Microsoft kicked off its Surface event in New York City announcing a new 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet that’s faster and even thinner than the Surface Pro 2. The biggest thing about the new slate is its new 12-inch diagonal screen with a 2160 x 1440 resolution. What’s more the screen has 3:2 aspect ratio screen that adds a bit more vertical resolution space to read stories.
Spotlights on 4K tech, OZC's timely revival and updates from BackBlaze's HDD failure study
On this week's episode of the No BS Podcast #217, the staff tackles the onslaught of 4K panels, including the newly released 24-inch 4K from Dell and obsess over its insane PPI count. Next we shift gears and focus on Microsoft, not to bash the company, but to give two thumbs up for a good-looking quarterly revenue report from Surface sales. We move on to discuss the study from BackBlaze on Hitachi, Seagate and Western Digital drives and failure rates. The staff concludes with editor picks and Gordon delivers his signature rant.
Exact sales figures on devices can be somewhat hard to come by. Apple will occasionally share how many “iOS device’s they sold in a quarter”, they might even be generous enough to separate phones and tablets, but they rarely break it down by model. The Surface RT has been on sale now for about two weeks, and while we don’t exactly have specific numbers to go on, we do know what Steve Ballmer thinks of its sales performance in general.
You might love it, you might hate it, but like it or not Windows 8 hits the streets in less than two weeks on October 26th. As a result the Microsoft marketing machine has kicked into overdrive, and we finally have our first of what is likely to be many television bound ads designed to reel in consumers far and wide to the new platform.
Microsoft tends to trickle out important details at a snail’s pace, including minor tidbits such as when and where holiday shoppers will be able to pick up the company’s new flagship consumer product. Microsoft made it abundantly clear during its Surface press conference that only Microsoft stores would carry the device, and since so few of these locations exist, pop-up stores would help pick up the slack. The location of these temporary stores has been known for a few months now, however, only now do we finally have confirmation on the dates.
Dogfooding is a term you hear applied to software companies quite often, however Microsoft is taking it to a whole new level. We’ve heard on more than one occasion that Microsoft believes they are betting the company on Windows 8, and what better way to go all in than to make your employees use it full time. Mandating Windows 8 use in the work place might sound like cruel and unusual punishment to those who disagreed with our mostly positive review of Microsoft’s new OS, but what if we told you it has an amazing upside?
Will Microsoft’s Surface tablet really start at over $1,000? That is the question that has been on everyone’s mind ever since a listing for the upcoming Microsoft-branded tablet surfaced on Swedish site Webhallen. But we need not speculate any further as the Swedish e-tailer’s Surface pricing itself is pretty speculative.
Our long national nightmare is over: after an absence of nearly four years, former editor (and current contributing writer) David "The Murph" Murphy guest-stars in the all-new Episode 187 of the No BS Podcast!
Dave joins Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung and Senior Editor Nathan Edwards to talk about Surface, Microsoft's ambitious forthcoming tablet. We've all had some more time to play with Windows 8, and we share our feelings.
Would you switch to Windows 8? Would you use it on a slate? Would you use it on your desk? Is the Metro store a mess?
Would you use it on a phone? Would you, could you, with touch alone? Can you use it to do work? Do the OEMs think Ballmer's a jerk?
We ran out of rhyme, but it's our biggest discussion of Windows 8 yet. Because like it or not, Win8 is coming. And it's best to be prepared.
We also discuss the 2008 Dream Machine (fond memories!), the 2012 Dream Machine (vague hints!), Android 4.1, and more! Plus, a discussion of the seven-case midtower roundup from the upcoming September issue, and an all-new Rant of the Month!
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Despite all the media interest (and in spite of all the OEM heartache) siwrling around the Surface tablet, Microsoft doesn't expect the Windows 8 slate to give the iPad a serious run for its money, at least this year. At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference yesterday, company CEO Steve Ballmer said that rather than shooting for the moon and crashing and burning, Microsoft only expects to sell "a few million" Surface tablets in 2012.