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Surface Pro and Surface RT to Expand to New Markets by end of March

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.

surface RT

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.

Source[Surface Blog]

[Net Applications]Windows 8 Marketshare Surpasses Mac OSX,Runs on 2.67% of PC’s Worldwide

Its been 4 month since the launch of Windows 8 operating system and Within that span Windows 8 has been successful  in surpassing the Worldwide marketshare of Mac OSX(including 10.8,10.7 and 10.5 version).

windows 8 marketshare

 

 

As per the recent findings from Net Applications,Windows 8 now counts around 2.67%(up from 2.26% last month) of total worldwide PC’s market share as of today.Which brings it to the Number 4 spot with the Top 3 spots held by Windows 7,Windows XP and Windows Vista operating system.While doing so the latest operating system crossed the marketshare of Mac OSX 10.8 which stands at 2.61% .

While Windows 7 holds the top spot with 44.55% (up from 44.48% last month)marketshare with XP at 38.99%(down from39.51% last month) and Windows Vista at 5.17% (down from 5.24% last month)market share.So the new operating system from Microsoft is gaining   is gaining upon its predecessors marketshare.

We can  expect Windows 8 to surpass Windows Vista in coming months and reach into the top 3 spot of the Operating System marketshare.

Source[Net Applications]

Razer’s Edge and Edge Pro Windows 8 Tablets Preorder Starts Tomorrow!

Razer, a well known name in the Gaming industry is all set to launch their Windows 8 based tablets for the gaming lovers with the launch of their Razer Edge and Razer Edge Pro Tablets.

 

razer edge windows 8 tablet

Image Credits[Razer]

The Razer Edge which runs Windows 8 operating system is powered by Intel Core i5 Processor,4GB DDR3 RAM,Intel HD4000 (DX11) NVIDIA GT 640M LE (1GB DDR3, Optimus Technology) Graphics to go with a 10.1″ Display  and a 64GB SSD making it a gamer’s treat at a price tag of $999.99(excluding taxes)

While the higher end version the Razer Edge Pro which runs on  Windows 8  operating system is powered by Intel Core i 7 processor,8GB DDR3 RAM,Intel HD4000 (DX11) NVIDIA GT 640M LE (2GB DDR3, Optimus Technology) Geaphics ,10.1″ Display with storage options of 128GB SSD and 256GB SSD.The pro version starts at $1299.99 (excluding taxes).

The gamepad addon will be available separately for a cost of $249.99 while the Docking station will be available for $99.99 and the Keyboard Dock is priced at $199.99.

 

Both the devices will be up for preorder starting tomorrow(1st of March).You can Preorder your Razer Edge and Razer Edge Pro Starting Tomorrow.

Want a free Surface Pro? Share Your Windows 8 Story Today !

It’s been 4 months since the launch of the Windows 8/RT operating system and Microsoft wants to celebrate the 4 month anniversary of their newest operating system in style.

Microsoft recently announced the Windows 8 Story contest .If you have been using a licensed Windows 8 operating system and live in the United States ,You can bag a free Surface Pro or can win a trip to March Madness and many other goodies.

All you need to do is to create a video,sharing your experience with Windows 8 and why do you love to use it,then visit the Facebook Contest Page and then click the “Enter Contest” button to upload your entry for the contest.After which you can spread the word and ask your family and friends to vote for your video and grab a chance to win awesome prizes.

The contest ends on 22nd of March  and the  Judging will end on 31st of March.Checkout the Complete Rules and Regulations of the Contest Here.

 

 

[Rumor]Windows 8 Blue to release in August with Better Search and Faster Kernel

There’s been a lot of rumors floating around lately surrounding the Windows Blue update from Microsoft.

windows 8 RTM

One of the latest reports coming from Win8China,suggests that the Windows Blue update could hit the RTM around June timeframe and the public availability could be around August,while the new devices which will be releasing in the later half near to the update would probably be preloaded with the Windows Blue update.

The update will reportedly bring performance enhancement thanks to a more faster kernel and a better optimized search for Windows 8,low power consumption.,improved scaling for Modern UI apps and better windowing amongst other features.

According to the report the Milestone Preview will be available in coming months.Stay tuned for more Windows Blue Coverage.

Source[Win8China],via[TheVerge]

[Rumor]Microsoft to Launch Surface RT in Japan by March

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.

surface tablet

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.

Source[MarketWatch]

Surface Pro gets 1/10 Repairability Score by iFixit !

When the Surface RT launched a few months ago,it got a Teardown from iFixit,to see how repairable is the new Surface RT tablet,as a result the new Microsoft tablet got a rating of 4/10 repairability from iFixit.

surface pro teardown

Image Credits[iFixit]

So now after the release of Surface Pro tablet which was launched quite recently,it was time to get a Teardown from iFixit.As reported earlier by Microsoft-News,iFixit  recently tear downed the Surface Pro which is powered by Intel based Core i5 Processor and runs on Windows 8 Pro.The Device got a iFixit repairability rating of 1/10(with 10 being the easiest one to repair).If we compare the Surface Pro with the New iPad it has got 2/10 iFixit repairability rating.

Here’s why the Surface Pro got such a low repairability rating by iFixit,

 

  • The battery is not soldered to the motherboard, so at least no soldering is required to replace it.
  •  The SSD is removable — but you risk killing your tablet by trying to open it.
  •  There are over 90 screws inside this device. We’re proponents of mechanical fasteners, but this number is a tad crazy.
  •  The display assembly (comprising of a fused glass and LCD) is extremely difficult to remove/replace.
  • Tons of adhesive hold everything in place, including the display and battery.
  •  Unless you perform the opening procedure 100% correctly, chances are you’ll shear one of the four cables surrounding the display perimeter.

Source[iFixit],Via[Microsoft-News]

Microsoft Hiring Developers for Unifying Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8/RT Stores?

We all know that Windows Phone 8 and the latest Windows 8 operating system works on the same kernel(NT Kernel) and it was obvious that it was there for the future scope for seamless porting of apps from one platform to the other.

unified ecosystem

As reported earlier by WMPowerUser,it seems that Microsoft is already moving forward with the idea of Unifying Windows Phone and Windows 8 Store.A recent Job post on the Microsoft Careers site hinted at a position(which is now been filled) which goes like,

“Do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa?”

So if this is what the Software Giant is planing to do,it would be good for the future of Windows Phone 8 Store and the Windows Store due to the two way compatibility(Windows 8 to Windows Phone and vice versa) and would definitely attract more and more developers to the unified ecosystem of Windows.

Source[Microsoft Careers],Via[WMPU]

Surface Pro and Surface RT’s User Available Storage Space Detailed

There’s been a lot of talks going on about exactly how much free space will be available for the users after the initial Operating System and Default apps in the Surface RT/Pro devices.Thankfully,Microsoft has put up a detailed Page which discusses the User available storage space on both Surface RT as well as the Surface Pro devices.

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The Surface RT which comes in 2 variants the 32GB and the 64 GB versions.While the 32GB version of Surface RT features 16GB of User available space the 64GB version has around 45GB User available space.

Here’s the breakdown of the Surface RT’s Storage

Surface with Window RT (decimal system)
32 GB
64 GB
Total storage as reported by Windows (binary system)
29*
58*
Storage space reserved for Windows recovery tools
-5
-5
Available storage reported by File Explorer
24
53
Windows RT, Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview1and built-in apps
-8
-8
Available storage reported by File Explorer
16
45

So roughly around 29GB actual space (as per the binary system) is available in the 32GB version,with around 8GB space taken up by the operating system,Office suite and built in apps,while around 5GB of space is reserved for the Windows Recovery Tools,giving users 16GB of storage space.Similarly with the Surface RT 64GB version, around 58 GB actual space(as per the binary system) with same amount of storage space accumulated by the Operating System and the Windows Recovery Tools,giving the user 45GB to play with.

Talking about the newly launched Surface Pro,which runs  Windows 8 Pro operating system and sports 64GB and 128GB as storage options.The 64GB variant has around 29GB of  user available storage while the 128GB version has around 89GB of user available space.

Here’s the Breakdown of Surface Pro Storage

Total storage as reported by Windows (binary system)
59*
119*
Storage space reserved for Windows recovery tools
-9
-9
Available storage reported by File Explorer
50
110
Windows 8 Pro and built-in apps
-21
-21
Available storage reported by File Explorer
29
89

The 64GB version has around 59GB actual space(as per the binary system)with around 21GB memory utilized by the Operating System and built in apps and around 9GB of space reserved for Windows Recovery Tools,giving users around 29GB to play with.Similarly the 128GB version which has around  119 GB of  actual space(as per the binary system) with same amount of storage space accumulated by the Operating System and the Windows Recovery Tools as with the 64GB version ,giving the user 89GB to play with.

If you still feel that much amount of memory is not enough,you will always have the choice to put in a Micro SD Card to bump up the memory or use an external storage device.

Source[Surface]

Surface Pro 128GB Goes Out Of stock within Hours of Official Launch

Microsoft officially launched the Surface  Pro yesterday and within hours of the launch the 128 GB variant of the Windows 8 tablet from Microsoft priced at $999 is out of stock in US online store.

 

Earlier we got reports about the 64GB version of the surface Pro was listed as out of stock,but now it seems like they have some more 64GB Surface Pro in their inventory,but the 128GB version is still out of stock.

Similar thing happened during the surface RT launch,but due to poor distribution strategy the device put a dismal show in the last quarter as per some surveys.will the Surface Pro emerge as a strong competitor for the likes of iPads and Nexus 7′s or not?We will have our answer in coming months.

If you are planning on buying a surface Pro device,then head over to Microsoft store before the device goes out of stock again!