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Microsoft Surface Devices Expand to 20 Markets, Headphones Will Reach 8 More in March

By Radu Iorga

A few years ago Microsoft was the only company growing on the tablet market, while others were plummeting. The Surface series has always done well on the market and we learn that it’s about to do better, as the Surface products expand to 20 markets.

The Surface brand reported solid profits for the most recent earnings report. There’s the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, the latest Surface Studio, covers, keyboards, styli and Dial, plus headphones, all of them doing fine. Now they’re reaching an extra 20 markets. Surface Headphones will launch in 8 other areas next month.

The difference between Surface and any other Microsoft product is that MS gets to design, make and market its own products as it pleases. It’s also able to marry the hardware and software in a cohesive manner, that makes sense. Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 are now available in the following territories: Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and UAE. Surface Studio 2 debuts in Austria, Italy, Norway, Portugal, the UK, plus a bunch more.

Surface Headphones are set to reach Australia, Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland. By the way we also had a very hot offer for the Surface Pro 6 recently, with $100 off and free accessories.

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Microsoft Patents Fabric Based Sensors for Surface Tablets, Could Also Reach Other Devices

By Radu Iorga

The idea of smart fabric has been around for a bit and Intel has been playing with it, also Google via the Project Jacquard thing. Now Microsoft patents a set of fabric-based sensors, that could reach Surface tablets, the HoloLens and more Microsoft devices.

Apple also had a few fabric-based patents, which were associated to Apple Watch bracelets. Microsoft’s fresh patent application is titled “Forming Touch Sensor on Fabric”. The documents mention a new technology that may be used on a mobile devices. These sensors could be integrated into fabrics or other finishes, such as a metallic paint and they could be used with touch controls for controlling volume levels for content.

They could also change TV channels or be used with biometrics and more. Many tablet covers, keyboards and accessories include fabric parts, so in the future those parts could include sensors and other components. Google paired up with Levi Strauss for Project Jaquard and Microsoft may also look into some other fashion brand to deliver its own version, in case they want to expand beyond accessories.

Such fabric-based sensors are also useful for medical purposes, sleep tracking, pulse tracking and more.

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Microsoft Mercury Cancelled Tablet Gets Pictured Courtesy of @Evleaks

By James A.

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It’s been a while since we last saw a cancelled product and today we come across the Microsoft Mercury model, a slate that was revealed by @evleaks in the image below. It was supposed to be a Microsoft tablet that looked like a bigger handset.

This is not the rumored Surface Mini, that was also cancelled a while ago, but rather an entirely different model. Mercury has the looks of a “giant Lumia smartphone” and it comes with quite a big back camera, but without a flash. There’s a front facing camera here as well, plus a pair of speakers in the lower area of the device.

This is most likely a 7 or 8 inch device, obviously with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and with portrait orientation. There’s still a small chance that this was actually one of the Surface Mini versions, although it doesn’t have the premium Surface vibe to it. I guess we’ll never know…

 

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Windows 10 Isn’t Being Recommended to Customers by Dell and HP Tech Support; How’s that For Microsoft Loyalty?

By Radu Iorga

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While Dell and HP are including the Surface Pro models in their business segments, Lenovo was cast as a bit of a black sheep when they refused to help sell the Surface. Now Dell and HP are out on a bit of a back stabbing of their own, as their tech support aren’t recommending Windows 10 to customers.

The folks of LaptopMag did an analysis of tech support offered by big vendors and found multiple situations when a company representative asked users to keep away from Windows 10. A Dell tech support for example recommended the user revert back to Windows 8.1, which may be influenced by the fact that many Windows 10 users are having issues with the touchpad on their machines.

The same employee said that there are still a lot of glitches in Windows 10. The official position of the company goes like this: “As Windows 10 continues to evolve, we sometimes recommend a customer revert to their previous operating system to troubleshoot a specific issue they’re having”, so they’re confirming it. A HP customer service employee also claimed he doesn’t recommend upgrades to Windows 10.

When HP was asked about that, they claimed that the support team wants to leave consumers happy. Every employee is getting the same advice to share, apparently. The problem is that there are also many tech support guys not skilled in working with Windows 10 and they’re offering irrelevant suggestions.

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Tablet Market in Full Recession, Cheap 2 in 1 Models Poised to Succeed; Amazon and Microsoft to Take Advantage of Trend

By James A.

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It would appear that in spite of the tablet market crisis, there’s still a little bit of room for growth, in some segments. Among them there’s the 2 in 1 device area, where the lower priced models will succeed. Experts also expect Microsoft and Amazon to perform over the next months.

Market research agency TrendForce has published its findings in a new report, that shows Microsoft and Amazon as winners in this period. Amazon has its new $50 tablet to thank, offered with a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.3 GHz quad core CPU and 1 GB of RAM. It’s actually not a bad device, especially since it offers up to 7 hours of functioning time.

TrendForce is also optimistic about the future of Amazon, if they keep the low cost strategy and they claim that this new machine will ship over 3 million units in Q4. Microsoft is also set to power a range of 2 in 1 models with its OS and experts expect their Q3 shipments to grow by 13.4%. Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 are also grow ingand at the year end Microsoft will have registered 3.8 million slates shipped, an annual growth of 44%.

Last I checked Lenovo was also growing, so the whole product segment may be bumped up by these companies.

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