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Microsoft Surface RT teardown shows giant retail profit margin

Microsoft Surface RT teardown shows giant retail profit margin

The folks that see how inexpensive an item is to produce and feel that the manufacturer should have little to no profit over this cost are certainly not going to enjoy what they're hearing from IHS iSuppli about Microsoft today, that's for sure. With a a Bill of Materials (BOM) cost of $271 USD and a $13 USD manufacturing cost, the total cost of the Microsoft Surface RT with minimum 32GB NAND flash memory becomes $248 in all, this placing it well below retail price at $599. IHS iSuppli note that compared to the low-end iPad (that being the iPad 2 in this case), the Surface RT generates a greater profit margin in percentage terms and on a per-unit basis as well.

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Mobile Internet Explorer 10 flash workaround discovered

Mobile Internet Explorer 10 flash workaround discovered

Depending on who you ask, Windows 8 and Windows RT are either awesome or terrible. We happen to fall in the former group (at least as far as Windows 8 is concerned), but there's one thing that is an annoyance to anyone using either operating system: the Internet Explorer 10 Metro browser comes with limited support for Flash. It will likely stay limited for at least a little while too, as websites need to be added to Microsoft's whitelist before Flash functions properly.

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Acer Windows RT hardware depends on Microsoft’s Surface performance

Acer Windows RT hardware depends on Microsoft’s Surface performance

If you were thinking of continuing your Acer collection of computers with a Windows RT tablet, you'll likely have to wait at least until next year while the manufacturer delays their plans and waits out the Microsoft Surface wave. With the Surface RT, reviewed by SlashGear just this past week, Acer is seeing a situation happen that includes items like Microsoft's Times Square launch and is keeping their own efforts a secret for now. Acer's own President has made it clear this week that they aren't stopping research, but they are putting Windows RT-toting hardware on hold.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 31, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 31, 2012

Welcome to the special Halloween edition of the Evening Wrap-Up! The Halloween edition is pretty much the same as regular Wrap-Ups, the only difference is that I'm dressed as Ginger Spice as I type this. Let's spice up our lives with a recap, shall we? Microsoft is being sued over its Windows 8 live tiles, and Apple has removed delivery dates from iPad Mini LTE pre-orders, leading some to suspect that the company has been forced to delay them. T-Mobile and AT&T have opened up their networks in areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, letting customers of both carriers use either network - a respectable move by the two carriers in this time of need.

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Microsoft releases full list of Windows RT compatible devices

Microsoft releases full list of Windows RT compatible devices

One of the big selling points of Microsoft's new Surface tablet is the compatibility it has with tons of different USB devices, such as printers, scanners, keyboards, and mice. In fact, Microsoft claims that the Surface running Windows RT supports a whopping 420 million different hardware devices, and the company released a full list of all the products that are compatible with the Surface.

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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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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 25, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today was Microsoft's big Windows 8 launch event, and though we didn't find out many new details, the company did share a few interesting tidbits of information. For instance, did you know that there are more than 1,000 Windows 8 certified PCs now? How about the fact that Microsoft has sold a whopping 670 million Windows 7 licenses? Microsoft also told us that the Windows Store will be available in 231 markets, and that Windows RT is supported by more than 420 million devices. Impressive numbers to be sure, but it's important to remember why we were at this show in the first place: Windows 8 launches in just a few hours, so get ready for that.

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