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5 easy Surface tips you’ll definitely want to know
Want to save some time when you’re using your Surface? The Surface Blog shares five handy tips that you might not have known for Surface. Among them: If you want to bring up the Quick Link Menu, for access to things like the Control Panel or shutting down your Surface, all you have to do is...
7 Apr 2014
Surface makes it safer and easier to share a single device
Windows 8.1 makes it easy for several users to share a single Surface. And by signing-in with separate accounts, users can create their own Start Screen, install favorite apps and personalize everything to their own preferences. This could come in handy for members of a family or for co-workers. Each...
26 Mar 2014
Surface 2 not just for fun, essential for business too
Businesses like FireLogic, as shown in the video above, are increasingly adopting Surface 2 as their go-to device. Updates made as part of the Windows 8.1 RT release are making Surface 2 even more useful for businesses of all missions and sizes. Topping the new feature list: remote desktop application...
25 Mar 2014
Broadband-ready 64GB Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE) goes on sale Tuesday
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE) 64GB mobile broadband-ready device Beginning Tuesday, March 18, customers can purchase Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE), a 64GB mobile broadband-ready device, for $679 (estimated retail price) in the U.S. at Microsoft retail stores, www.MicrosoftStore.com, and BestBuy...
17 Mar 2014
Personal trainer has Surface by his side for outdoor classes to help clients
Personal trainer and fitness expert Gabe Aguilar-Gamez uses his Surface device to help him teach outdoor classes, train with his clients one-on-one, and to be mobile and productive from anywhere. In a Q-and-A on the Surface Blog, Aguilar-Gamez says he uses the Surface video camera to let clients “see...
13 Mar 2014
5 handy tips and tricks to personalize your Surface
Yes, that’s U2 pinned to the Start screen on a Surface, above. If you want to pin your favorite artist, album or radio station to your Start screen for quick and easy access, the Surface team tells you how in a new post sharing their five favorite tips and tricks. You’ll also learn how...
7 Mar 2014
Win this Skype contest, and you could be on your way to Europe for two weeks
In “Rerouted: a Skype travel challenge,” travel blogger Mike Corey wound up bungee jumping in Italy, dancing in France and scuba diving in Greece. With the help of his friends on Skype and Twitter, Corey made it across Europe. Now, you have the chance to follow in his footsteps (bungee jumping...
27 Feb 2014
NFL Combine Dashboard app comes to Surface for your off-season football fix
Surface, the Official Tablet of the NFL used by players, team staff and fans, isn’t resting during the off season. The first stop is the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine , where more than 300 top college players are evaluated by the NFL for the 2014 NFL Draft in May. Fans will be able to stay on top of...
26 Feb 2014
More health care pros than ever choose Surface as their go-to device for better patient care
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando is an opportunity for Microsoft to have conversations with health care professionals about the growing need for instant and secure mobile access to patient health records. Surface...
24 Feb 2014
Microsoft helps airline pilots go paperless with apps and Surface 2, which passes FAA authorization as an electronic flight bag
At the Singapore Airshow , Microsoft is keeping commercial airline industry leaders up to date on how the company has removed the barriers to adopting Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) and going paperless in the cockpit. As the Surface Blog reports, “We’re happy to share that Surface 2 tablets...
11 Feb 2014
Seattle artist finds Surface 2 and Skype perfect tools to help make the world better
When Seattle-based artist and entrepreneur Lauren Iida was in search of a go-to device that was light enough to carry around in her bag and robust enough to handle schoolwork, her dog walking business and Cambodia-focused independent art projects, the Surface 2 hit the sweet spot. “After three...
30 Jan 2014
Help choose the winner of the Surface Classroom Design Challenge and you could win a Surface 2
“Surface Binder” combines the Surface and Touch Cover with a more traditional three-ring binder. It’s one of many entries in the design challenge. Surface is finding a happy home in schools, so the product team decided to hold the Surface Classroom Design Challenge, asking...
15 Jan 2014
They play nicely together: Get the most out of your Xbox One and Surface
If you’re a fan of both Xbox One and Surface, you’ll want to see the latest video, above, from Sean Ong about “Xbox One Tips and Tricks,” reports Xbox Wire. Ong, a 28-year-old clean energy engineer, husband and dad, has been making videos about Surface for a while now, including...
14 Jan 2014
Amongst Grammy nominees, one surefire winner emerges: the Surface 2, its official tablet
The Grammy awards showcase the hottest acts in the mainstream music industry, but they’re also a great place to show how technology can bring fans closer to their favorite musicians. This year, Surface 2 is the official tablet for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and it powered the Recording Academy’s...
6 Jan 2014
The right tech tools for helping you be your best creative self in 2014
1 | 5 Surface 2 January 08, 2014 Go from work to play and back in one device. The Surface 2 is the perfect companion to your latest DIY project. With its built-in kickstand you'll never need to find something to prop it up so you can follow step-by-step...
8 Jan 2014
The NFL on Xbox One and Surface: Your own personal gridiron
Quarterbacks rely on receiving a reliable snap as the first step toward a first down – and eventually a touchdown – every time they run a play. Now with the recently released Xbox One , armchair quarterbacks around the country have a true game-changer: being able to “snap” official...
30 Dec 2013
It’s a snap to find the perfect tablet or laptop this holiday season
Not sure which Windows tablet or laptop to choose this holiday season? We’ve made it easy for you with a great selection of devices that include 8- and 10-inch tablets, laptops that convert into tablets, tablets with click-in keyboards and touch laptops, writes Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Experience...
21 Nov 2013
A week with Surface Pro 2 convinced him to sell his MacBook, let iPad gather dust
Like a lot of people, Heath Cajandig has read many different things on the Internet about Surface, finding some reviews to be “conflicted and murky. I loved the promise or idea of the device, but I couldn’t sort out what it really was,” he says. Now he knows, and in fact, after spending...
11 Dec 2013
National property management company relies on Surface 2 to get the job done
Pedcor, an affordable housing and commercial property management company with 500 employees in 77 locations around the U.S., has successfully turned to Surface 2 and Windows 8.1 to help in all aspects of its business. The company, which has built more than 10,000 apartment units around the country...
13 Dec 2013
Surface’s power, portability convinced tech blogger to make it his constant companion
Tech blogger Lane Freeze was used to dragging around a “huge laptop that definitely had power, but it was just too big.” The laptop essentially became a desktop to him: it wound up staying home, on the top of his desk. Not good for someone constantly on the go, who needs portability and power...
18 Nov 2013
‘Ultimate Surface Fan’ wins contest with an ode to Surface 2
The winner of the Ultimate Surface Fan contest won a new Surface Pro 2 with an “Ode to Surface II” dedicated to her husband. As the Surface Blog reports , ”Josephine Mehaffie is not only a fan but entered the contest with her husband in mind. Josephine will be receiving an Ultimate...
19 Nov 2013
Surface 2 makes a splash in UK with giant Surface in Trafalgar Square – and it even works
Jennifer J. Chen
To welcome the Surface 2 to the U.K. (it goes on sale Wednesday), British musician Dizzee Rascal unveiled a huge 27 x 16-foot high Surface in Trafalgar Square, where people could stop by and experience the next-gen tablet for themselves. It even came with a working giant keyboard. London-based design...
24 Oct 2013
Winner of ‘A Light That Never Comes’ remix contest gets $2,500, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Music Kit
Watch Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn use the Surface Music Kit. Brian Yates was named the grand prize winner of Microsoft and Indaba Music’s “A Light That Never Comes” remix contest, which was judged by musicians Linkin Park and Steve Aoki, as well as the team over at Xbox...
12 Dec 2013
Wave your geek flag on Twitter for a chance to win a Surface Pro 2
If you’ve personalized, configured and integrated your Surface tablet into the way you work, now is your chance to share that great experience for a chance to win a new Surface Pro 2. As the Surface Blog reports , you can tweet “your unique Surface scenario with #geekoutsurface from November...
18 Nov 2013
Get to the point faster with the Surface Pen
The Surface Pen, which comes with the Surface, is an incredibly powerful tool in its own right. Artists like Habib Zargarpour (whose Surface-generated painting is shown above) use programs like Fresh Paint to create new works, while Adobe Photoshop is the most-used program with the pen – and sibling...
28 Oct 2013
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