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Microsoft Surface reportedly aiming for $199

Microsoft Surface reportedly aiming for $199

Google and ASUS shocked consumers when they revealed that the Jelly Bean-based Nexus 7 tablet would retail for $199, but is Microsoft poised to do the same come October? That may be the case according to a report from Engadget. Microsoft was coy on the pricing details for its Surface tablet, with one report suggesting the 32GB model would retail for $599. According to Engadget’s sources, launch details suggest that the tablet will retail for as low as $199 on October 26th.

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Lenovo hits Windows 8 with IdeaPad Yoga

Lenovo hits Windows 8 with IdeaPad Yoga

Lenovo has been showing a lot of support for Windows 8 lately, and today it showed even more. ABC News reports that the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga will be running the Windows RT version of Windows 8 when it arrives later this year, but that isn't all, as Lenovo is apparently preparing multiple versions of the Yoga for release. Even better is that the IdeaPad Yoga is expected to launch around the same time Windows 8 does, which is on October 26.

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Lenovo’s Windows RT tablet will be ARM-based IdeaPad Yoga

Lenovo’s Windows RT tablet will be ARM-based IdeaPad Yoga

Last week it was reported that Lenovo was working on a convertible tablet that would run Windows RT, Microsoft’s ARM-based version of Windows 8. The concept was the same as the IdeaPad Yoga first shown off at CES 2012, but instead of running full-blown Windows 8 and using Intel’s Core i5 chip, the tablet would be utilizing one of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processors and running Windows RT. ABC News corroborates the report, saying that the tablet will carry the IdeaPad Yoga branding.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: August 10, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: August 10, 2012

This morning we're getting several tips on the future of Microsoft's own Surface tablet - coming to stores near you soon. The first is a plee from Acer to Microsoft that they don't make the devices too cheap. Next you'll find these tablets coming with Windows 8 and their recently rebranded Modern UI Style. On the Android side of things, if you've got an HTC One X specifically, software updates are on the way.

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Acer: Please Microsoft, just don’t make Surface too cheap

Acer: Please Microsoft, just don’t make Surface too cheap

Acer has renewed its commitment to Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, with chairman JT Wang saying that the company's criticisms of Microsoft's Surface don't mean it is ditching its Windows slate plans. The company made headlines after criticizing Microsoft's own-brand hardware, arguing that the tablets would "create a huge negative impact" to the Windows ecosystem. Now, DigiTimes reports, Wang has tempered his comments, though still believes that Surface will do more harm than good.

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Microsoft rebrands yet again with “Modern UI Style”

Microsoft rebrands yet again with “Modern UI Style”

Yesterday we heard word that Microsoft was ditching the Metro branding for UI design and elements within Windows 8, replacing it instead with “Windows 8 design.” It looks like the company might still be at odds as to the final naming decision, with Microsoft employees reportedly using the term “Modern UI design” in reference to Windows 8 apps and design language.

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Lenovo reportedly readying convertible Windows RT tablet

Lenovo reportedly readying convertible Windows RT tablet

When Microsoft announced its Surface tablet running Windows RT, it was reported that NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip would be powering the tablet. Now NVIDIA looks to have signed a deal with Lenovo that will see the Chinese manufacturer making use of the same silicon, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal. Not only that, but Lenovo is reportedly working on yet another convertible tablet device, this time using an ARM chip instead of an Intel processor.

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Microsoft reportedly replacing ‘Metro’ branding with just ‘Windows 8’

Microsoft reportedly replacing ‘Metro’ branding with just ‘Windows 8’

Ready for some news that's so anti-climactic it hurts? We all know that Microsoft has been forced to ditch the Metro branding it gave Windows 8 and Windows RT, but what we didn't know was which new brand it chose to take Metro's place. We might have an idea now, as ZDNet is reporting that Microsoft has made the woefully bland decision to just begin calling everything Windows 8.

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Windows 8 tablets are bad business

Windows 8 tablets are bad business

Microsoft's Surface Pro has company, with Lenovo revealing its own Windows 8 slate, the ThinkPad Tablet 2, targeting the all-important enterprise segment. Like the higher-spec Surface, Lenovo's new tablet has content-creation features like a digital pen and all the remote management your IT team demands; it also has the more flexible full version of Windows 8, rather than Windows RT. And, like Microsoft, Lenovo is playing pricing cards close to its chest. One thing is already becoming clear, however: Windows 8 may well struggle to compete in business markets.

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Microsoft officially leaving Windows 8 Metro brand in the dust

Microsoft officially leaving Windows 8 Metro brand in the dust

Microsoft confirmed today that it will indeed be ditching the Metro branding for Windows 8, and said it plans to introduce a new brand sometime later this week. We had a feeling that something like this was going to happen, thanks to this week's leak of internal Microsoft memos which signaled such a change. Apparently, Microsoft's decision to dump the branding comes from talks with "an important European partner" that left the company without much choice in the matter. To put it simply, Microsoft probably picked the term "Metro" without realizing that one its partners already held the trademark.

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Microsoft admits that Surface may hurt partner relations

Microsoft admits that Surface may hurt partner relations

Microsoft is taking quite a risk by producing and releasing its own Windows 8-based tablet. While the company maintains that it isn’t trying to compete with its OEM partners, Acer has been vocal about the move, with reports also indicating that manufacturers weren’t exactly thrilled with the Surface announcement. In a new document submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission discovered by the New York Times, Microsoft admitted that the releases of its own tablet could weaken support among its Windows partners.

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Dell aiming for HP’s abandoned place in Windows RT tablet OEM lockdown

Dell aiming for HP’s abandoned place in Windows RT tablet OEM lockdown

Dell is reportedly jockeying to join the Windows RT tablet club, petitioning Microsoft to take HP's spot in the strictly-controlled roster of companies permitted to create ARM-based Windows slates. With HP dropping out of RT development in favor of focusing on Windows 8 models instead, Dell is in talks to replace it, the China Times reports, seemingly confirming previous reports that Microsoft is putting a six-company limit on who can build one of the first wave of Windows RT tablet models (including its own Surface).

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