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Microsoft Surface RT makes first appearance in UK stores

Microsoft Surface RT makes first appearance in UK stores

US consumers have enjoyed access to Microsoft's new Surface tablet at brick and mortar stores since launch, but up until today, UK consumers have been forced to purchase their tablets online. That's no longer the case, as department store John Lewis has starting offering Surface RT tablets on its shelves. This, of course, will give UK consumers the chance to get some hands-on time in with the device before committing to a purchase, which is always a pretty big deal.

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Dell pushed Microsoft to use a name other than Windows RT for ARM OS

Dell pushed Microsoft to use a name other than Windows RT for ARM OS

Microsoft's new Windows operating systems have been out for a couple months now. One of the more intriguing operating systems that Microsoft rolled out in recent years is its Windows RT OS supporting ARM processors. Reports have surfaced that Microsoft had picked a name for Windows RT until this year.

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Windows Store now accepting PEGI 18 games

Windows Store now accepting PEGI 18 games

After initially announcing that the Windows Store would not accept "mature content," Microsoft today announced that they're now accepting PEGI 18 games in the Windows Store. This means that popular games such as Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Deus Ex, and The Walking Dead are now available for purchase directly from Microsoft's store.

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Microsoft reportedly planning three new Surface tablets

Microsoft reportedly planning three new Surface tablets

Well, this is interesting: it turns out that Microsoft might be planning as many as three new Surface tablets for release next year. Hardly surprisingly, considering it's clear Microsoft wants Surface to become a household name like some of the other devices floating around out there, but it does seem that the rumor is getting to work on this one especially early. Apparently, these three new Surface tablets include follow ups to Surface RT and Surface Pro, along with a new device called Surface Book.

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Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard Review

Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard Review

Along with Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has released a handful of new keyboards, trying to cover the wide range of people who need a physical keyboard regardless of it they're working on desktop or on a tablet. Of all of these keyboards, the new Sculpt Comfort Keyboard is probably the most interesting. The Sculpt is another ergonomic keyboard in a sea of products that claim to cut down on wrist strain and actually make typing easier. The question is whether that's actually the case, or if it's all PR fluff meant to get us to hand over cash for a keyboard we might not even need. Read on to hear the verdict.

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HP PC chief: “Kludgey” Microsoft Surface is “hardly competition”

HP PC chief: “Kludgey” Microsoft Surface is “hardly competition”

HP's PC chief has dismissed Microsoft's Surface tablet as "slow and a little kludgey" and blamed the tech press for over-hyping what he would "hardly call ... competition" to HP's own products. "Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe" Todd Bradley told CITEworld, going on to say that HP's initial focus with Windows tablets is the enterprise, with consumer-centric models not expected until 2013.

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ASUS VivoTab RT arrives at AT&T on November 16

ASUS VivoTab RT arrives at AT&T on November 16

Those considering the ASUS VivoTab RT might be pleased to know that it has finally be given an AT&T release date. The new Windows RT tablet will be available at AT&T stores and from AT&T's website starting on November 16, which is this Friday. The tablet will be priced at $499, so you'll be saving a bit of money by going through AT&T, but that low price requires a two-year commitment and that you sign up for a data plan.

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Microsoft Office 2013 RT commercial licenses now available

Microsoft Office 2013 RT commercial licenses now available

If you're running Windows RT, you already have access to Office 2013 Home & Student, but last month there was a bit of controversy over the fact that Office 2013 Home & Student can't be used for commercial purposes. If you want to use Office in a business setting, you'll have to purchase a license, which are available today according to Software Ruminations. This means that businesses can now purchase licenses for their RT devices and use Office 2013 commercially to their hearts content.

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Surface sales began “modestly” admits Microsoft’s Ballmer

Surface sales began “modestly” admits Microsoft’s Ballmer

Sales of Microsoft's first Surface tablet have started "modestly," CEO Steve Ballmer has conceded, though the outspoken exec is confident that demand will surge when the Surface Pro drops in early 2013. Having previously been bombastic about Surface's appeal to the market, Ballmer was apparently more taciturn in an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien.

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Microsoft Surface 32GB only has 16GB of usable storage

Microsoft Surface 32GB only has 16GB of usable storage

Microsoft unveiled a couple of Surface models last month, one with 32GB and the other with 64GB. Most people may think they'll be happy with the 32GB model, but because of bloatware and pre-installed software, the 32GB Surface actually only has 16GB of usable storage, while the 64GB has 45GB of usable storage.

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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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