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Microsoft Surface reportedly WiFi only

Microsoft Surface reportedly WiFi only

Yesterday rumored pricing emerged for Microsoft’s new Surface tablets, with the ARM-based Windows RT variant reportedly aiming for $599, while the Intel-based Windows 8 Pro version would cost around $799. Bloomberg reports that the first versions of the tablets will only feature WiFi connectivity, with no immediate plans for 3G/4G options.

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Surface vs iPad comparisons inevitable, but foolish in the end

Surface vs iPad comparisons inevitable, but foolish in the end

Let's have a bit of a chat on why the Microsoft Surface tablets revealed this past week have no place being compared to the iPad. Pundits will be required to speak up on how Microsoft has very possibly created this Surface device to compete with the dominant device in the so-called tablet market, but there's one glaring mistake that you'll see made over and over again: the assumption that the Surface can utilize the iTunes app store.

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Microsoft Surface price puzzle polarizes pundits

Microsoft Surface price puzzle polarizes pundits

Microsoft's pricing mystery around the new Surface has become the slates' biggest point of contention, with analysts and rumor-mongers weighing in on how many dollars stand in the way of success. Having announced the pair of tablets on Monday with relatively sparse hardware details, Microsoft played it coy with both price and availability for the Windows RT-based Surface and Windows 8-based Surface Pro. However, there are already suggestions that the pair could be priced out of contention.

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Clandestine Microsoft Surface launch leaves PC partners puzzled

Clandestine Microsoft Surface launch leaves PC partners puzzled

Microsoft's Surface heads-up to PC partners was at most a three day warning, OEM insiders claim, with Windows head Steven Sinofsky outlining sketchy details in a series of short calls last Friday. The Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets came as almost a complete surprise to hardware partners in the US and Taiwan, Reuters' sources at the firms have insisted, with Sinofsky's calls failing to confirm either then name or the specifications of the slates. However, at least one high-profile PC manufacturer has suggested that Microsoft's plans for the Surface brand are short-lived.

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A case against Microsoft Surface tablets’ future success

A case against Microsoft Surface tablets’ future success

The consumer public is about to forget about the Microsoft Surface faster than it realized what it was looking at, and Microsoft knows it. What's been presented this week is an impressive collection of features for a piece of hardware that developers would love to play with, but without a unified view with details in the background, Microsoft has no chance at chomping away at the still-dominant iPad's market share. The Microsoft Surface tablet is not made to compete with the iPad, or so they might say, but it'll be considered a tablet as long as it's marketed without its keyboard - and rightly so.

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SlashGear 101: What is Microsoft Surface?

SlashGear 101: What is Microsoft Surface?

Where before this week there were a variety of Microsoft Surface devices, each of them made on a large table-sized scale, now we've got that brand dedicated to tablets. The Samsung device known as SUR40 has now had its operating system re-branded "Microsoft Pixelsense" where just yesterday it had the shorter iteration of said name. Microsoft has now taken the "Surface" brand and has given it to their new tablet lineup - have a peek at what it all means for you!

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: June 19, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: June 19, 2012

This morning we're still riding the wave out after the impact of last night's Microsoft event. That event brought on not one, but two new tablets manufactured and set to be distributed by Microsoft, with the big news being that no 3rd party manufacturer would be handling the business. It's become apparent rather quickly that this is Microsoft's great iPad attack and that the kraken has been released, so to speak. Dive right in to our Microsoft Surface Tablet event wrap-up or head down the rabbit hole through our Microsoft Surface portal.

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Microsoft: Surface tablets perfect for Skype

Microsoft: Surface tablets perfect for Skype

Microsoft may only have launched its Surface tablets a matter of hours ago, but the company is already making the connections with the rest of its ecosystem, including Skype. The VoIP service Microsoft acquired in recent months gets a specific name-check on the Surface site, with the promise of two LifeCam webcams along with dual microphones that are "tuned for Skype" as the company mounts a direct challenge to Apple's FaceTime.

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Microsoft Surface: The great iPad attack is on

Microsoft Surface: The great iPad attack is on

The Kraken awakes. Microsoft's Surface tablets turned out to be a surprisingly direct attack on the iPad, rather than the segment-tweaking workarounds that had been predicted: not a gaming-focused Xbox slate, or a pared-back multimedia and ebook device, but an all-out assault on the market that, in the past few years, Apple has made its own. With two variants of Surface, however, Microsoft has hedged its bets a little. Is the stylus still relevant, has the finger taken over, or is the keyboard simply refusing to be dislodged?

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LG sidelines tablets following Surface arrival

LG sidelines tablets following Surface arrival

LG is one of the many OEMs that has tried to crack the tablet market following the introduction of Apple’s iPad, but it looks like the company hasn’t had a great deal of success. When asked about Microsoft’s recent Surface announcement, the Korean company said that it “doesn’t see Surface competing with anything we’re focusing on at the moment,” but more importantly indicated that it would be taking a step back from the tablet market.

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Ballmer: Windows partners knew Surface was coming

Ballmer: Windows partners knew Surface was coming

Microsoft warned PC manufacturers that it was planning its own range of Surface tablets, CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed, giving them advance notice it would be challenging them on their own turf. "Our PC partners knew in advance we were announcing something today in this space" Ballmer told AllThingsD in the aftermath of the Surface reveal, a pair of Windows-based slates targeting the iPad and enterprise markets, though the chief exec declined to comment on the reaction those OEMs had.

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Microsoft Surface tablet keynote video goes live

Microsoft Surface tablet keynote video goes live

The full video of Microsoft's Surface tablet keynote has been released, allowing keen tableteers to pick through the details of the Windows RT slate pair. The 45 minute presentation was something of a coup for Microsoft, with the company having managed to keep the bulk of its new tablet details from leaking prior to the event. If you want to see Steve Ballmer triumphantly flaunting a 9.3mm slice of Windows RT-based magnesium, you've come to the right place.

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