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Bill Gates discusses future of Microsoft with Surface and Windows 8

Bill Gates discusses future of Microsoft with Surface and Windows 8

Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates sat down and talked for the first time about Microsoft's upcoming launch of its Surface tablet and Windows 8. Gates talks about the future of Windows with touch and tablet experiences, which are new for the company, but he also mentioned that the shift towards tablets is a big step for Microsoft.

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Microsoft begins updating Office RT to final version

Microsoft begins updating Office RT to final version

Microsoft's Surface RT runs Windows apps, not regular Windows software. As such, it comes installed with a preview of the Office RT app, which is Office 2013 for the Surface. Originally, Microsoft said that the update taking Office RT from preview into its final version wouldn't be released until November, but it seems they're ahead of schedule.

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Microsoft Stores issuing Surface launch day reservations

Microsoft Stores issuing Surface launch day reservations

Microsoft Stores are reportedly taking reservations for the company's Surface tablet, promising to hold stock for eager early-adopters hoping to pick up one of the Windows RT slates on Friday next week. The voucher, apparently being handed out at Microsoft Stores and pop-up stores according to WPCentral, is only valid on October 26 and doesn't appear to specify which Surface it can be exchanged for.

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Expert says Microsoft Surface display isn’t sharper than the iPad

Expert says Microsoft Surface display isn’t sharper than the iPad

A display expert has refuted Microsoft's claim that the Surface RT display is sharper than the iPad. This denouncement comes after Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies, compared the technology used by the two devices. According to him, it is "very unlikely that [the Surface] will turn out to be visually sharper than the new iPad 3."

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Microsoft training staff on the differences between Windows 8 and RT

Microsoft training staff on the differences between Windows 8 and RT

There's been some confusion floating about regarding the operating system on Microsoft's Surface device, of which the $499 version running RT has sold out on pre-sale already. What's that, you ask? Windows RT? Doesn't Surface run Windows 8? Yes and no. Microsoft has started training employees on the difference between the two, but many consumers are still confused.

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Microsoft sells out of $499 Surface RT pre-orders

Microsoft sells out of $499 Surface RT pre-orders

Microsoft's Surface tablet has generated a massive buzz over the last few weeks, culminating in the lowest priced option, the $499 32GB tablet sans-cover, having already sold out in pre-orders. The device was opened to pre-orders yesterday, and is now backordered by three weeks. For now, the other two models are available for shipping on October 26th.

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New Surface video released shows off cool features

New Surface video released shows off cool features

On Monday, Microsoft kicked off its marketing campaign for the Surface with the dance-heavy video "The Surface Movement." This evening, a new Surface marketing video has been released, which shows off the Surface's cool features, offering a nice look at the cover/keyboard in particular. Microsoft is dropping $400 million on marketing the Surface.

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Why do we care about the iPad mini?

Why do we care about the iPad mini?

Not as big as the new iPad; not as small as the iPhone 5 or iPod touch; it's Apple's own "tweener" and by all rights and intents the iPad mini should be nothing more than a gap filler. Yet anticipation is high for the presumed 7.85-inch iOS tablet, and while spirits always tend to get, well, spirited in advance of an Apple event, sometimes the justification seems more inexplicable than others. Arguably, in the context of the tablet market - and post-PC computing as a whole - Microsoft's Surface is far, far more important than the iPad mini.

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Surface team spills details: Xbox 360 controllers yes; USB-ethernet no

Surface team spills details: Xbox 360 controllers yes; USB-ethernet no

Microsoft's Surface team has been busy wrapping the Windows RT tablet up for pre-orders opening this week, but it also found time to answer some user questions in a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread. In the sprawling conversation, team lead Panos Panay and his team confirmed that Xbox 360 controllers would work with the new slate - though that they hadn't tried Kinect for Windows yet - as well as discussing just what "all day battery life" really means.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 16, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 16, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Today was a pretty big day as far as news goes, with Apple sending out invites to an upcoming event, which is where we're assuming the company will announce the iPad Mini. Not one to be outdone, Microsoft finally gave us some substantial details on Surface today (including information on pre-orders), and Samsung was right there to put its line up of new Windows 8 PCs and tablets up for pre-order as well.

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The Tao of Surface: Inside Microsoft’s First Tablet

The Tao of Surface: Inside Microsoft’s First Tablet

Surface is a huge deal for Microsoft, and it's no over-exaggeration to say that the fate of next-gen Windows rests in no small part on the shoulders of the new own-brand tablet. Up for preorder from today, priced from an iPad-matching $499, the new tablet represents everything Microsoft believes is important about the tablet-focused version of Windows 8, even though it runs the risk of frustrating long-standing OEM partnerships by taking the delivery of that into its own hands. SlashGear caught up with Microsoft at Studio B, the company's hardware hub in Redmond, Washington, for a tour of what are normally clandestine facilities, to find out the back story to Surface and why Microsoft's team felt it was best positioned to deliver it.

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Microsoft details Surface: When, where and how much

Microsoft details Surface: When, where and how much

Microsoft has officially priced its Surface tablet, after details on the Windows RT slate appeared earlier today. Surface will go on sale from 9am Pacific this morning (12am ET) through Microsoft's own webstore, priced at $499 for the 32GB model on its own, or $599 for the 32GB Surface paired with a black Touch Cover. Both will ship in time for the in-store release date of October 26.

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