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Microsoft to release unlocked LTE Surface 3

Microsoft to release unlocked LTE Surface 3

As part of their Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Friday, members of Microsoft's Surface team fielded all kinds of questions from fans of the tablet device. When Redditor agaikwad2008 asked about the possibility of a Surface model with 3G/LTE that isn't locked to a carrier, the team responded that Microsoft will release an unlocked Surface 3 sporting LTE sometime in the future. The original commenter had mentioned they'd been searching for 4 years for an unlocked Windows tablet with 3G/LTE, to the response came as good news, as well as for anyone else in a similar position.

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Surface 3: storage space still limited

Surface 3: storage space still limited

Just as each of the previous models of Microsoft's Surface tablet, with the Surface 3, users should expect less than the advertised storage space once they get up and running. This isn't new - and it's not limited to this device range. All devices released storage space aboard - almost without fail - will have less space once you've begun standard, active use. In this case, that means you get about 37GB of the full 64GB of space on the standard model Surface 3 - about 27GB of space is needed for built-in apps and the operating system itself.

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Microsoft unveils Atom-based Surface 3, the Pro 3’s little brother

Microsoft unveils Atom-based Surface 3, the Pro 3’s little brother

Microsoft is adding a new Surface table to their arsenal. In an attempt to capture the attention of students, families, or anyone not enamored with the Surface Pro 3’s $799 starting price, Microsoft has the Surface 3 (non-Pro). Starting at $499, the device sports a 64-bit Intel Atom x7 Cherry Trail quad-core SoC, sports 2GB RAM, and 32GB memory on-board. The Surface 3 will ship with Windows 8.1, but is upgradeable to Windows 10 once that version is available.

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“Surface 3″ rumored inbound, without ARM, without RT

“Surface 3″ rumored inbound, without ARM, without RT

The absence of a Surface 3 when the Surface Pro 3 launched was already quite indicative of Microsoft's attitude towards the red-headed stepchild that is Windows RT. The death of any rumors or news about a so called Surface Mini further intensified such musings. Microsoft practically laid Windows RT to rest when it acknowledged there won't be an upgrade path to Windows 10 for the mobile platform. Now rumors of a Surface 2 successor are surfacing and, if the they are true, it would pretty much be the nail in RT's coffin.

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Windows RT to get parts of Windows 10 only

Windows RT to get parts of Windows 10 only

Not all Windows are created equal, no matter how much Microsoft tries to convince you otherwise with its Windows 10 spiel. Just yesterday the tech giant was singing the unifying gospel of Windows 10 across all Microsoft's devices, even including the Xbox game system. But now it is clarifying it just a bit that no, not everyone will be getting Windows 10. Or to be more exact, Microsoft's rather oddball Windows RT will only be getting certain features of Windows 10 but not the whole shebang.

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Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here team up for point-of-sale solution

Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here team up for point-of-sale solution

Microsoft Surface and PayPal Here have teamed up to create a new point-of-sale solution for small businesses and sole proprietors that need a convenient way to get paid by customers. Microsoft and PayPal Here note that many businesses have realized that tablets allow them to interact with their customers and untether from the cash register. Microsoft says that in the past this meant that the business needed two devices.

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Surface Pro 3’s latest ad takes jab at the MacBook Air

Surface Pro 3’s latest ad takes jab at the MacBook Air

Microsoft rolled out its latest ad for the Surface Pro 3 over the weekend, and in it is the same tired theme we've seen before: comparison with an Apple product, in this case a MacBook Air. It's short and sweet at 30 seconds, and focuses on the features offered by the Surface Pro 3 ("...it has got a USB!") while a MacBook Air sits next to it relatively ignored. Festive imagery is sprinkled throughout, no doubt encouraging viewers to grab one for the holiday season.

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Surface Pro 3 used as iPad stands by CNN commentators

Surface Pro 3 used as iPad stands by CNN commentators

Back in September, Microsoft's marketing efforts for the Surface Pro 3 didn't go as expected when sports announcers forgot what it was called, instead referring to them as iPads and "iPad-like tools". A similar situation unfolded on CNN during the live election coverage this week, where the commentators were seen decked out with snazzy Surface Pro 3 units. Nothing seemed amiss...at first. As the broadcast wore on, however, it became apparent that the Surfaces weren't being used in the intended manner.

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Surface drives nearly billion dollar revenue for Microsoft in Q1

Surface drives nearly billion dollar revenue for Microsoft in Q1

This quarter is a rather good one for Microsoft's Surface tablet lineup, that's for certain. Their financial crew reported Microsoft Financial 2015 Q1 results today, showing the Surface Pro 3 to have driven Surface revenue up to $908 million for the quarter. Microsoft's Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96 billion overall, while total Xbox console sales were 2.4 million, growing a cool 102%. Xbox One also launched in 28 new markets in these past three quarters alone.

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