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?
How many of us just bashed Windows 8 when it came out? The interface was an experimental build to create a mobile device style design for desktops, however, consumers all over the world hated this sudden change. They managed to put so much pressure on Microsoft that they had to bring back the Start Button back in the Windows 8.1 Update 1, although it will not bring up the legacy Start Menu anymore. With Windows 8 losing more and more market share, Microsoft are looking to set things right with Windows 9, codenamed “Threshold”.
The preview is suggested to be released the earliest in late 2014 with its full release in April/May 2015, while other reports suggest that Microsoft is delaying the release in order to update Windows 8.1. The delayed preview is suggested to be in Q2 of 2015 which will lead to a full release in Q3/Q4 of 2015. The beta will give Microsoft much needed feedback on its latest OS, with 4 to 6 months in between the beta and the final release to fix major bugs and add or remove features.
There are many speculations on how Windows 9 would be priced, with some saying that there might be a subscription based model instead of a one time purchase. Since this would mean that the base cost would be less, short term wise it could attract more people to try the operating system rather than commit to it with a huge sum of money.
Microsoft have just announced Surface Pro 3 around 9 months after Surface Pro 2 was released. The new version of Surface is very different from the previous version yet so familiar. You will still know it is a Surface by looking at the design but the improvement here and there is so thorough that it is almost better in every aspect.
There are two types of Surface, one running Windows 8 RT with ARM processor (Surface RT and Surface 2) and the other one running full Windows 8 with x86 processor(Surface Pro Series). Microsoft marketed them as tablets that can truly replace your laptop but the response from consumers isn’t as hot as they wish. Honestly I have been giving all Microsoft Surface a ‘meh‘ before this, especially Surface RT. But this time its different.