During Microsoft's second-quarter earnings conference call today, the company's chief financial officer reiterated that the lineup of Surface devices will expand.
After Microsoft reported reported earning today, Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein spoke about future Surface products -- though he was mum about specifics.
"We had limited distribution this quarter in our stores and we're excited about expanding that [distribution]," he said, responding to an analyst's question.
"We're going to expand geographically, we're going to expand the product lineup, we're going to expand retail distribution and capacity," he said, … Read more
This could be the year of the solid-state drive.
Newfangled uber-thin Windows 8 devices and falling flash memory prices could double the size of the solid-state drive market, according to a research note today from IHS iSuppli.
"The newest wave of ultrabooks loaded with Windows 8 has started to generate enthusiasm," wrote Ryan Chien, analyst for memory and storage at IHS, adding that a growing appetite for laptops, hybrids, and tablets could conspire with falling flash memory prices to drive demand.
Worldwide SSD shipments are expected to rise to 83 million units this year, up from 39 million … Read more
Microsoft is heralding the Surface Pro tablet's February 9 arrival with a teaser about its PCness.
"Sleek, light, and durable meets powerful PC," is how Microsoft begins the video. The latter part of that ad copy is probably the most relevant for prospective buyers.
That's alluding of course to Windows 8 Pro running on a real PC processor -- Intel's Ivy Bridge: That combination should allow Surface Pro to run applications more like a laptop than a tablet.
And as it would in regard to any respectable PC, Microsoft points out that the Surface Pro … Read more
Microsoft is working on a fix for Windows RT users hit by application-updating problems that seemingly were introduced by the latest set of updates Microsoft pushed out for the operating system earlier this month.
As The Next Web noted late last week, some Surface RT users have not been able to access the Windows Store or Windows Update since applying the latest set of Patch Tuesday fixes, rolled out on January 8. A firmware update for Surface RT devices was also part of the batch of updates delivered at that time.
A Microsoft spokesperson said the company expects to have … Read more
Microsoft has finally put a launch date on the Surface Pro.
The full Windows 8 tablet, which made its behind-the-scenes debut in Las Vegas during CES, has been awaited since last year's Los Angeles Surface event. Originally expected in late January and 90 days after the launch of the Surface RT on October 26, the launch window has shifted a little. Still, it's on its way in two weeks. Panos Panay, Microsoft Surface general manager, made the announcement this morning.
The Surface Pro has a Core i5 or Core i7 Intel processor and either 64GB or 128GB of … Read more
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet may have caught a bug from a recent firmware update.
Since January 10, several Surface users have chimed in on Microsoft's Community forums, complaining that Windows Update is not responding.
The initial message in the thread sums up the problem in a nutshell:After applying the patches this Tuesday my Surface RT will not connect to Windows Update. It gets stuck on the progress circle after selecting Windows Update from PC Settings and the circle eventually stops. I can confirm this behavior on 2 of our 3 Surfaces but have not checked the 3rd … Read more
PC makers take note. Microsoft is pioneering the next PC.
Surface Pro makes a good case as the template for the new PC for a couple of simple reasons: Microsoft put the device's electronics behind the glass, not under the keyboard, and the device uses a real processor.
Let's address the electronics first. Most of the newfangled laptops I saw at CES were convertibles. That is, the displays are not detachable because the core electronics are under the keyboard, just like your father's laptop.
And most of them were unimpressive. The mechanics necessary to flip and/or … Read more
Intel is betting a chunk of its PC future on so-called convertibles. So far, financial analysts aren't convinced these are designs that will win the day.
Newfangled laptops that perform mechanical acrobatics to convert to tablet mode, like Lenovo's Yoga convertible and Dell's XPS 12, aren't impressive enough yet to revive PC-market doldrums, according to a growing chorus of financial analysts who follow Intel.
On Thursday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini, speaking during an earnings conference call, tried to depict convertible PC designs as the best of both worlds: the laptop and the tablet. In essence, he … Read more