The Surface brand of Microsoft has just proven that the Windows-maker is not only remarkable in software but also in hardware. Will the soaring sales of Microsoft Surface Book and Surface Pro knocked off the latest MacBook Pro 2016 and the upcoming iPad models?
When Microsoft first launched its Surface range of tablets four years ago, sales were pretty weak, with stories of units gathering dust in warehouses – but the picture couldn’t be more different now, with the latest sales figures showing the hybrid going from strength to strength.
Microsoft just revealed its latest fiscal report for Q1 of financial year 2017, and this showed that Surface sales increased by 38% in the quarter compared to the same period last year. Microsoft took $926 million (around £760 million, AU$1.2 billion) in revenue from the 2-in-1 devices compared to $672 million (around £550 million, AU$880 million) the previous year.
That’s almost a billion dollars in a quarter which is not too shabby indeed, and the company said that boosted sales of its newest offerings, the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, were behind the increase in revenue.
Microsoft has developed the first human parity speech recognition system with a word error rate of 5.9 percent. According to sources, researchers at the Redmond-based software giant have designed and developed a new technology that precisely recognizes the words in a conversation just like humans.The new system was developed by a team from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research. The tests conducted internally reveal the stunning fact that the speech recognition system makes fewer errors than professional transcriptionists.
Surface All-in-OneAlthough there is not much this year regarding new hardware, a Surface All-in-One desktop (AIO) keeps popping up on our radar. Back in June, Digitimes initially reported the rumor, but through our sources we were able to corroborate the information.According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, the device goes by the codename “Cardinal” and that it “could be positioned as a product that can turn your desk into ‘a studio.’ “Our sources point to a home/living room focus as well, which could tie into reports of Microsoft Home Hub (more on that below).
The Microsoft Surface All-In-One PC is now within our grasp. Its release date is said to be on Oct. 26 in an event that will be hosted by Microsoft. On the contrary, Microsoft has not confirmed if there is truth to this information.
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If you’re in the market for a new tablet, we’ve got a couple of great options for you to consider.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
If you’re in the market for a new tablet but aren’t sure what to buy, then you can’t go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, a true 2-in-1 hybrid tablet that feels like a tablet most of the time, with the added bonus of becoming a laptop when/if you need it. Featuring a premium magnesium body, and a gorgeous 12.1-inch screen, you definitely won’t regret getting one of these.
Bottom-line: For the best Windows 10 tablet out there, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
One more thing: If you’re looking for a tablet that’s purely a tablet, the Surface Pro 4 is still a great choice. The type cover is an optional extra, so buying the Surface Pro 4 standalone means you’ll be getting a full-on tablet