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Microsoft’s 256GB Surface Pro shows up in the US

Microsoft’s 256GB Surface Pro shows up in the US

First revealed late last month in Japan, the 256GB version of Microsoft's Surface Pro appears to be going on sale in the US, although we haven't heard any word from Microsoft on the matter. A 256GB variant has showed up on CDW's website, which is one of Microsoft's authorized retailers, so we at least know it's legitimate from what we can see.

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Microsoft to “sanitize” Bing for school use

Microsoft to “sanitize” Bing for school use

Students across the country will soon be using a cleaned up version of Microsoft's search engine ecosystem Bing, devoid (or so they hope) of content they're not especially fond of sending out to under-age citizens of the USA. Microsoft spoke up this week at the International Society for Technology for Education meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and dubbed the program "Bing for Schools."

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Microsoft Surface 2 with Snapdragon 800 LTE tipped in testing

Microsoft Surface 2 with Snapdragon 800 LTE tipped in testing

Microsoft is set to reveal new versions of the Surface RT tablet, using Qualcomm Snapdragon processors alongside existing NVIDIA Tegra chips, sources claim, with the goal of adding integrated LTE support. Although NVIDIA will supply processors "for some versions" insiders told Bloomberg, Qualcomm's Snapdragon would feature in other models, as Microsoft attempts to make its homegrown slate more directly competitive with the iPad.

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Outlook for Windows RT incoming with 8.1; new Surface update detailed

Outlook for Windows RT incoming with 8.1; new Surface update detailed

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows RT tablets will get a full copy of Outlook 2013 RT as of the Windows 8.1 update, helping open a few more enterprise doors for slates like Surface. The app, not currently available for "Windows-on-ARM", has been a frequently requested one, Microsoft conceded, and the company hopes will help shift Windows RT out of the grey area between business and personal use.

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Microsoft Surface to be used on NFL sidelines

Microsoft Surface to be used on NFL sidelines

Yesterday when Microsoft announced the Xbox One, they also announced a partnership with the NFL that would see an immersive NFL experience come to the new console, as well as some Microsoft technology coming to sidelines next season. However, during the keynote, the company didn't specify what exactly would be coming to sidelines, but now we that Surface tablets will hitting the NFL in a big way.

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Surface Pro pressure support in Photoshop added with Wacom driver

Surface Pro pressure support in Photoshop added with Wacom driver

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet is set to get its missing pressure sensitivity for the digital stylus in apps like Photoshop, with a Wacom driver update incoming to address the glitch. The Windows 8 tablet, launched back in February, shipped without full support for recognizing how hard stylus-users pressed with the pen in apps like Adobe's Creative Suite. Now, according to Microsoft's Panos Panay, the end is in sight.

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Microsoft Surface 2 tipped as cautious BUILD release

Microsoft Surface 2 tipped as cautious BUILD release

This week the folks at Microsoft have been tipped to be wrapping up production of a second-generation Surface tablet for Windows 8, readying the device for a reveal at this year's BUILD developer conference. A release of a second-generation Surface tablet will be done "cautiously" according to sources speaking this week, with the original run of the tablet having sold less than expected in its initial push. Both the Surface RT and the Surface Pro may be getting a full refresh this year.

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Microsoft Surface tablet availability expands amid reports of demand

Microsoft Surface tablet availability expands amid reports of demand

Microsoft will soon be expanding the availability of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets. It stated that due to the high demand for its products in other countries, it has decided to bring its tablets to several more markets. The Surface RT will be expanded to 4 new markets, while the Surface Pro will be expanded to a whopping 24 new markets. The expansion will be completed by the end of June.

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Microsoft Surface Pro’s warranty becomes a target in China

Microsoft Surface Pro’s warranty becomes a target in China

Last month, China's most popular TV program, China Central Television, criticized Apple's warranty policy for treating Chinese customers differently than it treats other customers from around the globe. The criticism sparked a lot of controversy, and Apple's CEO Tim Cook issued an apology and announced that he, and Apple, will improve its warranty and repair its policies in China. Seeing how much attention the controversy garnered, a Chinese radio-station has decided to jump onto that bandwagon.

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Microsoft Outlook to reportedly hit Windows RT this year

Microsoft Outlook to reportedly hit Windows RT this year

Those rumors that Microsoft was reportedly testing an Outlook app for Windows RT devices have been reinforced. A couple of people around Microsoft's campus were spotted using the Microsoft Outlook desktop app on their Microsoft Surface devices. Unlike those previous rumors however, Microsoft Outlook is said to be coming to consumers later this year, with a release date speculated to be around the Fall.

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Microsoft adds Surface Chinese Edition to confusing line-up

Microsoft adds Surface Chinese Edition to confusing line-up

Microsoft has quietly revealed a third version of its Surface Pro tablet, this time including a full version of Office 2013 Home and Student at no extra cost, though you'll have to be in China - and read the language - in order to benefit. The "Surface Chinese Edition" is physically identical to the regular Surface Pro tablet, but swaps Windows 8 Pro for Windows 8 for China.

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Surface sales appear to fall short with first 1.5 million unit prediction

Surface sales appear to fall short with first 1.5 million unit prediction

It's not that the Microsoft Surface tablet isn't selling as well as the Windows 8 company predicted, but according to three anonymous sources speaking up this week, they certainly aren't selling all that well. Speaking this week with Bloomberg, these three sources claim to have sales numbers before they're made official to the public. According to them, the company has sold a total of about 1.5 million Surface devices since launch.

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