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Apple Surface a possibility says Bill Gates

Apple Surface a possibility says Bill Gates

It's not a mistake that Bill Gates spoke this week on the Microsoft Surface saying Apple may have to follow suit at essentially the same time as Andrew Kim's The Next Microsoft branding has come along. Actually it's more like divine intervention, with some power up above finally telling Microsoft to get their rear in gear, to not only chop out the middle man in more ways than one, but to get some graphic designers worth their salt as well. The biggest news at the moment is the fact that in an interview with Charlie Rose this week, Bill Gates was quoted saying that Apple will probably have to create their own Surface-like device in the near future because Microsoft's effort was so awesome.

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The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

The Next Microsoft: The branding Surface deserves

Think Microsoft and what do you get: old, enterprise, and well behind the times, perhaps? Not if one designer has his way; Andrew Kim may not have a contract with Microsoft, but that hasn't stopped him crafting a whole new branding strategy that ditches the "Windows" pane of today and replaces it with a crisp parallelogram Kim calls the "slate", before pulling in Windows Phone, Surface, Office, and Windows under some straightforward new headings.

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HP reportedly first to ditch Windows RT tablet plans over Microsoft’s Surface

HP reportedly first to ditch Windows RT tablet plans over Microsoft’s Surface

Microsoft has so alienated Windows RT tablet manufacturers with its own-brand Surface that OEMs are abandoning the platform, insiders claim, with HP leading the way in ditching its roadmap. The PC company had intended to launch a number of Qualcomm-powered Windows RT models, it's said, but according to SemiAccurate's sources HP dropped its plans after Microsoft's handling of Surface and OS licensing.

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Microsoft predicts tablets overtaking PCs next year

Microsoft predicts tablets overtaking PCs next year

Microsoft is definitely thinking ahead when it comes to its Surface tablet. At a TechEd event held in Amsterdam today, the company has said that it believes tablet sales will overtake PCs within the next year. Antoine Leblond, vice president for Windows Web Services, spoke about how touch interfaces will become the dominant platform in the coming years, and that tablets will outsell traditional PCs for the first time.

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Microsoft saw OEM tablet plans, went ahead with Surface

Microsoft saw OEM tablet plans, went ahead with Surface

Microsoft surprised consumers, and apparently even its OEM partners, when it announced its self-branded Surface tablet running Windows 8. An Acer executive has already spoken out against the announcement, saying its an attempt to get OEMs to produce their own high quality offerings. One analyst now believes that Microsoft used its access to partner’s Windows 8 plans before moving ahead with the Surface launch after all.

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Microsoft: We’ve no own-brand Windows Phone plans

Microsoft: We’ve no own-brand Windows Phone plans

When Microsoft announced that it would be making its own Windows 8 Surface tablet, some believed the next logical step was for the company to start producing its own smartphones next. An executive at Microsoft has come out and said that this isn’t the case, and that the company won’t pursue the same strategy. When asked directly if Microsoft had any plans to apply the same formula to phones, Greg Sullivan, senior marketing manager for Windows Phone, said, "No, we do not."

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: June 25, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: June 25, 2012

This morning we're getting prepped for a week that's going to be full to the brim with no less than the latest and the greatest in Google development news, as Google I/O 2012 starts on Wednesday! Look for a spattering of news bits surrounding the events starting with no less than a leak of the tablet we'll likely see popping up for all - Nexus style. Meanwhile Microsoft will be going big with Microsoft Connected Car plans for the near future with Kinect, Windows Phone 8, and the cloud.

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Surface spawned over timid OEMs tip ex-Microsofties

Surface spawned over timid OEMs tip ex-Microsofties

Fears of Windows tablet manufacturer apathy spurred Microsoft's Surface development, despite insistence that the slates are intended to support not compete with OEM efforts, according the latest batch of rumors. Observations of the extent to which Apple will go to secure the materials necessary to develop distinctive and unique products - and concerns that its own Windows OEMs were playing device strategy too safely - prompted Microsoft taking Surface into its own hands, a former executive told the NYT, burned too by the ill-fated HP Slate 500 project.

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Surface Detail: Microsoft’s Tablets Are Too Big To Fail

Surface Detail: Microsoft’s Tablets Are Too Big To Fail

Inevitable branch-out or needless dilution; mounting desperation or a prelude to a Nokia takeover. Surface struck chords with the Windows faithful and rang warning bells among skeptics, with the analysis as deep as Microsoft's launch details were shallow. Yet one thing's clear even at this early stage. No matter whether block-wrapping queues mark Surface's in-store arrival, or if sales of the tablet make Zune look like a blockbuster, Microsoft will be crowing its legacy.

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