Watch Microsoft Surface Keynote if you still haven’t

If you just know about the Microsoft Surface for Windows, the new tablet by Microsoft which suppose to have the capability to overcome the barrier between PCs and tablets, you should watch this video. It is the keynote from the event where Microsoft unveils their very first tablet. Surface. Sit back and enjoy!

This video will take up around 50mins of your time…but it is worth your time…I guess.

For more about the new tablet from Microsoft, click here.

 

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Microsoft unveils its very first tablet, Surface for Windows

Microsoft finally unveiled its very own tablet called the Surface for Windows at the Microsoft press event in Los Angeles.

Microsoft says that the tablet is the closest a tablet can get to the power of PC, giving true PC experience.

Microsoft Surface comes with a sturdy, integrated kickstand and a touch and type cover (very similar to Apple’s smart cover but you can actually type on it), that features a fully functioning keyboard, with a trackpad (Works as good as a real keyboard, according to Microsoft). It connects with a “single magnetic click”(Expect something from Apple?) that will make it easy to take off.

“I can touch type on this as fast as I can type on any keyboard.” said Microsoft’s Michael Angiulo. Touch Cover comes in five colors – black, red, blue, and pink.

Surface also comes with two cameras, called “LifeCams.” The rear-facing camera is angled so when positioned on a kickstand, it can still record meetings with ease.

Because Surface is a full-on PC, it will run true PC games. Eric Neustadter, from Xbox Live Operations, tweeted colloquially that it could run Civ IV and V, unlike the iPad, and that it will be “the greatest Civilization-playing device known to mankind.” (Hope that it can play Diablo 3 too)

Microsoft has stated the tablet-PC hybrids will be priced competitively, but no mention of price or release date was mentioned.

The reason of iOS and android tablets to be successful is the app ecosystem they have. If Windows wants to be a real competition, they have to attract more developers to develop great apps for their platform fast. Time will tell if the Surface will be successful or just another Zune. We really hope it will be successful. Competitions are always good for consumers.

The Microsoft Surface tablet comes in two options, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT is the lightweight option, both physically and spec-wise.

  • 676g
  • 9.33 mm thick
  • 10.6″ ClearType HD DIsplay
  • 31.5 Wh battery
  • microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video
  • Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • 32 GB, 64 GB

Windows 8 Pro, is the obvious pro option, and is touted as a “full PC.” It comes with a heftier weight (and likely pricetag):

  • 903 g
  • 13.5 mm thick
  • 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
  • 42 Wh battery
  • microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video,
  • Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • 64 GB, 128 GB

Check out this rather cool video:

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iPad Mini to launch Q3 2012: answer to Windows 8 and cheaper Android tablets [Report]

 

Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch its much-anticipated “iPad mini” during the third quarter of 2012 in an effort to “counter attack” the upcoming Windows 8 tablets. The 7.85-inch device is expected to cost between $249 and $299, which will also allow it to compete with cheaper Android devices from the likes of Amazon.

The report comes from Chinese net portal NetEase and was translated by Kotaku:

NetEase claimed that the device will be released around the third quarter of this year to “counter attack” the upcoming Windows tablets. The report further claims that the devices will cost anywhere from US$249 to $299 and that there will be an initial 6 million units ready for launch.

Apple is already rumored to be testing a 7.85-inch device in its labs, and many analysts believe that the device is just what the Cupertino company needs to fight off competition from the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire. Not only would the device do that, but it would also steal interest from the first crop of Windows 8 tablets if it launches at the right time.

Despite its smaller display, the “iPad mini” is expected to feature the same 1024 x 768 resolution of the original iPad, meaning existing iOS appswould not need to be modified.

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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer keynote [CES 2012]

If you missed the keynote updates of Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer in the CES 2012,  don’t worry, Engadget have you all covered. Click here too read a recap on everything about the long awaited Steve’s (Ballmer not Jobs) keynote during the CES 2012. The keynote has many interesting stuffs like the Lumia 900, Mango with the groups and voice recognition features (failed by the way) and making a reservation with WP devices and a demo on Windows 8 and Xbox Kinect, all this with Ryan Seacrest as your host.

Just click here to read the full updates.

Windows 8 to come with an app store by default

Windows Live Division President Steven Sinofsky has just confirmed in a blog post that Windows 8 will come with an app store shipped by default. People see this coming since the success of Apple’s widely successful app store and also the Mac app store.

Here is the blog post.

How well will the Windows 8 app store fair? Against Apple, we will see.

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