Category: Microsoft

Surface Book: When Microsoft Designs Its Own Hybrid Laptop

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 1.04.10 PMIf you think about it, why hasn’t Microsoft ever designed its very own laptop? The perfect time is now then, because they have and are introducing it to the world. The Surface Book is a 13.5-inch touchscreen hybrid laptop with 267ppi (that’s a 3000 x 2000 resolution); the screen of which is optically bonded to the glass, creating a sharp and consistent image (i.e. that’s good). Starting storage specs include 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage.

For processors, the Surface Book uses the latest Intel Skylake processors, in Core i5 or Core i7 configurations. An NVIDIA GeForce GPU with GDDR5 memory rests in the base of the laptop, with the keyboard (which has 1.4mm travel and is billed as practically silent).

The Surface Book is a complete package, which is worth noting, because it comes with the keyboard and the Surface Pen. When all is said and done, Microsoft says that the Surface Book will run for 12 hours on a charge. Weight with keyboard is 3.34 pounds, which is still within ultrabook territory. Ports include the charging port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, SD card slot, headset jack and a mini DisplayPort.

The Surface Book will go on sale October 26th, prices starting at $1,499; preorders begin October 7th.

Via: Microsoft

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 Is Currently The World’s Most Powerful Tablet, Hands Down

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 12.50.33 PMThe Surface Pro 4 is a Windows 10 tablet, that like all the other products announced at Microsoft’s press conference today, serve as flagships for the platform.

Now for the engineering, which as usual,is most impressive with the screen: PixelGlass. It’s what Microsoft calls the over 5 million pixels that inhabit the 12.3-inch display, at 267ppi with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity — it works with the new Surface Pen (now with eraser), which attaches magnetically to the Pro 4’s thinner, 8.4mm body.

Internally, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and a sixth-generation Core i7 processor keeps the Windwos 10 show going. A new Type Cover keeps the Surface Pro 4 productivity capable, along with Windows Hello (facial recognition login).

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 starts at $899 with preorders starting October 7; the official launch is October 26.

Via: Microsoft

Microsoft New Flagship Windows 10 Phones: The Lumia 950 And 950XL

Lumia 950/XL

The Lumia 950 will carry the Windows 10 smartphone banner — a banner that has not been well-represented in recent years, and is in dire need of some sort of revitalization. Nadella’s Microsoft knows that, and the Lumia 950 is the smartphone designed to at least have Microsoft hold a flag up to iOS and Android, who have insurmountable market share, developer support and device selection.

Naturally, that means some impressive spec sheets. A 5.2-inch WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) OLED display, a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3000mAh battery,  with 32GB of internal storage.

A Triple RGB LED flash, paired with a 20-megapixel PureView camera on the back brings forth some of the best photos the Windows 10 platform has seen. Carl Zeiss optics on the camera ensures Optical Image Stabilization, with gorgeous 4K video supplementing that.

The XL version is the same in principle, but with a bigger 5.7 inch screen at 518 PPI.32GB of storage, octa-core processor, expandable via microSD card up to a whopping 2TB, along with a bigger 3340mah battery.

Quick charging comes as a part of the USB-C port, a revolution we’re seeing in Google’s new Nexus devices, Apple’s new Macbook and now with Windows Phones.

The asking price when launched will be $549 for the 950 and $649 for the 950XL; carrier partners will offer payment plans, per the current state of the U.S. mobile carrier market.



Microsoft Drops Office 2016 For Windows And Mac, Catches Up To Drive

The-new-office-is-here-4-v2In a sense, Office 2016 is an incremental update that allows it to catch up to Google Drive and Docs as a whole.

Real-time co-authoring is now a feature, Cortana integration debuts for assistance, better search has been engineered, better cross-platform compatibility, chat with built-in Bing searches, and finally, business integration to the point where DLP (Data Loss Prevention) is built-in and Multifactor Authentication makes it easier to operate on the software suite if away from the corporate network.

As for design, the interface remains mostly unchanged, but updated of course, to fall in similar aesthetic quality with the new Windows 10.

Office 2016 is now available for Office 365 subscribers or as a one-time purchase on Mac — pick your poison, essentially.

Via: Office Blog

Microsoft Posts $3.2 Billion Net Loss For Q4, $22B In Revenue

DSC01769Microsoft lost $2 billion for Q4 of 2014, despite the hefty $22.2 billion in revenue (compared to $23.3 billion yesteryear). This can definitely be attributed to the 7,800 job cuts made earlier this year, plus the de-valuation of Nokia which resulted in a $7.5 billion jab to the coffers. An $888 million profit was made from the Surface line and Xbox clinched a 27 percent gain. Remember Bing? Well its market share increased to a sizeable 20.3 percent.

Talk about an eventful fiscal quarter.

Via: Microsoft

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop Is Out At Microsoft As Company Restructures

stephen-elopIn what can only be called unexpected (and maybe a little sad), former Nokia CEO will soon be leaving Microsoft as part of a restructuring of the company near the end of the fiscal quarter. This is what Microsoft is calling a “designated transition period”; Elop served as the executive vice president of the Devices and Services group (after Nokia was purchased by MSFT), so to take his place, operating system head Terry Myerson will take charge of a new, combined division called Windows and Devices Group.

Via: Microsoft

Microsoft Debuts 1TB Xbox One with New Controller, Ships The 16th For $400

XboxOne_Controller_620Microsoft is keen on making the Xbox One a resounding success, no matter the shaky month-by-month sales figures or the intense competition that the PS4 assails the platform with.

Today, the company at Redmond continues the mission with the announcement of a 1TB (1,000GB) Xbox One, as well as the debut of a revised wireless controller that (finally!) uses a 3.5mm headset jack for audio (a la PS4), with revised bumpers that offer increased performance along the entirety of the button(s). Also, wireless firmware updates, because no one wants to connect a controller to a console for an update — it’s 2015.

The new 1TB Xbox One is shipping in the US on June 16th for $399, with Halo: The Master Chief Collection as a bundled game “for a limited time”.

Meanwhile, the existing 500GB One got a price cut, to preppy $349.

Via: Xbox Wire

Windows 10 Will Launch July 29th, And There Will Be Lots To See


Microsoft has outed the street date of the Windows 10 launch: July 29th. With it, Windows becomes a service that caters to all screen sizes and hardware, rather than the arguably static most-used computer operating system it has been, until this point.

Of course, this aggressive release date is of some concern: bugs and finalized features will all but have to be ironed out in less than two months. Available as a free upgrade (for the first year) for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, Windows 10 will revitalize Microsoft’s crown jewel, with Cortana, a new browser, the return of the Start menu, and a few more bells and whistles.

Time to put a reminder on the calendar, meanwhile.

Via: The Windows Blog