Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is all set to ship an accessory for its second generation Surface tablets, which according to the company, will increase the battery life of the device by as much as 70%.
Microsoft Corporation Surface RT not supported
The tech giant announced the Surface Power cover along with the launch of Surface 2, but the cover was not available in stores yet. At that time, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) said that shipping is scheduled for early 2014. The new cover is the heavier version of the original Type cover, with a thickness of 3 mm and weighing just a tenth of a pound more.
The cover charges the slab’s internal battery instead of taking over when the battery is drained, so the user can unplug the cover after a little charging and not be concerned about losing power, and can then reattach to the tablet when it needs power.
The battery life of the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 can be increased by as much as 60% and for ARM-powered Surface 2 the battery power can be increased to as much as 70% based on Video playback tests, according to the company. For Surface 2, the battery could be extended to 17 hours with the Power cover according to Redmond’s specifications. Redmond’s original ARM-based tablet, the Surface RT is not listed amongst the tablets to be powered with the Power Cover.
Microsoft Corporation accepting pre-orders
The power cover has similar shallow keys and undersized trackpad just like the original type cover, which is passable, but lacks when compared to dedicated laptop keyboards and trackpads. The power cover does not have lighted keys, and is only available in black.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s online store has been accepting pre-orders for the surface Power cover from customers in the United States and Canada on Monday. The price of the device is kept at $199.99, and will start shipping from March 19.
Apart from the Power Cover, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is also likely to launch LTE versions of its Surface 2 tablet in a couple of months. According to a report of WP Central the device is being shipped to Microsoft stores and is ready for the official launch.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has reduced the price of the original Surface Pro by $100. The Surface Pro is no longer part of the Surface product line but they are still available in Microsoft store for sale, reveals an official deal.
Prices slashed earlier, too
The revised price for the 64GB model is $699, while the 128GB model will be priced at $799 and the 256GB at $999. The Surface Pro price was slashed by $100 earlier in August, as well. Prices have been slashed again, but the deal is limited to the United States and Canada.
Microsoft reduced the price of the Surface RT in July to $349 for the 32GB model and to $499 for the 64GB model. The 32GB model still has the same price whereas 64 GB model price has been brought down to $399.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) still holds some Surface Pro models in its inventory, which needs to be sold out. It is widely expected that Microsoft will not take down the price further from here unless it fails to sell the Surface Pro. Microsoft is in the hurry to clear this stock, as once the stock is cleared the company can zero in on second generation tablets and discontinue the Surface Pro model.
Microsoft launched two new tabs
The software giant recently unveiled its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablest.
Specs of the Surface 2 include 10.6-inch Clear Type Full HD display with 1080 pixel resolution, USB boost to 3.0 for faster data transfer rates, and an upgraded camera of 3.5 megapixels on the back. The camera is powerful enough to record 1080 pixels videos. The latest tablet from Microsoft is lighter and thinner than the original Surface. The Surface 2 starts at $449 and is available in 32 GB and 64GB models.
The Surface Pro 2 is an upgrade from the original version, and is powered with a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, which claims to increase the battery by around 75%. Specs of the tablet are 8GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB models offering 4GB of memory. 256GB/512GB Surface Pro 2 models offer 8GB of memory.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has enclosed various accessories with tabs like Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2, Power Cover, Docking Station for the Pro 2, and a wireless adapter for the Typing Cover.
Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) unveiled its first tablet, the Lumia 2520, at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. The Lumia 2520 runs on Windows 8.1 RT and supports LTE. Nokia’s venture into tablet territory has been quite late with audacious competitors like HP, Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) and Toshiba, the PC manufacturers who also design tablets.
Lumia 2520 makes Nokia, Microsoft rivals
Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V)’s Lumia 2520 is the second tablet after Windows Surface RT to run on Windows 8.1 RT, which means that Lumia tablets are in direct competition with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which is quite fascinating as Microsoft is gearing up to acquire Nokia’s device division.
Lumia 2520 has a striking design with a smooth polycarbonate unibody chassis at the back that extends up to the side of the tablet. The curved design of tablet at the rear does not shake much while placing it on a flat surface. Furthermore, the Lumia 2520 is thin, making it easy to grip. When compared to the Surface 2, Lumia 2520 edges out the competition with a thinner, lighter and more compact feel.
Lumia 2520 specs
Screen size of the Lumia 2520 is 10.1 inches diagonally with full HD 1,920×1,080 pixel display. The Lumia tablet has a ClearBlack Display filter like Lumia smartphones, which eases out the glare while in the sun. This is an important feature as a tablet is a device that is preferred over smartphones while checking emails and other important data on the go along with reading, watching videos, or browsing pictures.
A volume control button and power / lock button sit on the top edge of the Lumia, and USB 3.0 and HDMI ports are on the right side. On the left side of the tablet are a headphone jack and a charging port. The rear camera is 6.7 megapixels and the front camera is 2 megapixels, which makes it apt for Skype and other video call services.
The Lumia 2520 has a 8,000 mAh battery that will keep the device running for 10 hours, according to the claims made by the Finnish firm. Furthermore, Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) switched to Micro-USB with a proprietary charger that comes with a feature called “fast charging” – through this battery can be charged up to 50% in only 30 minutes and up to 80% in an hour.
Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V)’s Lumia 2520 is powered by 8974 chipset for LTE. Nokia has stated that it will build only those tablets that have both LTE and Wi-Fi, which allows the consumer to use a tablet in as many places as possible.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will not allow any reporter to attend its financial reporting event that is to be held on September 19th. For the first time, Microsoft has decided that reporters can follow the earning session through a webcast, like the general public.
Reporters have been restricted in the past also through a number of rules like only the financial professionals can ask the question, only formal presentation are on the record and so on. Also, in recent times, there have even been tables specified for reporters to take lunch at, says a report from AllThingsD.
Microsoft deviating from tradition
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is in the midst of PC sales decline, reorganization and current CEO resignation. Recently, Microsoft even avoided taking up meetings with financial analysts. Earlier, the company used to hold the meetings each July.
The software giant held financial analyst meeting in 2011, along with its Build developer conference in Anaheim, Calif. However, last year, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) did not hosted any such meeting claiming that it has increased involvement at various financial and investor’s conferences.
This year the announcement, for the meet, came from CFO Amy Hood, in the July’s conference call, for the September event.
Hood said that towards the end of September financial analyst event will be held in Redmond where strategy, new organizational structure and changes in the reporting segments will be discussed. Hood said, “We will also give more thoughts on our full-year outlook at that time.”
Microsoft struggling with declining PC sales
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) posted financial fourth quarter earnings, in July, which marginally missed the analysts’ expectations. The company reported revenue of $19.9 billion and earnings per share of $0.59 versus Wall Street consensus of $20.74 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $0.75.
Results of the fourth quarter were dull due to declining PC market, but the company is relying on performance of its enterprise and cloud offerings, resulting in record unearned revenue balance this quarter.
During the quarter, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) also took $900 million charge related to Surface RT inventory adjustments. Microsoft is struggling mainly due to declining PC business and not so encouraging performance of Windows 8.
However, according to many market watchers the company can counterbalance PC and Windows 8 failure by its Online Services Division, which posted $8.1 billion loss in the year-ago-quarter, but since then the division has been performing well, and reported a loss of $372 million for the latest quarter.
The Surface RT, the lower powered of the two Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) tablets, has not been selling well. The tablet, which runs the less powerful of the two variations of Windows 8 offered by the company, saw a price drop of $150 today, presumably to make up for that fall in demand.
The tablet is now being offered for $349 at its least powerful configuration according to the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) website. Up until today, the device had been selling for $500 for the same configuration. The price cuts are, according to regional checks, being mirrored at the company’s website around the world.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has not sold many Surface RT tablets. The device is seen as underpowered when compared to its big brother, the Surface Pro, and the number of applications available in its store is far less than the numbers available for tablets offered by competitors, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG).
The $500 price tag originally put on the tablet set it on an equal footing with the iPad and other feature filled tablets. Consumers obviously didn’t agree. Whether or not the drop to an iPad Mini price point impresses value on consumers remains to be seen.
Microsoft’s first ever computer
The Surface RT was the first ever hardware computer released by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), one of the most famous computer companies in the world. Since its release in October of 2012, the device has not sold well. Bloomberg estimated in May that the company had sold around 1.5 million tablets in total, with just 400,000 Surface RT models helping make up that number.
The new price on the tablet is low, but it is far from the cheapest tablet on the market. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is offering its Nexus 7 tablets for around $200, while several other competitors in the Android market offer similar deals. The Surface RT is not competing on price, so what exactly is it competing on?
What next for Surface?
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQMSFT) is in a fugue with its tablets. Surface sales are disappointingly low, and there appears to be little improvement that can be made, at least until the models are due for an upgrade.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is trying to get the Surface RT into as many hands as possible. The more people who get their hands on the tablet, the more who are likely to be sucked into the Microsoft ecosystem. That plan hasn’t really worked quite yet.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is invading Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s territory by offering K12 schools the Surface RT 32 GB for just $199. This price is impressively lower than some of the Microsoft Office productivity suites. Schools that want to add a keyboard cover for the tablet will pay extra. The package with Touch Keyboard Cover will cost just $249 and the package with Type Keyboard Cover costs $289.
On Monday, Microsoft shared the details of the special discount. The offer is exclusive to the following markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China (via Digital China), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Microsoft Cut Back the Price of the Surface RT
Interestingly enough, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) significantly cut back the price of the Surface RT which normally sells for $499. It’s possible that Bill Gates’ company wants to clear out the inventory before releasing a new version of the Surface tablet.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) offers the iPad for $399 to educators, which is still a great deal. What’s more is that Apple’s iOS is generally safer to use and offers so much more in terms of applications.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will also give away 10,000 Surface RT tablets to teachers who attend the International Society for Technology Education. This convention will take place in San Antonio later on this month.
The Surface Tablet is Microsoft’s Answer to Apple’s iPad
The Surface Tablet is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s iPad. Although it quite hasn’t made the same splash in the tech market as the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) tablet has, there is still a demand for it. Many teachers and educators should find the Surface RT useful during class time. Technology has a huge impact in education and many schools are opting to use tablets in class to help enhance the learning experience.
Unfortunately, it will probably take a lot more to win over educators than just a low-priced tablet. If Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) wants to be successful, they will have to encourage app developers and education companies to develop more apps for the K12 market.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced the continued rollout of its Windows Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, starting latter in March in different markets around the world.
Microsoft launched the Surface RT in the Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, United States, and United Kingdom, Feb. 14. The price of the Surface RT tablet with 32 GB is $499 in the United States. According to the software giant, the Surface RT, which runs the Microsoft RT and Internet Explorer 10 will be available in Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will release its Surface Pro tablet in Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and United Kingdom over the next few months. The device is powered by Windows 8 and it has the capability to handle desktop applications.
Panos Pany, corporate vice president of Microsoft Surface said, “We are eager to see people and businesses in more countries get a chance to experience this new category of devices. Surface is the best of a tablet and a PC.”
According to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), the Surface tablet provides an extension of the Windows experience. It allows users to work, play, and connect with anybody who is important to their lives.
The software giant said the Surface tablets comes with an ultra light durable casing, integrated kick stand and cover that enables consumers to work on their devices anywhere. It is also equipped with a full-size USB port and Micro SDXC card slot for additional storage. The Surface tablets features a 16:9high definition wide screen for optimal viewing and sharing content easily.
In other words, the Surface RT is a tablet with some laptop capabilities while the Surface Pro is just like a Windows laptop integrated with the features found in a tablet.
According to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), “For the first time, customers can have a fully functional PC the looks, feels, and acts like a tablet. With Surface Pro, customers can do virtually everything they have ever done on a PC.”
The stock price of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are up by 0.25 percent to $27.88 per share as of this writing.
When it comes to buying tablets, buyers have many choices to pick from; such as Apple’s iPad, the Microsoft Surface, the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. All these tablets come with their own feature sets and run on different platforms. If we look closely, we are bound to find some problems in most of these devices that affect our experience using them. One such problem is the touch screen responsiveness.
It may happen that some owners would not experience any such issues, while others may be frustrated. Recently a solution has been discovered to improve touch responsiveness on Microsoft Surface, thanks to XDA Forum Member tamarasu.
This modification involves a small registry tweak ,which most users will be able to follow without any trouble.
The key is located at:
From here, two values need to be changed. The key for latency needs to be changed from 8 to 2, while the sample time also needs to be changed from 8 to 2.
Once you make these modifications, restart your device. One user has posted his thoughts that this modification will decrease battery life as the system must poll the touchscreen more often. So it might be possible that there will be an increase in battery drain due to this tweak. Nevertheless, if you want better touch screen responsiveness on your Surface, then this is something worth trying out.
Check out the original thread at the XDA Developers Forum
When Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced the pricing and storage options of the Surface tablets, it received praise considering that the entry level model comes at a minimum of 32 gigabytes. This storage space is twice of the low cost model that iPad comes with.
However, now it has been revealed that 32GB version of Surface tablet comes with only 16GB of free storage space, the remaining half is taken up by the Windows RT OS, Windows recovery tools, Microsoft Office, and the built-in apps.
Surface owners will need to use this internal disk space to install apps. There are some other options available to expand the storage space such as using cloud storage, SkyDrive, microSD card or USB flash drive. These mediums can be used to store music, photos, videos, and other content, but those who are thinking to rely much on the internal storage space will need to be cautious. You can’t drop in too many high def movies or your entire music or photos collection on the internal storage.
Talking about the 64GB Surface model, it comes with only 46GB of free space. Both the models actual free space is far more less than as advertised. Also Windows RT is a stripped down version of Windows 8, but it still consumes a large space on the disk.
Well, surely owners of Surface tablets will feel that Microsoft has cheated them, although this was not intentional. It would have been great if Microsoft would have clarified about the “actual free space” available to users, instead of the hard disk space. Microsoft has also prepared a chart explaining where all your space goes.
Do you think that it is too late for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to clarify it now? Do you think it is perfectly fine to get only 16GB space on a 32GB device? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Microsoft recently launched its first ever tablet ‘Surface’ in two flavors of Windows; RT and 8 Pro, which is set to hit the market in the next few months. However, the most popular question has been related to pricing of the pair given that the company is entering a market already dominated by Apple, Samsung, and the Blackberry maker Research in Motion.
According to The Next Web, who claim to have pricing of the two models from a reliable source, Microsoft Surface with Windows RT is set to trade at $599 in retail stores, whereas the Windows 8 Pro model, target price is believed to be $999. The Windows 8 Pro model of Surface tablet is expected to roll out in the market a little later after the RT model.
The rumored prices would seem to match up roughly with the statements made by Microsoft Surface general manager Panos Panay at the introduction event earlier this week, the publication says. Last week Mr. Panay was referenced saying that the Windows RT model pricing will be very comparable to the other ARM tablets, with a storage capacity of 32GB and 64GB, a presumption that the $599 applies to the 32GB model.
However, these prices seem to be prohibitive and are, therefore, not seen as competitive in the market. The specs and features of the two tablets may be impressive, but still lag behind Apple’s latest inventions. For instance, the specifications of the Surface, especially the 1366×768 screen, wouldn’t make it as attractive an option at that price when compared to a the ‘Retina-display-packing’ iPad. The price is also well above Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and other comparable ARM tablets, which run in the $399 range, the report notes.
In one of our publications, we cited a recent survey conducted to determine the level of acceptance for the new Microsoft tablets. More than 50% had indicated they would not acquire the devices in place of what they currently have.
Nonetheless, the price could be more realistic if it is inclusive of the new age keyboard set to be part of the new Microsoft tablets. The software giant’s about page for Microsoft Windows Surface supports this assumption by stating, “Surface comes with an integrated Kickstand and a revolutionary, 3mm thin, pressure sensitive cover that doubles as a fully functioning keyboard and trackpad.”
The Windows 8 Pro model pricing of $999 puts the Surface Pro in the same level with Apple’s MacBook Air and slightly above the range of the majority of other Ultrabooks.