Surface Pro 3 and Adobe Photoshop – a First Look/Screenshot

During the Surface event today, we learned that Adobe is working closely with Microsoft on a new, touch-optimized Adobe Photoshop CC for Surface Pro 3.  We also found out that the two companies are working side-by side on other touch-optimized Adobe applications that will be coming down the pipe soon.

From Microsoft/Surface Blog:

Credit: Microsoft/Surface Blog
Credit: Microsoft/Surface Blog

Historically, using Photoshop on Surface Pro has been a painful experience, with tiny UX controls and no touch support, but artists have been willing to accept that pain to use the software they need on the device they love. That all begins to change today.

Pen Accuracy and Line Precision

The Surface Pen experience in Photoshop is even more accurate than in Surface Pro 2. The strokes feel natural because the device and software are so responsive, made even better because Photoshop is doing higher frequency sampling so the line is the line you intended to draw.

Touch and Gesture Controls

You can now take better advantage of Surface Pro 3’s touch and pen capabilities. Pinch and zoom with your fingers or pan using two fingers on the screen. You can zoom and pan or zoom and rotate at the same time by coming gestures. Beyond these, by holding your fingers down on the screen for a few seconds, you can also move the canvas around in a completely free form way, just like moving a piece of paper around on a desk.

Bigger Touch Targets

You will notice this right away. The touch targets and the size of the UX icons are 200% larger than the previous version of Photoshop CC. This makes selecting tools with your finger or the pen much easier than before.

Source: Chocolate and Peanut Butter: Surface Pro 3 and Adobe Photoshop (Microsoft)

Microsoft's New Surface Pro 3 sparks huge interest by large organizations

surface_pro_3With today’s release announcement of the highly innovative and versatile laptop replacement, the Surface Pro 3, it appears that major corporations such as BMW Group, Coca-Cola and others have already expressed interest in deploying these high-caliber productivity devices throughout their respective organizations. We look for this trend to grow as this new hybrid tablet/laptop enters the business space which Microsoft dominates.

Microsoft released this statement today:

Surface Pro 3 for business

With the introduction of Surface Pro 3, our commitment to business has never been stronger. Since introducing commercial availability less than a year ago, Surface has expanded into 31 commercial markets, celebrating new customers along the way. Surface Pro 3’s versatile features allow commercial customers to deploy a laptop replacement that delivers the power, manageability and security they need to conduct business with confidence. Companies such as BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and LVMH – Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton have already committed to purchasing and deploying the device as one of the choices inside their organizations.

“Surface Pro 3 is a truly innovative device that will replace both a tablet and a powerful laptop,” said Mario Müeller, vice president IT infrastructure, BMW Group.

Microsoft is proud that these esteemed brands are adopting Surface Pro 3 to harness the promise of mobility to transform their customer experiences.

To see the rest of the press release, click here.

Source: Microsoft

Surface RT is the most popular device to run Windows Store apps, according to adduplex

adduplex_piechart_1An interesting report comes from adduplex, a cross-promotion network for Windows Phone apps, and it indicates that Microsoft’s Surface RT is still the top device for usage and downloading of apps in the Windows Store. By itself, it takes a commanding lead at 14.5% share compared to other Microsoft and non-Microsoft devices. (see above)

The data was collected from nearly 800 Windows (RT/Modern) apps, and it shows that the “Surface RT is still the most popular device to run Windows Store apps by a huge margin. That said, Surface 2 has still a long way to go to catch up with it’s older sibling, but it has moved from number 4 to 2 in less than 2 months. Surface Pro 2 has entered the top-10 too. So all of the Surfaces are now represented in the top-10.” according to the report.

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When it comes to Microsoft’s own devices, Surface RT represents 76.5% of the share while Surface 2 is 11.8% and Surface Pro is distant 3rd with 6%, followed by Surface Pro 2 at 4.6% and Nokia Lumia 2520 at 1%.

As far as the manufacturer landscape goes, “Microsoft is now a number 1 manufacturer, as far as Windows Store apps are concerned. Other than that, the top-10 didn’t change since March.” according to the report.

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Source: adduplex blog

New Surface Pro 3 pricing and specs revealed

thET2MG6ZQThis Tuesday Microsoft is set to reveal two Surface devices. One of these is a mini version of the Surface with a rumored 8-inch screen that comes with a digitized screen and pen, while the other is an Intel-based Surface Pro device. There have been many rumours on what this Surface Pro device will be, some say that it could be a larger version of the Surface Pro 2, while there are other rumours of it being a fan-less Surface Pro device.

The current Surface Pro devices have one major flaw, and that is – for a PC, their screen is too small at 10.6-inches. In the latest rumor, according to WP Central, the new Surface Pro device will have a larger screen with smaller bezels, it’s also set to  have its own Type Cover keyboards to accommodate the larger size. These keyboards will come in different colors, such as black, purple, cyan and a red (which is set to be an exclusive color for Microsoft stores)

There are five different versions of the Surface Pro which will have different specifications and they will of course have various price ranges.

  • i3 with 4GB of RAM-64GB at $799
  • i5 with 4GB of RAM- 128GB at $999
  • i5 with 8GB of RAM-256GB at $1299
  • i7 with 8GB of RAM-256GB at $1549
  • i7 with 8GB of RAM-512GB at $1949

The Windows Logo is rumoured to be located on the vertical side. Current logo location is on the (bottom) horizontal side.

The current Surface Pro devices are very unique and innovative. Surface Pro is a great example of Microsoft’s vision for the future of PCs, a true hybrid device with a digitized pen and a detachable keyboard which can be used as a PC or a tablet.

Microsoft is starting to push the boundaries making traditional clamshell laptops look like  last generation devices. This Tuesday will be an exciting day for all, as the rumored Surface devices are set to push the envelope in what tablets and hybrid devices should be.

Stay tuned to MicrosoftProductReviews.com and follow @MSProdReviews on Twitter as we will LiveTweet the Surface NYC event this Tuesday, May 20th at 11am EDT.

Titanfall Companion app now available for download on Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android & iOS

titanfall_screenTitanfall is one the hottest next-generation and first person shooter games on the market. EA and Microsoft have now teamed up to release the official Titanfall Companion app, to give fans the ultimate Titanfall experience. The app is now available to be installed on Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS (see direct download links below).

The app gives players the latest info, notifications and updates for the game as well provides rich intel on the history of the Titanfall universe, characters, weapons, maps, modes and controls. Players can even check their stats on total kills, their favourite weapons and view the length of time they’ve been playing.

The app also gives players a competitive edge when connected to the Xbox One console, by providing a second-screen map and a real-time interactive mini map of the game being played. Players can zoom in and out of key areas on the map and track teammates and actions spots. The app also shows a live scoreboard that updates in real time during the battle, and there are filter features for accessing additional map information to keep players on top of their game.

This app will surely get Titanfall players excited to take advantage of these handy features and take their gaming to a whole new level.

The companion app is quite large and it’s recommended you download it over Wi-Fi (it’s around 600-700MB depending on platform plus in-app updates and downloads).

Windows 8 Download: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/titanfall-companion-app/4e90019d-0e60-4c52-8d58-e9ae275ccd25

Windows Phone Download: http://windowsphone.com/s?appId=29b55af8-e4a5-4677-bd4c-753f358cdcff

iPhone/iPad Download: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/id849855009?mt=8

Android Phone/Tablet Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.titanfall_row

Source: EA

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Titanfall Companion app now available for download on Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android & iOS

titanfall_screenTitanfall is one the hottest next-generation and first person shooter games on the market. EA and Microsoft have now teamed up to release the official Titanfall Companion app, to give fans the ultimate Titanfall experience. The app is now available to be installed on Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS (see direct download links below).

The app gives players the latest info, notifications and updates for the game as well provides rich intel on the history of the Titanfall universe, characters, weapons, maps, modes and controls. Players can even check their stats on total kills, their favourite weapons and view the length of time they’ve been playing.

The app also gives players a competitive edge when connected to the Xbox One console, by providing a second-screen map and a real-time interactive mini map of the game being played. Players can zoom in and out of key areas on the map and track teammates and actions spots. The app also shows a live scoreboard that updates in real time during the battle, and there are filter features for accessing additional map information to keep players on top of their game.

This app will surely get Titanfall players excited to take advantage of these handy features and take their gaming to a whole new level.

The companion app is quite large and it’s recommended you download it over Wi-Fi (it’s around 600-700MB depending on platform plus in-app updates and downloads).

Windows 8 Download: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/titanfall-companion-app/4e90019d-0e60-4c52-8d58-e9ae275ccd25

Windows Phone Download: http://windowsphone.com/s?appId=29b55af8-e4a5-4677-bd4c-753f358cdcff

iPhone/iPad Download: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/id849855009?mt=8

Android Phone/Tablet Download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.titanfall_row

Source: EA

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Microsoft to webcast Surface event May 20th at 8am Pacific

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By now we all know that Microsoft is set to unveil two new Surface tablets. We know that there will be a mini version of the Surface running on a Qualcomm chipset, and we know that the second device will an Intel based Surface Pro.

We are still speculating on what type of Surface Pro the intel device will be as there have been some reports today that it may be a Surface Pro with a 12-13inch screen. Either way we will all find out in a few days, and for those of you who would like to watch the event live, Microsoft will provide us with a live Webcast starting at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern this Tuesday May 20th. Stay tuned on MicrosoftProductReviews.com as we provide you with the latest updates regarding the event.

Source: Surface Blog

iPad copies Windows 8 multitasking

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Windows 8.1 has many operating system advantages compared to iOS, in fact they are tremendous. Windows 8.1 is a fully fledged operating system, being the most versatile OS in the world. Microsoft’s Surface 2 which is Microsoft’s answer to the iPad is running Windows RT, which is Windows 8.1 but without the ability to install additional desktop apps, thus enabling PC-like functionality with the addition of a USB 3.0, true multitasking, multiple user accounts, mouse connectivity and general driver capability which enables printer and peripheral support. This allows Surface 2 to be a productivity machine and a media consumption device.

Apple’s iPad is designed differently with a purely mobile operating system. iOS is identical in functionality to the iPhone giving it mainly a screen size advantage. iOS isn’t built with the features mentioned above that the Surface 2 provides, making it primarily a media consumption device.

Up until now, Microsoft enjoyed its dominant lead in operating system functionality, but iOS is starting to learn and adapt to this world where functionality is becoming more important on tablets. With the recent release of Microsoft’s Office for iPad, iOS itself has been the biggest limiting factor for this highly productive software. Not being able to truly multitask and run two apps side-by-side is a deal breaker for many who are trying to be productive on the iPad, especially when using Office, now that it has been downloaded 27 million times.

Apple’s new iOS 8 which is expected to be announced soon, is taking a page out of Microsoft’s book by finally enabling two apps to run side-by-side just like on the Surface 2. In fact, it looks identical in the way screen real estate can be adjusted with a slider between the two apps running simultaneously. Not only that, but Apple is trying to enable the two apps running simultaneously to interact more easily by enabling photos, text, videos and images to be shared from one app to the other. This of course would require developers to update their apps to work in this manner, but Apple is working to enable developers with the tools to make this a reality.

Microsoft has just released a marketing video demonstrating its multitasking advantage in hopes of achieving better sales for people who desire productivity on their tablets, before Apple releases iOS 8 and lets the world know they can multitask too.


source: 9to5mac

Intel will have a presence at NYC Surface event

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Surface Pro 2

We already know that the Surface Mini is set to be announced in NYC May 20th, but what about the second rumored Surface device?  According to CNET ,a chip industry source said that “There’s definitely a new Intel-based Surface”. The source noted that the media attending the event may “go back” with the Intel based Surface. This new device is set to have new power optimized Haswell-based processor, not Intel’s mobile based Atom processor. It’s also expected to be a larger device than the Mini, the Mini is set to use Qualcomm’s chipset. The Surface Pro devices on the market today both run on Intel chipsets, the Surface Pro 2 uses an Intel Core i5-4300U Haswell chip, it performs very well.

What could this new Intel based Surface be?

It could it be a Surface Pro 2 with beefed up internals, a redesigned fan-less Surface Pro, or it may

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Razer Blade Laptop

even be a gaming focused Surface device with Xbox branding. A Surface device dedicated to gaming would be interesting, there are plenty of users using Surface Pro’s to do PC gaming. Testing performance of today’s hottest games with Surface Pro devices is very popular on YouTube.  Razer’s new Razer Blade laptop showed us that having an ultra-portable device is possible at 0.7” thick and being a high-end gaming rig.  Of course this is just a speculative guess but we’ll keep you posted on latest rumors.

Microsoft to Use Qualcomm Chips in Surface Mini

According to a Bloomberg report, Microsoft is, for the first time, planning to use Qualcomm Inc. processors to power the upcoming Surface Mini, “in a move that ends Nvidia (NVDA) Corp.’s run as a chip supplier to the tablet.”

The second Surface device, beside the smaller Surface tablet, expected to be announced at the May 20th NYC event is said to be powered by an Intel Corp. processor.

More coming soon…stay tuned to MicrosoftProductReviews.com and follow us on Twitter @MSProdReviews for all the breaking news.