Microsoft rolls out Surface 2 firmware updates today

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Microsoft has rolled out a bunch of firmware updates to the Surface 2, bringing in some needed fixes and improvements.

Here’s the complete list of what to expect in today’s update:

  • Surface 2 UEFI update (v4.22.500) addresses case where the battery drains under the 0% level and will not charge.
  • System Aggregator Firmware update (v1.0.51500.0) increases the overall reliability and compatibility with a Surface Pro Type Cover.
  • Surface Platform Power Driver update (v2.0.716.0) adjusts the minimum charge current to address the case where the battery drains under the 0% level and will not charge, and enhances the overall system stability.
  • Surface Accessory Device update (v2.0.671.0) enhances the user experience with a Surface cover.
  • Audio and Display driver set (v9.17.13.2822) improves sound and video display performance, and resolves the case where a display driver caused system instability on resuming the system from sleep.
  • Surface Cover Click (v2.0.643.0) update enhances the user experience when connecting/disconnecting a Surface Pro Type Cover.
  • Surface Type Cover Filter Device (v2.0.682.0) adds support for a Japanese Surface Pro Type Cover on non-Japanese Surface 2 models.

You should be seeing this update now, but don’t panic if it’s not there as Microsoft rolls out updates like these in waves, and not everyone gets it immediately.

Microsoft will also release an update for the Surface Pro 3 in the coming weeks, which is set to fix the Wi-Fi connectivity issues and provide more improvements.

Source: Surface Blog via Neowin

Surface 2 gets a $100 price drop until September 27

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Microsoft has dropped the price off of all its Surface 2 configurations as a promo until September 27.  The 32GB version of the Surface 2 now starts at $349 while the 64B version will cost $449. Microsoft also discounted the LTE version with AT&T which will now go for $579.

These discounts are available at Microsoft’s online store and their retail locations.

Surface 2 comes with a free copy of a full-featured Microsoft Office 2013, 200GB of OneDrive storage as well as unlimited minutes and WiFi calling for Skype.

For those of you who won’t need to run desktop applications that aren’t Microsoft Office, this may be the perfect device for you. Surface 2 runs on Windows RT which will not enable the installation of desktop applications, but will come with a full Windows desktop that has its advantages.

There have been rumors of Microsoft releasing a new Surface RT tablet and it’s also back to school time.  Surface 2 still remains the best productivity tablet on the market by far (not counting Surface Pro models), with its ability to multitask, offering a full Windows desktop, a free copy of Microsoft Office 2013, USB 3.0, and expandable storage. With its ability to work with thousands of printers and peripherals, it really is in a class of its own at it’s price range.

Check it out at Microsoft’s online store

Microsoft to launch new 10.6" Windows RT tablet this October

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According to Digitimes, Microsoft will be launching a 10.6″ tablet which will be thinner and lighter than the current Surface 2.  This new device is expected to run on Windows RT and be the successor to the Surface 2. Digitimes claims the leaked information comes from Pegatron which is the Taiwan-Based Surface manufacturer.

The new tablet will also feature a new kickstand and support for the Surface Pen. It’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft’s new slimmer design will impact the full sized USB port, as one of the things that held the Surface 2 back in achieving a thinner body was due to the fact that a standard USB port wouldn’t physically be possible. Microsoft’s tablets are advertised as being productive machines rather than typical media consumption devices, therefore a USB port is necessary. Microsoft may possibly still include a mini USB 3.0 port to accommodate the needs for productivity focus.

Windows RT has evolved significantly since its inception, and with Windows Threshold rumored to be combing in the first half of 2015, it is set to evolve much more. This is an important offering that Microsoft must have to battle the low-cost Chromebook and offer a high-quality Windows experience to the masses, despite not being able to install desktop applications.

Google Chromebook has seen success in the education segment and Microsoft having a high-quality offering of their own can help them win over this segment as these types of locked-down productivity machines have proven to be the best solution for students.

Microsoft will unify the Windows and Windows Phone Stores in their next major release of Windows, and universal apps are already in full effect. With these improvements and the amount of apps there are now in the Windows Store, Windows RT may finally shine – and a free copy of Microsoft Office that comes with it, is always a big plus.

Although nothing is official and Digitmes is known to be wrong sometimes, Microsoft hasn’t missed a late-year launch with Surface since the creation of the tablet.

Source: Digitimes

Microsoft to launch new 10.6" Windows RT tablet this October

surface 2

According to Digitimes, Microsoft will be launching a 10.6″ tablet which will be thinner and lighter than the current Surface 2.  This new device is expected to run on Windows RT and be the successor to the Surface 2. Digitimes claims the leaked information comes from Pegatron which is the Taiwan-Based Surface manufacturer.

The new tablet will also feature a new kickstand and support for the Surface Pen. It’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft’s new slimmer design will impact the full sized USB port, as one of the things that held the Surface 2 back in achieving a thinner body was due to the fact that a standard USB port wouldn’t physically be possible. Microsoft’s tablets are advertised as being productive machines rather than typical media consumption devices, therefore a USB port is necessary. Microsoft may possibly still include a mini USB 3.0 port to accommodate the needs for productivity focus.

Windows RT has evolved significantly since its inception, and with Windows Threshold rumored to be combing in the first half of 2015, it is set to evolve much more. This is an important offering that Microsoft must have to battle the low-cost Chromebook and offer a high-quality Windows experience to the masses, despite not being able to install desktop applications.

Google Chromebook has seen success in the education segment and Microsoft having a high-quality offering of their own can help them win over this segment as these types of locked-down productivity machines have proven to be the best solution for students.

Microsoft will unify the Windows and Windows Phone Stores in their next major release of Windows, and universal apps are already in full effect. With these improvements and the amount of apps there are now in the Windows Store, Windows RT may finally shine – and a free copy of Microsoft Office that comes with it, is always a big plus.

Although nothing is official and Digitmes is known to be wrong sometimes, Microsoft hasn’t missed a late-year launch with Surface since the creation of the tablet.

Source: Digitimes