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Adding to the Surface RT launching in 13 additional countries, Microsoft gave the exact date when they are going to launch Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet. Company now told that Surface Pro will be launched on February 9th in U.S and in Canada. Microsoft is taking “taking a phased approach” which might make international users unhappy, but hey you can now buy Surface RT tablet, if you don’t want to wait full Windows 8 experience. “It will be available initially in the US and Canada with additional markets to follow in the coming weeks and months,” says a spokesperson.
The Surface Pro is similar to Surface RT except it has pen support and Full HD display with an core i5 processor. There’s also some downsides too, as the Surface Pro is heavier and thicker than Surface RT, but the speed and desktop apps may make up for that.
Microsoft has just announced that it’s Surface tablet will be launching in 13 new countries in coming weeks. These new countries are Finland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. This expansion more than doubles the number of countries Surface is available now. Bringing Surface to new countries is a clear statement from Microsoft saying that they are serious about their product.
Microsoft also announced three new Touch Covers and they will launch on February 9th, alongside with 64GB model that will be sold without cover for $599. These new Touch covers include a red version with a snake to symbolize Chinese new year, a blue version with skulls, and a pink cover with flowers. New Touch Covers will be sold only a short time only at retail locations and online. Price for one is $129.99.
There’s no easy jailbreak for your Microsoft Surface tablet, allowing you to run unsigned ARM apps in Windows RT. Previously only very technically-savy users would be able to use the hack, but now released hack does the most of the hard work and let’s user enjoy the unsigned ARM apps. It’s still unclear that does Microsoft want to issue the patch, as the Microsoft Surface homebrew community is starting to grow, and this patch could interfere that growth, which could be devastating to the community and to the Company itself.You can download and read more of the hack from the via link after the break.
Microsoft announecd that Windows 8 has been licensed 60 million times. During the annual J.P Morgan Tech Forums at CES 2013, they announced that they have sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses to date. “This represents the cumulative sales of Windows 8 including both upgrades and sales to OEMs for new devices”,Tami Reller told. Sale pace is similar to Microsoft’s Windows 7. Windows 8′s main concern is App, or actually lack of apps, but now app count has quadrupled since launch. Microsoft recently passed the 100 million app download mark.
Nokia Care US has posted a Tweet(after the break) to a customer about some trouble he was having with reset, etc. Microsoft is going to release Windows Phone 8 update called “Portico” to fix issues such as stability and reboot issues. SMS drafts and call rejection are also included in “Portico”.
It’s still unclear that will the update be universal and does it introduce stability fixes across WP8 devices as well, or is it just for Nokia Lumia smartphones. HTC 8X already got an update, but it was just Microsoft’s plan to test OTA system. The “Portico” update for Windows Phone 8 is believed to arrive in this month, but the date is still unknown.
Microsoft has just announced in their Windows Phone blog that they are expanding Windows Phone web store to 37 new countries. The company also told that it’s going to be maintaining full staff to certify apps during holiday period. Now after additional 37 new countries the Windows Phone web store is avilable in 112 countries, and the phone store is available in 191 countries.
Copmany also added new changes to the store including universal search, helping customers to see all in one place instead of searching different places. The Web store has also gained support for installing apps via SD card, which Microsoft points out that could be useful if there’s no cellular or Wi-Fi connections available.
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