Like Google, Microsoft decided to go for a low-profile release of the Surface Duo amid the global coronavirus pandemic, publishing only a press release and a short understated video to introduce the new device. But for us journalists, the company went out of its way to create a well-produced, virtual live pre-announcement briefing, going over all the things that make the Surface Duo unique in detail. Microsoft has now published a video of this stream on YouTube, so if you'd like to see the 30+ minute deep dive, go ahead and check it out. Read More
After months of anticipation, Microsoft formally announced the Surface Duo for pre-order yesterday. It's a pretty unique device with dual 5.6-inch AMOLED screens, Surface Pen support, and a 360-degree hinge — but that's not all it's got going for it. Microsoft has revealed that it plans to keep the device updated for as long as Google's own Pixel devices: 3 years of OS upgrades and security patches. Read More
Looking to capitalize on the burgeoning noise-canceling Bluetooth headphone market, Microsoft launched its first Surface Headphones in late 2018. They had a lot going for them: a unique aesthetic, good sound quality, and handy dials to adjust volume and ANC. They struggled to get their footing in an increasingly crowded market, though, due in no small part to their $350 price tag. The second generation is available now, and it's largely unchanged from the first — but key under-the-hood changes and a significantly lower price make them a much more appealing package than their predecessor. Read More
Microsoft has been slowly expanding its first-party hardware lineup over the past few years, and today the company announced several new products. The Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 were the main attractions, but for those of you not interested in Windows laptops, there are audio products on the way as well. Read More
Apple's lineup of AirPods wireless earbuds has been immensely successful, and the rest of the tech industry is still trying to catch up. We heard earlier this month that Amazon is planning wireless earbuds with Alexa, and it looks like Microsoft is also working on an AirPods competitor. Read More
For the last few weeks, I’ve had the fortuitous opportunity to spend some time with the Microsoft Surface RT. I have a few thoughts I’d like to share about that experience.
Productivity (Office vs. Drive)
Drive / document editing and creation at large on Android sucks. Office on the Surface RT blows it away. Not even close. Office RT still has its quirks, but Microsoft continues to show that it dominates the spreadsheet and document ecosystem for a reason: it’s had nearly 30 years of experience perfecting it. Google Docs is a middling product whose only real strength is real-time collaboration / sharing. Read More
I want to ask everyone a question - well, everyone who owns an Android tablet, that is - how often do you instinctively reach for it, as opposed to your phone or laptop? I don't care what the reason is, I'm just genuinely curious how much of a "tweener" role your Android tablet has taken in your life. And after you read this editorial, share that story with me in the comments, because I'd really like to have a discussion with people on this.
I own a Transformer Prime. Know how often I use it? Once, maybe twice a week for a few minutes. Read More