Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Receives New January Firmware Update

#MicrosoftSurface #SurfacePro3 – Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Receives New January Firmware Update : Microsoft has recently released a new firmware update for its Surface Pro 3 device. This said update is the first upgrade for this year. There are no details on what’s new in this update since Microsoft has yet to update its history page. But many reports say that this is most likely to fix bugs for the users to experience smoothing over usability issues and the like.

Surface Pro 3 Offers A Wonderful Experience To Its Users

Microsoft released a January firmware update on Monday for the Surface Pro 3 devices running Windows 10. According to Digital Trends, it is listed as version 3.11.2050.0 and it solely improves the overall system performance of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, providing a more stable and secure Windows 10 experience.

The firmware update will be installed automatically unless the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 owners have automatic updates on switched off. If that is the case, the manual way includes going into Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and selecting the “Check for updates” option. Wait for the command of your device what will you do next then follow them to experience the boosting update of your device.

Additional Updates For Microsoft Surface Pro 3

In addition to the new firmware update, there are also two new updates for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 provided by Intel. All the owners will see the Intel HD Graphics Family 20.19.15.4568 as well as the Intel Display Audio 6.16.00.3197 updates. Both of the said updates will improve Miracast and docked video performance. Like the new firmware update, devices that are running Windows 8.1 will likely won’t see these January updates as an install option.

Microsoft isn’t documenting it on its Surface Update History website yet, but Surface Pro 3 received a firmware update overnight, according to Thurrott. “Think of this like a fuel gauge in a car, where the car looks to the fuel gauge to determine how much to fill the tank,” Microsoft said. “In this case, if the fuel gauge isn’t working right, the car would also not be able to fill the tank — even though the tank is fine.”

Source : iTechpost

New firmware is rolling out for the Surface Pro 3

#Microsoft #SurfacePro3 – New firmware is rolling out for the Surface Pro 3 : Microsoft has begun rolling out a new firmware update for the Surface Pro 3, which is the first to be made available since early November, when the company fixed some battery issues. The update says “System Firmware Update – 1/30/2017”, and that’s all that we know about it.

As is the case almost always, there is no changelog available. Indeed, Microsoft continues to struggle with publishing release notes at the same time as offering the update. Along with all Surface firmware updates, this also tends to be the case with cumulative updates to Windows that are offered through the Release Preview ring of the Insider Program.

While there must be some great technical difficulty in getting these notes out in a timely fashion, rest assured that they will be published at some point, likely between 24 and 72 hours from now, if history is any indication. When they are available, you can find them here on the Surface Pro 3 update history page. Of course, we’ll keep you updated as well.

Source : Neowin

Hands-on Preview: We test out the Brydge Keyboard for Surface Pro

#Microsoft #SurfacePro – Hands-on Preview: We test out the Brydge Keyboard for Surface Pro : Microsoft’s Surface Pro range hasn’t been doing too badly for itself. As well as selling a few million units per year – enough to turn what was a loss-making range into a profitable one – it’s succeeded in its mission of redefining the leading edge of portable design by promoting the concept of a tablet with purpose-made detachable keyboard.

The Type Cover Microsoft released with the Surface Pro 4 is an improvement on previous versions but it still has a bouncy feel and is awkward to use when perched on your lap. This is where Brydge comes in. The company has been making an aluminium keyboard for iPad for a while which features a custom hinge. This lets you slot the tablet into the hinge and effectively turns it into a laptop you can open, close and tilt the screen on. Because of the weight distribution in the keyboard you can even use it in your lap.

Now, the company has created a similar version for Microsoft’s Surface range which I had some time with at CES 2017. If you’ve used a Brydge before you’ll know exactly what to expect: an aluminium, weighty keyboard that pairs over Bluetooth and offers keys with better travel and feel than the Type Cover. As with the Type Cover, there’s a decent-sized trackpad, too.

The version I looked at was pre-production so the finish wasn’t quite as good as it will be when it ships but overall it looks, feels and performs nicely. It’ll set you back £150, and is expected to ship in the spring.

I found it a better experience than the Type Cover if what you’re looking for is something that’s more laptop-like, although you’ll need to pull the tablet out of the cover rather than folding it round if you want to use your Surface Pro to draw or write on. It makes the Surface Pro a little bit more like the Surface Book, so if that’s your preferred mode of working the Brydge is a good option.

Interestingly, Brydge also plans to offer a version with a built-in 128GB SSD for around $US250, which could be a good option for anyone who bought a Surface Pro with 128GB of storage and is now feeling the strain of fitting everything in.

Source : pcauthority

The ASUS Transformer Mini is a great alternative to the Surface 3

#Asus #Surface3 – The ASUS Transformer Mini is a great alternative to the Surface 3  : ASUS’ baby Transformer is a worthy alternative to the Surface 3.The venerable Surface 3 is aging, and any replacement is currently MIA. Enter the ASUS Transformer Mini, a similarly compact Windows 10 2-in-1 that also has digital pen support. It’s a highly portable machine that’s designed to be your every day on-the-go companion.

It’s not just a case of cloning the Surface 3, though. While there are similarities, the Transformer Mini stands out in its own right as a worthy alternative.

  • Display:
    • 10.1-inch LED 60Hz display
    • 1280×800 resolution
    • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • Processor:
    • Intel Cherry Trail x5 quad-core
    • 4GB RAM
    • Up to 11 hours battery life
  • Storage
    • Up to 128GB eMMC
    • microSD card slot
    • USB 3.0, Micro HDMI, microUSB

By construction, the outside of the Transformer Mini isn’t the cool metal finish we’ve seen on the likes of the Transformer 3 Pro. That’s not a bad thing, especially given the issues with the paint job on the more expensive sibling. It’s lightly textured, which is great since you’ll be holding this one like a tablet a fair amount. The size and weight are pretty much perfect to use without the keyboard. ASUS did a really nice job balancing things here.

Transformer Mini

And yes, there’s a large bezel. This is where you’ll be holding the tablet.

While the Transformer 3 Pro and the Surface devices have a professional elegance about them, the Transformer Mini looks decidedly more fun. The white back and keyboard are contrasted heavily by orange on our review unit.

The only thing that isn’t so much fun is what you assume is the pen loop. Because you can’t fit the pen inside it and if you just attach by the pen clip it flaps around unnecessarily.

Internally, the Transformer Mini is on par with the Surface 3, in that it’s using an Atom processor and not the much more expensive Core M from Intel. Unlike the larger ‘Pro’ models, the Transformer Mini isn’t pretending it can be your only PC. Instead, it’s a companion device.

ASUS Transformer Mini

The keyboard is a little cramped, there’s no way to get around that, but the keys are once again excellent from ASUS. Personally, I don’t like using a trackpad as small as you find here, but since the display is touch I also find less reason to. It’s not a bad trackpad, and it’s fairly responsive, but due to its size it’s not much use for gestures and such.

But despite the slightly cramped feeling it’s pleasantly good to get work done on. As the keyboard attaches magnetically at the base of the tablet, you get the choice of fully flat or slightly angled, and it’s possible to type for extended periods without much trouble.

And despite the “companion device” nature of the Transformer Mini, you’re not left in the cold for being able to plug things into it when you’re out and about. You get a full-sized USB 3.0 port, microHDMI, and a headphone jack. So it’s limited, but it’s there, and it’s useful.

Transformer Mini

What’s also useful is the built-in, single-touch fingerprint scanner. It’s not the most convenient location if you’re using it folded out, laptop-style, but it’s superb for using with Windows Hello. During my time with it I had no issues with prints being recognized and logging in with just a touch is as good as it sounds.

Transformer Mini

Once you’re logged in you’re looking at a 1280×800 resolution display, and what it lacks in pixels it makes up for in great colors and plenty of brightness. Whites are perhaps the slightest hint too warm, but generally, the display is great to look at, to touch, and to draw on with that pen.

In the box with the Transformer Mini, you get a terrific pen. Just like you get with the Transformer 3 Pro. It’s similar to the Surface Pen in design, in that it actually feels like a pen to hold. With the Anniversary Update on board, you’ve got Windows Ink and it’s a lot of fun, honestly.

With the Transformer Mini being smaller than the Transformer 3 Pro and the Surface Pro 4, it feels more like a notebook to scrawl on. I’m definitely no artist (even stick figures are hard) but using the Transformer Mini with an app like OneNote made me want to write more down this way. Palm rejection is great, and overall it’s an ‘A’ for the digital pen experience.

Transformer Mini

With the smaller size, the Transformer Mini is also a solid device for entertainment. The built-in speaker is pretty awful, so you’ll want either a Bluetooth one or some headphones, but apart from that, it’s all good. The kickstand adjusts through a full 170-degrees, and it’s compact and light enough to hold in portrait to get some reading done.

Transformer Mini

Thankfully it also comes with pretty decent battery life. ASUS claims up to 11 hours and in my testing I’ve been getting anywhere between 7 and 9 depending on use. That’s pretty good, and since it charges over microUSB you can leave for a day on the road with just a cable and a battery pack and not worry about running empty.

Ultimately what ASUS has made in the Transformer Mini is a great alternative to the Surface 3. It’s got some additional features, like the fingerprint scanner, and it has its own style, but equally it doesn’t really break the mold. There’s no USB-C or fancy high-resolution display, hell there’s not even a serviceable pen loop.

But, in a world where Microsoft looks to have forgotten about its smaller 2-in-1, ASUS has picked up the baton and ran with it. While it doesn’t do a lot differently to Microsoft’s own, there’s no reason not to recommend the Transformer Mini if you’re in the market for a 10-inch 2-in-1. It’s superb as a tablet, excellent with the keyboard attached, and a lot of fun to write and draw on.

Source : Windows central

Microsoft Offering Up to $300 Discount for Select Surface Pro Models

#MicrosoftDiscount #SurfacePro – Microsoft Offering Up to $300 Discount for Select Surface Pro Models : If you live in the United States and plan to buy a new Microsoft Surface Pro, this is pretty much the best moment to do it because the software giant has just rolled out a substantial discount for several of its models.

The Microsoft Store is offering up to $300 price cut for many Surface Pro 4 models, and the cheapest is now available for just $799.99 thanks to a 30 percent discount (down $200).

Specifically, the Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 4 with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD can be yours right now for this super-low price, down from no less than $999. Obviously, this offer is available while supplies still last, so you need to hurry up a little bit to do get one.

The more-expensive Surface Pro 4 with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD is also on sale, again with a $300 discount, so you can get it for just $1499, down from $1799.

If you’re more into laptops, the Microsoft Store is also offering some pretty big discounts on the Surface Book. For instance, you can get the Surface Book with an Intel Core i7 chip, 1TB storage space and 16GB RAM for $2,799, down from $3,199, which is a price cut of no less than $400.

These discounts are valid until the end of the year, so you have just a few days to get a Surface substantially cheaper. Some Surface Books and Pros 4 are already out of stock, so you better hurry up.

Source : softpedia

One of the best tablet-laptop hybrids ; Microsoft Surface 3 review

#Windows #MicrosoftSurface3 – One of the best tablet-laptop hybrids ; Microsoft Surface 3 review : The Surface 3 is Microsoft’s third stab at making a lower-cost tablet-laptop hybrid, but is this vision of the future of computing good enough to tempt laptop users? The cheaper, smaller brother of the solid Surface Pro 3, the Surface 3 is aimed at less power-demanding users, but this time it runs full Windows 8.1 and is ready for Windows 10.

Familiar on the outside

Microsoft Surface review

Anyone familiar with Microsoft’s other Surface tablets will instantly recognise the Surface 3. It looks just like the Surface RT and Surface 2 before it, with a grey metal body, three-position kickstand and a capacitive Windows button.

The Surface 3 is also 2mm thinner and 54g lighter than its predecessor, at 8.7mm thick and 622g in weight. Compared to most tablets it is both thick and heavy – the iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thick and weighs 437g – but it is slim and light for a full PC. The Surface Pro 3, for instance is 9.1mm thick and weighs 800g, while even Apple’s thinnest and lightest MacBook is 13.1mm thick and 920g.

The Surface 3 has a smaller screen than the Surface Pro 3, but has the same 3:2 ratio as its bigger brother. Most Windows laptops and tablets use the wider 16:9 or 16:10 ratio, which is better for video consumption but worse for browsing sites and reading text.

The 10.8in full HD screen has wide viewing angles and is relatively crisp for a PC, but isn’t in the same league as many tablets or high-end computer screens that have twice the resolution and higher pixel densities such as the iPad Air 2, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S, Apple’s MacBook, Dell’s XPS 13 or the Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date, specs: Upcoming device to be announced on October 26 event?

#SurfacePro5 #Tablet – Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date, specs: Upcoming device to be announced on October 26 event? : Microsoft has sent out invitations to a media event later this month which will take place in New York City. It has been speculated that the tech firm is about to unveil a number of devices at the Oct. 26 event, which includes the Microsoft Surface Pro 5.

The invitation reads, “Imagine what you’ll do. Please join us to see what’s next for Windows 10.” Though it hasn’t been confirmed if Microsoft will be announcing the next-generation Surface Pro, it is believed that the device will make its debut this year as a photo which made the rounds online hints that Microsoft is gearing up to launch one Surface device this year and three more devices in 2017.

Microsoft released the Surface Pro 4 in October 2015, and this made tech watchers believe that a refresh is in the cards this month. The Surface Pro 5 is expected to come with Intel Kaby Lake processors as well as a new Surface Pen.

The current Surface Pen attaches magnetically to the tablet and is powered by an alkaline AAAA battery. The new Pen is rumored to have a rechargeable battery that charges wirelessly when attached to the tablet.

It was rumored that the Surface Pro 5 could come in two variants – one with a 4K screen, and another with a 2K display for those who are in the market for a new device but are on a budget. The cheaper model is also expected to have 16GB of random access memory (RAM).

The hybrid device is expected to have a USB-C port instead of the USB 3.0 port as found in its predecessor. The Surface Pro 5 could likely have some camera upgrades, as well as several new storage options.

The current device comes in 128, 256, and 512 GB models as well as a 1 TB version, and it’s possible that the new generation gadget can come in a 2 TB variant. Stay tuned for more news about the Microsoft Surface Pro 5. Source: vinereport

Microsoft Disappoints: No Sign Of The Surface Phone This Year

#Microsoft #Surfacephone – Microsoft Disappoints: No Sign Of The Surface Phone This Year : On October 26, Microsoft is holding a Windows 10 event, which the public has accepted will focus on improvements made to the new operating system, codenamed Redstone. Despite the obvious star, however, many have still held onto the hope that Microsoft will unveil the Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 and maybe an all new Surface Phone. Unfortunately, that no longer looks like the case.

According to Thurrott, most of the rumors are pointing in the right direction. However, the timing is just a little of at this point. Admittedly, the publication’s invitation to the event is still vague, but its other sources have confirmed that some highly anticipated products will not be making their debut in the  New York’s event.

This includes the Surface Book 2 and The Surface Pro 5. Microsoft has reportedly opted for a Spring 2017 release, which would make this month too early to unveil either of the products. As such, fans who have been eagerly waiting for the revamped models of the popular 2-in-1 products have a few more months to wait out.

Another item that has been in the eyes of tech enthusiasts is the Surface Phone. However, it was reported that Microsoft is even unsure whether or not it wants to release a smartphone within the Surface line. Whatever the company decides in the future, the Surface Phone will not be making an appearance later on this month.

What the public can definitely expect, as noted by BGR, are new and exciting features and improvements that have been made to Windows 10. The operating system might also be explained in the light of the PC, Xbox One and HoloLens.

In addition, various other products are expected as well, such as Surface accessories and quite possibly a Surface All-In-One Desktop. The release of a Surface AIO will certainly prove to be exciting, not just because of its expected specs, but also because it will be unveiled just a day before Apple’s own Mac event on October 27.

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source : Adie Pie

Microsoft says new Surface Pro 3 battery issue not caused by software update

#SurfacePro3 #Laptop – Microsoft says new Surface Pro 3 battery issue not caused by software update : Microsoft is acknowledging a second battery issue affecting Microsoft Surface Pro 3 users, but it claims that issue isn’t the result of one of its own patches.

In a post to a Surface Pro forum on Sept. 22, a Microsoft moderator shed a bit more light on a new battery issue being reported by some Surface Pro 3 users.

That official acknowledgement:

Hello everyone,

We are aware of a battery issue that is affecting a limited number of Surface Pro 3 users. We can confirm that the issue affecting these customers was not caused by the software updates issued on August 29th.

Our team is actively looking in to the issue to determine the cause and identify a fix. We will post an update as soon as we have more information to share.

Greg

ast month, after numerous complaints by a number of Surface Pro 3 users, Microsoft issued a firmware fix meant to help those suffering from extreme battery-drainage issues in models of that device using Simplo batteries.

After that fix, an increasing number of users with LGC-LGC batteries in their Surface Pro 3 devices began reporting they also were noticing battery degradation.

Because some began noticing these issues after the Aug. 29 firmware update meant to fix the problems of Surface Pro 3 users with Simplo batteries, some assumed it was that firmware fix that caused the newest round of battery problems.

As the official response above indicates, the company does not believe the firmware update is the culprit, however. When more information and – hopefully soon – another battery fix is available from Microsoft, I’ll update this post. Source: zdnet