Yesterday Microsoft released the customary Patch Tuesday updates for their Surface Pro and Surface RT devices.
The recent updates include patches for the Limited connectivity issues for Windows RT based Surface RT.The Surface RT updates includes following improvements,
- Certain “Limited” connectivity issues resolved
- Improves Wi-Fi to handle a wide range of access points.
- Resolves system crashes caused by certain Wi-Fi issues.
Talking about the updates for the Windows 8 Pro based Surface Pro,the updates includes following improvements,
- Resolves an issue with on screen touch navigation in the UEFI boot menu.
- Resolves some Surface Type and Touch cover connectivity issues.
- Support for 106/109 keyboards on North American Surface devices.
- Resolves an issue where toggling airplane mode would disable the Wi-Fi driver.
Since these are the cumulative updates,if you haven’t updated your device before this update,all previous updates will automatically get installed when you install these updates on your Surface Pro or Surface RT.
To update your Surface device manually you need to PC Settings (from the Charm Bar),then tap on Settings option,then tap on Change PC settings,then tap on Windows Update and click on Check for Updates.to update your Surface devices.
Source[Microsoft update page for Surface Pro and Surface RT]
Microsoft launched the Windows RT platform along with the public release of Windows 8 operating system last year,with many manufacturers including Microsoft pitching in with their Windows RT tablets like Asus,Lenovo,Dell and Samsung.The Windows RT platform received criticism for its limitations about running Legacy Windows apps and the pricing of the Windows RT tablets.
Now as reported earlier by Computerworld,many manufacturers including,Dell,Lenovo and Asus have started dropping their Windows RT tablet pricing signaling an attempt to clear out the stock due to lower adoption rates of the Windows RT platform due to its limitations.
After the new price cuts the Dell XPS 10 now costs $449 for the 32 GB model while the 64 GB variant costs $499,down from $499 and $599 respectively.Asus VivoTab RT now costs $382 at Amazon( previously priced at $599)with others like BestBuy and Staples selling it for $549.Talking about the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11 is down to $599 from previous price of $799,while Amazon is selling it at a price tag of $499.99.Though there was no price drop for the Surface RT tablet from Microsoft.
According to the analysts the price drop is due to the poor adoption rate of the platform in worldwide market,this might increase the sells of the tablet,but it’s definitely not a good sign for the Windows RT platform.
Microsoft Released the Surface RT 5 months ago and the Surface Pro version last month,but they haven’t shared any numbers about the sales of either of the devices.
But according to latest reports from Bloomberg,who have sources with the knowledge of Microsoft’s Surface devices said that the company has sold around 1.5 million Surface devices including 400 thousand Surface Pro devices which were released around a month ago.So the Surface RT sells numbers are around 1.1 million mark.Which is no way close to phenomenal or outstanding.
But if we consider the Surface Pro sells,it is an encouraging sign with 400,000 sells in 1 months time,but the same can’t be said about Surface RT,which has been on the receiving end of the criticism for it’s limitations.
The Surface RT had initial issues with Distribution,but then it was rolled out through non Microsoft channels and more countries.Surface Pro which is currently available in United States and Canada and quite recently in some more markets,which is a good sign for the Surface Pro and we can expect at least the Pro version to put better numbers than the RT version.
Last month we saw the release of Surface Pro in the United States and Canada as well as the expansion of Surface RT in 13 new countries starting from Valentines Day.
As reported earlier on the Surface Blog,the company is all set for a major rollout by the end of this month.The Surface RT will expand to Japan,Mexico,New Zealand,Russia,Singapore and Taiwan in coming months,so this now strengthen the earlier rumors about the Surface RT launch in Japan in March.
While the Surface Pro will be rolled out to as many as 7 new countries in coming months.The countries include Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Though they didn’t specify any dates for the rollout but we can expect a detailed post on the same in coming days.This rollout will definitely help boost the Windows 8/RT tablet worldwide market share.
We knew that Microsoft will be expanding their Surface RT tablet market to 13 more countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland , starting from the 14th of february.But what was missing from the list was the name of some asian countries like Japan and India.
Now According to recent reports from Marketwatch,Microsoft is planning to launch the Surface RT tablet in Japan as early as next month.This will allow the Surface RT to compete against the manufacturers like Fujitsu and Sony who have already launched their Windows 8 based tablets in japan.
The 32 GB version of Surface RT is expected to be priced at 50,000 Yen in the japanese market.Tough there is no confirmation from Microsoft about the pricing and availability of the device in Japan,so we will have to file this under rumor section.
Yesterday Microsoft released the Patch Tuesday update for Surface RT along with the updates for their desktop version of Windows operating system(Windows 8).
While answering a Query at the Microsoft Answers Community Forum the Moderator detailed the Surface RT update.The new Surface RT Updates includes fixes for the “Limited Connectivity” issues that the users have been facing with their WiFi connection over Surface RT.It also contains driver updates which improves the performance with Windows,Volume and Power buttons of the Surface RT Tablet.
So if you are a Surface RT Owner and fed up with the Limited Connectivity issue then,Hover your Mouse cursor to the charm bar,hit the Settings button,Tap on the Change PC Settings option and Select the Windows Update option from the list and Check for Updates,to update your Surface RT Today.
Source[Microsoft Answers Community]
As we all know Microsoft is releasing the Surface Pro version starting today in the Microsoft’s Retail Stores,Online Microsoft Store,Staples and Best Buy across United States and Canada.
Along with that Microsoft announced in their press release that the Surface RT version will also see a major rollout on14th February,with Surface RT launching in as many as 13 countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
They also recalled the new available offers with new accessories,while the 64GB Standalone version of the Surface RT will be available for $599 giving users the choice to select the touch/type cover of their liking with new limited available Touch Covers in Red,Cyan and Magenta available for $129.99.There’s also a Wedge Mouse Surface Edition which costs around $69.95.
Checkout the Official Press Release for more details.
After almost 4 months of the public release we are yet to get any official word about the Surface RT sales from Microsoft for the last quarter.
Though according to ISuppli a Market Research Firm,around 1.25 million Surface RT devices shipped last quarter of which only around 55 to 60 % of the devices were sold,bringing the sales number in the range of 680,000 to 750,000.
Though these are not the official numbers,if we consider the early shipment delay issues and mixed word of mouth with the reviews Surface RT was expected to get a slow start and the early distribution strategy didn’t help the cause,which forced Microsoft to expand their distribution through non Microsoft channels.
It remains to be seen whether the Surface Pro which launches on February 9 which runs on Windows 8 Pro would get a similar respnse from the consumers or would it get a better response due to the legacy apps support.We have to wait and Watch.
Microsoft has now officially revealed the release dates for the Surface Pro,which was supposed to launch in January month,will now be released on 9th February in the United States and Canada.
As announced earlier by the General Manager of Microsoft Surface Panos Panay on The Official Microsoft Blog,the device will go on sale on February 9 through all Microsoft Retail Stores in the United States,Microsoftstore.com,staples and Best Buy,while in Canada it will be available in number of unspecified locations.
The Surface Pro will be available in 64 GB and 128 GB versions with pricing of $899 and $999 respecitively,both the Versions will include Surface Pen,but the users will have to buy the Touch/Type Cver separatly.
Microsoft will also be expanding their Surface RT devices market with 13 additional markets to be added in coming weeks including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Checkout the Details on the Official Microsoft Blog.
Microsoft launched the Surface RT devices along with the Windows 8 Public Launch on 26th October last year.There were initial distribution issues and shipping delays for the Surface RT’s ,but after the change in distribution strategy by the software giant helped the tablet to extend its reach.
The big brother of Surface RT i.e the Surface Pro powered by Intel based processor running Wndows 8 Pro version of the operating system was announced with $899 starting price in late November,but there was no announcement about a specific release date of Surface Pro.
But now according to recent reports by Softpedia the tablet would eventually launch on 29th of January,if their source close to redmond campus is to be believed.
The Surface Pro would be available in 2 versions,cheaper one with 64GB of SSD would cost $899,while the highesr end version would cost $999 with 128GB of SSD storage.Both the versions do not include the Touch/Type Cover,so those who want to buy a keyboard for the Surface Pro would have to buy the Tuch/Type Cover separately (around $120).
Though there is no official announcement about the release date,we can expect that to be announced in coming days ,as we already knew that it would be coming in the month of January.