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Business Insider reports that Microsoft has today unveiled the Surface Book 2, which BI refers to as the company’s “new MacBook Pro killer.”

Available on November 16, with pre-orders starting on November 9, at a starting price of $1,499, the Surface Book 2 boasts an incredible 17 hours of battery life.

Just as with the first Surface Book, which was released in 2015, the Surface Book 2 looks like a regular laptop, but with one major difference: you can detach the screen to make it a tablet. The Surface Book 2 comes in two screen-size versions: the original 13.5-inch display, and a new 15-inch option.

BI says that aside from this new screen-size option, the Book 2 looks very similar to the first Surface Book, although it does have some impressive new specs, including that battery life, and the equally impressive processing power, which Microsoft says is twice that of the latest MacBook Pro, and with a higher screen resolution as well....
The company this week announced that it will be holding a ‘Mixed Reality event’ on October 3rd. Mixed reality is Microsoft’s broad term encompassing everything from its HoloLens augmented reality device to the new virtual reality headsets it’s soon to launch in partnership with others.

On October 17th Microsoft will launch its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, which enables use of these new headsets on the operating system. On the same day, headsets from companies like Acer and Dell will also be launching along with new six degrees of freedom (6DOF) motion controllers.

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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.”

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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...
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