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Windows 8 tablets are bad business

Windows 8 tablets are bad business

Microsoft's Surface Pro has company, with Lenovo revealing its own Windows 8 slate, the ThinkPad Tablet 2, targeting the all-important enterprise segment. Like the higher-spec Surface, Lenovo's new tablet has content-creation features like a digital pen and all the remote management your IT team demands; it also has the more flexible full version of Windows 8, rather than Windows RT. And, like Microsoft, Lenovo is playing pricing cards close to its chest. One thing is already becoming clear, however: Windows 8 may well struggle to compete in business markets.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 7, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, folks. Apple and Samsung's patent suit is still going on, but today we didn't get too much news about it. Samsung said that the high return rates of the Galaxy Tab had to with the devices malfunctioning, and not because customers were confusing it for the iPad like Apple claimed Apple's expert witness, Peter Bressler, said today that the iPhone brought on a "crisis of design" over at Samsung headquarters, and we found out just how much Mr. Bressler is getting paid to sit on the stand and testify for Apple. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of money, and now we're on the lookout for "expert witness" job openings.

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Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface

Microsoft already hiring for next generation Surface

Microsoft Surface won't be launching until October, but the company is wasting no time in getting the ball rolling on the next generation of Surface devices. A dozen Microsoft job ads have been discovered by TechRadar, and they're all related in one way or another to future iterations of Surface. Microsoft, for its part, maintains that the only Surface devices are the two tablets that have been announced, but that doesn't mean it isn't planning for the future.

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Acer CEO slaps Surface: “Think twice” Microsoft warns Wang

Acer CEO slaps Surface: “Think twice” Microsoft warns Wang

Acer has publicly criticized Microsoft's Surface tablet project, with CEO JT Wang describing the own-brand tablet as likely to "create a huge negative impact" for the Windows 8 and tablet ecosystems. "We have said [to Microsoft] think it over ... Think twice" Wang told the FT, citing Microsoft's poor track record in balancing its own hardware and software as the key reason. "It is not something you are good at" Wang warned Microsoft, "so please think twice."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 30, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 30, 2012

Well folks, another Monday is in the bag. We must say that for an otherwise ordinary Monday at the end of July, this one was pretty eventful as far as news stories go. Most importantly, today marked the beginning of the patent trail between Samsung and Apple. This morning we took a closer look at the trial and the arguments being made by both sides, while later on in the day we received word that a key witness in the case won't be showing up to testify. Apple's courtroom woes don't end at its trial with Samsung, however, as the company is also being sued over its Siri technology by a university in Taiwan.

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Microsoft admits that Surface may hurt partner relations

Microsoft admits that Surface may hurt partner relations

Microsoft is taking quite a risk by producing and releasing its own Windows 8-based tablet. While the company maintains that it isn’t trying to compete with its OEM partners, Acer has been vocal about the move, with reports also indicating that manufacturers weren’t exactly thrilled with the Surface announcement. In a new document submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission discovered by the New York Times, Microsoft admitted that the releases of its own tablet could weaken support among its Windows partners.

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OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

OneNote MX should be Microsoft’s Windows 8 content creation hub

The importance of Office 2013 to Microsoft's bottom line can't be understated, and yet the company faces no small amount of ridicule amid questions of whether the productivity suite is "relevant" any longer. With Windows 8 fast approaching, and long-standing arguments over whether tablets are for content creation or merely consumption, Office or its Metro-styled MX variant for Windows RT slates hasn't necessarily proved the selling point Microsoft may have hoped it might. The company already has that wildcard, though, and it's been fermenting away under Microsoft's nose for a decade.

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OneNote MX preview hits Windows Store with Metro UI

OneNote MX preview hits Windows Store with Metro UI

Microsoft's first Windows 8 Metro style Office app, the tablet-centric OneNote MX digital note-taking software, has shown up as a preview release in the Windows Store. Among the tidbits seen officially for the first time is the new radial touch menu, with easy navigation buttons along with quick access to font formatting, copy, bullets, and undo. The app will work on all Windows 8 PCs, but will be particularly useful on tablets like Microsoft's own Surface.

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Microsoft Halo 4 will work on Surface

Microsoft Halo 4 will work on Surface

If we said just several months ago that Halo 4 would be playable on a device other than the Xbox 360 or a Windows PC, you probably would have thought we were crazy. But that would have been before Microsoft announced its impending Surface tablet platform. In an effort to make the tablet a success right out of the gate, Surface will be able to play Halo 4.

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