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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.
Microsoft has been very quiet about the time frame when the Windows Phone 7.8 update is going live, but now it’s believed that the targeted day is January 31st. Windows Phone 7.8 update brings ability to use three different size tiles on the Start screen, and it’s said that this update will make older Windows Phone device to feel more modern.
The source here is Windows Phone Colombia via their Facebook page, and they are saying that January 31st is the launch day.
“As of January 31 and during the first quarter of 2013 some phones with Windows Phone 7.5 will be receiving 7.8 update… Happy weekend.” (Translated by Bing)
An Asus executive revealed to WSJ that the copmany is “in talks” with Microsoft to license Windows Phone 8. Talk is always just talk, but we all know that WP8 is in need of new partners and it’s interesting what Asus might do with the OS, we might even see Asus PadFone running Windows Phone 8. VP Benson Lin also commented the situation by saying the following:
“With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8,” Mr. Lin said. “There is no target timeline…but we are interested in making Windows phones.”
It’s still unclear how it could work. The Android-based Asus PadFone employees the exact same Android version whether it’s in tablet or in phone mode, but there’s no version of Windows currently that allows that sort of flexibility. There’s no launch date or anything else information out yet, but it’s pretty great news that we might see Asus Padfone running Windows Phone OS.
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.
Microsoft’s cloud based service, SkyDrive, has been updated with new features. SkyDrive interface is through web service and it allows user to create files and folders. SkyDrive team has now added new features for 2013. New features includes improved sharing, speed and touch responsiveness to the latest update. Other new features are Integrated view of sharing permissions, Improved selection for touch-based devices and Improved drag-and-drop support. Seems that SkyDrive team hasn’t kept too much holidays since holiday season and have to say that new features are pretty great.
Nokia is building it’s own Windows RT tablet to compete with Microsoft’s Surface tablet, according to report from The Verge. Sources familiar to Nokia’s plans told to The Verge that Nokia tablet will include HDMI and USB ports and 10.1-inch display. There’s also rumors of cellular version of the tablet and that AT&T would be the first carrier to get the tablet.
Nokia is told to have the main focus on the battery-equipped cover. Nokia will launch the special cover for the tablet that envelops it like a book. Cover will also provide keyboard and kickstand. Nokia is also building a battery to the cover, which can be used if the battery in the tablet runs out. Nokia’s tablet will run ARM chip with Windows RT and it’s believed that Nokia will unveil the tablet in Mobile World Congress in early 2013.