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Microsoft announces Surface Book 2 in surprise reveal

Microsoft has announced the Surface Book 2, the anticipated upgraded version of its detachable laptop featuring improved performance. The surprise unveiling comes on the same day Microsoft's new Windows Mixed Reality platform is introduced to the world.

Microsoft forced to damage control as Surface problems exposed

Microsoft has responded to Consumer Reports' finding that Surface devices have a 25 percent failure rate. While it publicly denied the report, a leaked memo reveals Microsoft is aware of reliability issues. The company said it's "proud" of Surface.

Shark skin inspires new antibacterial surface

A new type of antibacterial surface technology has been developed. The inspiration for the surface came from a study of the skin of sharks. The surface has been commercialized by a company called Sharklet Technologies.

Surface Laptop a 'glue-filled monstrosity,' impossible to repair

A teardown of Microsoft's new Surface Laptop has revealed it is impossible to repair. The laptop, now shipping to customers, has been described as a "glue-filled monstrosity" by repair specialists iFixit. The new Surface Pro is similarly problematic.

Microsoft makes Windows even more pen-friendly

Microsoft has detailed a new set of pen-focused features in Windows 10 designed to give creatives the freedom to emulate real writing on a digital display. It has expanded its Windows Ink platform with new "building blocks" to simplify ink input.

Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro with more power, bigger battery

Microsoft has officially unveiled its new Surface Pro, the latest incarnation of the popular convertible device. The company has focused on incremental improvements to refine the existing experience, adding new processors and subtle design changes.

Microsoft: 'There is no Surface Pro 5'

Microsoft has put to bed rumours that it's preparing to launch the next version of its Surface Pro tablet, categorically stating that the device doesn't yet exist. It leaves the company's upcoming hardware event in Shanghai looking even more mysterious.

Microsoft thinks the smartphone is 'already dead'

Microsoft believes smartphones are "already dead" and is moving forward to the next big thing, one of the company's senior technical fellows has said. Microsoft intends to progress beyond mobile to a mixed reality future where smartphones are redundant.

Microsoft could unveil the next Surface in Shanghai this month

Just a few days after launching its latest Surface device, Microsoft has sent out invitations to an event later this month where it could unveil another. The briefing will "show the world what's next" and includes an appearance by Surface's creator.

Microsoft unveils its first proper laptop

Microsoft has officially unveiled its first PC with a traditional laptop form factor. "Surface Laptop" joins Microsoft's existing range of Surface-branded devices, offering a premium laptop experience targeted towards college students and mobile workers.

Report: Microsoft's Surface Book 2 will be a regular laptop

Microsoft is said to have commenced production of its awaited Surface Book 2, the successor to its popular premium laptop with a detachable display. The company will reportedly adopt a conventional design for the new device which could launch this month.

Microsoft's office of the future puts Surface in the foreground

Microsoft has collaborated with office designer Steelcase to take a look at the office of the future. The resulting designs show how offices could evolve in the coming years, integrating devices into the room to build a new kind of working environment.

'Disappointing' MacBook sees 'more and more' switch to Surface

Microsoft has claimed that "more and more" people are switching from Apple's MacBook to a Surface device. Surface has just had its most successful year yet on the back of new devices and strong appeal. Microsoft said sales are breaking records.

Microsoft hints at the Surface Phone with new Windows 10 for ARM

Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 desktop can now run on the ARM-based processors used in mobile devices. The development hints at the emergence of a new class of devices capable of powering smartphone and desktop experiences.

Microsoft's Surface Dial is a radical new take on PC peripherals

Microsoft has introduced a new kind of PC input device at its 2016 Surface hardware event. Surface Dial is a wireless rotational peripheral with 3,600 precision points that places shortcut buttons, toolbars and radial menus at your fingertips.

Microsoft's Surface Studio is the company's first desktop PC

Microsoft has announced its first ever desktop computer, the $2,999 Surface Studio. The 28-inch all-in-one PC offers a touchscreen display, sixth-generation Intel processors and an integrated discrete GPU for gaming and 3D modelling.

Microsoft stock soars to record high on back of Surface success

Microsoft's stock has reached an all-time high, breaking a record set in 1999, after its latest earnings report. The company shrugged off falls in revenue from smartphones and Xbox with exceedingly strong growth in cloud software and Surface computers.

Surface Pro 3 battery problems return, now affecting LG cells

In July, Microsoft was forced to acknowledge that a software issue was causing some Surface Pro 3 devices to be left with just minutes of battery life. An update initially fixed the problem, but now it's back, even more severe and affecting other users.

Microsoft planning three Surface PCs, 'gapless' Surface Book

Microsoft has been rumoured to be expanding its Surface hardware range with an all-in-one PC for a couple of months. A new report has now shed more light on the upcoming device, revealing there'll be three models and a new "gapless" Surface Book.

Microsoft might fix dead Surface batteries but it's not sure how

After the woes of some Surface Pro 3 owners hit the headlines last week, Microsoft has said it should be able to fix defective batteries with only minutes of capacity through a software update. The issue has left devices unusable.

Demand for Microsoft's $22k Surface Hub reportedly 'very strong'

Microsoft's gigantic Surface Hub, retailing at $9,000 or $22,000 depending on the model, is reportedly selling very well and exceeding internal expectations. The touchscreen computer is designed for enterprise use, enabling collaboration and presentation.

Surface owners blast Microsoft as batteries last for minutes

Microsoft is facing a rapidly growing number of complaints from owners of its Surface Pro 3 convertible tablet who claim they are facing dramatically reduced battery life since the one-year warranty expired. Some are left with just minutes of charge.

Microsoft building new Surface devices, possibly including a PC

Microsoft appears to be preparing a new range of Surface devices for launch in 2017. Evidence found inside a building on the company's Redmond campus indicates that a new Surface will arrive this year, followed by more products in the next 12 months.

Google wants ideas for a hypothetical 'Chromebook Pro'

Google is reportedly asking people their thoughts on a "Chromebook Pro" device. The product does not currently exist in Google's line-up, suggesting the company is working on a new premium laptop or tablet running its own Chrome OS.

Tablet sales to fall as Windows 'detachables' rise in popularity

Sales of tablet computers are expected to fall almost 6 percent this year as other more versatile products rise in popularity. Hybrids are expected to see particular success, driven by Windows-based laptops that convert into tablets.

Microsoft Surface now even more powerful, key blogger slams brand

Microsoft has refreshed its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book with new range-topping options. The additions include Intel Core i7 processors and 16GB of RAM for demanding workloads. The announcement came as a key commentator slammed Microsoft.

Microsoft recalling hundreds of thousands of Surface Pro chargers

Microsoft is expected to announce a voluntary recall of main power adapters for its Surface Pro range of convertible laptops later this week. The company has found the chargers can overheat and could catch fire, prompting it to take action now.

Microsoft: Apple's iPad Pro is a 'companion device,' not a PC

Microsoft has publicly discussed its feelings on Apple's iPad Pro and how it compares to its own range of Surface tablets. The company considers the newest member of the iPad family to be only a 'companion device' that can't do productivity on its own.

iPad popularity wanes as Microsoft Surface sells more strongly

A report has concluded that the Microsoft Surface now sells more strongly online than the iPad, often perceived to be the leading tablet device. Although Apple still dominates overall market share, Microsoft is seeing the most sales.

Microsoft's Surface Phone allegedly the 'ultimate Windows Phone'

A new report on Microsoft's mobile efforts claims the company will finally be ready to launch its long-rumoured 'Surface Phone' next year. The hardware team is said to have gone back to the drawing board again and is now targeting a mid-2016 launch.
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