro 3. While it was well received, especially among budget-conscious consumers who didn't want to step up to a full laptop, the last few weeks have seen stock levels and configuration options become limited.

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Microsoft Surface Signature Type Cover is swathed in Alcantara

Microsoft Surface Signature Type Cover is swathed in Alcantara

Surface users out there wanting a keyboard cover that isn't covered in plastic can now get hands on the Signature Type Cover that has a keyboard and is covered in a two-tone grey Alcantara material. Alcantara is a high-end material that is used in vehicle interiors and other places. The big feature of Alcantara is that it is very soft to the touch and offers good grip.

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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Microsoft recalls 2.25M Surface Pro power adapters over fire risks

Microsoft recalls 2.25M Surface Pro power adapters over fire risks

Microsoft's Surface devices may be some of the best tablet options available, but the company is still issuing a recall in the US over concerns the AC power adapters that shipped with some Surface Pro models pose risks of fire and electric shock. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday that roughly 2.25 million power cords were involved, all having been sold before March 15th, 2015 with the Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 models.

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Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Surface is finally working for Microsoft

Microsoft's fiscal year 2016 Q2 earnings aren't looking so hot unless you know where to look: right at Surface. Windows OEM Pro revenue growth is down 6% year-over-year, one percentage point better than the first quarter, but still down compared to one year ago this quarter. Windows OEM non-Pro revenue growth is down 3% year-over year, while Windows volume licensing revenue growth is down 4% year-over-year. Search Advertising Revenue, Xbox Live active users, and Surface revenue are all on the rise.

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Microsoft adds new Surface Pro and Book SKUs, and a gold Surface Pen

Microsoft adds new Surface Pro and Book SKUs, and a gold Surface Pen

If you've been eying either Microsoft's Surface Pro or their Surface book, but have been disappointed by the lack of horsepower under the hood, you're in luck. Today they announced brand new versions that pack the biggest punch, both to your power needs, and your wallet.

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Surface Pro power cords to be recalled over damage issues

Surface Pro power cords to be recalled over damage issues

Microsoft is recalling some power cords for older Surface Pro models, according to a new report. The recall will reportedly take place due to overheating concerns, and may be of a trade-in variety, meaning owners will hand over their old potentially faulty cord in exchange for a new power cable. The recall, if the source is correct, will be officially announced this upcoming Friday.

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Microsoft Surface Phone: double details fit to battle Apple and Samsung

Microsoft Surface Phone: double details fit to battle Apple and Samsung

Microsoft leaves clues for the impending launch of a Surface Phone for Windows Phone (or Windows 10, if you prefer) every time they release a new product. Each new piece of manufacturing tells us more about the direction the company is going in. And with a number of insider sources speaking up over the past couple of weeks amid shouts from the masses for a more substantial effort from Microsoft, it might be time, sooner than you think. Sooner than the end of next year, that is to say.

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Microsoft Surface Phone might have a two-phone tag team

Microsoft Surface Phone might have a two-phone tag team

To some extent, it's almost understandable that Windows Phone and Lumia fans still crave for an even more premium flagship. The Lumia 950 and its larger 950 XL sibling, though high spec'ed, didn't really tickle the fancy of those drooling over metal-clad smartphones. In short, there's still some clamor for what most are calling the Surface Phone. Based on another set of rumors, awaiting fans might actually be treated to two such smartphones, in a strategy that reeks of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book tandem.

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Hybrids: this is the future of tablets

Hybrids: this is the future of tablets

Google has just made the Pixel C Android 2-in-1 tablet available for purchase and the tech world will undoubtedly be awash with reviews of the device, most of which will compare it with the iPad Pro and the Surface 3. And that's to be expected, not just because they are direct competitors to each other, to some extent, but also because they are the forerunners of a shift in the tablet market that will most likely define the device category in the next few years. Tablets are growing up, and they aren't content to just be passive bystanders to the digital content that we are creating by the droves.

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 event wrap-up: The Apple War

This week Microsoft became a computer company selling hardware - not just phones, not just tablets, but laptops, too. Today we're running down all the products we saw the company deliver to the public, including the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Book, a new Microsoft Band, and a couple of smartphones. Microsoft suggests that they're taking on Apple directly with these products - at least the Surface models vs Apple's laptops. Do they put their manufacturing where their mouth is, or do we need to wait to see how well the lot fares?

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Surface Book vs MacBook Pro: Microsoft calls out Apple

Surface Book vs MacBook Pro: Microsoft calls out Apple

This morning as Microsoft prepared to reveal several new Surface devices, they couldn't help but call out their competitors first. "We have competitors, you may have noticed," said Microsoft's Panos Panay, referring to the Surface and other competitor tablets launched with keyboards, "they're chasing it, it's pretty cool." Panay went on to suggest that Microsoft's options were to "double down and bring the thunder" or to "reinvent the category again." Microsoft appeared to choose the former as they played Thunderstruck by AC/DC while presenting the new Surface Pro 4.

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