Microsoft launches Surface Plus, offering financing options and upgrades every 18 months

Surface Plus

Microsoft has announced the launch of its new Surface Plus program, offering “flexible financing options” for both individuals and businesses. The new plans will be available from today, and will be exclusively offered in the United States through Microsoft’s website and its physical stores. The Surface Plus plan for consumers is available for “qualified customers and subject to credit approval”. It offers: Low monthly payments: Customers can purchase a Surface device with an easy, 24-month pa

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iPad Pro vs Surface Pro: Which Pro Tablet is Best for You?

ipad pro vs surface pro

Tablets are now becoming a way of life for some people these days. Most people use a tablet as a tool for entertainment. However, in today’s market, there are tablets that can be used to entertain while at the same time, used for something rather more professional. Case in point are the iPad Pro and Surface Pro from Apple and Microsoft, respectively.

While these tablets have merits of their own, it tends to get quite confusing which one will work best on a user. There a lot of things to consider in purchasing a tablet especially if it is going to be used professionally. Starting off with performance.

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8 things you’ll love about new Surface Pro – and 3 things you’ll hate

The new Microsoft Surface Pro is almost perfect. Here are some things you will love about it, and a few you … won’t.

Before yesterday’s announcement by Microsoft of the new Surface Pro, I spent some time with the device and the engineers who created it. There’s a lot that’s new and improved, but that doesn’t mean the Surface Pro is perfect.

I cobbled together a few pros of the all-new Surface Pro that stand out as reasons to be excited about it. To be fair, I had to toss in a few negatives as well, but that list is substantially shorter.

Things to love about the new Surface Pro

There’s a lot to like about the new Surface Pro, and it’s not just about the new processor. Here are the things that I think you should take away from yesterday’s announcement and that you should consider when buying.

1. Longer battery life

Microsoft is making bold claims with the new Surface Pro with a rating of 13.5 hours. Those numbers are based on closed-loop video playback, but my experience tells me such an estimate translates into a real-world eight to nine hours of use.

2. Amazing pen-and-ink experience

The Surface Pen became respectable with the Surface Pro 3, but it was the Surface Pro 4’s 1,024 pressure levels and design that won me over.

In 2017, Windows 10 is even more Pen-friendly, with even greater features coming in the Fall Creators Update, including universal support throughout the OS

With the new Surface Pro, Microsoft has a brand-new co-processor that dramatically cuts down inking latency (the “lag” when you scribble fast between the pen tip and visible digital ink), and it raised the levels of pressure from 1,024 to 4,096. The company did all that while still making the Surface Pen’s battery last one year.

I tried the new Surface Pen on the Surface Pro, and it blurs the line between digital and analog inking. This pen feels amazing to use, and it even has tilt-and-rotation support now, addressing some of the very last complaints artists had in the past.

This Surface Pen may go down as an industry legend. It may even make non-pen users make the jump, it’s that good.

Source: 8 things you’ll love about new Surface Pro – and 3 things you’ll hate | Windows Central

Microsoft Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: Here’s Why You Should Go For The Latter

 

Microsoft’s all new Surface Laptop aims to supplant Chromebooks as a college-student favourite. The svelte, stylish notebook bridges the gap between Surface Pro 4 and the behemoth Surface Pro Book, adding a third option for performance lovers. However, despite offering a package as classy its cousins, the Surface Laptop misses on a few key spots – things you won’t notice at the first place, but if you do, you’d again fall for the charm of Surface Pro 4.surface laptop-pro-4

Though it may sound odd, the 18-month-old Surface Pro 4 is way better than Surface Laptop. Its promise of a tablet that can serve as a full-fledged computer is much impressive than Surface Laptop’s nearly as light full-fledged computer. In case you’re still confused, these points of interest will certainly help you in deciding.

Source: Microsoft Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: Here’s Why You Should Go For The Latter | MobiPicker

Microsoft is planning to turn Windows 10 PCs into Amazon Echo competitors – The Verge

Microsoft Home Hub

Microsoft has been working on a new HomeHub feature for Windows 10 to better compete with devices like Amazon’s Echo. HomeHub is designed to create a family environment for a PC with shared access to calendars, apps, and even a new welcome screen. Microsoft is even planning to support smart home devices like Philips’ Hue lights, to enable Windows 10 to act as a hub to control and manage smart home hardware. While we’ve heard about HomeHub before, The Verge has obtained internal concepts of exactly how Micro

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