Microsoft may not have launched a Surface Mini alongside the Surface Pro 3, but chatter of a last-minute cancellation for the smaller slate looks all the more likely given the multiple references to it in the larger tablet's user guide. The download, available from Microsoft's Surface support site and intended to get new owners up to speed with the core hardware and Windows 8 features, but was clearly written on the assumption that both tablets would be released.
New Surface Pro 3 owners receiving their Windows 8.1 tablets tomorrow will get more than just a Microsoft slate in the box, with the company releasing a firmware update in tandem. The tweaked software will address certain power issues related to using the accessories, Microsoft says; however, it's not the first update the Surface Pro 3 has seen.
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.
The Surface Pro 3 is something special. Microsoft has refused to give up on its concept of one device that’s both a tablet and ultrabook, and its ramped up the trash-talk, too, calling out the MacBook Air and iPad by name when it launched the third-generation Windows 8.1 machine. Thing is, this may not just be hot air: bigger but lighter, faster but slimmer, the Surface Pro 3 might well be the hybrid Microsoft has been promising all this time. More importantly, it could well convince me - as an unabashed Mac and iPad user - that the Surface Pro 3 is now competitive. Read on for my full review.
The Surface Mini everyone was expecting this morning was likely in the works until recently. A new report by Bloomberg notes that executives at Microsoft nixed the smaller tablet at the last-minute, opting instead to focus their energy on what a larger device could bring to the table.
Microsoft is aiming for third-time lucky with its tablet ambitions, unveiling the Surface Pro 3 this morning. Rather than the smaller Windows 8 slate many expected, the Surface Pro 3 actually got bigger, with a new 12-inch display and a redesigned keyboard and pen which Microsoft argues makes it the only real hybrid for content consumption and creation. Read on for some first-impressions.
With the "lowest latency in the industry," according to Corporate vice president of Surface Computing at Microsoft Panos Panay, Surface Pro 3 can take notes quickly. Better than that, clicking the back and of the pen included with the Surface Pro 3 launches Microsoft OneNote in an instant, even if the device is "off."