Latest Microsoft tablet news

Microsoft might launch cheaper $400 Surface tablets later this year

Microsoft might launch cheaper $400 Surface tablets later this year

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft wants to make a much cheaper line of Surface tablets.The company apparently wants to better compete with Apple's more budget-friendly iPad models, so it is completely rethinking Surface devices and plans to redesign them with 10-inch screens,... Read more

Microsoft Office gets a welcome power-up on iPad

Microsoft Office gets a welcome power-up on iPad

By Dan Grabham

Microsoft has beefed up Office for iPad, with several new productivity boosts across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive.Key among the list is that you can now drag and drop content between Office apps just as you can with all the native apps in iOS... Read more

Moleskine's Paper Tablet and Smart Planner are now supported by Windows 10

Moleskine's Paper Tablet and Smart Planner are now supported by Windows 10

By Max Langridge

Moleskine has announced a new Notes app for Microsoft Windows 10 devices that finally allows anyone with a Moleskine Paper Tablet notebook, Smart Planner and Pen+ smart pen, to write out handwritten notes and have them digitally synced to a Windows 10... Read more

Did Microsoft just accidentally reveal its own Touch Cover for iPads?

Did Microsoft just accidentally reveal its own Touch Cover for iPads?

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft might be working on a Touch Cover smart keyboard for iPads, according to a document that has just been spotted.The document concerns battery information for products containing lithium-ion batteries. It was shared on Microsoft's website in... Read more

New Microsoft Surface Pro confirmed, coming on 15 June from £799

New Microsoft Surface Pro confirmed, coming on 15 June from £799

By Rik Henderson

As leaked last week, Microsoft has announced a new Surface Pro during its #MicrosoftEvent in Shanghai.On stage at the Chinese press conference, Microsoft revealed that an all-new version of the Surface Pro is on its way to many markets globally, with... Read more

Microsoft's Surface Pro update leaks, expected launch on 23 May

Microsoft's Surface Pro update leaks, expected launch on 23 May

By Chris Hall

Microsoft firmly denied that there was a Surface Pro 5, but instead it looks like there is a new Surface Pro coming instead.We know what you're thinking: this looks a lot like the current Surface Pro 4 that was launched in 2015. It looks like you might... Read more

Don't expect a Surface Pro 5 from Microsoft anytime soon

Don't expect a Surface Pro 5 from Microsoft anytime soon

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft will not use its Shanghai event to announce a Surface Pro 5.In an interview with CNET, Microsoft’s devices chief, Panos Panay, said Microsoft doesn't plan to introduce a new Surface Pro 5 model until there's "an experiential change that makes... Read more

Emirates gets round laptop ban by handing out Microsoft Surface tablets to passengers

Emirates gets round laptop ban by handing out Microsoft Surface tablets to passengers

By Rik Henderson

Emirates airline has come up with a way to circumnavigate the US laptop and tablet ban enforced on some of its flights from the Middle East. It is handing passengers Microsoft Surface tablets to use in-flight.At present, this only applies to flights... Read more

Microsoft's new Surface Signature Type Cover is cloaked in fancy Italian fabric

Microsoft's new Surface Signature Type Cover is cloaked in fancy Italian fabric

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft is getting all fancy with a new keyboard for the Surface Pro 4.Called the Signature Type Cover, the new keyboard has the standard glass trackpad and wide key spacing found in other Surface Pro keyboards. The thing that makes this new one unique... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro power cables replaced, overheating danger discovered

Microsoft Surface Pro power cables replaced, overheating danger discovered

By Luke Edwards

Microsoft has announced that owners of older model Surface Pro tablets will be able to get replacement charger cables for free, due to overheating concerns.According to Microsoft the AC charger cables bundled with early Surface Pro models have been overheating... Read more

Microsoft Q1 FY16 results: Surface sales are slowing, cloud is going strong

Microsoft Q1 FY16 results: Surface sales are slowing, cloud is going strong

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has posted its first-quarter earnings for the 2016 fiscal year. The results beat Wall Street expectations but still aren't anything worth bragging about - at least when it comes to certain categories.The company reported $20.4 billion in revenue,... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 official: Price, release date, everything you need to know

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 official: Price, release date, everything you need to know

By Mike Lowe

It's Surface Pro 4 time, the latest tablet-meets-laptop product from Microsoft that is thinner, lighter and more powerful than its 2013 Surface Pro 3 predecessor. Here's everything you need to know.Surface Pro 4: DesignThe Surface Pro 4 maintains the... Read more

Microsoft Surface Hub to cost £5K... and that's just the starting price

Microsoft Surface Hub to cost £5K... and that's just the starting price

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has given a price tag to the giant touchscreen computer it made for conference rooms.During a Windows 10 media briefing in January, Microsoft unveiled an 84-inch interactive screen that doubles as a touchscreen computer and 4K TV. Called the... Read more

New affordable Microsoft Surface 3 rumoured to replace Surface 2, but packing full Windows OS

New affordable Microsoft Surface 3 rumoured to replace Surface 2, but packing full Windows OS

By Luke Edwards

Microsoft is reportedly getting ready to unveil a new Surface 3 tablet that will replace the Surface 2 and stand alongside the current Surface Pro 3.The new Surface tablet, likely named Surface 3, is rumoured to ditch the Windows RT operating system in... Read more

Microsoft Surface Hub is an 84-inch 4K tablet, basically

Microsoft Surface Hub is an 84-inch 4K tablet, basically

By Rik Henderson

During its Windows 10 media briefing, Microsoft unveiled an 84-inch interactive screen that doubles as a touchscreen computer and 4K TV.The Surface Hub is part of the company's Perceptive Pixel program and has all manner of control systems with which... Read more

How Virgin Atlantic gave the passengers of flight VS11 a tech Christmas to remember

How Virgin Atlantic gave the passengers of flight VS11 a tech Christmas to remember

By Rik Henderson

The 17.35 Virgin Atlantic flight from London Heathrow to Boston four days before Christmas turned out to be particularly eventful for the 243 passengers. And in a very good way.Not only was each and every one of them handed an 8-inch quad-core Windows... Read more

Microsoft Q1 2015: Surface Pro 3 fuels Surface sales, up 127 per cent

Microsoft Q1 2015: Surface Pro 3 fuels Surface sales, up 127 per cent

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has reported its fiscal first-quarter results, and it looks as though things are improving for the company.More specifically, it posted $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue for the quarter that ended on 30 September. Wall... Read more

Microsoft's new mobile keyboard works with Windows, iOS, and Android devices

Microsoft's new mobile keyboard works with Windows, iOS, and Android devices

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has admitted that on-screen keyboards for mobile devices are inefficient and that device accessories such as physical keyboards are often limited to one platform. So, it has come up with a solution: Universal Mobile Keyboard.The company's new... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 now available in the UK

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 now available in the UK

By Rik Henderson

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has finally made it to the UK. Having been released in June in the US, it's taken a while to come across the pond, but the high-spec'ed tablet is now available from Microsoft's own online store, Currys & PC World, Argos and... Read more

You’ll never believe these pictures were drawn on a Surface Pro 3

You’ll never believe these pictures were drawn on a Surface Pro 3

By Rik Henderson

To celebrate the launch of its Surface Pro 3 tablet, Microsoft commissioned renowned ballpoint pen artist James Mylne to recreate three of the famous paintings hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in London, using just the tablet and its included... Read more

Oops! Microsoft's Surface Mini does exist, reveals Surface Pro 3 user guide accidentally

Oops! Microsoft's Surface Mini does exist, reveals Surface Pro 3 user guide accidentally

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has confirmed the Surface Mini is in the works (or at least was), by accidentally leaving numerous references to the tablet throughout its Surface Pro 3 user guide. Yes, we're serious.Eagle-eye observers, such as Supersite's Paul Thurrott, today... Read more

Surface Pro 3 day one update will fix battery charging glitch

Surface Pro 3 day one update will fix battery charging glitch

By Rik Henderson

Microsoft will ship its Surface Pro 3 Windows 8.1 tablet at the end of August and those worried that it will suffer from battery charge failures, as mentioned by several people online who have already been able to play with one, need not fret.The software... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 prices plummet in UK, with up to £150 discount

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 prices plummet in UK, with up to £150 discount

By Elyse Betters

Exactly one week after Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3, its Microsoft Store in the UK has announced huge price drops for the Surface Pro 2.The Surface Pro 3 display is two inches larger than the Surface Pro 2, bringing a 12-inch screen to the Surface... Read more

Microsoft takes aim at the MacBook with Surface Pro 3, but is it firing blanks?

Microsoft takes aim at the MacBook with Surface Pro 3, but is it firing blanks?

By Chris Hall

Microsoft made no secret about what was in its sights at the launch of the Surface Pro 3 on Tuesday, using Apple's MacBook Air as a comparison.Microsoft goes one step further than this, offering the MacBook Pro up as a comparison on its pre-order page... Read more

Microsoft unveils 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet from £639, arriving in August

Microsoft unveils 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet from £639, arriving in August

By Rik Henderson

Microsoft has announced the Surface Pro 3 during its Surface event in New York. It has an extended 12-inch 2160 x 1440 screen and the company is pitching it as a laptop replacement device.The tablet side is just 9.1mm thin, weighs 800g and contains a... Read more

How the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is going to replace your laptop

How the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is going to replace your laptop

By Luke Edwards

Microsoft has unveiled its latest tablet in the Surface Pro 3, which promises to be the best yet. Microsoft has made it clear at the launch event that this is the tablet that will replace your laptop.In fact Microsoft went further and squarely attacked... Read more

Surface mini not expected for Microsoft Surface event, so what's more likely to appear?

Surface mini not expected for Microsoft Surface event, so what's more likely to appear?

By Rik Henderson

Microsoft is to hold a dedicated press event for the next generation of its Surface tablet range this evening at 4pm GMT (11am EDT, 8am PDT) and contrary to former rumours there are reports that the company will not unveil a smaller, 7-inch version of... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 leaks ahead of 20 May launch event

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 leaks ahead of 20 May launch event

By Luke Edwards

Microsoft is hosting an event on 20 May in New York where a new Surface tablet is expected to appear. Until now it was a Surface Mini touted to make the news, but it looks like a new Surface Pro 3 may be there too.A mention of a "Surface Pro 3" has appeared... Read more

Microsoft Surface event invite teases "small" gathering for 20 May - hinting at mini Surface?

Microsoft Surface event invite teases "small" gathering for 20 May - hinting at mini Surface?

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has sent invitations to a Microsoft Surface event on 20 May in New York City, with the following description: "Join us for a small gathering."Rumours have long claimed that Microsoft wants to introduce a mini Surface tablet. Microsoft itself... Read more

Microsoft Surface 2 (4G) goes up for pre-order in the UK today, 8 May release

Microsoft Surface 2 (4G) goes up for pre-order in the UK today, 8 May release

By Luke Edwards

Microsoft has announced that its pre-order page is ready to start taking orders on the Surface 2 (4G) for delivery in the UK on 8 May.The latest version of the Surface 2 comes with a bay for a micro SIM which is capable of supporting up to 4G LTE networks.... Read more

New Microsoft Surface 2 landing in US on 18 March with built-in AT&T 4G LTE

New Microsoft Surface 2 landing in US on 18 March with built-in AT&T 4G LTE

By Elyse Betters

An updated version of Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet will land in Microsoft and Best Buy retail stores in the US on 18 March. What's the difference with this model, you ask? It'll have built-in 4G LTE wireless networking.Microsoft promised in October, when... Read more

Firefox for Windows 8 Metro isn't happening now due to low interest, says Mozilla

Firefox for Windows 8 Metro isn't happening now due to low interest, says Mozilla

By Elyse Betters

After two years of development, Mozilla has announced it will not release a Metro-fied version of Firefox for Windows 8.The Firefox for Metro team has been building, testing, and refining a Firefox product for Windows 8 since 2012, but it has decided... Read more

Microsoft Surface 2, Pro, and Pro 2 tablets to get Power Cover support and fixes via software updates

Microsoft Surface 2, Pro, and Pro 2 tablets to get Power Cover support and fixes via software updates

By Elyse Betters

As part of its regular round of Patch Tuesday software updates, Microsoft will release firmware patches for Surface 2, Surface Pro, and Surface Pro 2 tablets, among other things.Microsoft's page for Surface update history currently details what the firmware... Read more

Microsoft releasing Surface 2 Power Cover with built-in battery on 19 March

Microsoft releasing Surface 2 Power Cover with built-in battery on 19 March

By Jake Smith

Microsoft's online store shows it will make the Power Cover available for the Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro, and original Surface Pro on 19 March, after revealing it in September 2013.  The Power Cover, available for $199.99 on the Microsoft Store in the... Read more

Microsoft planning adapter to beam content to HDTV from Surface 2

Microsoft planning adapter to beam content to HDTV from Surface 2

By Jake Smith

Microsoft has filed for a "Surface Wireless Display Adapter" with the FCC, revealing the company may have a new way for Surface 2 owners to beam content to their HDTV.The filing didn't reveal a release date or pricing for the Display Adapter, but did... Read more

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 now features upgraded Intel processor

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 now features upgraded Intel processor

By Elyse Betters

If you bought a Surface Pro 2 tablet today (or any time after today), it's likely to sport a faster and safer Intel i5-4300U processor, according to a new report.The Verge has claimed that Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 now ships with a 1.9GHz chip - rather... Read more

Microsoft removes Surface Pro 2 firmware update, promises new version after Christmas

Microsoft removes Surface Pro 2 firmware update, promises new version after Christmas

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has abruptly pulled a system firmware update just one week after releasing it for the Surface Pro 2.The new system firmware update landed on 10 December for all four Surface tablets. While that’s all fine and dandy, the company's support forums... Read more

FiftyThree interview: From Microsoft Courier roots to Paper and Pencil

FiftyThree interview: From Microsoft Courier roots to Paper and Pencil

By Jake Smith

FiftyThree has established itself as a major player in the App Store with its Paper sketchbook app. It launched with rave reviews and an award from Apple in 2012. This is why when FiftyThree this week announced a venture into hardware with the $49.95... Read more

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 gets 25 per cent battery boost from software update

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 gets 25 per cent battery boost from software update

By Luke Edwards

Who knew software tweaking could have such a huge effect on battery life? Microsoft has just shown it's possible with an update for Windows 8.1 on the Surface Pro 2 which extends battery life by a huge 25 per cent.Battery tests by Anandtech show the tablet... Read more

Microsoft Surface 2 gets teardown treatment, good luck getting inside

Microsoft Surface 2 gets teardown treatment, good luck getting inside

By Jake Smith

Microsoft's latest Surface tablet won't be easy to repair.The adventurous bunch at iFixit found the Surface 2 pretty much impossible to delve into if a user doesn't know what they're doing. It's so bad that Microsoft's latest tablet scored just 1 out... Read more

Surface 2 blades: Full Design Storm video published, shows off all the click-in accessory concepts

Surface 2 blades: Full Design Storm video published, shows off all the click-in accessory concepts

By Elyse Betters

When Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2 in New York last month, it also showed off some potential connected accessories for the new tablet under the codename Blades.The company previewed a short video at the event of some students from the Art Center College... Read more

Windows Phone 8.1 rumoured to gain 10-inch tablet support

Windows Phone 8.1 rumoured to gain 10-inch tablet support

By Jake Smith

A third update is expected soon for Windows Phone 8 but, as it did with the desktop version of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is also planning a 8.1 bump for its mobile software. WinSuperSite is out with the first details of Windows Phone 8.1, noting it will... Read more

Microsoft Surface boss: 'Multiple aspect ratios and sizes' of Surface to come

Microsoft Surface boss: 'Multiple aspect ratios and sizes' of Surface to come

By Elyse Betters

Following rumours of a Surface mini, Microsoft's Panos Panay has confirmed that the Surface will one day be available in multiple aspect ratios and sizes.Panay, the corporate vice president who oversees Microsoft's Surface division, while at a Surface... Read more

Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 now available for pre-order, shipping 21 October

Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 now available for pre-order, shipping 21 October

By Jake Smith

Microsoft has made the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 available for pre-order on its website in the US, following the tablets' launch event on Monday. Microsoft says to expect the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets to ship by 21 October, when they'll also... Read more

Microsoft says Surface 2 with LTE launching 'early next year'

Microsoft says Surface 2 with LTE launching 'early next year'

By Jake Smith

Following the launch of the Surface 2 on Monday morning, Microsoft says the LTE version of the tablet is coming "early next year."Speaking on a Reddit AMA thread Panos Panay, Microsoft corporate VP of Surface, revealed the news: "Great question. We didn’t... Read more

Watch Microsoft's Surface 2 and Pro 2 launch event video

Watch Microsoft's Surface 2 and Pro 2 launch event video

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft didn't livestream its Surface event in New York City this morning, though we were live to cover all the latest product announcements from the company. That said, video of the event is now live, which should please diehards who wanted to see... Read more

Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 pre-order and release date set, are you ordering one?

Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 pre-order and release date set, are you ordering one?

By Stuart Miles

Microsoft has announced the launch of the Microsoft Surface 2 and Microsoft Surface Pro 2 pre-order and release dates for those that want to get the new tablet that's more powerful than most laptops.The new tablets from Microsoft will go on pre-order... Read more

Microsoft introduces seven Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 accessories: Backlit Type Cover 2, Power Cover, Docking Station and more

Microsoft introduces seven Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 accessories: Backlit Type Cover 2, Power Cover, Docking Station and more

By Luke Edwards

Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface Pro 2 and with it has come a flurry of accessories to enhance the slate.The new Type Cover 2 is 1mm thinner than the last cover, which doesn't sound like much but when it was only 2.5mm before that's noticeable... Read more

Microsoft announces thinner, lighter, faster Surface 2 and 25 per cent longer battery life

Microsoft announces thinner, lighter, faster Surface 2 and 25 per cent longer battery life

By Luke Edwards

The Surface 2 is a thinner, lighter and faster version of the Surface RT. It features a 10.6-inch Full HD 1080p ClearType display and comes in a two-tone magnesium build or white.The Surface 2 is powered by a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor meaning it's... Read more