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In testing done by Anandtech, the Surface Pro 2 ran over 8 hours while browsing the web over Wi-Fi. That's a jump up from 6.6 hours before the latest software update was released. The improvement also means you can play video over Wi-Fi 16% longer to 7.75 hours from 6.65 pre-update.
But the Surface Pro 2 still trails the competition by a bit, scoring 8.330 versus 9.480 for the iPad Air and 12.230 for the latest Google Nexus model.
Groene, who’s official title is director of design on the Surface team, tackles everything from how design and engineering work meshed together to what fabric is being used on the Type Cover 2.
“We don’t design it first, and then engineer it,” said Groene in the video. “We design and engineer it always together.”
(Worth reading: Microsoft explains how it improved the Surface tablets in new video & Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablet is a big leap forward but is it enough?)
ZDNet’s Mary Jo-Foley first reported that some Power Cover and Docking Station customers were getting their devices ahead of their scheduled availability, and Paul Thurrott’s Windows SuperSite later claimed that Microsoft execs have said that the accessories will be available early but only in ‘limited quantities’.
Microsoft announced the new Power Cover, which boosts tablet battery life by 75%, and the $200 docking station, which has USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort and Ethernet connections, at the Surface 2 unveiling in New York last month.
While that hardly makes up for the $900 million write off the software giant had to take in back in July for unsold Surface RT tablets it does show its Surface line is at least now generating significant revenue.
Microsoft says that it sold “more than double” the Surface units it sold in the prior quarter. During its earnings call today, Microsoft also noted that the 32 GB Surface RT sold best among retail and education customers.
The discount, which only seems to apply to buyers living in the U.S. or Canada, sees the first-generation model fall to $699 and is due to expire on December 31. The Surface Pro price was previously cut by $100 in August.
Microsoft is almost certainly doing this to sell off remaining inventory and could well stop selling the first-generation device altogether from 2014, as it is no longer listed on the firm's main Surface website.
The company announced the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in New York last month and the former is now available starting at $899.
(Worth reading: The 8 best accessories for Microsoft's new Surface 2 tablets & Best Buy will pay [...]
After pulling Windows RT 8.1 from the Windows Store over the weekend, Microsoft on Monday released a recovery image that can be used to resurrect devices rendered unusable or “bricked” by the update.
It’s not the simplest of fixes, requiring a USB drive and some command line prompts. But I’m told from a few users who’ve attempted it that it does the trick.
Despite many people reporting a trouble-free upgrade from Windows RT to Windows RT 8.1, the Redmond firm withdrew the operating system update over the weekend and has since not given a conclusive answer as to why.
“Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1,” said the company, in response to a question on the update’s availability.
“As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.” Microsoft later told ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley that it is “working to resolve the situation as quickly as [...]
When speaking to Australian publication ARN recently, Microsoft exec Jack Cowett – who works on marketing the Surface tablets – inferred that some consumers didn’t know the difference between the Surface Pro and Surface RT.
“We think that there was some confusion in the market last year on the difference between Surface RT and Surface Pro,” said Cowett. “We want to help make it easier for people, and these are two different products designed for two different people.”
Microsoft has since dropped the ‘RT’ for its latest Windows RT tablet, with the tablets now simply called Surface and Surface Pro. Microsoft has [...]