Summary: Microsoft's One Windows strategy is only causing confusion because we seem to have forgotten what an operating system is.
Windows RT Hardware and Software News
We finally have an official admission from Microsoft on what its plans are for Windows Phone and Windows RT. Windows RT in particular has come under quite a bit of scrutiny, and a new device hasn’t been released or announced in 10 months, so it’s great to see confirmation of the OS’s future. streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system.”
Microsoft is experimenting with automatic updates from Windows RT 8.0 to Windows RT 8.1, which would allow users to skip the Windows Store and still get the latest software.
Summary: Users with ARM-based Windows RT devices can now try Microsoft's RemoteApp service to access remotely line-of-business apps.
All eyes are currently on the Surface Pro 3, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Microsoft has forgot the previous models which are still on sale both online and at retail stores. Redmond today launched a new discount for the original Surface tablet that's now available for only $249 (180 euros) thanks to a Memorial Day sale that cuts $200 (€150) off the initial price.
Windows 8 has often been referred to as the new Vista, but it appears that another platform that got to see daylight in the last couple of years could become the successor of what has been called the biggest fail in Microsoft's history.
Summary: In spite of numerous leaks indicating an ARM-based Surface was going to be launched at Microsoft's "small gathering" in New York City, no such device materialized. What happened?
When Microsoft's Surface event, held today in New York City, was first announced, the widespread expectation was that the company would be launching a Surface mini with an 8-inch screen and a Qualcomm ARM processor. What we got instead was a new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 with an Intel Haswell processor. The mini device, which just a few weeks ago was felt by many to be a certainty, was nowhere to be seen.
Computerworld - The troubled Windows RT operating system got nary a mention at Microsoft's Surface event on Tuesday. - All of the focus instead was on the new 12-in. Surface Pro 3 tablet, which runs Windows 8.1 on one of three Intel processors and which officials touted as a laptop replacement well suited for business.
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), struggling to break into the tablet market, backed off plans to introduce a smaller version of its Surface tablet based on Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) processors, people with knowledge of the decision said.
Microsoft's Surface RT, which is actually the first tablet in the company's history, is now available at a very special price in a number of specialty stores across the United States. The Surface RT with 32 GB of storage space will be available for as low as $199 (142 euros) in new specialty stores that will open this month, according to a new report by WinBeta, while Dell's Venue Pro 8-inch tablet will retail for only $99 (71 euros).
Microsoft is expected to take the wraps off a new Surface model this month, but little is known about the device that could become the smaller tablet ever sold by the Redmond-based take giant.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft (MSFT) may not be ready to give up on Windows RT just quite yet. The company has invited journalists to an event in New York, later this month, where it's expected to announce a new Surface tablet to compete with Apple's (AAPL) popular iPad mini, as well as the recently introduced smaller tablets running the full version of Windows. According to a report from TheNextWeb Microsoft is planning "a small gathering" in New York city on May 20th presumably to introduce a new, smaller Surface device.
We already knew that Microsoft was working on a smaller version of the Surface, but the company now seems to be prepared to launch the device during a press event in New York.
This isn't the first time we're hearing that Microsoft is working on a new Surface version, but it appears that the company has finally completed development and is now getting ready to publicly launch the device. The so-called Surface Mini, a smaller version of the Surface tablet, could be revealed on May 18, according to some photos published on Amazon.com by Vostrostone (VSTN), an electronics wholesaler.