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Microsoft might not be done introducing new Surface hardware this year just because the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro are on store shelves. The company has confirmed that devices executive Panos Panay will be presenting at the company's two-day Future Decoded event (starting October 31st -- yes, Halloween), hinting that he'll introduce new hardware. A source speaking to The Verge supports this with word that there will be "at least one" new piece of hardware at the event, so it seems like Microsoft's habit of introducing new Surface machines in October will remain intact. As it stands, there are a few systems that...

Microsoft News Centre UK has today announced that as part of a Back-to-School special, it will be offering savings on the Surface Pro 4, meaning that you can currently buy a 128GB, Intel Core m3 Surface Pro 4 plus Surface Type Cover starting at £649 in the UK. The standard Type Covers available for that price are black, blue, red, or teal, but for an extra £25 you can upgrade to the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID, or a burgundy, cobalt blue, or platinum Surface Pro Signature Type Cover. And that’s not even all the discounts, as you can also save £20 on Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal if you buy it at the same time as your bundle.

However, if the Surface Laptop is what interests you, Microsoft UK also announced today that the burgundy, graphite gold, and cobalt blue versions are all now available to pre-order in the UK, having previously only been available in the US.


PC Gamer reports that Microsoft Studios and Relic Entertainment have announced Age of Empires IV exclusively for Windows 10 at a special live-streamed event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise at gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany.
Isgreen then went on to thank the fans for their loyalty. “For all of you who have remained faithful fans of the Age of Empires franchise for the last 20 years, we say thank you - we cannot wait to bring you the next chapter of history.”

You can find out more details about the game as...

The Verge reports that Intel has teased a new, very smart looking black Surface Book during the launch of its 8th-generation core processors this week. The mysterious Surface Book was first noticed by eagle-eyed MSPoweruser in a promotional video released by Intel to showcase the new processors, which will be launching on laptops first.

The only colour of Surface Book currently available is grey, and Microsoft has not released a black Surface device of any type, let alone a black Surface Book, for almost four years.

At the moment, both Intel and Microsoft are remaining tight-lipped about the gorgeous new black Surface Book that has caught everyone’s attention, and it could simply be a marketing render, although, as The Verge points out, the laptop shown in the video does have the same eject key usually found on a Surface Book keyboard, as well as the highly recognisable Surface Book fulcrum hinge.

Even if Microsoft wasn’t thinking...

Tech Radar reports that some Surface Pro users have been complaining of a blacklight bleed issue with their new device, following on from the recent sleep-mode bug that Microsoft has recently fixed.

According to the complaints, there is apparently a higher degree of backlight bleed than would normally be expected from an LCD screen. These types of displays are usually expected to have a small amount of light leakage at the edge of the screen, but it seems that some new Surface Pro owners are noticing a light bleed that is so severe as to be distracting.

Tech Radar posted a comparison image that shows a Surface Pro 4 on top of a new Surface Pro. Certainly, in these images, there does seem to be a strong light bleed at the bottom of the newer device. Apparently, the light bleed is more noticeable against a solid blue or white background, or when the Surface Pro is in portrait mode.

Some owners are now starting to wonder why Microsoft...

Back in May, Microsoft’s Surface chief Panos Panay told The Verge that Microsoft would at some point be releasing a USB-C dongle for its new Surface Laptop and Surface Pro, neither of which come with USB-C connections. “I love the technology in Type-C,” Panay said at the time. “I believe in Type-C. When Type-C is ready for our customers, to make it easy for them, we’ll be there. If you love Type-C, it means you love dongles. We’re giving a dongle to people who love dongles,” he joked.

Now, a couple of months on from that news, the Verge reports on a new patent filing by Microsoft, originally discovered by MSPoweruser, that indicates that the company is working on a USB-C Surface connector for forthcoming Surface Laptops and Surface Pros, which will work with existing USB-C devices.
describes how the connector will use Microsoft’s magnetic connector...
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