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Microsoft Surface preorders open: $499 for 32GB, $599 inc Touch Cover

Microsoft Surface preorders open: $499 for 32GB, $599 inc Touch Cover

Microsoft's Surface tablet has shown up for preorder in the US, with the Windows RT slate priced from $499 and set to go on sale on October 26. The listing at Microsoft's official store gives three Surface RT options, starting with the 32GB model with no cover for the same price as a 16GB new iPad, then rising to $599 for the 32GB version with a black Touch Cover.

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Microsoft Surface ad campaign kicks off with “The Surface Movement” commercial

Microsoft Surface ad campaign kicks off with “The Surface Movement” commercial

A few hours ago, rumors started swirling that Microsoft Surface ads would start appearing tonight. A tweet appeared from Paul Thurrott of Windows Supersite with alleged times for the ads, info garnered from unnamed sources. It seems the timing was spot-on, as the first commercial was posted on YouTube two hours ago, featuring a lot of dancing, and a lot of Surface tablets being thrown around.

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Windows 8 launch invites delivered for massive event

Windows 8 launch invites delivered for massive event

It's time to get pumped up about the release of Windows 8 with a Microsoft press event that everyone and their mother knew was coming - October 25th. This event will show off not only the final release version of Windows 8 on a variety of devices - so we must assume - it'll also contain Microsoft Surface bits and pieces as well. The invite makes it clear that Microsoft is about to set the gray world up for a colorful reception, that's for sure.

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Microsoft stepping on Apple’s toes with temporary retail locations

Microsoft stepping on Apple’s toes with temporary retail locations

As most of you already know, Microsoft is planning to open a bunch of temporary stores to support the launch of Windows 8 and Surface. ZDNet is reporting that most of these 32 retail locations will be opening across the US and Canada on October 26, the same day that Windows 8 is set to go on sale. Microsoft looks like it will taking the fight to Apple with these temporary retail locations too, opening these stores near Apple's own stores in many places.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 17, 2012

Welcome to Monday evening, folks. Today, we entered the final few days before the iPhone 5 releases, and we found out that the device has netted 2 million pre-orders in its first 24 hours of availability. Some of those same pre-orders began shipping out from China over the weekend, and AT&T is claiming that the iPhone 5 is the most successful iPhone launch ever, which everyone could have probably already guessed. We take a look at the iPhone 5's already astounding success, while Samsung was busy comparing the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S III in a new ad that was rolled out over the weekend.

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Ballmer: Windows 8 launch could be bigger than Windows 95

Ballmer: Windows 8 launch could be bigger than Windows 95

There's no doubt that the last few months of 2012 are going to be pretty big for Microsoft thanks to the incoming launch of Windows 8, but now CEO Steve Ballmer says that the launch of the new OS could be bigger than most of us are expecting. Speaking in a recent interview with The Seattle Times, Ballmer elaborated on his recent comments that 2012 would be the most "epic" year in Microsoft's history, saying that the launch of Windows 8 could eclipse that of Windows 95.

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Windows 8 October 25 launch will hopefully spill Surface pricing

Windows 8 October 25 launch will hopefully spill Surface pricing

Microsoft has announced it will be launching Windows 8 on Thursday, October 25, pushing out its new OS baby officially and kick-starting its next generation of PCs, laptops, and tablets. The event, to be held in New York City, is something of a mystery going by the invite - which merely shows a happy laptop user, presumably mesmerized by Windows 8's tiled UI - but we're expecting to hear more on the upcoming Surface tablets.

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Sony introduces the VAIO Duo 11 slide-out tablet to take on Microsoft Surface

Sony introduces the VAIO Duo 11 slide-out tablet to take on Microsoft Surface

Sony has just officially entered the Windows 8 tablet and touchscreen market with the announcement of the recently leaked VAIO 11-inch slide-out tablet. This will obviously be aimed at those folks that created the Surface tablet -- and Sony hopes to spoil their plans with this new full featured and powerful Windows 8 machine.

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Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet hybrid spotted with Windows 8

Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet hybrid spotted with Windows 8

It looks like Sony is gearing up to give Microsoft Surface a run for its money with a new tablet hybrid of its own. The leaked pics you see below come courtesy of an unnamed PocketNow source, and appear to depict a new Sony convertible tablet running Windows 8. While there aren't too many details at the moment, the pictures do give away some hints as to what this tablet hybrid could be.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 16, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 16, 2012

As Thursday winds down, we're finding that we've got a lot of news to recap. Today Samsung used the MERL touchscreen table to show that Apple doesn't have much of a claim, before resting its case and asking the Judge to award it $421.8 million in the suit. Later in the day, we caught word that Judge Lucy Koh had asked Apple's counsel if they were smoking crack when they presented an extremely long document filled with witnesses they wanted to call for rebuttals. Yes, that really happened.

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Lenovo plans to beat Surface with superior hardware

Lenovo plans to beat Surface with superior hardware

Acer hasn’t exactly been coy when it comes its opinion on Microsoft’s Surface tablet, but Lenovo believes that it can beat the tablet with some good old fashioned competition. CEO of Lenovo, Yang Yuanqing, voiced his opinions on the company’s latest earnings calls, saying, “Although we don't like Microsoft providing hardware, for us, it just adds one more competitor,” when asked about Surface.

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Microsoft Surface reportedly aiming for $199

Microsoft Surface reportedly aiming for $199

Google and ASUS shocked consumers when they revealed that the Jelly Bean-based Nexus 7 tablet would retail for $199, but is Microsoft poised to do the same come October? That may be the case according to a report from Engadget. Microsoft was coy on the pricing details for its Surface tablet, with one report suggesting the 32GB model would retail for $599. According to Engadget’s sources, launch details suggest that the tablet will retail for as low as $199 on October 26th.

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