Microsoft Surface Pro 5: Dramatic Changes Not Expected

#Microsoft #SurfacePro5 – Microsoft Surface Pro 5: Dramatic Changes Not Expected : The latest in the line of Microsoft’s hybrid tablet, Surface Pro 5, is not expected to have any radical changes in its hardware. It will indeed receive updates, although those will be directed towards its software.

One of the rumors surrounding the Surface Pro 5 says that it will be shipped with Intel’s Kaby Lake as its processor. It turned out to be true, as it was recently confirmed by Microsoft pundit Paul Thurrott. Furthermore, the savant’s sources told him that the upcoming device will retain the power connector its predecessor had.

This could be in line with Microsoft’s promise to Surface Pro 3 users that their accessories would still be usable on Surface Pro 3. However, The Verge pointed out this does not mean that the company will completely forego a USB-C connection. If they opted to do that, then it would be a surprising choice indeed. That is because most Windows-compatible PC producers are now switching to the new-fangled port for their latest portable computers.

Hardware aside, Forbes wrote about Microsoft’s focus on their cloud services as well as the Windows 10 operating system. This way, Surface Pro 5 developers and engineers do not have to come up with innovative ways to pull in more customers. That is because the company’s partners also sell more of the operating systems than they actually do. And like this, they can show what existing hardware is capable of with the help software innovations and cloud services in Windows 10.

Aside from those things, there are no other details forthcoming. But it might not be a long time until Microsoft release official specifications for the Surface Pro 5. Company watchers still expect them to have a special launch event for their hybrid device during their annual spring affair. At that time, the Redmond company could also announce other updates. Nevertheless, as Thurrott already said, people should not expect any dramatic change to the device because none will be forthcoming.

Source : iTechpost

Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update

#Windows10 #Windows10Mobile – Only 13 Windows 10 Mobile powered phones will receive the Creators Update : It might not come as a surprise to you, and you probably didn’t give it a second thought, but the Windows 10 Creators Update is not going to be available for all Windows 10 Mobile powered devices. Being put out to pasture are units like the Nokia Lumia 930, Nokia Lumia 830 and the Nokia Lumia 1520. These three models are over two-years old, which means that they will not be receiving the Creator’s Update. These handsets will be limited to patches and cumulative updates.

The list of handsets that will receive the mobile version of the Windows 10 Creators Update include:

  • Alcatel Idol 4S
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
  • HP Elite x3
  • Lenovo Softbank 503LV
  • MCJ Madosma Q601
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
  • Trinity NuAns Neo
  • VAIO VPB051 [Vaio Phone Biz]

The update doesn’t bring much in the way of changes for phones. Once the Creators Update is installed, you’ll notice improvements to the Edge browser,  new support for e-books, and the new icon for the “Share” function..

“Beginning this month, Microsoft will release the Creators Update for Windows 10 customers including those using Windows 10 Mobile. As has been the case with pervious Windows updates, a device may not be able to receive the Creators Update if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (‘OEM’) support period. These devices will continue to receive security and servicing fixes according to our OS support policy. The full list of supported devices will be posted on the Product Lifecycle page soon.”-Microsoft

The update will start rolling out to the 13 eligible devices on April 25th.

source: MSPoweruser

The Next Microsoft Surface Device May Have Two Screens Including An E-Paper Display

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfacePhone – The Next Microsoft Surface Device May Have Two Screens Including An E-Paper Display : A new patent has surfaced indicating Microsoft’s plan of possibly coming up with a device with dual screens, one of which will be an E-paper display. The patent for the “dual display device” was filed on September of last year and was just published on March 30 by the World Intellectual Property Organization or WIPO.

Speculations have since sprouted as to what particular Microsoft device will utilize the patent. The patent shows a device with two screens. The regular screen is on one side while the e-paper display is on the opposite side. The regular screen will supposedly display “visually dynamic user inputs and controls” while the e-paper display will be for “visually static user inputs and controls”. According to Trusted Reviews, the e-paper display may be utilized for input controls such as a keyboard. In this regard, the patent may very well be for a new Microsoft Surface tablet though there are some who believes the patent will be used on a Surface Phone. The patent further explained that the visually static user controls on the e-paper display may include controls for playing music and videos. The patent also explained that the regular screen may display thumbnails of the cover album of the song being played using the static user controls.

Another theory says the e-paper display will act as a cover for a new Microsoft Surface Pro. This is most likely why the e-paper display will be detachable, rigid and touch-sensitive.

Microsoft is currently hard at work with a new Surface Book recently launched, the Surface Studio about to be officially launched in a few weeks, and a flurry of patents being published recently. One such patent is for “hinged displays“. Some quarters believe the two patents will find their way to one Windows 10 device. Of course, these are all speculations for now.

Source : iTechpost

Microsoft ‘Surface Phone’ May Have Dual Display, But Patent Is Likely For A Tablet And Not A Smartphone

#Microsoft #SurfacePhone – Microsoft ‘Surface Phone’ May Have Dual Display, But Patent Is Likely For A Tablet And Not A Smartphone : A new patent made by Microsoft has recently surfaced and it’s a device that will have a dual display, possibly for the Microsoft “Surface Phone” and the “Surface Pro 5.” But with the way the device in the patent looks, it’s likely for a tablet, not a smartphone.

According to a report from Express, the patent showed that one side of the device would be a regular screen, while the other would be made of electronic paper. The e-paper could likely transform into a keyboard if needed be.

This new patent would likely eliminate the need for Type Cover accessory that currently exists in the “Surface Pro 4.” The patent also shows that the second screen could be used to control the device’s music choice, as well as play games.

The e-paper screen could likely turn into a set of buttons or controls that allow fans to play games on the device in an interactive way. The report said that this patent could also reflect the latest feature that the “Surface Phone” could have as previous reports have claimed that the smartphone might be a foldable device that features two displays.

But Trusted Reviews reports that the latest patent, which was filed in September 2016, is likely for a tablet design and not the “Surface Phone.” It’s likely for a new e-paper Surface device or for the “Surface Pro 5.”

The report said that the e-paper side of the dual display will be touched sensitive, is removable and could function as a cover. This hints that the patent is not for a smartphone but more for a tablet.

There is no guarantee, though, that Microsoft will indeed come out with a device that has this kind of technology. Companies usually use patents as a way to protect their ideas and not of what people can expect to come. In the meantime, check out more news about the Microsoft “Surface Phone” in the video below.

Microsoft Surface Phone release date, news: New patent filing proves Surface Phone's release?

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfacePhone – Microsoft Surface Phone release date, news: New patent filing proves Surface Phone’s release? : Speculations about the development of the Microsoft Surface Phone refuse to die down, as new rumors claim that the release of the highly anticipated smartphone will be announced by the tech giant soon.

Recent reports claim that the new patent filing that was posted recently by Free Patents Online is pertaining to a brand-new type of multi-layered phone display that was made from tiled panels that curve at the edge.

According to Express UK, the curved edges of are featured in the design of the patent are made to block the light that will pass through from the gaps. This will help the device feature one continuous image in the display. The report claims that the patented design will solve one of the biggest problems seen in devices that feature hinged displays where several panels could break the perception of the users on the objects featured on the screen.

However, the patent application does not specify if the design is intended for the much-awaited Microsoft Surface Phone.

Talks about the development of the Microsoft Surface Phone first intensified when the company’s CEO Satya Nadella hinted about their plans for the smartphone market in an interview with Australian Financial Review.

According to Nadella, they will push through with the development of new smartphone products that will not be defined by the current leaders in the steep smartphone competition.

“We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device,” the Microsoft CEO stated in the interview back in November 2016. “Therefore [with Nokia assets], we stopped doing things that were me-too and started doing things, even if they are today very sub-scale, to be very focused on a specific set of customers who need a specific set of capabilities that are differentiated and that we can do a good job of.”

But Microsoft has yet to announce its actual plans for the Surface Phone device in the coming days.

Microsoft Surface Studio Confirmed To Arrive In Three Other Regions On April 20; Surface Book Pre-order Now Available In Other Markets

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfaceStudio – Microsoft Surface Studio Confirmed To Arrive In Three Other Regions On April 20; Surface Book Pre-order Now Available In Other Markets  : Microsoft really wanted to reach other markets as its all-in-one PC; Microsoft Surface Studio will become available on three other regions on April 20. Meanwhile, this device is already available for pre-orders in other countries.

According to Ubergizmo, this will be the first time that Redmond-based tech giant has revealed the Microsoft Surface Studio international launch details. The said all-in-one PC is originally reported to be released in three other regions outside the United States before it is finally made accessible for purchase in the other countries around the world.

Microsoft Corporation has confirmed that starting march 29; both the Surface Studio and Surface Dial are obtainable for pre-order in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. These devices can be purchased in these markets beginning April 20.

It is worth mentioning that there is no European market included in the first international appearance of the Microsoft Surface Studio. Nevertheless, that is not all as the Microsoft will also make the updated Microsoft Surface Book with performance base available in other market shelves.

As a matter of fact, The Verge has learned that the Microsoft Surface Book with performance base is now can be pre-ordered in a bit of market. The list includes; Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This device is also scheduled to be released on April 20.

With the Microsoft Surface Book extension, it may indicate that the fans of the Redmond-based company won’t see a new Surface Book 2 as of this moment. Reports already claimed earlier last month that the next Surface Book might have clamshell laptop design. Nevertheless, recent news is recommending that Microsoft will hold a Surface hardware event in the spring lacking the Surface Book 2.

Since the Microsoft Surface Studio will become available in other three regions it appears that the tech company would want to reach out other markets. In addition, there is also a sign that Surface Book 2 will not yet become available as of this moment.

Source : Enstarz

Windows 10 Creators Update to Launch on April 5 via Update Assistant

#Windows10 #Windows10Creators – Windows 10 Creators Update to Launch on April 5 via Update Assistant : Microsoft recently announced that the Windows 10 Creators Update would start rolling out via Windows Update on April 11, but today the company revealed that those eager to get it earlier would be allowed to download the new operating system update with the Update Assistant on April 5.

The Update Assistant has already received a beta update that paves the road for the Creators Update and launching this version allows computers running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to install RS2 build 15063, but Microsoft will deliver the final bits starting April 5.

“For the those of you who are eager to get the Creators Update right away, you will be able to initiate the update manually, starting on April 5th, via Update Assistant. This option is intended for advanced users on devices running a licensed version of Windows 10,” Microsoft said in an announcement today.

The company hasn’t said anything about dedicated ISOs for the Creators Update, but there’s a good chance they are published on April 5 as well, as the Update Assistant uses a downloaded system image to initiate the update process.

Windows Update rollout to take several months

As for users waiting to get the new OS release via Windows Update, the rollout will start on April 11 and will take several months to complete, according to Microsoft, as the company ships the new bits in stages to computers across the world.

“Based on our experience and feedback from our customers, we believe a phased approach provides the highest quality update experience to the broadest set of customers,” Microsoft explains.

“The first phase will target newer devices, especially those we tested together with our OEM hardware partners. We will then expand the Creators Update release to additional devices based on the feedback we receive during the initial phase. We’ll iterate this process over a period of several months until all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide are offered the Creators Update.”

The easiest way to get the Creators Update will definitely be the Update Assistant coming April 5, and those who can’t wait anymore can try out build 15063 as part of the Windows Insider program which is said to be the RTM version.

Source : Softpedia

Microsoft Surface Phone To Come Up With A Groundbreaking Foldable Design

#Microsoft #SurfacePhone – Microsoft Surface Phone To Come Up With A Groundbreaking Foldable Design : Now that Samsung Galaxy S8 is officially released, most of its competition are now on all fours in trying to steal its thunder. And as Apple’s follow-up to its controversial iPhone 7 is months away from its launch, all eyes are now starting to turn to Microsoft’s next flagship entry in the mobile world — the Microsoft Surface Phone.

Express reported that Microsoft Surface Phone will truly be living up to its scene-stealer moniker. Accordingly, Microsoft’s upcoming flagship iteration may go with a foldable design and other expected layers. This comes after a spotted patent, indicating that the device foldable functionality will arrive with a display that is made with multiple visual offerings. In addition, the phone’s panels are described to be curving at their edges, allowing the surface to create an illusory, unified image.

On the other hand, the Microsoft Surface Phone’s purported “unified image” will also resolve the permeating issue among foldable devices — the gap. All devices that are folded in half are evidently lacking continuity, unlike other sole mobile devices. As such, these curves should do be able to do away this noticeable absence.

The report on Microsoft Surface Phone’s foldable functionality is no news for most of its hardcore fans. The same publication reported that a similar patent filing was seen back in January. The filed patent showed designs that could provide the foldable device a more fluid look and functionality. Moreover, the designs affirmed that a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet is now entirely possible.

Microsoft Surface Phone’s hybrid offering will also showcase top-of-the-line features and specifications. These may include the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and a storage tier offering of up to 8GB of random access memory (RAM). Meanwhile, Trusted Reviews shared that the next series of devices may go for a massive 500GB of internal storage.

Microsoft Surface Phone is expected to be unveiled anytime soon. Its official launching might also come alongside with the other Surface devices Microsoft is speculated to be working on as of late.

Source : droidreport

Groove now lets you share playlists, and Movies & TV gets video overlay for Creators Update

#Grove #Update #Microsoft – Groove now lets you share playlists, and Movies & TV gets video overlay for Creators Update : Microsoft is pushing out a few new updates today for its core media apps including Groove music and Movies & TV. The latter’s app update mostly affects those on the Creators Update via the Insider program, but the Groove update is super exciting as it is for everyone. Both updates apply for PC and Mobile and are now live.

What’s new in Groove Music

Starting today with version 10.17012.1030 (up from 10.16122.1027.0) users can now share their personalized and recommended playlists to Facebook, Twitter, email, and more using the universal Share picker (including that new icon, natch). The feature works quite well, and when someone clicks the link, it opens Groove on their PC or phone and populates it with the shared playlist.

Other features with the Groove update include:

  • Not decided on Groove Music Pass? Previews for millions of songs let you hear what you’re missing
  • Text yourself links to install the Groove app on iOS and Android
  • Minor fixes and improvements
  • Please note, not all features are available in all markets

What’s new in Movies & TV

Turning to the Movies & TV app update, which starting hitting users late last night we can see a lot of new features for the forthcoming Windows 10 Creators Update expected in April. Those on the Insider program running “Redstone 2”, however, can start to use the features today.

New Compact Overlay mode in action with Movies & TV app

Those features, found in version 10.17012.1030, include:

  • Now your videos always stay on top while multitasking with mini mode (Windows 10 Creators Update required)
  • Play a broader range of video formats. For MPEG-2 videos, you’ll be prompted to download an extension containing the codecs you need. (Windows 10 Creators Update required)
  • Minor fixes and improvements

We’ll try to get a video up in a bit demoing the new “mini mode.” The addition of more video codecs is always welcomed too as it lets consumers rely on Movies & TV as their primary video playback app to streamline the media experience in Windows 10.

Download Groove from the Windows Store

Download Movies & TV from the Windows Store

Source : Windows Central

Microsoft Surface Phone Release Date, Specs Rumors: Late 2017 Phone Entry Might Be Able to Run PC Apps

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfavePhone – Microsoft Surface Phone Release Date, Specs Rumors: Late 2017 Phone Entry Might Be Able to Run PC Apps : Details are few and scattered when it comes to the Surface Phone, Microsoft’s newest foray into the handset market. It would look like Microsoft is taking its time with the device, with the goal of designing a device that will be its own category — similar to the company breakthrough that is the Surface.

With this goal in mind, it is to be expected that the rumored specs and release dates will be in constant flux. Trustedreviews has a round-up of the speculated features and timeline for the device. Nokiapoweruser reports of a trusted source confirming that the launch date has been pushed back to late 2017, in contrast to most unconfirmed reports that agree on a release within the first half of this year.

Sources, according to Nokiapoweruser, have reported about prototypes built with the new Snapdragon 835. These prototypes are also said to support Quick charging 4.0. Based on initial impressions, sources also claim a possible 5.5-inch quad high-definition (QHD) displays for the prototype. It is also rumored to have its own “Laptop Accessory” detachable keyboards. The inclusion of a stylus and other add-ons remain to be seen.

An interesting report is about one prototype with 6 GB random-access memory (RAM) that already has the ability to run X86 apps. In theory, this may allow the Surface Phone to run Windows applications — essentially becoming a PC in a phone.

Microsoft has just officially announced that they have made it possible to run Windows 10 on phone hardware — a concept that the company calls “cellular PCs.” This can have a huge impact on business users who depend on desktop applications for their work. It remains to be seen if the “cellular PC” implementations can run most of the current Windows apps.

At the least, it will bring the Surface Phone a step closer to its goal of differentiating itself from other premium phone offerings. Microsoft may yet reveal more details, as it was leaked that the company will be present at the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 2017).

Watch below for Microsoft’s demonstration of Windows 10 running on a mobile processor.

Source : christianpost