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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life vastly better shortly after launch

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life vastly better shortly after launch

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is significantly more battery-efficient than it was when it first launched on Oct. 22, thanks to a firmware update pushed by Microsoft shortly thereafter. It's a whopping 25% more battery-efficient than it was in terms of intense Web browsing, and a noticeable 16% better when running video. Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech ran the tests that demonstrated the improvement and ranked the results against various other devices.

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Microsoft claims Surface competitors are trying to catch up

Microsoft claims Surface competitors are trying to catch up

In light of the new Surface 2, Microsoft has made some interesting claims regarding its tablet competition to the folks over at Tech Radar, where the company seems to take a passive swipe at Apple while saying that others are playing catch-up. Microsoft isn't the only company to be pushing out its big-name tablet offerings in recent times, with Apple having just recently taken the wraps off its new iPad Air.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows woes for DIYers

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 teardown shows woes for DIYers

The industrious folks at iFixit have taken to tearing into Microsoft's Surface Pro 2, putting it through the same dismantling process the Kindle Fire HDX, iMac 2013, and other devices have recently undergone. Unfortunately, those who grab the Microsoft slate are going to have quite a battle if they ever elect to go the DIY route, with the Surface Pro 2 scoring a dismal 1 out of 10 repairability score.

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Microsoft: free Apple software “hardly that surprising or significant”

Microsoft: free Apple software “hardly that surprising or significant”

One day after the newest Apple event in which they showed off a set of new iPads and desktop machines and Microsoft has fired back at Apple's most interesting move: free software. Apple turned the latest release of their desktop operating system (OS X Mavericks) as well as their iWork and iLife suites of apps into free releases. Microsoft's own Corporate Vice President of Communications, Frank Shaw, today suggested that the public's response to this set of freebies were all due to the so-called Apple RDF (Reality Distortion Field).

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iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

iPad Air vs Surface 2 vs Nexus 7: No Contest

The war is on for the most sought-after tablet on the market, and the differentiation between the front-runners appears now, more than ever, to be strikingly high. What we've got from Apple is the iPad Air, a new far-smaller iteration of the same Retina display as the 4th generation unit. From Google there's the Nexus 7 (2013), a low-priced high-powered Android tablet manufactured by ASUS. Microsoft's competitor in the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 works with Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT, making this battle a three-way fight between operating systems right off the bat.

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Surface in “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Microsoft VP promises

Surface in “multiple aspect ratios and sizes” Microsoft VP promises

Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay has confirmed that "multiple aspect ratios and sizes" are in the pipeline, though declined to comment specifically on longstanding speculation around a "Surface Mini" tablet. Chatter of a 7- to 8-inch Surface to take on the iPad mini and Nexus 7 has persisted since the launch of the original model in 2012, though Microsoft did not wheel out its smaller slate when it unveiled second-gen Surface hardware last month. However, that doesn't mean new devices aren't in the pipeline.

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Surface Mini in 2014 insiders say as Xbox One soaks up Windows devs

Surface Mini in 2014 insiders say as Xbox One soaks up Windows devs

Microsoft's Surface Mini, the smaller version of the Windows tablet, is not expected to launch until 2014, insiders claim, with the software company supposedly waiting on a new version of the OS. The tablet will run Windows RT on an ARM processor, ZDNet's sources insist, but won't hit stores until the so-called "Spring 2014 GDR" update to Windows 8.1.

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Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

Surface 2 beats out iPad, Nokia tablet for Delta pilots

It would appear that Delta airlines are bucking some device trends this upcoming travel season in a move that will have Microsoft pleased. Though the airline had been working with Apple's iPad slate for some time now, they've begun transitioning to the Microsoft-made Surface 2. This tablet is up for pre-order as of the 24th of September, and will begin appearing on doorsteps and in stores on the 22nd of October here in the United States.

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Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE coming early next year

Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE coming early next year

The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 were both unveiled at a Microsoft event earlier in the day, however it looks like some additional models are still to come. In fact, it was said that Microsoft will be announcing an LTE model in "early next year." The details were revealed by Panos Panay who is the corporate VP of Surface at Microsoft.

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Microsoft SkyDrive accounts now top out at 200GB

Microsoft SkyDrive accounts now top out at 200GB

Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 at an event earlier this morning. Included in that announcement was also details of the docking station and a variety of covers, but it seems there was also a bit of good news for those who were hoping to have a 200GB SkyDrive account. In short, Microsoft announced just that and have begun teasing about how that will be "enough storage for a photo every hour from birth to graduation."

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Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

With the ushering in of the second generation of Microsoft Surface devices in the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, the company decided to give their accessory line a boot as well. What you're seeing this week is a Type Cover 2, a Touch Cover 2, a Power Cover, and a Docking Station. These accessories will all be working with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 as well as the original Surface Pro but will not work with the original Surface RT.

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Surface 2 hands-on

Surface 2 hands-on

Is there a place for Windows RT tablets in a competitive slate market dominated by iPads? Microsoft still believes there is, and the Surface 2 is the company's second attempt to convince everybody else that's the case. Still using the same, slick VaporMg metal construction and crisp-edged style, the Surface 2 is as handsome as ever, but now it has NVIDIA's Tegra 4 under the hood and the Full HD touchscreen from the Surface Pro 2 on top. Is that enough to clinch the deal? Read on for our first impressions.

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