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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 Unveils 7 Affordable Laptops for Students, Classroom Pen

By Radu Iorga

This week is all about education and you may have noticed a few big laptop makers unveiling their devices. Well, Microsoft is no stranger to this, so it pushes forth 7 affordable laptops for students in order to fight the Chromebooks. They also debuted a new type of pen, the Classroom Pen.

The latest devices announced by Microsoft are made by Lenovo, Acer and Dell. There are 3 Lenovo laptops, 3 Acer ones and one Dell newcomer. They obviously run on Windows 10 and I expect some serious discounts for schools.

Here’s the list of new products.

  • Lenovo 100e
  • Lenovo 300e (2-in-1)
  • Lenovo 14w
  • Acer TravelMate B1(B118-M)
  • Acer TravelMate Spin B1 (B118-R/RN)
  • Acer TravelMate B1-141
  • Dell Latitude 3300 for Education

Lenovo 300e is a 2 in a 1 machine, the most versatile of the package and it can turn from notebook to tablet and viceversa. It also has a stylus built in. It also works with a no 2 graphite pencil apparently, the stylus feature. The price ranges for the new products are between $189 and $300. Microsoft claims that all new laptops ship with the S Mode enabled, meaning you’ll get a version of Win 10 that doesn’t let pupils install apps.

 

Microsoft also updated the Teams environments, with mobile grading, Turnitin integration and Grade Sync. There’s also MakeCode integration and Assignments has been bumped up. Grade Sync automatically sends grade from Teams assignments to the teach system. Turnitin will scan the works of students and the web for plagiarism.

Another novelty is the Microsoft Classrom Pen, a more resilient stylus meant for classroom use. It’ll be available in February in 36 markets and it’s envisioned as a Surface Go companion. The price is $40, but these are just sold as 20 packs, so you need to buy them in bulk. The Classroom pen has a hardened tip, in order to make it more durable compared to a regular stylus, plus there’s a replacement tip in the package.

The pen comes with two buttons, working as right click and erase. The accessory is powered by an AAAA battery. Expect optimization for the Surface Go slate, but it also work with other devices from Surface Pro 3 upwards.

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Microsoft Now Working on Windows 10 Foldable Devices

By Radu Iorga

With CES 2019 out of the way, we start dreaming of MWC 2019, where foldables should appear. CES was a bit underwhelming, since aside from Royole’s Flexpai there was no action in the field. Samsung could unveil its own device on February 20th and Microsoft is back.

Microsoft has included hints in Windows 10 recent builds, hinting that the firm is working on a version of its OS for foldable machines. Of course, it’s by no means the first time we’ve heard MS associated with such devices. Their Andromeda/Surface Phone project was actually one of the first foldables out there, albeit in patent form.

We can’t tell for sure if MS is adapting the Windows experience to foldables or making it for its own hardware. Intel’s Tiger Rapids reference design could bring us to dual screen Windows computers. Well, convertibles are sort of foldables, so I guess it expands from there. Optimization is important on a foldable, since it can make or break an experience.

People want apps, task bars, proper resizing, items adjusted to either the full screen or split screen experience. Folding and unfolding may trigger new UI elements. We could see more details at BUILD 2019 in the Spring and perhaps a device in the fall. Most of the work in the field of foldables has to do with Microsoft’s Composable Shell (C-Shell) and Windows Core OS.

By the way, since foldables blur the line between phone and tablet, it may also affect your Windows experience.

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Microsoft Surface Phone Andromeda Pops Up Again, Still Foldable (Concept/ Video)

By James A.

I don’t know if many of you know this, but Microsoft was ahead of its time with the Surface Phone/Andromeda. When the first patents came out it was supposed to be more than a phone and further patents talked about a foldable phone. That was before ZTE Axon M, the Samsung, LG, Huawei and Oppo patents. But the device is still not out, which doesn’t stop designers from envisioning it.

Concept Creator rendered the Surface Phone anew, with some novelty associated to the latest Andromeda patents. The project was in limbo last summer and we haven’t heard about it since. The new renders depict a rather bulky and thick device, with a reinforced hinge. The unified screen portion is seamless and we also get two external displays.

There’s a bit of Lumia and Surface Pro DNA here and I’m guessing some magnesium alloy too. The hinge area now seems coated with a sort of rubbery material, perhaps to decrease friction. That adds to the thickness, though. The inner screen bezels are rather larger, but the outer screens have very narrow bezels, so that checks out.

 

My only beef with the concept is that the two screens don’t overlap perfectly when closed. But then again, it may be intentional, leaving room for you to open the gizmo. I also can’t seem to spot any camera. If the device comes this year, it’ll arrive either at BUILD in April or May or November, like the last Lumias and Surface units.

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