The Surface 3 was launched in May 2015 by Microsoft and is the successor for the Surface 2. It is a 2-in-1 tablet still designed for portability. It does well with lightweight work but its not really something to consider if you need to do graphics intensive work on it. It is smaller and less powerful than its Surface Pro brothers but still marketed by Microsoft as a tablet that can replace your laptop. So the big question is it a worthy alternative to many other tablet choices out in the market such as the iPad? Or even in general laptops for that matter?
For this review, we’ll be using the full experience available for the Surface 3 minus the dock, which is using the type cover and Surface 3 Pen. The Surface 3 we received is running Windows 10 which was upgraded from Windows 8.1. This marks that Microsoft is giving priority to the desktop experience while maintaining the mobile features available. This is reflected in Windows 10’s Continuum, where Tablet Mode is the replacement for Windows 8.1’s mobile style of user interface design.
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It’s that time of the year where Microsoft and Apple unveil their latest products and innovations, which really sparked a lot of interest and hype for the new upcoming devices. Today we will be focusing on Microsoft’s Surface Series which definitely made many people’s mouths water. I am talking about the Surface Pro 4 and its laptop counterpart, the Surface Book. Now if you haven’t heard of these devices definitely check them out as they offer many new features which are very impressive. Note that both of these devices run Windows 10 and have all the features you would expect from this OS namely Cortana, Continuum and Microsoft Edge.
Surface Pro 4
When the Surface series started it didn’t really do very well as compared to Apple’s iPad series although they were different category of devices. Surface was designed to be a mobile replacement for a computer while the iPad was primarily a tablet mobile device. But since then, it has steadily gained ground in the “replacement for a desktop department” and performed quite well with the Surface Pro 3. Now, the Surface Pro 4 looks to be a worthy upgrade (with a bigger price too!)
With Windows 10 release date drawing closer on July 29th, we have a look at the top reasons you might want to get this immediately or just let the early adopters iron out any bugs while you are safely in your Windows 7 or 8.1 machine. Note that the July 29th release date is only for Windows Insiders, people who are already beta testing Windows 10. Everyone else has to wait for Microsoft to make it available to them via the Windows 10 reservation system. So when the option is available for you to upgrade to Windows 10, do the benefits outweigh the risks?
The Surface Pro 3 is one of my favourite tablets launched in 2014. With a powerful chipset and a more appealing form factor, the Surface Pro 3 is closer to a full-fledged laptop than a tablet and its high price definitely reflects that. So here comes the Surface 3, the new member in the Surface family with lesser power and a smaller body, but with much more affordable price tag. More importantly, it runs full Windows 8.1 and it has an interesting price tag.
Last week Microsoft held the second event for Windows 10 and more details about the new operating system has been unveiled. This previous unveiling of the Windows 10 OS was more to a technical preview while this event was closer to a consumer point of view. In case you missed the previous preview, you can read it here. So, what else did Microsoft reveal? Here are 8 of the most notable things that we learned from the event:
Windows 10 is Upgradable for Free
The most important announcements of the event was that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for a year for anyone who already owns Windows 7 and Windows 8. This means that you have one year to upgrade your devices after the new Windows is launched, free of charge. This is a great move by Microsoft in convincing more people to try out their new operating system (OS). To be more specific, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10. However, Windows RT will not receive the upgrade and will instead receive parts of the new features only.
Good news for all Lumia with Windows Phone 8 users! Microsoft has confirmed that all Lumias running Windows Phone 8 (and of course 8.1) will receive the Windows 10 update. Windows 10 is the new universal OS update for computers, tablets, phones, wearables and others. However, not any details of the update for Windows Phone have been unveiled.
We have been worrying for the availability of the update for current Lumia phones as Microsoft had a bad record in the past. In the transition from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8, the kernel had been changed so older devices are not compatible with the new update. You can imagine how upset the users will be when the phones are left forgotten. So it is great considering older devices like Lumia 920 will be getting the update too even though it will be more than 2 years old when Windows 10 is available.
Of course, they did not share the time frame for the update as it is not officially launched yet. It will be available sometime in 2015 and Microsoft promises that new devices will be coming along. For other OEMs like HTC and Samsung, there is not word from them yet and we can only hope for the best.
Source: Windows Central
If you have been using Windows 8 and didn’t really like how the desktop experience worked, you can now get the Windows 10 technical preview. The preview is to collect feedback from the users so that they could build an OS that people want to use. Be warned though, the site says that the early build might be unstable and you could end up losing all your files. Removing it isn’t a straightforward affair either, you’ll need a recovery disc for this process. Our advice for you is to install the preview on secondary machine or through virtual machine.
Why is this release called Windows 10 instead of 9? Some theories state that the number 9 is unlucky in Japan and since Microsoft has a strong presence over there, they would want to skip this number. Another theory is that some developers coded their software to check for Windows 95 or 98 by looking for the number 9. Whatever it is, Microsoft certainly isn’t telling, with Windows chief Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore joking about how “seven ate nine”.
Now that we’ve got that straightened out, lets get to the juicy bits.