Apple didn’t even get a chance to apply cold water to the area Nokia burned in the latest Lumia 2520 vs. iPad Air commercial, yet a trio of fresh ads taking multiple stabs at the newest Cupertino-made slate is already up on YouTube.
With still more than a week to go until Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Microsoft has jumped the gun and revealed some of the promos it will offer through its online store starting at midnight ET on November 28.
Microsoft’s Surface line is in a sea of troubles as it is, so the ever growing competition inside the tablet/ultrabook hybrid niche can only cause it deeper headaches. The latest Surface rival to go official comes from Acer and is dubbed Travelmate X313.
With initial demand for Microsoft’s second-gen Surface tablets looking underwhelming (even by Surface standards) and increasing competition, including from the inside, it’s probably only a matter of time until the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will get discounted.
It’s no longer a matter of speculation, Microsoft is alone in the Windows RT tablet business and will be for time to come. But as hard as it might be to believe, the first-gen Surface RT and Surface 2 will get company sooner or later.
Following a painful, brutal first year, the tables appeared to be finally turning for Microsoft’s experimental Windows RT platform, courtesy of a new, considerably upgraded Surface RT and the unexpected keeping of the old 10.6-inch tab in the company’s product line-up for a $350 price point.
In an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, Surface chief Panos Panay mentioned that a Surface tablet with LTE connectivity will be available in 2014.
So you’re considering jumping ship from iOS, Android or BlackBerry to Windows or Windows Phone, are you? Microsoft is lending a hand courtesy of a pretty lucrative trade-in program launched about a week ago, but only if you’re looking to discard one of Apple’s iPads and get a Surface instead.
When it rains, it pours. It was only 24 hours ago that we spotted the second-gen Microsoft Surface RT tab (likely to be called simply Surface 2) doing its benchmarking rounds with a Tegra 4 CPU inside, and we already have some scoop on its imminent Windows 8.1-powered counterpart.
Seeing as Microsoft’s first-gen Surface tabs have been colossal sales duds (especially the one running Win RT) and Nokia, which is close to becoming Redmond’s property, is prepping a far superior slate with FHD screen and Snapdragon 800 CPU, you’d think the wisest call at this point would be the halting of the Surface project.
Tegra has been hard pressed for design wins in tablets, but Nvidia promises the SoC has a future with the Surface 2 and Nvidia Tab.
You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell the recent Surface RT price cuts were just the beginning of something. Something that’s now seen both the Surface Pro and Acer Iconia W3 get heavy discounts themselves.
Revenue disclosed by Microsoft in a recent SEC filing says that it sold approximately 1.7 million Surface units since launch and 400,000 Surface Pro tablets.
Microsoft increases revenue in Q4, earns $4.97 billion, but the Surface ends up costing it $900 million.
It’s been a long time coming and at last it’s happening. Microsoft is ready to savagely slash Surface RT prices, bringing the tablet closer to its real value. Staples will likely be the first to put the discounts into effect, but chances are other retailers will follow suit soon enough.
It looks like Microsoft has started selling a new SKU of their not-so-popular Surface Pro tablet. The new Pro has a 256 GB SSD, and an affordable price tag of $1,199 only.
The Surface experiment failed, there’s no question about it anymore, but what remains to be seen is whether Microsoft will look to ditch the tablet market early or give it a second try. At the moment, the latter seems more likely, as second-gen Surface slates are reportedly in the works.
Looks like someone is desperate to clear their inventory. Microsoft, in a special offer valid only to students, is selling their Surface RT tablets (Windows 8 on ARM) for an amazingly low price of just $199. In an effort to push Surface tablets to classrooms (or rather, clear their inventory), Microsoft is selling their Surface
Qualcomm, one of the most dominant forces in the mobile chipset industry, announced that its latest (and greatest) Snapdragon 800 chipset has been certified for use with the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Windows 8.1 RT OS. Microsoft may use the new SoC in their upcoming Surface RT 2 tablet, to be launched later this year. Microsoft is
A special Microsoft Surface Pro flavor is slated for a June 7 Japanese launch with 256 GB of on-board storage. The slate is priced at roughly $1,000 and comes with pre-loaded Office 2013.