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Maroo tablet cases, First Take: Stylish protection for Surface and other models

Feb 20, 2014 - 2:12 PM - by dgstorm

I've been using Maroo's Pango[hi] MacBook Air sleeve for my Surface Pro since it came out; made of high-quality leather, it's lined with a striking green microfibre that brushes off the dust nicely. The Surface 2 rattles around in there though. Now Microsoft has asked Maroo to be the first partner to create a leather case specifically for Surface and Surface Pro tablets, and the company has responded in style.

There are different cases for Surface and Surface Pro, but they're the same apart from the size, and both are available in black, power purple and azure blue, all at $49.95. We'd say the colour complements rather than matches Microsoft's Touch and Type Covers — especially as the materials are different (leather and fleece). Still, it's certainly stylish, with a nice accent colour and top-stitching (blue on the power purple case we tried out).

The leather is the same high quality, with...

Continue Reading @: Maroo tablet cases, First Take: Stylish protection for Surface and other models | ZDNet
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Microsoft Might be Forced Into a Move that Could Kill the Surface Tablets

Feb 17, 2014 - 2:15 PM - by dgstorm

Microsoft could release a touch-based version of its Office software suite for Apple's iPad before it's released on Microsoft's own Windows tablets, according to plugged-in Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley.

If that's the case, Microsoft could be about to deal a crippling blow to its Windows tablets, which have already vastly underperformed Apple's devices. With Office on the iPad, it's difficult to see how Surface and other tablets running Microsoft's operating system survive.

Selling the Surface
Microsoft has run several different TV ads for its Surface tablets, and though they vary significantly, all of them contain the same phrase: "It has Office."

The inclusion of Microsoft Office has been a key selling point for Microsoft's devices, including the Surface and other tablets running the full version of Windows 8. Compared with Apple's iPads, Windows tablets have far fewer apps -- in fact, the Windows app store is so far behind Apple's iTunes, it's difficult to even compare them.

In that regard, it's not surprising that Windows tablets have struggled. Last year, Microsoft took a $900 million writedown on the Surface tablet, after the device sold worse than Microsoft had anticipated. Surface sales have improved but are still nowhere close to the 26 million iPads Apple sold last quarter.

Continue Reading @: Microsoft Corporation Could Be About to Kill the Surface Tablet - DailyFinance
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Gates and new Microsoft CEO Nadella look like they’ll be joined at the hip

Feb 11, 2014 - 12:59 PM - by dgstorm

Microsoft obviously isn’t the easiest company to manage but new CEO Satya Nadella will have a powerful ally helping him out in the early going: Cofounder Bill Gates. TechCrunch notices that Gates said during an Ask-Me-Anything session on Reddit that Nadella specifically asked him to stick around at Microsoft and help advise him on products. TechCrunch notes that having Gates working with him will greatly help Nadella out since “in Redmond, Gates is still god, and Nadella can use god’s backing to make sure that his dictums are law.”

Continue Reading @: Microsoft CEO Nadella: Gates was asked to stay onboard | BGR
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FAA clears Surface for takeoff in US cockpits

Feb 11, 2014 - 12:57 PM - by dgstorm

Begun, the airline tablet wars have? Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 has just joined the iPad on the FAA's list of approved pilot EFBs (Electronic Flight Bags) for all phases of flight. That follows Delta's recent announcement that it would deploy 11,000 of Redmond's hybrid tablets in its cockpits instead of the iPad, which it also considered. Apple's tablet is already used by American Airlines and others, but Delta said it preferred the readability, productivity apps and other features of the Surface Pro 2. Pilots will now be able to switch from heavy paper charts and books, which Delta said would save millions in fuel costs once the transition is complete in 2015.

Continue Reading @: FAA clears Surface for takeoff in US cockpits
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Windows Phone's Cortana voice assistant to be powered by Foursquare, says Bloomberg

Feb 07, 2014 - 3:04 PM - by dgstorm

Microsoft made a multimillion investment in Foursquare out of the blue the other day, leaving us to wonder what's behind it. Bloomberg is now reporting that the partnership is actually for Cortana, Microsoft's upcoming voice-operated assistant in Windows Phone 8.1.

With the deal, Microsoft will get deeper access to Foursquare's database of places and reviews, so that Cortana and other WP apps give you personalized and location-aware recommendations, deals and tricks. “We’re building some contextually aware experiences to power some upcoming products in Windows Phone,” commented Zig Serafin, a vice president in Microsoft’s Bing search unit.

Continue Reading @: Windows Phone's Cortana voice assistant to be powered by Foursquare, says Bloomberg
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Satya Nadella is the New CEO of Microsoft

Feb 04, 2014 - 9:25 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like the earlier Microsoft CEO rumors were true. The folks in Redmond officially announced that Satya Nadella is the New CEO of Microsoft. From the looks of his background, he actually seems like a very solid choice. He has been with the company for 22 years and is credited with being one of the primary leaders who moved the company towards cloud services on several of their products like Bing, Office and Xbox.

He was also instrumental in growing the parts of the company that he was involved with. He spear-headed the growth in Microsoft Business Services, evolving that portion of the business from a $1.5 billion section to $5 billion section in a five year period. Nadella was also involved in Microsoft’s work with digital rights management and interactive TV, and has even worked with the Xbox division. This makes him a very well-rounded choice moving forward. Outgoing (in more ways than one) CEO Steve Ballmer praised Nadella’s technical and business skills.

Below we have a quote from Nadella's email to Microsoft Employees sharing some of his thoughts on the transition,

believe over the next decade computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize — many of the things we do and experience in business, life and our world. This will be made possible by an ever-growing network of connected devices, incredible computing capacity from the cloud, insights from big data, and intelligence from machine learning.

We are the only ones who can harness the power of software and deliver it through devices and services that truly empower every individual and every organization. We are the only company with history and continued focus in building platforms and ecosystems that create broad opportunity.
Above we have a couple of videos. The first one is Nadella's first interview as CEO of Microsoft. The second is Bill Gates himself introducing Nadella as the new CEO. Incidentally, Bill Gates has now taken on a new and more active role in the company once again. He will be Microsoft's "Technology Advisor." Whether this new role will see much in the way of actual guidance remains to be seen. It's possible that Bill Gates "stepping up" to this role is mostly in name only as a way to bolster investor confidence. Either way, it looks like Microsoft is getting back on track in a big way.

Source: TechCrunch
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