Microsoft just announced a whole lot of stuff at an event in New York, but it saved the weirdest for last. The company, best known for its software and nice computers, is now making headphones.
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Look, $839 is a lot of money... unless you're talking computers. Any computer you buy for that little is firmly a "budget" PC, as far as the people making them are concerned. They're not impressive, or especially fast, or pretty. They're purely functional -- the Ford Fiesta of computers. The sheer mediocrity of the sub-$900 range of laptops is why the new Microsoft Surface Go is so damn special. It's a cheap laptop that's actually nice.
With the announcement of Microsoft's new Surface Go, there will be more than a few nervous folks at the Apple and Samsung head offices.
The Surface Go promises to deliver a lot in a compact and inexpensive package that could single-handedly put a massive dent in not just those tablet makers' bottom line but also the entire Chromebook market. Here's a look at how the Microsoft Surface Go compares to its major competitors.
For almost a decade, there have been rumours that Microsoft was developing a dual-screen device that would radically alter the way we think about modern computing. In 2009, it was the Microsoft Courier, while more recently, patents showed something that looked more like a folding Surface allegedly codenamed Andromeda.
The Microsoft Surface has been a massive success. Although it might not have the biggest sales volumes, it defined the desktop-tablet computer product category and put the company on the map as a maker of premium hardware. But, at the same time, Apple's iPad has remained the leader in the 9-inch tablet space. That's set to change with a smaller, low cost Surface expected later this year.
2018 is almost upon us, and with it comes ambitious resolutions and a year of brand-new possibilities. So, what better way to ring in the new year and set yourself up for a productive 2018 than by saving $780 AUD on a Surface Pro and Surface Laptop?
The Surface Pro 5 launched recently and, as expected, it's the best iteration of Microsoft's 2-in-1 devices yet. But it's not the only new tech from Microsoft. They also launched the Surface Laptop, a Pro-looking device aimed at the crowd who would traditionally buy a Macbook Air.
The Surface Laptop became available in Australia last week, and I paid out of pocket to grab one on launch day. I've been using it ever since; here's what that's been like.
True hubris is a person trying to use a Microsoft Surface Pro like a laptop. It takes Mr. Darcy levels of pride to believe you can trust so fully in a kickstand and flimsy keyboard. The Surface Pro is many things, including everything from Microsoft's attempt to woo creative professionals to a beautifully engineered device that wants to be a fusion of tablet and laptop. Yet it has never been the true take-anywhere device Microsoft has tried to sell it as. That kickstand and keyboard define it for many consumers. And now, on the Surface's fifth iteration, the kickstand seems to have finally accomplished what it set out to do: Bring the Surface as close to a laptop as it can ever hope to be -- even though that isn't as close as Microsoft might like.
While Microsoft's Surface Laptop might look the goods, once you get inside the thing, well, it reveals its uglier, less repairable side. As iFixit recently discovered, if something inside the portable PC goes bang, you'll almost certainly have to get a complete new one.
Microsoft held a big Surface event in Shanghai overnight. While the event was basically impossible to watch in America, with a broken liveblog and zero English livestreams, savvy viewers (and those fluent in Chinese) might have caught the big news: There's a new Surface Pro. It's been more than sixteen months since Microsoft's landmark tablet-laptop hybrid saw an update.
In the intervening time, Microsoft has seen a lot of competitors attempt to encroach on the 2-1 device space While some of those clones have been aesthetically delightful, few have approached the slick combination of design and quality the Surface Pro delivers. So a refresh is welcomed, and this year's refresh could fix some of the tablet laptop's biggest problems, even if the name is stupid.
Microsoft jumped out ahead of Apple early this morning with a big Windows 10 event. The Xbox One, a new Surface Book or Minecraft in 3D weren't explicitly advertised, but those are some of the things we ended up seeing, including the all-in-one Surface Studio. So if you want to catch up on everything you missed, here's what you need to know.
It might not be an FPS, but 343 Industries just announced it has something Halo-related in the works. IGN reports the studio is planning to release a new twin-stick shooter called Halo: Spartan Strike in December.
Sure, the Xbox One has a few tricks up its sleeves -- some of which we've told you about before. But, damn, had I known about some of the more advanced things the Xbox One is capable of, Microsoft would have sold me on the console way quicker.
Asymmetrical gaming -- it's the new buzzword amongst gaming exec types. It's what everyone expects us to want. Everyone's finding their own way to do it, whether it's via the Wii U controller, the Vita, or just tablets themselves. Microsoft wants to use its surface tablet for this task, and it wants to do it as early as the release of Halo 4.
The unveiling earlier today of Microsoft's new "Surface" tablets was a strange one for me. Not because of the nature of the product, but for its name. It's one Microsoft has been using for years, only, for an entirely different device. One that, for a while there, we thought could change the way we played games.