Connect up to two external monitors to your Surface Pro 3
The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station on Friday became available for purchase both online and offline in Canada and the United States. By far the most expensive accessory for the 12-inch tablet at $199, the Docking Station promises to transform your Surface Pro 3 device into a full-fledged desktop workstation.
As Kenny Rogers famously advised a legion of country music fans, "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, known when to run." Microsoft isn't quite to the point of running away from Windows 8, though it is ready to walk away from putting time and resources into major updates. There will be no Windows 8.1 Update 2, which seemingly suggests Microsoft is now looking ahead to Windows 9.
One thing you always had to account for when purchasing a Zbox or any other pint-sized system from Zotac was that you''d have to install an operating system. That entailed plugging in a USB optical drive or using a flash memory stick, or at least it used to. In a change of pace, Zotac has made available four different Zbox Plus systems pre-installed with Windows 8.1 with Bing.
Several other countries to receive the new options by month’s end
Microsoft officially unveiled the third iteration of its Surface series of actively cooled Windows tablets at a special event in New York on May 20, 2014. Of the five Surface Pro 3 models announced back then, two began shipping a month later, with the company scheduling the release of the other variants in August. Well, August is here, as are the remaining three variants of the 12-inch slate.
The final major update for Windows 8.1 is said to arrive on Patch Tuesday in August
Mark your calenders, folks, and be sure to use pencil instead of ink (unless it's erasable ink) -- a Russian website is reporting that Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update 2 on August 12, which is also next month's Patch Tuesday date. This is expected to be the last major update for Windows 8.1 before Microsoft switches gears to Windows 9, or Threshold as it's also been referred to.
Now with a faster processor and more color options
In case you missed it, you can click back in time to see our review of the original Asus Transformer Book T100 2-in-1 laptop. Though it had some faults, it scored a respectable verdict for its Bay Trail Atom processor, full version of Windows 8.1, and relatively affordable price tag ($400 for the 64GB we reviewed). Looking to raise the bar, Asus's Transformer Book T100 now comes with a faster CPU and two new color options.
Microsoft first offered up its free update to Windows 8.1 (from Windows 8) for the general public back in October of last year, though there are still many users who have been unable to make the leap. If you're one of the unlucky ones pulling your hair out wondering why you can't get the update to install, hang tight, a fix might finally be forthcoming. At long last, Microsoft has released an automatic update that's supposed to solve the Windows 8.1 upgrade issue.
See what’s draining your Windows 8.1 PC’s battery in 'InstantGo' standby mode
Windows 8.1 devices, as long as they’ve the right hardware, can be put into a network-connected standby state called InstantGo (known as Connected Standby in Windows 8 and Windows RT), allowing for apps and tiles to retain Internet connectivity and remain updated even when the system is in standby mode. It’s undoubtedly a great feature, but it’s easy to see how a few battery-hogging apps and system activities could combine to ruin its usefulness. Enter Windows 8.1 Sleep Study, a diagnostic tool for analyzing battery usage during InstanGo sessions.
Don't hold your breath waiting for the return of the Start menu
Microsoft did Windows users a solid by bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, but has stubbornly refused to give back the Start menu for those who want it. Last we heard, the Start Menu would indeed make a comeback, the question is when, and the answer might not be with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 2 -- instead, the Start menu may not make a comeback until Windows 9.