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  • Surface Pro Type Cover suddenly stops working

    Posted on August 10th, 2017 at 06:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m seeing more and more reports of borked SP3 and SP4 Type Cover keyboards, likely linked to last month’s firmware/driver updates

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: According to Reuters, Consumer Reports has just removed the “recommended” designation for all Surface products.

    The non-profit publication surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found that an estimated 25 percent of those with Microsoft Surface devices would be presented with “problems by the end of the second year of ownership,” according to a study published on Thursday.

    Why does that not surprise me?

  • The last day of Microsoft Store sales

    Posted on December 16th, 2016 at 07:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The 12-day Microsoft Store sale series started out pretty strong, but rapidly descended into Xbox- and Groove-land, places I intentionally never venture.

    Today’s the last of the 12 days and as Paul Thurrott notes, you can get up to $360 off a Surface Pro 4. Assuming you want a Surface Pro 4 with an NFL Special Edition Type Cover. Be still my beating heart.

    Now that Microsoft’s finally fixed the Surface Pro 4 (took ’em more than a year to get the main bugs out), it ain’t a bad machine. Just, well, you know, it was released on October 26. Of last year.

    I don’t like the Surface Pro type covers. When you type, they wiggle like Jello on a timpani. The screens were good for the day, but you can do better.

    Anyway, if you want one, now’s the time to get one.

    Until Microsoft announces the new ones anyway. I expect we’ll see a formal announcement of the Surface Pro 5 in February.

  • Undocumented firmware updates for Surface 3, Pro 3, Pro 4, and Surface Book

    Posted on January 22nd, 2016 at 13:19 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Did Microsoft put a dent in Surfacegate? Still too early to tell.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

  • Surface Pro reviews are in…

    Posted on February 6th, 2013 at 22:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    … and the results may surprise you.

    Or maybe not.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch. [Link fixed. Thanks, everybody, for pointing it out! BTW, you can follow me on Twitter – @woodyleonhard – where the links are (almost) always correct.]

  • Surface with Windows 8 Pro

    Posted on November 30th, 2012 at 22:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    DOA, as far as I’m concerned.

    Who would spend $1,300 on the smallest Surface Pro, when they could get an alternative from Apple – or two very thin Windows laptops, with money left over for an iPad 4 or iPhone 5 (or a Nexus or – the phone I just bought – a Note II)?

    InfoWorld Tech Watch