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As we know from many of our own forum members, gaming on Surface is much more popular than some people might realise. A new article by Kotaku’s Nathan Grayson, entitled “Prey Runs Remarkably Well on My Wimpy Microsoft Surface Tablet,” illustrates this perfectly.

Grayson decided to try playing Bethesda’s newly released Prey blockbuster on his Surface Pro 4, which has 4GB of RAM and an integrated Intel graphics card.

“Now, my Surface isn’t a horrible machine by any means, but it’s definitely not made to run brand new triple-A games," he said. "I wasn’t expecting much. And yet: It works! It’s playable! I can make phantoms go boom!”

Grayson goes on to say that when playing Prey on his Surface Pro 4 he gets approximately 40 FPS in smaller areas in the game, 30 FPS in the majority of the game, and 20-25 FPS in bigger areas with more enemies and sophisticated lighting effects.

Bear in mind that Grayson is getting these results with just...

Microsoft today announced that due to “huge demand” for the Surface Hub in the UK it has increased the number of companies that are authorised to sell the product, with 15 more companies now added to the Microsoft Surface Hub partner program from today. This means more locations where customers can buy the Hub, as well as accessories and support.

Here’s what Capita, one of the newly announced authorised partners, had to say on the issue:

Microsoft announced at its Build developer event in Seattle that iTunes will be coming to the Windows Store by the end of the year, writes The Verge. Microsoft said that it has been working with Apple to get iTunes made available in the store. As The Verge notes, iTunes is one of the most searched-for apps that is currently not available in the Windows Store, so a good move by both companies.

Tech Crunch says that the Windows Store iTunes app will have full iPhone support and that it will basically work in the same way as the current Windows iTunes app.

This will be of particular relief to anyone who likes to use iTunes and is thinking of buying a Surface Laptop, as the standard Windows 10 S operating system of the Surface Laptop only runs Windows Store apps, although there will be the possibility to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Sources: Apple...

Microsoft general manager of Surface Engineering, Pete Kyriacou, has been talking to The Verge about the hardware design of the Surface Laptop. According to The Verge, many people are concerned about how the Alcantara fabric will withstand the rigours of use that a laptop goes through.

The high-quality, suede-like Italian fabric, which is also used in high-end cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Audi, is actually well-known for being very durable, despite looking, and feeling, luxurious.

Kyriacou told The Verge that Microsoft has worked with Alcantara to develop the specialized stain-resistant polyurethane coating that the Surface Laptop fabric has been treated with in order to provide even more protection for the fabric, but without making it too thick.

“The balance there was making sure we maintained the luxury feel of the product,” said Kyriacou. “Because you can coat it with a Scotchguard or something like that and...

The Verge reports that Microsoft devices vice president Panos Panay has poured cold water on the idea that Microsoft will be announcing Surface Pro 5 at its forthcoming event in Shanghai on May 23.

Talking to CNET at the Surface Laptop announcement event, Panay said “there’s no such thing as a Pro 5,” and that Microsoft will not be launching Surface Pro 5 until it has enough “meaningful change” to distinguish it from Surface Pro 4. “Meaningful change isn’t necessarily a hardware change,” said Panay, “which is what a lot of people look for. They’re like, ‘Where is the latest processor?’ That’s not what I mean. I’m looking for an experiential change that makes a huge difference in product line. You’ll see that same meaningful impact when Pro 5, or Pro Next hits the market.”

Bearing in mind that Panay’s comments come just a few weeks before the event in Shanghai, which he has already confirmed that he will be attending, it’s looking more...

The Verge reports that Microsoft has announced a new special event to take place in Shanghai, China, on May 23, where it says that it will “show the world what’s next.” While that’s pretty much all that Microsoft appears prepared to reveal about the event at the moment, The Verge says that it has been told by Microsoft that new hardware will be unveiled at the event.

Other clues indicate that this mysterious hardware that is due to be revealed on May 23 could well be the Surface Pro 5. Microsoft’s vice president of devices, Surface creator Panos Panay, pretty much gave the game away by tweeting about the event with the hashtag “#Surface.” The fact that he will be at the event in Shanghai is another big clue.

It’s expected that the forthcoming SP5 will not be dramatically different to the SP4, with tech journalist Paul Thurott...
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