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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Jests About iPad Users “Not Using a Real Computer” While in India

By Radu Iorga

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO made the headlines this week, after a gesture and line that would fit in the antics of Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer, rather than the cool and laid back official. Microsoft’s main man was visiting India, when he ran into two journalists using iPads. What happened next is detailed below.

Nadella said to the two “You need to get a real computer, my friend”. This completes the whole Microsoft attitude towards the iPads, which made the headlines before, when other officials said that Apple copied the Surface Pro with the iPad Pro. Ryan Gavin, General Manager of the Surface line also said that the iPad Pro is a result of Apple copying Microsoft in the 2 in 1 segment.

It’s true that the devices are similar, since they have touchscreens, metal bodies and attachable keyboards, but from that to copying there’s a long way to go. Back to Nadella he claimed at one point that Microsoft and Apple were competing in different segments. Microsoft was mentioned as a tool creator, while Apple was named as the maker of luxury goods.

It’s also true that Satya Nadella was much more polite than Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer would have been in similar situations. The two I just mentioned are famous for getting angry fast, or even stomping on rival products. It’s also bizarre that Microsoft seemed to move very fast with the Office for iPad, faster than any other Office released, so when it comes to profit they don’t stray from working with competition.

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Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Advanced Version Coming in December

By Radu Iorga

The LTE version of the Microsoft Surface Pro was rumored to have been delayed till 2018 at some point, but then Microsoft clarified the matter and promised a release this year. Now we have even more ample details, with the device coming with LTE-Advanced in December.

The device has global connectivity and fast transfer speeds, courtesy of a Category 9 4G LTE modem. Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Advanced supports 20 cellular bands and offers download speeds of up to 450 Mbps. Microsoft actually claims this is the “fastest LTE-enabled laptop in its class”. They probably compared it to the older Surface models, with a Category 6 modem, at 300 Mbps tops.

Specs aren’t clearly detailed, but we are expecting the base model to come with an Intel Core i5 processor, priced at $1149. The extra connectivity adds around $150 to the cost of the device. The most affordable Surface Pro with Core i5 CPU can be bought for $999, but there’s also a higher specced unit, with double the storage and RAM (256 GB and 8 GB), at $1299.

Keep in mind that Microsoft doesn’t yet list the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced on its online store, but it only mentions availability for business customers. So, things are just as we left them: December it is.

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Surface Pro with 450Mbps LTE launching December 1, starting at $1,149

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / Surface Pro with a Cobalt Blue Type Cover.

Microsoft already let slip most of the details of the Surface Pro with LTE back in September at its Ignite conference, but today at an event in London, Panos Panay, vice president of Microsoft Devices, formally launched the device and filled in a few of the remaining details.

The Surface Pro with LTE Advanced takes two configurations of the 2017 Surface Pro—both Core i5, one with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage, the other with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage—and adds to them a Category 9 LTE Advanced modem. Given a suitable phone network to connect to, this can offer up to 450Mbps download speed. The modem supports 20 different radio bands and as such should support LTE connectivity in most countries, provided that a suitable SIM is installed. Microsoft insists that LTE battery life will be substantially identical to that when using Wi-Fi, so as long as you’re only using one kind of connectivity at a time.

The LTE versions are being squarely positioned at business customers and what Microsoft calls a “new culture of work”; in particular, the company estimates that by 2020, some half of all workers will be mobile, to a greater or lesser degree, working not just in an office but at home, in airports, cafés, customer sites, or beyond. Even today, Wi-Fi connectivity is neither as ubiquitous nor as reliable as one might like (and security concerns about Wi-Fi in places like cafés and hotels will always be with us), and integrated LTE bridges that gap.

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Microsoft Surface Pro Essentials Bundle Gets Serious Discount of Up to $159

By James A.

If you’re looking to buy a Surface Pro tablet these days, but you also want a bargain, we’ve got a serious discount for you, of up to $159. This applies provided that you purchase a Surface Pro Essentials Bundle.

That bundle includes the Surface Pro tablet, your choice of Type Cover, a Surface Sleeve and a two year warranty, as well as one year of Office 365. So, basically you pick your slate version, choose the Type Cover with up to $30 discount and then choose a sleeve, with up to $79 discount. One may then choose Office 365, for another $20 cut and Microsoft Complete, for another $30 reduction.

Overall, not that bad of a deal I’d say, right? For those wondering what the choice is, you can choose a Surface Pro model going from 128 GB of storage/ Core m3/ 4 GB RAM at $799 to a 1 TB model with Intel Core i7 and 16 GB of RAM. That one’s priced at $2699, so you probably won’t feel the discount as hard. All the options are available right here, courtesy of Microsoft.

Keep in mind that accessory options include Type Covers with fingerprint ID, plus a variety of colors for Type Covers, like Burgundy, Cobalt Blue or Platinum. And for those wondering what the Microsoft Complete for Surface Pro is, well that’s basically extended protection for the device and includes accidental damage coverage for two years. Software and hardware support included.

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New Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Has Hibernation Bug, Microsoft Working on It

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro tablet started selling last month, as the follow-up to the Surface Pro 4 and now there seems to be some problem in paradise. Some of the owners of the new device claim that they’ve been dealing with a bug that makes the device randomly enter hibernation mode.

Some of them even shut down spontaneously, even when plugged in or with enough battery to use. Microsoft has identified the problem, though and it’s working on solving it. A fix will come with a future update, although we’re not sure when it’ll drop. We can’t help but ask you, the lovely commenters if you bought the device and if you’ve been dealing with such problems.

The new Surface Pro starts at $799, in the Core m3 version with 128 GB of SSD storage and 4 GB of RAM. It goes all the way up to $2699 and that one comes with an Intel Core i7, 1 TB of SSD storage and 16 GB of RAM. Back to the bug, the Microsoft Surface tablets have faced this kind of issue before, as they got updated with software that caused them to act randomly. And it’s also not a singular case, since Nvidia Shield tablets also faced similar issues, getting even bricked after updates.

I for one try to stay informed and read what everyone is saying about an update, before applying it. Even iOS updates had problems, so beware!

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