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Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Microsoft may have had a strong FY17 Q3, but dramatically lower sales of its Surface PCs in the quarter suggest it needs new models sooner rather than later. The software giant credited the value of the cloud for its $22.1bn GAAP revenue results, with net income of $4.8bn GAAP. However, today's announcement also included some bad news from Microsoft's hardware division.

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Chuwi SurBook to try and fill in the Microsoft Surface’s shoes

Chuwi SurBook to try and fill in the Microsoft Surface’s shoes

Next month, Microsoft might be dashing the hopes of Surface fans. For one, its Surface Pro 5 might just be a small, incremental step up from the Surface Pro 4 launched nearly two years ago. For another, the Surface Book 2 might no longer be a convertible but a regular "Windows Cloud" clamshell laptop. Disheartening as those rumors might be, it will give Microsoft's competitors a chance to pick up where it left off, and in more varied, and perhaps creative, ways. Chuwi, who has been flooding the market with such devices, has just shown off its upcoming SurBooks at the Hong Kong Global Soruces Fair and, as the rather odd name implies, it will try to take on the Microsoft Surface Book.

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Microsoft brings its newest Surface hardware to more regions

Microsoft brings its newest Surface hardware to more regions

In addition to announcing the release date for the Windows 10 Creators Update today, Microsoft also offered some information about plans to launch two new Surface products around the world. The Surface Studio and Surface Book with Performance will be making their way to other regions soon, after spending a few months exclusive to the US market.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 might skip April event

Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 might skip April event

Forget the Surface Phone, there might not even be a new Surface Book or Surface Pro. At least not in Microsoft's Spring event next month. Given what the Surface Book 2 is rumored to be, which is quite different from its predecessor, there might be no tears shed. Microsoft does have a new Surface device prepared, however, though what exactly that will be is still anyone's guess.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 might just be a regular notebook

Microsoft Surface Book 2 might just be a regular notebook

If you were planning on someday trading in your Surface Book for its successor, better hang on to that 2-in-1 computer. It might become a piece of history now. Although the quirky notebook has its fair share of critics, the Microsoft Surface Book was still generally received with thumbs up. It, however, didn’t exactly sell as well because of its high price tag. And so Microsoft will supposedly cut down costs with the Surface Book 2 and it does so by cutting out the device’s most distinctive feature.

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Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Microsoft has quietly added a new Surface Book to its line-up, but even with higher performance it's hard to recommend the $3,000 2-in-1. Unlike the original Surface Book reveal - and, indeed, the addition of the Surface Book with Performance Base to the range back in October last year, this new iteration has raised nary a peep from Microsoft. That's despite it having some of the highest specifications we've seen from the hybrid 2-in-1 to-date.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book get extended holiday price cut

Surface Pro 4, Surface Book get extended holiday price cut

Christmas may be over (at least for those who celebrated it), but the sales and promos live on. Case in point, Microsoft has just extended its holiday season price cut for its two most powerful portable "tablet that can replace your laptop", saving buyers as much as $400, depending on the model. That said, some models are already marked as out of stock, with no replenishments in sight. This gives the promo a bit of a "clearance sale" feel, perhaps hinting that a new gen model is just around the corner.

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Sorry Apple, Microsoft is stealing your MacBook users

Sorry Apple, Microsoft is stealing your MacBook users

Microsoft would like nothing more than to poach MacBook owners from Apple, and according to the company it's doing that in greater numbers than ever. Coming on the heels of a campaign intended to get MacBook owners away from macOS and onto a new Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, Microsoft now says that "more people are switching from Macs to Surface than ever before." Why so many? The company says it's down to two big things.

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Surface Book with Performance Base Review

Surface Book with Performance Base Review

The Surface Book was one of Microsoft's best-kept secrets last year, but the company isn't holding back when it comes to talking up its Performance Base upgrade. Landing in time for the holidays, the new model is actually only 50-percent changed: while the screen-turned-tablet is the same as before, the keyboard section has been squeezed full of extra graphics potency and more battery life. That doesn't come cheap, mind, with this newest model starting at $2,399.

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MacBook Pro sales beat total Surface Book sales in less than five days

MacBook Pro sales beat total Surface Book sales in less than five days

The reaction to Apple's changes with the new MacBook Pro will vary depending on who you're talking to, but it would seem that the Apple faithful have come out in force for these new machines. According to a new report from Slice Intelligence, the new MacBook Pros have been quite successful out of the gate. Sales have managed to outpace not only Apple's competitors, but also the previous 12-inch MacBook.

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Surface Dial support coming to Surface Pro 4, Surface Book

Surface Dial support coming to Surface Pro 4, Surface Book

As interesting as the Surface Studio is, especially for artists, it is made even more interesting by the Surface Dial accessory. But while the Surface Studio won’t be shipping until December, the Dial will actually be available starting November 10. Why the advance party, you might ask? Because you can actually use it with any Windows 10. But even better, if you already have a Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, you will even be able to use it on those two’s displays.

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Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is for serious typists

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is for serious typists

Those who spend a significant number of hours typing everyday know the importance of a good keyboard. If you're a serious typist of one sort or another, the regular Surface keyboard isn't going to cut it. Thusly enters Microsoft's Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, an offering to go alongside the new products Microsoft announced today. The keyboard is compatible with the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Studio.

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