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Kensington Surface Go Docking Station is no Surface Studio Mini

Kensington Surface Go Docking Station is no Surface Studio Mini

Almost two years ago, computing accessory maker launched a rather interesting dock for the Surface Pro. Instead of a normal dock or even a dongle, the SD7000 turned the 2-in-1 tablet into a makeshift Surface Studio. After almost two years in the market, the smaller Surface Go is now also getting its own Kensington docking station but if you were expecting something like a mini Surface Studio Mini, you're unfortunately in for a very expensive disappointment.

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Surface Duo and Neo will support existing apps but only on one screen

Surface Duo and Neo will support existing apps but only on one screen

While foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, and, soon, the Motorola Razr remain the dream of phone makers, consumers may be more interested in more practical and less costly solutions. We're still not sure if Microsoft's upcoming dual-screen devices are going to be any of those but, considering their Courier inspiration, the Surface Neo and Surface Duo have unsurprisingly generated a mix of excitement, curiosity, and also some skepticism. In its first public call to app developers, Microsoft is clearing the air by promising that existing apps will work on these unconventional devices but only if they don't want to offer a better experience on dual-screen tablets and phones.

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Microsoft Surface Earbuds release delayed to Spring 2020

Microsoft Surface Earbuds release delayed to Spring 2020

This afternoon Microsoft Chief Product officer Panos Panay announced a release delay for Surface Earbuds. Earlier this year, Microsoft's Surface Earbuds weren't given a definite release date - but were generally assumed to be coming to market by the end of 2020. As it turns out, and confirmed this afternoon, these earbuds needed a little more work than originally expected.

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Surface Pro X available now but buyers may want to hold off for now

Surface Pro X available now but buyers may want to hold off for now

The Surface Neo and the Surface Duo may have stolen Microsoft's event last month but those two won't be coming until late 2020 at the earliest. For more practical Surface users, the Surface Pro X is the one that brings the future here and now. That "now" is finally happening as Microsoft announces the availability of the latest ARM-powered Windows PC. Unfortunately, it seems that Microsoft still hasn't addressed the most important shortcoming of its Windows on ARM version.

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Adobe Fresco heads to some Windows devices after debuting on iPad

Adobe Fresco heads to some Windows devices after debuting on iPad

Earlier this year, Adobe introduced a new app for Creative Cloud called Fresco. Pitched as a drawing and painting app, Fresco was first revealed as an iPad exclusive app back in June. It didn’t take long for Adobe to bring the app to other platforms, revealing at MAX 2019 today that it’s launching the app on Windows.

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Surface Go Kids Bundle targets an unlikely audience

Surface Go Kids Bundle targets an unlikely audience

Microsoft has always positioned its Surface products, especially the Surface Pros and Surface Laptops, as a great mobile computer for students. Now, however, it seems to be aiming its smallest Surface to the smallest computer users. Microsoft is offering a Surface Go Kids Bundle that may, on the surface, looks like a pretty ordinary marketing strategy. If you think about it, however, it might not be that effective one either.

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Surface Laptop 3 iFixit teardown tests the promise of easy repairs

Surface Laptop 3 iFixit teardown tests the promise of easy repairs

At its Surface event, Microsoft's Panos Panay made a huge claim that it would be easy to open up the third-gen Surface Laptop. While that may be non-news for most laptops, the Surface Laptop actually scored a miserable zero on iFixit's rating because it was impossible to open up without destroying the thing. With the Surface Laptop 3 finally in the market, the DIY repair experts are putting both the 13.5-inch and the 15-inch laptops on the hot seat to call out Microsoft if necessary.

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Surface Duo and Surface Neo to skip 5G, so have a good camera instead

Surface Duo and Surface Neo to skip 5G, so have a good camera instead

Microsoft definitely wowed the crowd when it presented its already functional prototypes of its dual-screen devices, the Windows 10X Surface Neo and the Android Surface Duo. It has generated a lot of excitement as well as a lot of speculation given the gap between the announcement and the very late 2020 launch. Microsoft is naturally coy on some matters but Surface head Panos Panay is setting the record straight on at least one feature that won't be there: 5G.

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Why Microsoft’s answer to a folding screen works better

Why Microsoft’s answer to a folding screen works better

This is the way to do it. Microsoft has been hard at work this year, unveiling a long list of new products, including a pair of folding devices: the Surface Neo and Surface Duo. Both these devices have two screens connected with a hinge that can fold a full 360 degrees. The Surface Neo is a folding tablet that Microsoft envisions as its evolution of a laptop. It has two screens and runs Windows 10X, a new version optimised for folding screens. And the smaller one, the Surface Duo, has two 5.6-inch screens bolted together and runs on Android.

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Microsoft Garage SketchPal app targets small Surfaces like the Surface Neo

Microsoft Garage SketchPal app targets small Surfaces like the Surface Neo

The Surace Pro tablets and especially the Surface Studio are advertised as creatives' tools and yet few apps actually take advantage of their true nature. Of course, there's always the full-blown Photoshop but few if not none that were designed primarily for touch and pen the way Procreate on iOS is. That target is what a new Microsoft Garage named SketchPal is trying to hit and, in trying to find its voice, it may have found a home in the upcoming dual-screen Surface Neo.

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Chuwi UBook Pro takes on the Microsoft Surface with few compromises

Chuwi UBook Pro takes on the Microsoft Surface with few compromises

Although devices have existed long before, Microsoft has arguably made 2-in-1 computers more fashionable thanks to its Surface line. Even tablets like the Apple iPad Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S have taken on that form factor to give them an air of productivity and creativity. One thing all these devices from different manufacturers have in common is that they offer great power at matching high prices as well. Chuwi is trying to challenge that standard practice with the UBook Pro, offering an affordable 2-in-1 computer but with some compromises to keep the price point down.

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Surface Duo could be completely different if these petitions get heard

Surface Duo could be completely different if these petitions get heard

Not only did Microsoft not disappoint at its Surface event by revealing its first ARM-powered Surface and the foldable Surface Neo, it also surprised the crowd with a long-awaited foldable phone. There might have been some disappointment, however, when the Surface Duo was revealed to be running Android instead of Windows 10 or even Windows 10X. Given that the phone isn't due for another year, it could still change significantly in terms of software, especially if Microsoft listens to a growing number of requests from developers and users.

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