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March 4, 2013

Microsoft Set To Release Major Windows Phone Update In December 2013

(GSM Insider) - Microsoft Set To Release Major Windows Phone Update In December 2013.

If you are waiting for the Windows Phone update that will change your device overall, then you should have extra patient. This is because the major Windows Phone update will only roll out on holiday season later this year.

"This is a great time to join as we’re completing our current release are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we’re chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer devices and delightful user experiences."- Microsoft job posting

Since the newly revamped Windows Phone will only arrive in December later this year, this means that there will be no new Windows Phone flagship from now till December. Those who using Windows Phone 8 need to endure hard time as rivals Android and iOS are consistently rolling out updates that bring new features and improvements. 

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February 28, 2013

Surface Pro And Surface RT Heading To More Countries In Coming Months

(GSM Insider) - Surface Pro And Surface RT Heading To More Countries In Coming Months.

Microsoft just announced that its Surface Pro and Surface RT are heading to more markets in the coming months. 

The Surface RT tablet coming to Taiwan, Singapore, Russia, New Zealand, Mexico and Japan. The Surface Pro tablet coming to Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the coming months. 

The bad news is Microsoft did not reveal the exact launch date and the pricing of both Surface RT and Surface Pro. Continue reading GSM Insider for more details. 

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February 26, 2013

Microsoft Surface Tablet Arriving In Japan On March 2013

(GSM Insider) - Microsoft Surface Tablet Arriving In Japan On March 2013

Hey Japanese, the Surface tablet is now heading to your country on next month, March 2013. According to sources from Japan, Microsoft ready to launch its Surface tablet to the Japanese market later on next month. 

It is interesting to see how Surface tablet competes with other Windows powered tablets in the local market. The pricing of Surface tablet could be higher than the local products. But would you mind to purchase the tablet from the Windows maker? Any taker here for the Surface tablet in Japan? 

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February 16, 2013

Both 64GB and 128GB Surface Pro Tablets Are Back In Stock Again

(GSM Insider) - Both 64GB and 128GB Surface Pro Tablets Are Back In Stock Again.

If you missed the first batch of Surface Pro, then this is another chance for you to purchase it. Surface Pro is now on sale again at the Microsoft Store. Yes. Both 64GB and 128GB models.

The 64GB Surface Pro on sale with the same price of $899 and the shipping time is around one week. While the 128GB Surface Pro on sale again with the same price of $999. But the shipping time of the 128GB model is slightly longer. It will ship after 1st of March 2013. It takes about 2 - 3 weeks to ship. 

If you are getting one of those Surface Pro, grab it here before sold out again. 

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February 12, 2013

Microsoft Will Not Release Windows RT Products In The Near Future, Says CFO

(GSM Insider) - Microsoft Will Not Release Windows RT Products In The Near Future, Says CFO.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Microsoft CFO Tami Reller stated that Microsoft will not release any Windows RT product in the near future. But Microsoft set to partner with OEMs to introduce more Windows 8 tablets during the Chinese New Year. 



According to Reller, Microsoft will spend more times on the current Windows RT tablet before launching any new Windows RT tablet in the near future. The windows RT tablet is powered by ARM processor. Surface RT is not the only Windows RT tablet in the market as Lenovo, Asus and Dell have Windows RT tablets too. 

At the moment, there are five Windows RT tablets on sale but only four are available in the United States. 

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February 11, 2013

Many People Queued Outside Microsoft Store To Purchase Surface Pro

(GSM Insider) - Many People Queued Outside Microsoft Store To Purchase Surface Pro.

It has been awhile since people queueing up to purchase the Microsoft products. Finally, Microsoft able to bring something popular back again. Its the Surface Pro tablet. 




Many people doubted whether the Surface tablets are relevant for Microsoft. There were people even doubted whether Microsoft should introduce the Surface Pro and Surface RT. Seems like it was a good idea to introduce the Surface Pro. 

GSM Insider reported that the Surface Pro 128GB was sold out after 6 hours on sale and the 64GB version sold out later as well. Seems like the Surface Pro is popular too. The most important thing is many people queued up at the Microsoft Store to get the Windows 8 tablet. You can hardly see many people queueing for gadget except the iPhone and iPad

The Surface Pro and Surface RT are important for the Microsoft. The Surface is Microsoft's own brand and it could determine the future of Microsoft on hardware product. The success of Surface Pro could encourage Microsoft to introduce own brand Surface phone. 

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February 9, 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB Version Sold Out After 7 Hours On Sale

(GSM Insider) - Microsoft Surface Pro 128GB Version Sold Out After 7 Hours On Sale.

You might not interested in the Surface Pro after you read some negative reviews on this Windows 8 tablet. But Microsoft doesn't care about your opinion as the sales are more important.

After on sale for about 7 hours at the Microsoft Store, the Surface Pro tablet 128GB version was sold out by now when this article being written. Seems like the Surface Pro is far better than the Surface RT before. 

The Surface Pro 128GB is sold with the price of $999 while the Surface Pro 64GB is sold with the price of $899. Perhaps the main reason why the 128GB model sold out because you can get an extra 64GB with just $100. 

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January 31, 2013

LOL! Bill Gates Says Steve Jobs Was Always Cooler Than Him

(GSM Insider) - LOL! Bill Gates Says Steve Jobs Was Always Cooler Than Him.

Both Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs are among the most influential person in the 21st century. The innovation from these two people successfully changed the world forever. The products that created by Microsoft and Apple brought human life to an advanced level like never. But who is better?

In the latest interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates admits that Steve Jobs has been always cooler than him. "Cooler" not simply means "better". Perhaps the Microsoft founder means that the outlook of the late Steve Jobs with shirt and jeans was always cooler than him. LOL!

The late Steve Jobs or Bill Gates? Your pick please.

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January 30, 2013

Top 20 Most Trusted Companies For Privacy: Google, Apple, Samsung Out; Microsoft, Amazon In

(GSM Insider) - Top 20 Most Trusted Companies For Privacy: Google, Apple, Samsung Out; Microsoft, Amazon In.

According to Ponemon Institute that conducted the annual privacy survey, Apple is among a few technology companies that not included in the list. 

Last year, Apple was ranked at no.14 position but Apple isn't included in the list of top 20 companies. Samsung, Google, Facebook, Dell, Yahoo and Nokia were left out of the list as well. So it isn't a good news for both rivals Samsung and Apple.

On the other hand, Hewlett Packard (HP) was ranked at no.2 position, Amazon at no.3, IBM at no.4, Verizon at no.11, Microsoft at no.17 while AT&T and Mozilla at no.19 and 20 position. 

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Microsoft And Samsung To Join Hands For Windows Phone For Businesses

(GSM Insider) - Microsoft And Samsung To Join Hands For Windows Phone For Businesses.

Microsoft has teamed up with Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Nokia for its Windows Phone 8 devices. Soon, Samsung will have more duties on Windows Phone devices.

“Business is very important to us – [Windows Phone 8] sits really well with SMBs. There are a lot of BlackBerry customers that are looking at other options, the full integration with Windows 8 makes sense and is cost effective for them. Everyone will be affected by BB10, it’s just a question of what that effect will be. It’s a big market though and there should be enough room for both of us. From our perspective, we will be trying to stay neutral with the manufacturers. We will be doing joint stuff with Samsung, as we do with HTC and Nokia, as soon as they are ready.” Rikke Rasmussen, head of B2B marketing for Windows Phone said.

Microsoft certainly hopes that the integration between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 able to bring some better devices for the businessmen. It will depend on Samsung whether it is able to live up its reputation on Windows Phone. 

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Microsoft And Qualcomm Join Hands On Development Of Windows Phone 8 Reference Design For Cheaper Handsets

(GSM Insider) - Microsoft And Qualcomm Join Hands On Development Of Windows Phone 8 Reference Design For Cheaper Handsets.

If you want a cheaper Windows Phone 8 device, then you should wait a little bit longer. Microsoft has the plans for releasing cheaper Windows Phone 8 devices.

Rather than just tapping on the high-end market, Microsoft sets its sight on the low budget as well. According to Digitimes, Microsoft and Qualcomm join hands in the development of low budget Windows Phone 8 handsets. Both companies will work on the reference design and the device will be built by Chinese manufacturers. 

Microsoft hopes that offering low budget handsets in the future able to expand the ecosystem and capture more market share in the smartphone market. Qualcomm has been working with Microsoft since Windows Phone 7.5 previously. 

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Windows Store Passed 40,000 Apps Mark

(GSM Insider) - Windows Store Passed 40,000 Apps Mark.

Previously, Microsoft predicted that the Windows Store will have about 100,000 apps on February and about 400 new apps added to the store everyday. The reality is the apps will not reach what Microsoft predicted. 

According to MetroScore Scanner, Windows Store has about 40,000 apps to-date. The apps number is definitely short of 60,000 from the 100,000 mark from Microsoft. MetroScore Scanner added that there are about 158 apps added to Windows Store average per day.

The 40,000 apps mark is not reaching the target from Microsoft anytime soon since there are less than five days for the arrival of February. But the growth of the apps is consistent. Developers might step up for development of more apps. 

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Microsoft Says Steve Ballmer's Investment On Sacramento Kings Not Related To The Company

(GSM Insider) - Microsoft Says Steve Ballmer's Investment On Sacramento Kings Not Related To The Company.

Recently, Microsoft CEO and Chris Hansen formed a group of financial group that invested in the NBA team Sacramento Kings. But there are doubts about the deal between Steve Ballmer and Sacremento Kings.

In order to keep all the doubts away, Microsoft releases a statement and mentioned that the investments from the CEO doesn't relate to the company. Steve Ballmer's investment is a private activity with fellow investor Chris Hansen.

Should a company interfere the activities of its employees? 

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January 29, 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 On Sale From Today, Its Available In Four Different Editions

(GSM Insider) - Microsoft Office 2013 On Sale From Today, Its Available In Four Different Editions.

Source from Australia and Hong Kong reported that the Microsoft Office 2013 is on sale starts from today, January 29, 2013. The wait is over, finally!

Microsoft Office 2013 is available in four different editions include Office 365 Home Premium, Office Home and Student 2013, Office Home and Business 2013 and Office Professional 2013. 

The Office 365 Home Premium 365 is suitable for the usage at home, Office Home and Student 2013 is suitable for student usage at home or at colleges, Office Home and Business 2013 is suitable for small business users while Office Professional 2013 is the complete version of Microsoft Office 2013. 

Price of Microsoft Office 2013 in Australia:

Office 365 Home Premium: AU$119
Office Home and Student 2013: AU$169
Office Home and Business 2013: AU$299
Office Professional 2013: AU$599

Price of Microsoft Office 2013 in Hong Kong:


Office 365 Home Premium: HK$780
Office Home and Student 2013: HK$1099
Office Home and Business 2013: HK$1699 
Office Professional 2013: HK$3099

Besides Microsoft Office 2013, there are other softwares as on sale as well. Those individual softwares included Office Language Pack 2013, Excel 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio Professional 2013, Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft Access 2013, Microsoft Powerpoint 2013, Microsoft OneNote 2013 and Microsoft Outlook 2013. 

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Surface Pro Facing Internal Memory Issue As 64GB Model Only Left 19GB For Usage

(GSM Insider) - Surface Pro Facing Internal Memory Issue As 64GB Model Only Left 19GB For Usage.

When Surface RT was launched at last year, some users found out that the Surface RT with 32GB only left 20GB for usage. In other words, the Windows RT itself and other preloaded apps consumed 12GB of internal memory.

After the Surface Pro was launched last year, the same question was pop-up again. The Surface Pro consumes more or consumes less internal memory than the Surface RT? The answer is it consumes more than the Surface RT.

The main reason is Windows 8 Pro requires more internal memory than the Windows RT. The Windows RT considers as the "lite" version while the Windows 8 Pro considers as the full version. This is the main reason behind the high consumption of internal memory.

Operating system Windows 8 Pro and the preloaded apps consume about 45GB internal memory of Surface Pro that it is left only 83GB for usage. This shows that the Windows 8 Pro is consuming more internal memory than the Windows RT. But how many users know about this before making any purchases? 

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January 28, 2013

Windows Phone Enjoys 50% Growth Of Market Share In Europe

(GSM Insider) - Windows Phone Enjoys 50% Growth Of Market Share In Europe.

The market share of Windows Phone still far behind Apple and Android, but the growth has been impressive recently especially in European countries. 

According to Kantar Worldpanel Com Tech, market share of Windows Phone in UK increased from 2.2% to 5.9% which is twice as much. Rivals BlackBerry suffered loss from 16% to 6.4% while Symbian decreased from 3% to 0.7%. Other rivals like Android increased from 60.7% to 66.6%. Apple declined as well from 34.1% to 32.4%. 

In European countries include UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, Windows Phone increased 2.8% in market share. Windows Phone enjoyed the highest growth of 2.8% a year earlier to 13.9%. Seems like Italian are getting interested in Windows Phone. 

It is true that the Windows Phone enjoyed high growth rate in Europe, But it isn't impressive in China and United States. Microsoft needs to put more effort on Windows Phone for year 2013. 

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January 27, 2013

Bill Gates: Windows 8 Is The Foundation Of Microsoft's Future Operating Systems

(GSM Insider) - Bill Gates: Windows 8 Is The Foundation Of Microsoft's Future Operating Systems.

There are so many people the unimpressed by the Windows 8 operating system. But one person for more sure than supporting the Windows 8. He is Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft

In a recent interview, Bill Gates gave his views on the Windows 8. He stated that the Windows 8 is the beginning of the new era and the apps are increasing everyday.

When asking whether he is satisfied with the 60 million sales of Windows 8, he stated that Windows 8 supports touchscreen and the increases in apps are a good beginning for the Windows 8. 

Previously, Microsoft stated that the sales of Windows 8 are impressive but it still can improve. So we can expect more from Microsoft on Windows 8 in this year. 

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January 25, 2013

Microsoft Rakes In $21.5 Billion Revenue For Q4 2012, Windows Revenue Increased 24% Year-on-Year

(GSM Insider) - Microsoft Rakes In $21.5 Billion Revenue For Q4 2012, Windows Revenue Increased 24% Year-on-Year.

Since the launched of Windows 8 and Windows RT, these two operating systems received positive and negatives comments. There were analysts stated that Windows RT isn't relevant for users and some people not even known what is Windows RT. 

As for the Windows 8, there were users stated that it isn't as user-friend as the Windows 7 and Windows Vista. With such criticism on Windows 8 and Windows RT, how about the financial of Microsoft?

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it recorded $21.46 billion for the quarter ending on December 31, 2013 as it increased from $20.89 billion in the same quarter for year 2011. 

The good news is the Windows division enjoying the revenues as well. The revenues have increase 24% to $5.88 billion in total. 

Although there were criticisms on the Windows 8 and Windows RT, Microsoft successfully recorded the high revenues as the Windows division still an important asset for the company that is based in Redmond. 

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January 23, 2013

Microsoft Confirms Surface Pro On Sale In US and Canada From February 9th

(GSM insider) - Microsoft Confirms Surface Pro On Sale In US and Canada From February 9th.

The long waiting Surface Pro is coming soon as Microsoft confirms on the price and availability of the Windows 8 tablet.

Surface Pro is available in USA and Canada starts from February 9th, 2013. The 64GB Surface Pro selling with the price of $899.  

Microsoft announces that the Surface Pro will be available from microsoftstore.com, Best Buy, Staples and all Microsoft Stores. At the same time, the Surface RT heading to other countries such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and others.

The main difference of Surface Pro and Surface RT is Surface Pro that running on Windows 8 able to run any apps like a laptop. The Surface RT is running on Windows RT which is able to run the apps that downloaded from Windows Store. 

GSM Insider listed out the Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Purchase Microsoft Surface Pro Instead of iPad. You can read more at here. 

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