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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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Microsoft Surface Products Dropped from Consumer Reports Recommendation List; 25% of Devices Break in 2 Years Apparently

By James A.

Consumer Reports is basically your landmark and Michelin guide when it comes to buying electronic devices and other such gadgets. Microsoft enjoyed a privileged status in their rankings, with the Microsoft Surface Pro devices and other Surface machines, but now they’ve just been dropped. Why? Because they’re very prone to breakage.

Making things worse is that the Surface slates are very, very hard to repair, as revealed by teardowns. The magazine (Consumer Reports) found in a survey that 25% of the machines run into problems within 2 years. Microsoft quickly replied and said that the findings don’t reflect the Surface owners’ experience accurately. The Microsoft laptops and tablets from the series are all part of the magazine’s action.

While at first glance and in reviews, all the latest Surface tablets performed admirably, it’s with long ownership that the problems become clear. People talk about frozen computers, unexpected shutdowns and unresponsive screens, among others. Microsoft insists that its own figures for real world returns and support rates show custom satisfaction data similar or better compared to the rivals’.

Microsoft is still relatively new in the hardware biz, so they’re bound to take some punches. The Surface revenues were down 2% during the last quarter, but expectations are that they will increase over the current quarter, with the new models and all.

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Microsoft Teases May 23rd Event in Shanghai, Promises to “Show the World What’s Next”; Surface Pro 5 Incoming

By Radu Iorga

After the Surface Laptop launch this week, Microsoft has another event scheduled for May 23rd, happening in Shanghai. They teased that they’re going to “show the world what’s next”. The event happens in Shanghai, but we have no exact location, or the info about the product that’s about to debut.

It’s true that The Verge got a confirmation that we’re going to see new hardware. Panos Panay, Microsoft’s VP of devices and Surface creator also tweeted the announcement, with the hashtag #Surface, so things are clearer now. The Surface Pro 5 has been rumored to sport pretty much the same design as the predecessor and some of the hardware, but it’ll also bring the Intel Kaby Lake processor generation.

The device is said to adopt the proprietary power connector from Microsoft and a price over $1000 is obviously in the cards. New touch and type cover accessories should come, as well as new styli and Dials. Compared to the Surface Pro 4, the newcomer should bring larger RAM and storage quantities, if possible. The magnesium case and kickstand should also happen.

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Microsoft Surface Tablets Score Higher Than iPad in J.D. Power Study Related to Customer Satisfaction

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft has just scored big points for PR, after ranking first in the annual J.D. Power Study related to customer satisfaction. The study was focused on tablets and the Microsoft Surface is actually placed first in this top.

This is the first win for Microsoft in the 6 years that the study has been going on. The Surface slates earned a total of 855 points out of 1000, which is an excellent score. The J.D. Power US Tablet Satisfaction Study measures customer satisfaction by metrics like performance (28%), ease of operation (22%), features (22%), styling and design (17%) and cost (11%).

 

2238 tablet owners were questioned about their own devices, that they had owned for less than a year. The study went on between October and December 2016 and awarded Microsoft with the “among the best” distinction, at 855 points, while Apple scored 849. Those questioned praised the features and styling of the Microsoft products. Preloaded apps, Internet connectivity and accessories were also lauded.

A stat seems to be clearest indicator of success here: the Microsoft Surface stylus was used at a 48% rate in comparison with the industry average of 27%, while the add on keyboard had a 51% usage rate, amazing compared to the 14% industry average.

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Fresh Microsoft Patent Involves Two Surface Devices Connected for Multi Screen Action

By Radu Iorga

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We expected a few Microsoft leaks to happen these days, as we get closer to Microsoft’s event, but this one is certainly interesting. We’ve got a fresh Microsoft patent leak, that involves two Surface devices, connected for multi screen layout.

It was uncovered by Brazilian site Tecmundo and the patent appeared earlier this year, courtesy of Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC. It describes the way a Surface tablet can be attached to another such device, in order to extend the display area, share data and also combine the specs. The connection would be magnetic, or “physical”, as it’s written in the document.

A rotating hinge attachment is also pictured and a digital keyboard is mentioned for use on the bottom tablet, while the top is used as a monitor. Coupling Surfaces won’t happen any time soon, especially since the patent dates from June and we have yet to see any proof it’s being turned into something real. The project remains in development though… Maybe we’ll see it on Surface Pro 6, since the 5 should be ready soon enough.

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