US-based retch company Microsoft has heavily slashed the prices on its Surface 2 models as US-based online and retail stores will be offering deep discounts with effect from September 2014. The device will be available to the customers at a price as low as USD 349 for the 32GB model. With effect from August 24 to September 27, Microsoft Store shoppers can purchase up to five Surface 2 tablets at a discount of USD100, including a 64GB model with AT&T 4G LTE that can be grabbed at only USD579. The Surface 2 models are equipped with Nvidia Tegra 4 processors and operate on Windows RT as opposed to full Windows. The device also sports 2GB RAM, a 10.6-inch 1080p display as well as the requisite front and rear cameras. Microsoft entered into the tablet market back in 2012 with the launch of its own-brand slates – the Surface RT and [+more]
Windows 8+ Update News: US-based tech company Microsoft’s current operating system – Windows Phone 8+, Xbox and Windows 8+ – have the most impressive feature of Live Tiles. It has been reported that ZDNet is presently working towards making the operating system even more interactive in the near future. The new project has been dubbed as “Interactive Live Tiles research project”. Jiawei Gu, a researcher with Human-Computer Interaction Group, had first demonstrated the project in February 2014 during Microsoft Research’s TechFest. The proposed new Live Tiles are expected to feature an Interactive Desktop Tile, which will allow users to use Desktop Office apps as well as third party apps. Gu has termed the technology as “parallel tasking” that will be used to power the new and more dynamic Live Tiles. The new Live Tiles would also lead to the mentioning of the content on the ‘Start Screen’ itself, enabling users [+more]
Microsoft’s Vice President for Windows Web Services Antoine Leblond seems to be on his way out of Microsoft after spending almost 25 years there. Re/Code has reported that Leblond sent an email to his colleagues which said, “After almost 25 years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer.” It is being said that this is an aftereffect of CEO Satya Nadella joining Microsoft. Leblond was working on the Microsoft Office suite for almost 20 years alongside Steven Sinofsky. Leblond was also incharge of development of Office 2010. However, lately he was working on Windows 8 store and cloud services.
Now that the new Microsoft CEO has settled, here are a few facts about Satya Nadella you didn’t know: Indian EE Degree: Born in Hyderabad, India, Satya earned his degree in electrical engineering and communications from Manipal University. Microsoft Loyalist: He did not rise to the top perch out of the blue. Nadella has been with Microsoft over the past two decades. Before being termed CEO, he was part of the Enterprise and Cloud department. Cricket Counts: Besides leading from the front, he is also a cricket enthusiast. He’s famously said, “There’s so many subplots in it, it’s like reading a Russian novel.” Tweet Mongering: Interestingly, the guy who is set to lead one of the world’s biggest tech companies, Nadella has not even tweeted or browsed Twitter since July 2010.
Set to take the position of Microsoft’s CEO soon, Satya Nadella has been presently working as the executive vice president in the Cloud and Enterprise division of Microsoft. He is primarily responsible for handling computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services of the company. Nadella is an Indian by birth and belongs to the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He was born in 1967 and has been associated with Microsoft since 1992. Nadella received his higher education from the US and did a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee as well as Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. According to people familiar with the company affairs, Satya Nadella is soon likely to replace Steve Ballmer as the new CEO of Microsoft. It’s being said that’s he’s well ahead of two other shortlisted candidates – Tony Bates and Stephen [+more]
Ars Technica has reported that Microsoft has been paying Youtube users to give positive reviews of the Xbox One. The agreement also states that users who accept this payment will say anything negative about the Xbox One, Machinima and other MS games. It has also been reported that the agreement further states that users have to keep the details of this promotional engagement to themselves. It has been revealed that Microsoft is paying users $3 for 1000 views. Close on these heels is EA, which is paying for Battlefield 4 Levolution System.
A release date in the month of October is expected for the launch of MacBook Pro 2012 with Haswell processor. Reliable sources have added that the supply chain of Apple is prepared to deliver the new parts starting October. If sources are to be believed, then buyers would also be surprised with a stunning redesign for the all-new MacBook Pro 2013 device models. However, it has not yet been confirmed whether Apple will enhance the features as well as the specs of its brand new laptop or whether the laptop will only be seen in a fresh design while the specs and features remain the same. The rumors of a facelift to the MacBook 2013 have surfaced after the tech major has announced the launch of its new iMacs without creating much hype around the launch. The new iMacs launched officially by Apple will feature the advanced Haswell processors engineered [+more]
Specifications Apple Macbook Air (11-inch) Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Display 11.6-inch, also comes in 13.3-inch size 10.6-inch 1080p Software OS X Mountain Lion Windows 8.1 Pro Processor 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache 1.6GHz 4th-gen Intel Core i5-4200U “Haswell” processor Graphics Intel HD Graphics 5000 Intel HD Graphics 4400 Memory 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory 4GB or 8GB Storage 128GB, 256GB 64GB/128GB internal flash memory 256GB/512 GB SSD storage, microSD card slot, 200GB SkyDrive space Camera 720p FaceTime HD camera 2 720p HD front and back Connection & expansion 2 USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps), MagSafe 2 power port 4 USB 3.0 ports, Mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm audio in and out sockets, Ethernet socket Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking;3 IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology [+more]
In an offer that’s exciting for all, Microsoft has decided to put forward its Surface RT bundles, the Pro and Touch Covers at discounted rates. As per recent reports, consumers can now grab the Surface RT bundle, including both the Surface RT and a black Touch Cover with a slashed $50 in its cost. Getting light on users’ pocket, the discount goes in effect on 30th August. Consumers can grab 32GB version of the bundles at $399 (£257) and 64GB version at $499 (£321). The Touch Cover will cost $79.99 (£52), lowered from $119 (£77). Starting on 4th August, Microsoft has already lowered down the cost of the Surface Pro by $100 (£75) in the U.S and other countries. However, Microsoft has not yet confirmed the reduced rates. This move by Microsoft is seen as a way to lure consumers, ahead of Apple launching its iPad 5 and iPad Mini [+more]
In a blog post recently, Microsoft has said that they are going to release a Windows 8.1 update in October sometime. It will start rolling out as a free update from October 18 and the idea is to make the new operating system available for all devices. The previous version was not appreciated a great deal and sale of machine run on the OS suffered. With the new OS, Microsoft hopes to reverse that trend. Already available for preview, the updated Windows 8.1 does away with the tiles that it started out with. Instead, it takes up the traditional desktop look that most of us were comfortable with.