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Microsoft Working on Surface Pen Silo, Patent Pops Up

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft has bet big on styli, with its latest Surface Pen being one of the best such tools on the market. Now they want to take things to the next level and as such they’ve been working on a Surface Pen Silo, as the patent below shows.

MS always bundles its styli with Surface devices, reconfirming how important this device is to them. The pen storage has always been a problem for the Redmond firm, though. Well, that’s no longer a challenge, as the company intends to keep the size and diameter of the pen in order to make it easy to use, but at the same time also store it properly.

This requires a special silo for it, but it also means that components of the Surface machines may have to be shifted around. Samsung uses a toothpick stylus for that exact reason, trying to avoid moving components around too much. Microsoft went with the magnetic clamps or the Surface Pen Loop till now. The company is looking into a new tech, that seems to involve a pen that splits in two and is easier to integrate.

 

The patent also seems to show two iterations of a pen, a small one that feels like the S Pen and a bigger one that encloses the smaller unit. One other patent shown here seems to involve rotating a mechanism on an axis to change the tip’s thickness. We may see the finalized product at BUILD next year.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update shaking up privacy settings some more

By Peter Bright

Microsoft is continuing to tinker with the privacy configuration and options in Windows 10, with the Fall Creators Update, due for release on October 17, including yet more changes to the privacy controls above and beyond those made in the previous update.

The biggest change surrounds not Windows itself, but third-party applications. Similar to applications on mobile platforms, Windows Store applications require permission to access things that might have privacy sensitivity—the camera, microphone, calendar, contacts, and so on. Currently, that permission has been provided implicitly; except for access to location information, which requires an explicit user grant, applications get access to these sensitive things by default. Access can be revoked after the fact, from the Privacy section of the Settings app, so users still have control, but the model is one of opting out of giving applications access, rather than opting in.

With the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is switching things around to make Windows behave more like mobile platforms: all access to these sensitive things will now require an explicit per-application opt-in, with an on-screen prompt to allow access to, for example, access to the camera. On installing the update, existing applications will retain their permissions, but any new apps installed from the Windows Store will require their access to be enabled.

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Microsoft Surface Event Confirmed for October End in London; At Least One New Device Coming

By Radu Iorga

A brand new Microsoft Surface event has been confirmed for the end of October, taking place in London. While the most optimistic of us may expected a Surface Phone to pop up there, it’s very likely we’ll see a Surface Book or just the Surface Pro LTE.

The event is part of the annual Future Decoded conferences, taking place in London this year between October 31st and November 1st. The Surface chief will be on stage, to give a keynote and sources close to Microsoft have already confirmed that new hardware will be unveiled. It’s been two years since the last big fall event hosted by Microsoft and the one in 2015 brought us the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950.

One product that’s 99% sure to debut there will be the LTE version of the Surface Pro unveiled months ago. We may also witness the debut of the Windows on ARM laptops, made by the likes of Lenovo, ASUS and HP. Those are Windows 10 machines with Snapdragon CPUs. Qualcomm should also have representatives on the stage. It’s been a long time since the Surface Book has been updated, with the last version coming last year.

The Surface Hub is also due an update, with improved hardware, a new stylus and dial. I’m not very sure we’ll see a Surface Phone, particularly since the whole world will be distracted by the Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8. A Surface tablet or two seem more likely, plus the Surface Book 2.

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New Surfaces rumored for late October reveal in London

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / Surface Pro with a Cobalt Blue Type Cover.

Microsoft is holding a two day event in London at the end of October called “Future Decoded.” A range of speakers, including Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure, and Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, will be speaking. Included among their number is Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices. Panay’s presence, according to sources speaking to The Verge, is because Microsoft will be releasing at least one new Surface-branded device at the event.

What that device may be isn’t known. We know, because the company has told us so, that a LTE version of the 2017 Surface Pro is planned, so Microsoft may use the unusual venue—most Surface events have been held in New York City—for a relatively minor release. Alternatively, the company may be moving away from using NYC for its Surface events; the 2017 Surface Pro itself was announced at an event in China.

Beyond the LTE Surface Pro, an updated Surface Book and a new generation of ARM-powered Windows devices are also possible candidates for the event. According to Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is not yet ready to release updated versions of the Surface Hub whiteboard/conferencing system or the Surface Studio all-in-one PC, though both would be good candidates for a refresh once Intel’s Coffee Lake processors are on the market.

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Fresh Microsoft Surface Laptop Colors Now Available in 20 Countries, Up for Order Today

By James A.

We wrote about new colors for the Surface Laptop coming up for the Core i7 version ever since July and now the full lineup of Surface Laptop models is getting it. When the device was announced, 4 hues were promised and initially all colors were limited to the Intel Core i5/256 GB version in the US.

Now all 4 Surface Laptop colors are available for preorder and order in 20 countries, ranging from New Zealand to USA and from Denmark to Taiwan. The Platinum Core i7 Surface Laptop is also coming to Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Platinum is called “the heritage color” and anodization gives it a special depth and vibrance. Graphite gold is considered a more neutral approach and its shimmer is supposed to offer a “comforting glow”.

Then there’s Cobalt Blue, that draws inspiration from the sea and sky, plus nature. Finally the Burgundy is more elegant and it’s supposed to shift from soft rose to deep red as you switch lightning from inside to outdoors. The devices come with a luxurious Alcantara material covered keyboard, up to 14.5 hours of battery life and Windows 10 S, upgradable to other flavours of Win 10, for free till December 31st.

You can access the Microsoft Store online and get yours.

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