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Surface 2 eBayMicrosoft is now selling refurbished Surface  2 devices for just $199 on eBay.

At less than 1.5 pounds and just 8.9 mm thick, Surface 2 lets you carry less while you do more. It runs Windows RT 8.1 and comes preinstalled with Microsoft Office 2013 RT, so you get Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote—right out of the box. Surface 2 ups the ante with a more powerful, always-on processor, so it’s ready to go when you need it. With an up to 10-hour battery that keeps you charged through the day, Surface 2 is powerful, yet ultra-thin and lightweight.

Specs:

Software

Windows RT 8.1, Microsoft Office 2013 RT

Exterior

Dimensions: 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.35 in, Weight: 1.49 lbs, Casing: VaporMg, Color: Magnesium, Physical buttons: Volume, Power

Storage & Memory

32GB5, 2GB RAM

Display

Screen: 10.6 inch ClearType Full HD Display, Resolution: 1920 x 1080, Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen), Touch: 5-point multi-touch, Durable display

CPU & Wireless

NVIDIA Tegra 4, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology

Battery Life

Up to 10 hours1, 7-15 days idle life, Charges in 2-4 hours with included power supply

Cameras, Video & Audio

Two video cameras on front and back, 3.5 megapixel front-facing camera, 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera, Two microphones, Dual stereo speakers with Dolby audio and virtualized surround sound

Ports

Full-size USB 3.0, microSDXC card reader, Headphone jack, HD video out port, Cover port, MicroSIM card slot (optional)

Sensors

Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer

Warranty

1-year limited hardware warranty

In the box

Surface 2 with Windows RT 8.1, 24W power supply, Quickstart guide, Safety and warranty documents, MicroSIM (optional)

Find the deal here from eBay.

Microsoft is running a new promotion for its Surface Pro 3 tablet. The company is offering a free one-year subscription (costs $39.99) to the New York Times Crossword app if you purchase a new Surface Pro 3 tablet through the Microsoft Store.

The app lets you enjoy the daily puzzle published by the New York Times newspaper. A one-year NYT Crossword subscription usually costs $39.99, though free 7-day unlimited access to both the daily puzzle and calendar archive is available when you first download it from the store to try it out. If you have a Surface tablet, you can use the pen to write directly in the puzzle – like you would with the print version!

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The New York Times Crossword app is available on both the Windows Store and on the Windows Phone Store and your subscription will work across both devices.

[Source: Microsoft]

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Microsoft have released the August update for some of the Surfacerange of devices. The Surface Pro 3, Surface RT and Surface Pro get the updates, the Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 don’t have any firmware updates this month.

The Surface Pro 3 has an updated controller firmware that improves support for the Surface Power Cover. It has a new driver for the front camera that reduces power consumption during Skype calls and it supports camera streaming with Internet Explorer. There is also improved support for the Ethernet adapter.

The Surface RT has an update for UEFI (v3.31.500) that enhances overall system stability. The original Surface Pro has improved network and Bluetooth drivers that enables hidden SSID networks.

All the updates will be delivered over Windows Update which Microsoft say will be stages.

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August 2014 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 8/12/2014″ when you view your update history.

Note

When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update then please manually check Windows Update later.

Surface Pro Embedded Controller Firmware (v38.4.50.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover.

Surface Pro System Aggregator Firmware (v3.9.250.0) improved support for Surface Power Cover and enhances overall system stability.

Microsoft LifeCam Front (v5.20.1034.0) significantly improves power consumption during video chat such as Skype, supports Flash camera streaming in Internet Explorer, and improves overall functionality and stability.

Surface Ethernet Adapter (v8.14.0704.2014) improved support for the gigabit Surface Ethernet Adapter.

Surface RT

August 2014 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 8/12/2014″ when you view your update history.

Note

When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update then please manually check Windows Update later.

Surface RT UEFI (v3.31.500) enhances overall system stability.

Surface Pro

August 2014 updates

The following updates will be listed as “System Firmware Update – 8/12/2014″ or “System Hardware Update – 8/12/2014″ when you view your update history.

Note

When Surface updates are provided via the Windows Update service, they are delivered in stages to Surface customers. As a result, not every Surface will receive the update at the same time, but the update will be delivered to all devices. If you have not received the update then please manually check Windows Update later.

Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth (v14.69.24054.176) improves network connection stability and enables functionality on WiFi networks using a hidden SSID.

If you are a student or educator, Microsoft has a nice promotion running for you as you prepare for the upcoming school year.  Right now through the Microsoft Store website you can get a Surface Pro 3 for as low as $650 US or £575 BPS.  The discount is only available through the online store and proof of being in an education facility is required.

The student discounting represents $150 US off the regular price of the Surface 3, which usually start at $799 for the 64GB/4GB RAM/ i5 Intel Processor units.

The discount on the Surface Pro 3 appears to apply across the product lineup regardless of configuration.  That means even if you

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want the top of the line 512GB unit you can still save with the student discount.

The sale appears to be going on at the Microsoft Store through 3 September so you do have a little bit of time.  For those of you in the UK, the Surface Pro 3 is available for Pre-Order at this point.  They are expected to be released on 28 August and it is recommend you order yours early to assure you get one.

Microsoft has traditionally offered substantial discounts to students and educators as as well as those in military service (US) through their retail and online stores.  There are other discounts available to these buyers on the site, just go to the Student or Military sections to see all that is available to you at a discounted price.

(original post on WPCentral)

Surface Pro 3

Surface… No longer is it the large boardroom/restaurant table. It’s that small tablet sized computer we now hold in our hands. Ever since it launched it has been something you either love or hate and sadly it may not survive too much longer if Microsoft continues the way it is. Under Steve Ballmer Surface was allowed to continue to develop and be pushed and marketed to customers. But to date this has cost the company $1.7 Billion, which is a huge loss even for Microsoft. $900 Million of that was all due to Surface RT the first year but that’s still another $800 Million loss. Microsoft were expected to have a launch event in New York earlier this year for the Surface Mini but new CEO Satya Nadella pulled the launch to focus on the Surface Pro 3.

With Microsoft changing to become a more focused business and to eradicate some of the high losses in areas such as with Nokia and the killing off of all the other devices to focus solely on Windows Phone. Xbox was a similar example but there is a huge demand for this so it is likely to stay, sadly this demand does not seem to be as high for the Microsoft Surface even though the Surface Pro 3 looks to be a great productivity product. Is this going to be like the Zune all over again? Nadella seems to be refocusing the company so you never know if this Surface iteration does not sell well it could too be axed from the company and laid in the box with the Zune HD. So if you want to see Surface continue then you need to buy the Surface Pro 3.

Source: ComputerWorld