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Yesterday, February 9, Microsoft announced the release of the new Surface Pro and, in the same post, shared that the 128GB model had sold out across most of its retail outlets. Microsoft indicated that “customer response to the launch of Surface Pro has been amazing” and they are working to replenish supplies as quickly as possible.
The 64GB model seems to be available at many Best Buy and Staples locations as well as Microsoft retail stores. It is the larger, more expense model that is showing out of stock. Many Microsoft enthusiasts reported there were a limited number of units at their local stores, making it difficult to obtain the higher-end machine.
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Today, February 5, Dell announced that it has signed a merger agreement under which Michael Dell, Dell’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Silver Lake, will acquire Dell and take the company private. This agreement also includes a $2 billion loan from Microsoft.Read more
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Last week, Microsoft started taking preorders for their new Surface RT tablets. On the same day they went on sale, at least one model showed a shipment time of three weeks. Now, other models are beginning to show a longer ship date.
The 32 GB, $499 Surface RT model seemed to sell through the pre-order quantity quickly. Recently, the models with the Touch Cover, both 32 GB and 64 GB, began showing an order for shipment time of one to two weeks. These models are priced $100 and $200 higher than the $499 base model. However, they provide a slight discount to those who wish to add on the keyboard, which is priced at $129.Read more
At the beginning of April, Nokia released the Lumia 900, a new Windows Phone. The Lumia 900 is a 4G LTE network device offered on AT&T for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. Recently, I had the chance to review the device and use it on the AT&T Nashville network.
There were a number of features that make this a great device. The 4.3 inch AMOLED ClearBlack glass screen is clear, bright, and about the right size for everyday use. At .45 inches thick, it is slightly thicker than the iPhone 4S (.37 inches). However, it feels very comfortable and solid to hold while checking email and using it as a phone. At 5.6 ounces, I never felt the Lumia 900 would slip out of my hand while taking it out of my pocket.
According to a press release today, Microsoft and Barnes and Noble are forming a strategic partnership to create “world-class digital reading experiences for consumers.” This joint effort, called Newco, will be a new subsidiary of Barnes and Noble and build upon the platform already at Barnes & Noble.
For Microsoft’s part, they will contribute $300 million dollars for a 17.6% equity stake in this new venture. Andy Lees, President at Microsoft believes, the two companies’ “complementary assets will accelerate e-reading innovation across a broad range of Windows devices, enabling people to not just read stories, but to be part of them. We’re at the cusp of a revolution in reading.”
Today, April 23, 2012, Microsoft released new SkyDrive apps for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, and the Mac. They also added a tiered storage plan to their SkyDrive service that allows users to backup, store, and sync files across trusted devices.
The service will offer new users 7 GB of free storage. For existing users, Microsoft is allowing the same 25 GB of storage previously offered just for staying with them and choosing to upgrade. Many users may have already been upgrade automatically, free of charge.
Since many people I know have a Windows machine of some sort, I have maintained a couple a Windows machines in the house even after moving to a Mac for my main system. It is not like I didn't really like Windows itself. I actually like editing the registry, working with the newest Office version, and finding efficiencies in memory usage. However, it really got to be too much. I was spending more time with the intricacies of the system than enjoying the technology itself. I also grew increasingly tired of trying to find reliable anti-virus software that wasn't going to increase greatly in cost after the initial term was exhausted. While I decided to move to the Mac OS, I could not give up using Windows.
The title of the post expresses my gratitude to Microsoft and Windows 7... OK, I am not sure you can actually express gratitude to an inanimate object...However, Windows 7 has enabled us to save money on a new system. We have had Windows 7 now for almost a year and have been happy with the system. It was originally going to be on the computer in the home office which was about 3 years old at the time we received the upgrade. However, after contemplating energy usage on that larger box and finding a better set up for the home office, we decided to put the Windows 7 upgrade on the EEE box which the children use. It has made life easier and less cluttered.Read more
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