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The Windows 8-powered Microsoft Surface Pro will be landing in the US and Canada in February, and will set buyers in those areas back $899. Sadly, the UK will have to wait weeks or months to get their hands on this iPad rival.
According to The Verge, “Microsoft is finally naming a date for its Surface Pro launch today: February 9th. The software giant may have missed its January release date promise, but the Windows 8-powered tablet will be available to purchase next month from retailers in the US and Canada. Microsoft is “taking a phased approach” with Surface Pro availability that may disappoint some international customers.”
A Microsoft spokesperson told the site, “It will be available initially in the US and Canada with additional markets to follow in the coming weeks and months.”
The Verge adds, “Alongside the Surface Pro availability, Microsoft is also expanding the number of markets for its Surface RT tablet. 13 new European countries will be able to purchase the Surface RT in the coming weeks, doubling Microsoft’s available markets. Three new Touch Covers will also be available for a limited time with unique designs along with a special Wedge Touch Mouse, Surface Edition. The Surface Pro will start at $899 without a cover for the 64GB model.”
Are you looking to get your hands on the Microsoft Surface Pro? We’ll keep you posted once we know more.
Thought jailbreaking was reserved for iOS devices such as the iPad or iPhone 5? Well, hackers have done the same for the Microsoft Surface running Windows RT (the tablet-optimised version of Windows 8).
Who was behind the jailbreak? The people behind the jailbreak are none other than the tech experts at XDA Developers. Their batch file that runs each time the tablet is turned on allows users to install and run apps that have not yet been approved by Microsoft.
The jailbreak allows users to run apps not yet approved by the Windows Store. However, applications meant to run for a computer’s processor will not work on the Microsoft Surface, not unless the application is reconfigured to run for the tablet’s ARM-based processor.
This will not be the case with the Microsoft Surface Pro. The Redmond firm’s tablet running the full version of Windows 8 can do anything your PC can do, so there’s no need for a jailbreak. The tablet will be hitting the US this month. However, it is yet to get a release date in the UK.
Do you own a Microsoft Surface tablet running Windows RT? Will you be jailbreaking the device? Let us know through a comment on our Facebook page.
According to Microsoft, handsets powered by Windows Phone such as the Nokia Lumia 920 have increased fivefold in December of 2012. This was announced by Steve Ballmer, the Redmond firm’s CEO.
Aside from these surprising sales figures, Ballmer also announced huge sales Windows Phone sales figures for November. He claims that sales were up four times compared to the same period in 2011. However, he failed to reveal the exact figures.
At Qualcomm’s keynote speech at CES 2013, Ballmer took center stage to announce the news. However, experts claim that the platform suffered a fall in market shares in Q4 2012. So hard to say whether Windows Phone is doing well or not. We’ll just have wait and see until we see the exact figures.
According to AllAboutWindowsPhone.com, there were roughly 2.5 million units of Windows Phone handsets sold in Q4 2012. By comparison, Samsung sold 30 million units of the Galaxy S3 alone. So 2.5 million Windows Phone handsets isn’t a lot at all.
This 2013, Microsoft’s Windows Phone and RIM’s Blackberry 10 will be slugging it out for third place. Google’s Android is still the top dog in the market, while Apple’s iOS trials behind at second place.
Despite Microsoft spending a lot of money trying to market Windows Phone, the platform still struggles to gain ground in the market. RIM, on the other hand, has a lot riding on Blackberry 10 and were expecting the Canadian firm to come out guns blazing once it launches Blackberry 10 on the 30th of January.
It will be interesting to see who snatches third place in 2013. Will it be Windows Phone, or will it be Blackberry 10? What do you think? Let us know through a comment on our Facebook page.