The year is winding down, and it’s very unlikely Microsoft will announce another major product, so naturally, we need to look forward to 2019 and beyond. Brad Sams of Thurrot has plenty of delectable rumours in his new book Beneath a Surface. Some his claims about Microsoft’s product roadmap reinforce things we’ve heard before, while other bits are entirely new.
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I’ll say one thing about the new Microsoft Surface Headphones. They’re pretty, especially if you like the colour grey. I’ll tell you a few other things. The Cortana features are frustrating. The noise-cancelling tech is basically fine. The ear cups aren’t super comfortable. And the headphones just don’t sound that amazing. They’re a good fashion statement. “Look at me,” these branded cans scream, “I’m a loyal Microsoft user.”
Microsoft announced refreshes to three different computers today and its proof the company is committed to manufacturing computers, and not just to periodically releasing glitzy overpriced products to showcase Windows. We’re getting the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Studio 2, all with nice upgrades inside.
Consumer Reports is a US-based not for profit service that gives people recommendations on whether consumer products are worth buying and live up to vendor claims. Getting a tick from them is a big deal, especially in US markets. And a black mark can be a massive cause for concern which is why there will be a bunch of people at Microsoft HQ panicking at Consumer Reports' dumping the Surface from its recommended product list.
The new Surface Pro gets an extremely minor upgrade to the Surface Pro 4 -- apart from dropping the number at the end, it's minor under-the-hood changes at best, as well as a more versatile kickstand. Not much is different to tempt existing owners. But that doesn't change the fact that it's still the best 2-in-1 tablet-laptop hybrid you can buy today.
The Surface Laptop is one of my very favourite ultraportable notebooks of the last few years. It's a MacBook Air, but built for 2017: a beautiful screen, great speakers, gorgeous design and a slim profile. And now, a la Apple's iPhones, you can pre-order it in some gorgeous colour variants which will land in Australia at the end of next month.
Look at that chunky monkey. You might be inclined to think that's a photoshopped iPad Mini in a really thick case. But you are wrong. The photo above is supposedly a picture of Microsoft's Surface Mini -- a Windows tablet that Microsoft reportedly axed just days before its expected announcement in 2014.
Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure imagination.
I'm not joking when I say the Microsoft Surface Studio makes this sentence -- pulled from the incredible video that Microsoft wrote to promote its new super-luxury, all-in-one PC, in the words of Willy Wonka's fantasies -- come true. When you get face to face with the Surface Studio, and when you see what it can do, you can't help but think of all the possibilities of what you can do with it. It's incredible.
Late tonight, Microsoft will take the wraps off what is widely expected to be new Surface gadgets, including Surface tablets and an all-in-one PC. Interested? Here's how to tune in.
When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. Today, Microsoft has a flat 10 per cent off every variant of its Surface Pro 4 tablet.
Microsoft's Surface laptop-tablet hybrid has gone through a huge number of small, often unnoticeable tweaks in its journey from the original Surface Pro of 2013 to the current Surface Pro 4. While the tablet itself gets a lot of attention for the evolution of its kickstand and touchscreen and angular slate design, the humble Type Cover, a nearly mandatory accessory, doesn't get as much love. Microsoft went to pains, though, in the creation of the Signature Edition version of the Type Cover -- a slim, slick, refined piece of hardware that represents the best of Surface and of Microsoft itself.
When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. For the next couple of weeks, JB Hi-Fi has some pretty significant price cuts on all kinds of Microsoft Surface tablets.