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Surface Pro 3 hits 25 international markets on August 28th

Surface Pro 3 hits 25 international markets on August 28th

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is spreading out, with the Windows tablet set to launch in a further 25 markets as of August 28th. Currently available only in the US and Japan, the expanded launch will mean the computer is also available in the UK, China, and many parts of mainland Europe.

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Microsoft sends Surface Pro 3 back to school

Microsoft sends Surface Pro 3 back to school

Microsoft may have already called out the MacBook Air on features when it launched the Surface Pro 3, but now it's trying to make the Windows slate the more affordable option for students during Back To School season. Temporary cuts of at least $150 from the Surface Pro 3's price are on offer through Microsoft's own education store, just as long as you cough up before September 3rd.

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Microsoft at NFL 2014: blue Surface Pros, new Windows 8 app

Microsoft at NFL 2014: blue Surface Pros, new Windows 8 app

NFL season is here, with the preseason kickoff having just finished last night. And like last year's NFL, Microsoft is once again making sure its presence, and its products, are felt both inside the stadium and in your homes, with another batch of Surface Pro hybrids on the sidelines and a fresh NFL app not just for the Xbox One but, for the first time, for Windows 8 as well.

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Titanfall gambles with in-game market

Titanfall gambles with in-game market

This isn’t a bad memory of Diablo III. You’re not going to be trading your items for real cash in a market on Titanfall’s newest update (Update 5). Instead it’s a simple system in which you’re able to sell Burn Cards for credits and spend credits on Burn Card Packs and other oddities. It’s actually kind of neat.

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Maingear Spark goes ultra-small for Windows, Linux, or SteamOS

Maingear Spark goes ultra-small for Windows, Linux, or SteamOS

This week one of the most prolific makers of custom gaming PCs, Maingear, has let loose the Spark. This device weighs less than a pound and is 2.34 inches tall, 4.23 inches deep, and 4.5 inches wide. That’s a palm-sized high-powered PC.

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Wacom Bamboo Paper now available on Android, Windows 8

Wacom Bamboo Paper now available on Android, Windows 8

Wacom is taking on Paper, 53's highly popular iPad app, by taking its own drawing-based software where Paper dare not tread. Wacom is expanding the scope of its Bamboo Paper app beyond iOS, making it available on Windows 8 and Android, both of the Google kind and the Amazon flavor. What's more, to celebrate the milestone, Wacom is offering many of its tools, features, and brushes for free for a limited time only.

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Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

Windows is rising to the Chromebook price war

HP is readying a $199 Windows notebook for the holidays, as Microsoft pushes Windows 8.1 against Google Chromebooks, one of a number of more affordable PC options. The HP Stream laptop, confirmed during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, will be one of at least three models, though versions from Acer and Toshiba will be slightly more expensive, at $249 apiece.

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Windows Start Menu fuses old and new styles in build 9788

Windows Start Menu fuses old and new styles in build 9788

Microsoft has received a lot of flack for how it ungraciously retired the Start Menu in Windows 8, but almost every time the topic comes up, there is always word of its return. Now it appears that the day is close at hand and the Start Menu will indeed be returning. But Microsoft isn't so quick to relinquish its investment on the "Modern" paradigm and has chosen instead to mix the two a bit artificially.

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Update to Windows 8.1 now with new fixed program

Update to Windows 8.1 now with new fixed program

Back on April 8th, 2014, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 to the public for free download as an upgrade to Windows 8. A number of users were unable to grab the update at that time - and since - because of a problem which locked them in an update failed cycle. Microsoft’s newest solution to this comes in a Windows 8 and Windows RT Pilot Program.

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Windows 9 on the way with custom Mini Start Menu

Windows 9 on the way with custom Mini Start Menu

The Start Button appears to be making its way back to Windows with the oncoming release of Windows "Threshold," also tipped to be called Windows 9. This system has not been confirmed by Microsoft, nor has it been officially suggested as removing the Metro UI revealed in Windows 8 at all - instead, it’s likely to be a slightly more incremental update than Windows 8 was in the first place.

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Windows 8 update brings back the desktop

Windows 8 update brings back the desktop

There’s a new Windows 8 update coming your way this year which is said to bring a real return back to a more "classic" desktop environment. With Windows 8, the launch of the "Modern UI" was made ready for touch screens, appearing to many to ditch the original work environment. Microsoft has clearly seen the light and felt the complaints of workers around the world - Threshold will alleviate.

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Surface Pro 3 launch sees Core i3 and i7 release detailed

Surface Pro 3 launch sees Core i3 and i7 release detailed

It's Surface Pro 3 day, and Microsoft is marking the release of its latest Windows tablet with some new news on its siblings and accessories. The Surface Pro 3 will be available to order in Core i3 and Core i7 variants from August 1st in the US and Canada, Microsoft has said today, while the Core i5 model turns up in stores from today.

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