The Surface RT tablet makes its official debut at Best Buy today.
Microsoft's Surface will be available for sale at Best Buy's Web site today starting at 2 p.m. PT. The device will then make it way to Best Buy retail outlets and select Best Buy Mobile stores this Sunday, December 16.
Staples also has revealed that it will start carrying the tablet as soon as today.
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet remains the single most popular Windows 8/RT device, though its lead isn't as pronounced as a month ago, according to an update of usage statistics.
The Microsoft tablet is still the single most popular device, but its share of usage among Window 8/RT devices has fallen by almost half compared to last month, according to AdDuplex, a Windows ad-serving business.
The ranking is based on data collected from 71 active Windows 8/RT apps on the AdDuplex network on December 7. The numbers don't appear to say anything about trends in … Read more
As rumored last week, Microsoft is expanding distribution of its Surface tablets beyond Microsoft's own brick-and-mortar and online stores, starting as of mid-December.
The company also is making some of its holiday popups permanent stores, according to a December 11 announcement.
The U.S. and Australia will be first to get more retail stores carrying the Surface RT. "Additional availability will be added in a number of countries in the coming months," according to a Microsoft press release.
Microsoft officials are claiming the expanded retail presence was planned after the first of 2013, but that retailer interest … Read more
Chitika, an advertising network that tracks online traffic, decided to compare usage of Surface versus Google's new Nexus line of tablets by sampling tens of millions of tablet impressions from its ad network in the U.S. and Canada from November 12 to 18. What the company found is that Surface is barely making a dent in terms of traffic from tablets.
Only 0.13 percent of North American tablet traffic came from Surface, which hit stores in late October. … Read more
Surface marked a chance for Microsoft to show the world that it could release a tablet that could not only rival the iPad in its ability to entertain, but also go one step further by making said tablet a capable productivity device as well.
While Microsoft succeeded in realizing the latter, Surface needs work to match the iPad as an entertainment device. However, with Microsoft sweating every detail -- from the ease with which the tablet connects to its keyboard to the satisfying "crunch" sound delivered when it does -- it's difficult to argue that Microsoft didn'… Read more
VILCABAMBA, Ecuador--Growing up in the 1980s, I remember thinking it was too bad that all the adults had to work all day long in the same place doing the same things every day. And maybe I should be a librarian, because then at least at work I'd be surrounded by books with pictures of cool places.
Turns out that Eric Mack circa 1985 was quite the small-minded and silly boy.
Technology -- and the Internet, in particular -- have since disrupted (and will continue to disrupt) every aspect of our lives. It's the reason that I can sit on top of a hill somewhere in the Ecuadorian Andes and draft this missive about the imperfection of the current selection of technologically advanced devices that I can use to research, write, and submit said missive.
That's right, folks. Today I'll be exploiting the fruits of our remarkable age of instantaneous global information and connectivity for what's become quite the popular 21st century pastime -- marveling at the limitless possibilities of today and then quickly turning around to complain that the abundance of awesomeness that surrounds so many of us 24/7/365 isn't completely perfect just yet.… Read more
Chalk this one up as a one-source rumor. But the source is supposedly pretty solid, according to my Windows Weekly cohost Paul Thurrott.
Thurrot said he was told by one of his most trusted sources that Microsoft is poised to begin making its own Surface RT devices -- the ARM-based pablets/TCs running the Windows RT operating system -- available through channels beyond Microsoft's own brick-and-mortar and online stores. And this is supposedly happening sooner rather than later, he blogged today.
Phase one of the rollout will happen in markets where there are no Microsoft brick-and-mortar stores, meaning everywhere … Read more
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet is expected to see sales of more than a million units in the fourth quarter, IHS iSuppli told CNET today.
"We see estimated sales of 1.3 million" in the quarter, Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at IHS iSuppli, said in a phone interview today. The fourth quarter still has a few weeks left.
"I would be surprised to see it much above that," she added as a qualifier.
The Surface RT version of Microsoft's tablet first went on sale October 26, well into the fourth quarter, so sales of over … Read more
Intel is on a mission to cut the power consumption of its chips. But that's not only future silicon. The current Ivy Bridge chip will get throttled down too.
Intel will cut power consumption "significantly" for future versions of the chip, an industry source familiar with the chipmaker's plans told CNET.
Intel's most power efficient Ivy Bridge chips today -- used widely in Windows ultrabooks and Apple's MacBook Air -- are rated at 17 watts.
A future version of Ivy Bridge would be rated well below this, the source said. Processors able to throttle … Read more