Surface Pro 3 Updated to Protect Against Spectre and Meltdown – Thurrott.com

This week, Microsoft issued a firmware update for Surface Pro 3 that aims to protect the device against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

“We’ve released a new driver and firmware update for Surface Pro 3,” Microsoft’s Brandon Records notes. “This update includes new firmware for Surface UEFI which resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002.”

It’s not clear if Surface Pro 3 users will get the update via Windows Update automatically, but if not, you can download this update, called SurfacePro3Win101506318010023.msi, via the Surface Pro 3 software, firmware, and drivers download set. Microsoft describes this update as Surface UEFI version 3.11.2350.0 and says that it “resolves potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002.”

Source: Surface Pro 3 Updated to Protect Against Spectre and Meltdown – Thurrott.com

Microsoft’s Panos Panay On Surface Pro’s First Five Years

The tablet/laptop combo started as a bold gambit to shake up the PC industry—and established a new class of device that turned out to have staying power.

FC: You mentioned Microsoft changing. Obviously, it was quite a different company five years ago. How has Surface been part of that change, and how has that change influenced where Surface is going?

PP: The evolution of how we make Surface, why we make Surface, has grown with the company and its change. It also has been one of the catalysts to inspire how we make products across the company. I think you see that in the latest products. The idea that this device sits in the middle of the table across all teams. The Microsoft culture that Satya [Nadella] talks about in “One Microsoft,” this is the epitome of that: where you put the product in the middle of the table, metaphorically—but maybe not even metaphorically, we physically do it—and cross-company, teams sit in a room, inspired by the direction we want to take the products with a collection of hardware and software.

The importance of that feeling that the customer gets when they get a complete product is so critical.

Source: Microsoft’s Panos Panay On Surface Pro’s First Five Years

‘Surface Studio 2’ wish list: 5 things we hope to see in Microsoft’s next AIO PC

We have reason to believe Microsoft’s ‘Surface Studio 2’ is currently in the works. Here’s our wish list for what we hope to see in Microsoft’s next Windows 10 all-in-one PC.

On the subject of price, I’m hoping the baseline Surface Studio 2 is a little more affordable so more people can buy one. The original Surface Studio starts at $3,000, which is simply out of the question for many people. I know the Surface Studio is a niche product designed for a low-volume market, but it can’t hurt making that market a little bit more approachable with a lower price.

 

Source: ‘Surface Studio 2’ wish list: 5 things we hope to see in Microsoft’s next AIO PC

New Microsoft Surface Book 2 variant actually makes it affordable | Trusted Reviews

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is prohibitively priced. Until now the Windows 10 laptop/tablet has been £1,499/$1,499 even for the entry level model.

Now, Microsoft is lowering the barriers with a new configuration starting at $1,199. That’s $300 less than the previous asking price.

 

Source: New Microsoft Surface Book 2 variant actually makes it affordable | Trusted Reviews

Microsoft is now selling the Commercial Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro

Microsoft updated its Store listing for the Commercial Surface Laptop today, where you can actually buy one that ships with Windows 10 Pro now. While anyone should be able to buy the Commercial model, don’t expect this new variant to be available as a consumer model, as this change likely reflects the needs of organizations that need a large number of devices to run Pro, but without the hassle of having to upgrade each one.

What’s also interesting is that there are more color options for Windows 10 Pro than for 10 S. Up until today, the Commercial Surface Laptop only came in Platinum, but now Burgundy and Cobalt Blue are available. However, you can only get these colors if you get it shipped with Windows 10 Pro.

Source: Microsoft is now selling the Commercial Surface Laptop with Windows 10 Pro

I’m a longtime MacBook user and tried Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 for a week — here’s what I learned

 

 

  • I have used a MacBook Pro as my main computing machine for the past five years, but I switched to Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 for a week.
  • The hardware is fantastic — but you need some time to adjust and appreciate it.
  • The complexity is tied to the Windows 10 operating system, which is more flexible and intricate than macOS.

 

Windows 10 is a great operating system that’s both powerful and complex That camera, which can enable Windows Hello, is one of the few things that begin to really separate Microsoft’s and Apple’s offerings.

Windows Hello is Microsoft’s system that allows biometric authentications, like fingerprint reading and face scanning. The Surface Book has the latter, and in my testing, it has been consistently accurate — as well as blazing fast — in recognising me.

There’s something special about opening the lid and being automatically and securely logged in to your desktop. Apple has Face ID on the iPhone X, which has worked very well in my experience — but on the laptop, it makes even more sense, as you’re always looking at the screen at angles that don’t require you to adjust.

Source: I’m a longtime MacBook user and tried Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 for a week — here’s what I learned

Microsoft rolling out Surface firmware updates with Meltdown, Spectre mitigations

Microsoft is rolling out a new round of firmware updates for Surface devices, bringing mitigations for Spectre and Meltdown in the process.

Just after the recent Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities were disclosed last week, Microsoft revealed that it would issue a set of Surface firmware updates to mitigate against the attacks, in addition to its general emergency update for all Windows users. Those firmware updates are now ready and rolling out over Windows Update for a range of surface devices.

Dated January 10, the updates are now rolling out to the Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio, Surface Book, and Surface Pro 4, according to the Surface Update History tracker. Each round of updates includes a firmware tweak to “resolve potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002,” which addresses the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

Source: Microsoft rolling out Surface firmware updates with Meltdown, Spectre mitigations

Productivity on the Move: The Best Business Tablets of 2017 | Sci-Tech Today

Buying the best business tablet for your needs can help revolutionize productivity, allowing you to remain productive while out and about, without having to lug heavy gear around.

1. Microsoft Surface Pro

While Microsoft didn’t call this year’s tablet the Surface Pro 5, in many ways it’s a sequel to the Surface Pro 4 (which also features on our list of the best business tablets), with a 32% increase in battery life – according to our benchmarks — as well as a refined design that remains thin and light, while also providing plenty of power. The new and improved Surface Pen and Type Cover makes this a brilliant business tablet that can be used as a laptop replacement, and it comes in a range of specifications, which makes choosing the right model for your business (and personal) needs easy.

Source: Productivity on the Move: The Best Business Tablets of 2017 | Sci-Tech Today

Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, or Surface Studio?

Microsoft offers four Surface device families within its portfolio comprising the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book and Surface Studio.

Each has a touchscreen, but only three of them are “mobile”, as one of them is an eye-catching all-in-one that sits on a desk and one of them runs a sandboxed version of Windows known as Windows 10 S.

Confused about which one might be the one for you? No worries. It’s not as complicated as it first seems and to help you figure out the differences between them all and work out which is the best for your requirements, we’ve compared each of the four Surface device families spec-by-spec to give you a better idea of which is best for you.

Source: Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, or Surface Studio?