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 [...]
“I believe Surface 2 will help Microsoft gain tablet share, but that comes from a very small base today,” said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “Both new tablets offer improvements and unique features, but neither fundamentally changes the competitive landscape. The tablet market has swung to a low price, 7-in. to 8-in. form factor with thousands of speedy and relevant apps.”
IDC analyst Tom Mainelli said an improved Surface 2 running Windows RT 8.1 and the inclusion of Office 2013 RT suite, will still be a hard sell.
“I understand Microsoft thinks they are making Surface 2 more valuable with Office RT and other [...]
Citing supply chain sources and Dell exec Jeffrey Clarke, Digitimes reports that the firm intends to release an 8-inch Windows tablet later this year and suggests that the firm could also debut a 10.6-inch model with a Core i or Atom processor.
The tablets will most likely run Windows 8.1, the operating system update due to go live on October 18, and will be used to target enterprise customers, according to sources. The latter shouldn’t come as a much of a surprise, especially as Dell’s global vice president of personal computing Sam Burd has been talking up corporate tablets in recent times.
Despite only launching its first Windows 8 tablets last October [...]
The Texas firm had previously listed the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Windows RT tablet independently on the Dell.com website but the change means that the only option now is for consumers to buy the more expensive, bundled package.
However, somewhat bizarrely, Dell is listing the 32GB and 64GB XPS 10s with keyboard for the same price — $479. Alternatively, customers can pick up the LTE version with keyboard for $579.
The XPS 10 launched for $499 in October but was discounted to $299 in May, a sign that Windows RT tablets were failing to attract significant interest.
Endpoint Technologies analyst Roger Kay told IDG News that this latest discount would [...]