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Microsoft Surface pricing and release details dropped

Microsoft Surface pricing and release details dropped

This week the folks at Microsoft have revealed that they'll be bringing forward a couple of tablets, both of the from the Microsoft Surface family. These tablets will have keyboard covers, full touch displays, Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro, and will be priced to sell. The actual prices have not yet been revealed, but Microsoft has been clear that they'll be "near ultrabook class PCs" as it were.

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Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro revealed

Microsoft Surface for Windows 8 Pro revealed

This week it appears that Microsoft is bringing on more than one new tablet to their own hardware lineup with not just the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT, but a Surface for Windows 8 Pro as well. This next-generation device is made for professionals, so Microsoft's Michael Anguilo says, and is less than 2 pounds, less than 14mm thick, and comes with a high-resolution ClearType display.

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Microsoft Surface re-introduced as a handheld tablet

Microsoft Surface re-introduced as a handheld tablet

This week Microsoft has re-introduced their own creation as a smaller version of itself: Microsoft Surface in the form of a handheld tablet. It was Steve Ballmer himself that came onstage at the start of this event, beginning his talk with a bit of a teaser with "cloud computing and entertainment" and ending up letting us know the big bang right from the start: "and in all that we've done, Windows is the heart and soul." Ballmer let the audience know that Windows in all powers 1 billion computers (and more, we must assume) across the earth, and that "Windows 8 re-imagines the product."

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Microsoft Milk Studios event – we’re here!

Microsoft Milk Studios event – we’re here!

It's just about time to head in to the Microsoft "Major Announcement" media event that the press have been invited to on this extremely hot and sunny summer's day. We've been hypothesizing since the end of last week when Microsoft first invited the media world to this super secretive announcement (or set of announcements), and what's come up has been everything from an Xbox software upgrade to a Microsoft Surface downgrade - in size, that is. What seems most likely thus far is a Windows 8 tablet, as it were, so stay tuned as we move forward into the fray!

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Microsoft Xbox Surface predicted back in 2010

Microsoft Xbox Surface predicted back in 2010

If you've got a rather good memory and do truly believe that the engineers who create devices like the Xbox and the operating system Windows are that good, it does appear likely that Microsoft leaked today's Special Event secret back in 2010. Back then a fellow by the name of Bill Buxton, Microsoft's then Principal Researcher, spoke about how the Microsoft Surface, which had been in the works since 2007, was going to get a whole lot smaller rather quickly, or as he said it: "I believe you will see [a cost-effective Microsoft Surface in people's living rooms] in three years." This combined with the leaked "Xbox Surface" document we saw earlier makes a rather enticing case, wouldn't you say?

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Xbox Surface tablet latest wild Microsoft rumor

Xbox Surface tablet latest wild Microsoft rumor

With B&N out of the picture, speculation about Microsoft's launch today turns to Xbox integration, with sources claiming that the company's Surface multitouch table will share its DNA with a game-centric slate. The so-called Microsoft Xbox Surface tablet will, according to purportedly leaked specifications from Shifted2u, have a 7-inch 1280 x 720 multitouch display and connect wirelessly to a "stationary computing device" base station with twin 3.1GHz IBM processors, a custom 28nm AMD GPU and 250GB of speedy storage.

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Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Interactive tables aren’t anything new, but what about one you could potentially build by yourself on the cheap? That’s what one internet dweller has done, using a 2D projector, kinect unit, and four infrared lasers. The table appears to have a 3D holographic display, but it’s a clever piece of trickery: the Kinect tracks the user’s head in relation to the table, and the projector adjusts the image as necessary to give the illusion of a 3D space.

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Samsung SUR40 Microsoft Surface gets unboxed and booted

Samsung SUR40 Microsoft Surface gets unboxed and booted

A group of Scottish geeks from Robert Gordon University in Scotland laid their hands on the slick and very cool second-generation Microsoft Surface computing system. The system in question uses the Samsung SUR40 display. The guys go through the unboxing of the Samsung display unit and its assembly. After all the screws are turned, they start the system up and fiddle about with a bit.

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