Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 might skip April event

Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base

Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base

Forget the Surface Phone, there might not even be a new Surface Book or Surface Pro. At least not in Microsoft’s Spring event next month. Given what the Surface Book 2 is rumored to be, which is quite different from its predecessor, there might be no tears shed. Microsoft does have a new Surface device prepared, however, though what exactly that will be is still anyone’s guess.

The Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4, which both launched at the same time, is over a year old. In the fast-paced, high turnover age of devices today, that’s already way too old. Since Microsoft announced the Surface Studio late last year instead, there was a bit of hope that it would announce new tablets at its Spring hardware event next month. Emphasis on “was”.

Sources are supposedly silent on both the Surface Book 2 and the Surface Pro 5. Or  to be more specific, sources are saying that the Surface Book 2 is not yet ready for Spring. But Microsoft is also expected to announce new devices that will showcase the upcoming major update to Windows 10, a.k.a. the Creators Update. The Surface Studio, which is as creator-oriented as you can get, is already out of the question. So what else could it be?

Source: Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 might skip April event – SlashGear

Snag a Surface Pro 4 NFL Type Cover for just $99 | Windows Central

As we inch closer and closer to Super Bowl Sunday, Microsoft is offering up a solid deal on its NFL Type Covers for Surface Pro 4. Right now, you can pick up an NFL Type Cover for just $99 at the Microsoft Store (via Neowin). For those keeping track, that’s a full $60 discount on its usual $160 price tag.

Source: Snag a Surface Pro 4 NFL Type Cover for just $99 | Windows Central

Microsoft to Surface Pro 4, Studio owners: Even better battery life plus faster wake-up | ZDNet

Microsoft has released its first ever firmware update for the Surface Studio, as well as a new update for the Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft began shipping the Surface Studio in November and has now released its first firmware improvements for the pricey iMac challenger. It’s not a huge update but does target improvements to reliability and responsiveness, according to Microsoft’s release notes.

A new driver for the Nvidia graphics card cuts the time it takes for the Studio to wake up from sleep mode, while improving compatibility with new games.

The Surface component of the firmware update also cuts wake-up times for the Studio and improves the accuracy of its speech-recognition module. Meanwhile, a driver update for the Intel Smart Sound chip should to improve the reliability of Skype call audio and Skype notifications.

Source: Microsoft to Surface Pro 4, Studio owners: Even better battery life plus faster wake-up | ZDNet

A Layman’s guide to choosing between the Surface Book, Surface Pro, or iPad Pro | PhoneDog

Many of our readers are students who are returning (or have already returned) to college for the fall semester. Even if you’re not a college student, you’re probably aware that this is the time of year that many companies host back to school sales for incoming students – and these deals typically aren’t just for students. Anybody can take advantage of them.

I’m a student, and this year some of my classes are hosted online. I decided that I wanted to invest in a hybrid of my own, and I eventually narrowed it down to the Surface Book, Surface Pro, and the iPad Pro. However, making a final decision wasn’t easy. Sifting through countless articles and reviews and visiting demo stations several times ended up helping very little when it came time to actually purchase a device. Eventually, it had to be done, and I finally made a decision based on a very non-technical list of reasons why I should or shouldn’t buy a certain product.

Apple’s iPad Pro works best if you:

  • Want a tablet with the option of using first-party keyboard.
  • Are invested or plan to invest in the Apple ecosystem.
  • Want a tablet with a good active digitizer for less money.
  • Value great battery life.
  • Prefer apps.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 works best if you:

  • Want equal parts tablet and laptop functionality.
  • Want included stylus.
  • Want the option to use a mouse.
  • Need USB ports.
  • Have a need for PC software, but not a wide array of apps.
  • Would like to have expandable storage.
  • Want options for a more powerful device.

Microsoft Surface Book works best if you:

  • Want more laptop functionality than tablet.
  • Want the option to use a mouse.
  • Need USB ports.
  • Would like to have expandable storage.
  • Want a hybrid that includes a keyboard and a stylus.
  • Need more power (including dedicated GPU in some models).
  • Decent battery life.

Source: A Layman’s guide to choosing between the Surface Book, Surface Pro, or iPad Pro | PhoneDog

Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 get new firmware and driver updates

While both of Microsoft’s tablets run the latest Windows 10 Pro operating system, the company is constantly releasing new updates in order to improve their performance. Next month marks the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, celebrating the first anniversary of Windows 10’s launch, but until then Microsoft will continue to release builds with […]

Source: Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 get new firmware and driver updates