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Windows 8: what Microsoft did right and what went wrong

Windows 8: what Microsoft did right and what went wrong

Windows 10 is coming really soon. If AMD is to be believed, that is happening around July. Given this upcoming version of Windows is set to fix a number of complaints about Windows 8, it's release will surely call to mind some its predecessor's shortcomings. But for all the warts that Windows 8 had, it wasn't completely a failure in all aspects and even laid the foundations of many features and mindsets still present in Windows 10 and elsewhere. Here we take a look at 5 of the things Windows 8 could have gotten right and also how they failed to reach the mark.

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Surface Pro 4 reveal tipped for mid-May

Surface Pro 4 reveal tipped for mid-May

This morning we've gotten word from an anonymous source that the Surface Pro 4 will be revealed at a special Microsoft event in mid-May. This follows with last year's announcement of the Surface Pro 3, having taken place on May 20th, 2014. When we got our first Surface Pro 3 hands-on back then, the device seemed like the bees knees in detachable-keyboard Windows computing. Now just one year later we're itching for the next generation. Especially considering the short amount of time between the Surface Pro 2 and 3.

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StaffPad lets you draw music on that expensive Surface Pro

StaffPad lets you draw music on that expensive Surface Pro

Microsoft has always been marketing its Surface Pro tablets to creatives, but with the stylus that comes with it, it has mostly been of more interest to those with a visual flair more than any other type or creator. A new app that just debuted for Windows 8, however, gives that stylus a new purpose beyond scribbling and drawing. StaffPad utilizes the precision and flexibility that the Surface styluses have to offer in order to let musicians write, but really "draw" music just as they would on a physical music sheet.

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Surface Pro update brings improved hardware behavior

Surface Pro update brings improved hardware behavior

Microsoft has just released a rather substantial update to its Surface Pro line, spanning all generations of the Windows 8 toting tablet hybrids. While a good number of the updates bring improvements across the board, the brunt of the focus is lavished on the graphics and networking hardware of the Surface Pros in an attempt to improve the overall experience of the tablets and, consequently, the appeal of the devices to a still unbelieving market.

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Surface Pro 3 arrives with Intel i3 and i7 cores

Surface Pro 3 arrives with Intel i3 and i7 cores

The return of the Surface Pro means heftier processors and more refined hardware around the edges, and this week new store availability. Both the Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i7 versions of the Surface Pro 3 will become available immediately if not soon in the United States and Canada. This week’s release will appear at Best Buy, Tiger Direct, Staples, and a variety of other major brand stores.

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Surface Pro 3 available for demo today in stores

Surface Pro 3 available for demo today in stores

Even though the final release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is still two weeks away, the company appears to be ready to bring the experience to consumers early. Starting today, Microsoft stores across the country will have the Surface Pro 3 available for demonstration purposes. You’ll be able to get your hands on this beast well before you buy it.

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The Surface Pro 3 Opportunity

The Surface Pro 3 Opportunity

Third time looks to have been the charm for Microsoft, with the Surface Pro 3 proving to be a surprise hit among most reviewers - even those who are usually ardent Apple fans. As Vincent’s glowing judgement of the adaptable tablet suggests, there’s a lot of value to be found in a flexible form-factor. The glaring omission, though, is in not taking that flexibility to its logical conclusion: it wouldn’t take much for Microsoft to really tip Surface into must-have territory.

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