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?
Windows RT Hardware and Software News
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.
A month after Microsoft's LTE-compatible Windows RT-based Surface 2 launched in the US, the tablet is is now available to UK customers for pre-order.
Microsoft's announcement that Windows will be free for tablets with screen sizes smaller than nine inches took a lot of people by surprise. The company will even offer a year's worth of Office365 free with every license. The move raises the question about the relevance of Windows RT. Sure, Microsoft mentions tablets, not Ultrabooks, but one may argue that hybrids are also tablets (since their displays are touch enabled).
Retweeting is an integral part of the Twitter experience, and the ability to instantly repeat something that another user has said to all of your followers is a feature that tweeters across the globe take advantage of every day. But just days after Twitter announced a range of multimedia-focused changes - including the ability to upload multiple images in a single tweet, and to tag other users in an image - it looks like the company may be toying with further changes, this time related to retweets.
When you have a program like Office 2013 that's crammed full of features on Windows, how do you decide what to keep when you make the iPad version? You look at what users do on a tablet, Office general manager Julia White told TechRadar Pro at the launch.
Businesses have been shy about making the switch to Windows 8.1, and that goes double for bringing the less capable Windows 8.1 RT into the mix. Even so, Microsoft isn't shy about reaching out to businesses and their IT departments to let them know why Windows RT 8.1 and the Surface 2 combine to make the perfect office companion, and the company has posted a blog outlining the reasons why it feels that businesses should be excited about it.
Microsoft is desperate to gain footing lost to Apple and Android in the tablet market. And so it should be, too. The tablet market is projected to grow as quickly over the next five years as the smartphone market grew from 2007 to 2013. The company’s latest salvo into the battle is the Surface 2 – part tablet, part (with the optional keyboard) laptop. So how does it fare? Read on to find out.