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Vertical Surface Dock Now Let You Use the Surface Devices as Part of Workstation

By Radu Iorga

Many people nowadays use their tablets right next to their main monitors, for an extra boost of productivity (or extra boost of slacking, if you’re watching TV shows on it). Turns out that the Surface can also be part of this game, as it can be set up with a desktop workstation.

The vertical Surface Dock is shown in action below and it’s part of a Surface Pro VESA mount ergonomic workstation. It’s easy to mount and dismount, plus it can be part of a multi display and multiple desktop setup. It lets you drag and drop content onto the tablet’s screen or use it as a secondary display. In Photoshop you can assign it certain tasks, like a color palette or effects and it can also be useful for video editing or 3D graphics.

The Surface is held vertically with the special dock, serving as an additional monitor, held in upright position. Judging by the video below, it’s very much a plug and play affair, without the need for extra setup. The Surface Pro 2017/ Pro 4/ Pro 3 VESA dock is priced at $79 and the Deluxe VESA Dock with OEM Microsoft electronics preinstalled is $275.

You can get the rigs here. Shipping is worldwide and details about the assembly are found on the same site.

 

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Microsoft and NFL Expand Surface Deal For One More Year

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft and NFL have decided to expand their Surface deal for one whole more year, even though we’ve seen people not exactly happy with Microsoft’s toys on the sideline. The deal started in 2013 and saw Surface devices in the hands of coaches, referees and other staff.

The refs used the slates for video reviews, statistics and other related things. NFL has extended this agreement for the 2018/2019 season now. The Surface was first used during the 2014 season of he NFL and it was even part of a controversy related to the New England Patriots coach, Bill Belichick. He did a big time rant on how he wasn’t going to use the Microsoft product anymore, not being happy with it.

The Surface Pro 2 generation was the first on the field, followed by the Surface Pro 3 in 2015. Belichick seems to like paper printouts more for some reason. He was using the Surface Pro 3 back when it was made available and he complained about connectivity issues. In the meantime Microsoft’s smartphones have been ditched by big organizations, but the tablets are still doing fine.

We’ve seen them in operating rooms, cockpits, a lot in schools and now on the football field.

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Microsoft 1Q18 Earnings are In, Surface Revenue Up 12%

By James A.

As I’m sure you know by now, the calendars of big companies don’t line up with the regular people calendars, since we’re dealing with fiscal years. Microsoft recently ended the first fiscal quarter of 2018 and the financial results are in, with good news coming from the Surface area.

Overall revenue jumped 12%, compared to the same period from a year ago, reaching $24.5 billion. The net revenue is $6.6 billion, which is a 16% increase from the same time last year. These numbers beat analyst expectations and had the shares booming. The biggest cash makers are the Productivity and Cloud units, growing 28% and 14% respectively. The Surface area grew 12% and the Surface laptops sold quite well, although we don’t have exact numbers.

The latest Surface Pro and Surface Laptop are said to have been moving fine, particularly in the Back to School time frame. This was the first full quarter of availability for both products. In the meantime phone revenue dropped to basically zero, but the Surface revenue went to 0.1 billion. Xbox Live had 53 million monthly active users, a 6 million growth from last year.

A future bump in revenue will be registered as soon as Costco moves to using the Azure platform, offering Microsoft another big revenue stream. Windows OEM Pro revenue also grew 7% and the non Pro one was down 1%. Office 365 is up 32% in profits, while overall commercial Office was up a total of 10%.

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Microsoft’s Head of Surface Segment, Panos Panay Basically Calls Rumors About Surface Canning Fake News

By Radu Iorga

A few days ago we had a scoop saying that Microsoft was about to can their Surface lineup entirely come 2019 or so. It seemed suspicious at the time, since Surface products are doing good and now a Microsoft official reacted and said it’s all basically fake news.

The boss of the Surface biz, Panos Panay criticized the rumors saying that Microsoft was about to get out of the Surface business. Interestingly, the story had serious sources, like Canalys CEO Steve Brazier and Gianfranco Lanci, corporate president at Lenovo. They both claimed that business wasn’t profitable for Microsoft, so an exit was expected. Since Microsoft’s own man claims that this is not happening, we tend to believe him.

Panay calls it a “tabloid rumor of the week”. Here’s the actual quote from Business Insider:

Microsoft isn’t running for the exits. Instead, the company is in hardware for the long haul, and Surface isn’t going anywhere, he said.

In part that’s because for Microsoft the Surface business is more important than selling hardware, he said. Improvements Microsoft has made to the Surface devices have often led to similar improvements across the entire PC market, he said. For example, as Microsoft has improved the speed and accuracy of its stylus, Surface Pen, that code has made its way back into Windows 10, improving the experience of using a stylus on PCs from other manufacturers.

To be honest we’ve heard such statements before, related to Windows RT, Windows Phone and Lumias and look where they are now. The Surface is getting much more love than these products to be honest, but the whole tablet segment has been stagnating for a while now, so let’s see what happens…

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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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