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Microsoft Stores issuing Surface launch day reservations

Microsoft Stores issuing Surface launch day reservations

Microsoft Stores are reportedly taking reservations for the company's Surface tablet, promising to hold stock for eager early-adopters hoping to pick up one of the Windows RT slates on Friday next week. The voucher, apparently being handed out at Microsoft Stores and pop-up stores according to WPCentral, is only valid on October 26 and doesn't appear to specify which Surface it can be exchanged for.

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Surface team spills details: Xbox 360 controllers yes; USB-ethernet no

Surface team spills details: Xbox 360 controllers yes; USB-ethernet no

Microsoft's Surface team has been busy wrapping the Windows RT tablet up for pre-orders opening this week, but it also found time to answer some user questions in a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread. In the sprawling conversation, team lead Panos Panay and his team confirmed that Xbox 360 controllers would work with the new slate - though that they hadn't tried Kinect for Windows yet - as well as discussing just what "all day battery life" really means.

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The Tao of Surface: Inside Microsoft’s First Tablet

The Tao of Surface: Inside Microsoft’s First Tablet

Surface is a huge deal for Microsoft, and it's no over-exaggeration to say that the fate of next-gen Windows rests in no small part on the shoulders of the new own-brand tablet. Up for preorder from today, priced from an iPad-matching $499, the new tablet represents everything Microsoft believes is important about the tablet-focused version of Windows 8, even though it runs the risk of frustrating long-standing OEM partnerships by taking the delivery of that into its own hands. SlashGear caught up with Microsoft at Studio B, the company's hardware hub in Redmond, Washington, for a tour of what are normally clandestine facilities, to find out the back story to Surface and why Microsoft's team felt it was best positioned to deliver it.

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Xbox Music flaws surface: Old Windows abandoned plus listening limits

Xbox Music flaws surface: Old Windows abandoned plus listening limits

Microsoft's new Xbox Music streaming service will leave many existing device owners - including Windows Phone 7 early-adopters - out in the cold, the company has conceded. The new cloud-based music service, which launches tomorrow for Xbox 360 but will eventually run on Windows Phone 8 handsets and Windows 8/RT PCs and tablets, cuts all ties with the existing version of Microsoft's smartphone and PC platforms. Meanwhile, the threat of listening limits lurks in the small-print.

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Microsoft Xbox Music takes on Spotify and iTunes Cloud

Microsoft Xbox Music takes on Spotify and iTunes Cloud

Microsoft has unveiled Xbox Music, its new all-encompassing streaming music service for Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox 360. The new Spotify-rival will offer both free and paid plans and access to over 30m tracks globally, with ad-free playback for those who stump up $9.99 per month, and will go live from Tuesday on Xbox 360 and from October 26 for Windows PCs and tablets.

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Windows Phone 8 pre-orders tipped for October 21st

Windows Phone 8 pre-orders tipped for October 21st

If you're thinking about getting in on the Windows Phone 8 game, you'll likely be considering pre-ordering in the latter half of this month, with October 21st being the first of several waves of device pre-order announcements. What we're to understand from sources speaking with The Verge is that AT&T and Microsoft have shook hands on October 21st for pre-order starts on several devices. The first two of these device releases will be the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X, both of which will be popping up on AT&T right out of the gate.

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ASUS VivoTab RT announced for AT&T with 4G LTE and Windows RT

ASUS VivoTab RT announced for AT&T with 4G LTE and Windows RT

With the Windows 8 wave oncoming quick, it appears to be AT&T that's taking on the mobile bit of the universe first, here with the ASUS VivoTab RT with 4G LTE amongst others. This device is one that we've seen before - announced back during IFA 2012 first of all. It's got an NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 TE processor inside, works with Windows RT (that's essentially Windows 8 for tablets, for those of you that do not know), and a 10.1-inch Super IPS display.

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