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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: the Surface is what people really want

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: the Surface is what people really want

After the announcement of Microsoft's Surface tablet last week, company CEO Steve Ballmer spoke about the competition and what the Surface brings to the table for potential tablet buyers. Despite Apple selling over 100 million iPads, the Kindle Fire HD being Amazon's best-selling product ever, and the Nexus 7 being UK's best-selling tablet, Ballmer says these tablets aren't what people truly want.

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Microsoft Surface pre-orders delayed in UK, apologetic coupon sent instead

Microsoft Surface pre-orders delayed in UK, apologetic coupon sent instead

This week the folks at Microsoft have made one gigantically undeniable effort to let the world know they're ready for Windows 8 to hit the public, but in the UK, they've hit a bit of a snag. It would appear that those early adopters hoping to get a Microsoft Surface this week after having pre-ordered one when they were placed on sale are now receiving a notice. This notice says that Microsoft is sorry that conflicting messages had been sent through various portals giving different odd delivery dates, be they later or earlier than originally stated - as it turns out, the original date range stands.

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I cancelled my Microsoft Surface order

I cancelled my Microsoft Surface order

I um'd and ah'd and hovered over the purchase button for a day or two, but eventually I clicked: I preordered Microsoft's Surface. Jumping onto new hardware always makes you consider exactly how you're going to integrate it into your life, but my intentions this time around were pretty clear. I liked the cut of Microsoft's jib: that its new version of Windows (and the flagship hardware to run it on) was made not only for sitting back and browsing through content, but for actual, proper content creation. I had visions of leaving my MacBook Pro at home and slipping a slender Surface into my bag instead. And then, with shipping just around the corner, I cancelled the order.

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Surface with Windows RT Review

Surface with Windows RT Review

Microsoft is no stranger to tablets, though with Windows RT and Surface the company is hoping to have its first tablet success. Borrowing frugal processors from the mobile industry and a distilled version of Windows 8, and pairing it with distinctive and high-quality hardware, Microsoft certainly appears at first glance to have ticked the right boxes. Still, in a market where tablets are generally scaled-up smartphones, does Microsoft's pared-back desktop OS do enough to rid its reliance on the keyboard and mouse? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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