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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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Microsoft: Over 1,000 new PCs now Windows 8 Certified

Microsoft: Over 1,000 new PCs now Windows 8 Certified

Microsoft's new OS is here, and there shouldn't be a shortage of PCs to experience it on. The company is launching Windows 8 officially today, and according to Windows President Steven Sinofsky, there are over 1,000 new PCs that are certified to use the new platform. That's not just clunky business desktops, either; there are new tablets, ultrabooks, and all-in-ones, with a big focus on touch.

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Lenovo Windows 8 Convertibles family comes together for hands-on action

Lenovo Windows 8 Convertibles family comes together for hands-on action

This week we've gotten the opportunity to take a peek at the nearest-to-final builds of Lenovo's entire Convertible Windows 8 / RT family this week, including the IdeaPad Yoga 13, IdeaPad Yoga 11, ideatab Lynx, ThinkPad Twist, and ThinkPad Tablet 2. Each of these units is unique in its ability to bring Windows 8 or Windows RT to users in their feature sets that include flipping, turning, folding, and straight up sheathing. While we've seen all of these devices before, here lies an opportunity to see them up-close and personal right before review unit time.

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Microsoft live streaming Windows 8 event keynote

Microsoft live streaming Windows 8 event keynote

It isn't exactly a secret anymore that Microsoft is holding a big Windows 8 launch event in New York tomorrow, and indeed, we'll be there covering the whole thing. If you want to follow along as we report the news, you're in luck (at least partially), as Microsoft will be live streaming its keynote from the event. The keynote is scheduled to kick of at 11:15 AM Eastern tomorrow, so be sure to write that down if you want to watch it live.

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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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Xbox SmartGlass hits October 26

Xbox SmartGlass hits October 26

Microsoft's SmartGlass second-screen for Xbox 360 will launch on October 26 alongside Windows 8, turning tablets and smartphones into companion displays for gaming, entertainment, and more on the console. The free app will eventually be offered for Windows 8 and RT tablets and PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices, with the ability to control multimedia playback and web browsing from your gadget - working with the new Internet Explorer for Xbox arriving in the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update - in addition to showing stats and bios for sports games and movies, and of course integrating with games like Forza Horizon and Halo Waypoint.

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