January 21, 2015
Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset

Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset. Probably the best explanation of what the new sci-fi stuff that Microsoft announced today (along with some other boring windows stuff).

Microsoft , Hardware - Posted by Arcterex at 03:39 PM
March 01, 2013
Steven Frank on The Microsoft Surface Pro

Steven Frank reviews the Surface Pro:

The interface previously known as Metro (abandoning that name was a terrible idea — I have no idea what it’s called now or how to refer to it) is spartan, but refreshingly different. Overall, I like the way the Metro interface looks, with a couple of exceptions:

Good stuff in there.

Hardware - Posted by Arcterex at 02:23 PM
January 03, 2013
Microsoft Surface Exchange Horror Story

Interesting read of My Quest For A Defect-Free Microsoft Surface Goes Surprisingly Poorly over The Consumerist.

Nitpicky? Maybe, but I spent ~$600 on this thing, shouldn’t it be well made? I dealt with these minor cosmetic issues for about two weeks, but then couldn’t stand it anymore. This Tuesday I went looking online for their support options, and found that they’ve got a nice warranty site set up.

After this things go badly. Recommended to read the full thing. Note that I don’t see this is a failure specifically against Microsoft or the Surface specifically, but more as just horrible customer service. They just get the top billing because they have a big name, similar to anything attached to Apple or Google.

Hardware , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 02:12 PM
December 05, 2012
Jim Dalrymple On The Surface

The Beard has some good insights in his Microsoft forgot to solve a problem post on the Microsoft Surface.

What occurred to me is that Microsoft’s critical flaw is that they don’t solve a problem with the Surface. In fact, you could argue that the Surface actually causes more problems for users. That’s not a good start for a new product.

I disagree a bit with it not solving a problem, it solves the problem of Microsoft not having a Tablet computer in the marketplace.

Hardware , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 11:08 AM
November 05, 2012
Windows RT 32GB tablets actually only have 16GB of Free Space

Just a little bit of piling on, but Microsoft posted a disk space FAQ regarding the amount of space actually available on their new surface tablet. Basically a 32G Surface has 16G free (after OS, recovery tools, Office and other built in apps), and the 64G Surface has 46G free.

Via 9to5 Mac where the story obviously has a pro-Apple bias, and one should note that if you were to include the Apple office software you get:

  • Numbers - 255mb
  • Keynote - 286mb
  • Pages - 231mb

So you’d have to add an additional 800mb (approximately) to the size of the 1G iOS install size to be a more fair comparision. Of course, even 2G is a far cry from 16G used by the Windows RT install. Something to consider when doing an apples to apples comparison of various different tablets.

Hardware , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 10:54 AM
June 20, 2012
Microsoft Holds Windows Phone 8 Event [Updated]

I’ve been consumed with other things so far, so I didn’t even hear about a Windows Phone 8 event until I saw the hashtag on twitter. Luckily you can check it out from the beginning at the Engadget WP8 Liveblog.

In other news, wasn’t Windows Phone 7 just released?

Hit up The Verge for more Windows Phone 8 details.

Sounds like MS is going balls to the wall putting products (or at least announcements) out there.

Update:

Short story is:

  • Fall release (I’m sure this won’t affect WP7 device sales until then, nosiree)
  • No updates for current Windows Phone 7 devices
  • Fairly nice looking specs and developer info, if you judge on specs. Most of what I saw though looks it’s on par with the current iPhone and Android offerings (multi-core, 1280x760, external SD storage (hopefully they’ve licked the issues previously where only a couple of very specific SD cards would work properly), etc.
  • NFC and wallet capabilities (somewhere in between what google wallet and iOS6 Passbook)
  • Unexciting but needed-by-IT-nerds enterprise capabilities
  • 3D Maps from Nokia, with offline map support, turn by turn, etc.
  • Tighter Skype integration, very cool for devs to be able to hook into that

In short this sounds like what WP7 should have been. I’m really interested to hear what Paul Thurrott has to say about this on Windows Weekly this week. He’s got two articles about WP8 and WP7.8 for some insight.

Hardware , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 10:48 AM
June 19, 2012
Not Everyone Loves the MS Surface

Seems like not everyone thinks that the new Microsoft Surface is awesome. Massive MG Siegler says No Price, No Date, No Apps, No Problem. No Wait — Problem. Not just about how the lack of a release date or specs on battery life, but other things like this, which I noticed during the announcement but didn’t realize it at the time.

Again, it looks like a goddamn PC. It’s a keyboard and a screen. Sure, it’s thinner — great, Microsoft has made a more portable laptop that you can’t actually use on your lap. Nothing in that gallery even suggests it’s a touchscreen device. How weird is that?

Hardware - Posted by Arcterex at 03:03 PM
April 03, 2012
Lumia 900 From The Verge

The Verge has a Lumia 900 review (the Lumia 900 is the latest US offering of the premier Windows Phone 7 experience from Nokia). Overall though, it seems it doesn’t deliver.

I’ve already said this, but it bears repeating. I really wanted to love this phone. From a design standpoint, the Lumia 900 was immediately enticing. I’d already been salivating over Nokia’s N9 and Lumia 800, so knowing that a slightly larger (but more feature packed) version of that device was headed our way was fairly encouraging. But while the hardware — at least externally — delivers, the phone as a whole does not.

Gruber also pulled out some key points from the review. However it’s best to read it yourself as a whole, as not to be tainted by a few cherry picked phrases. As Josh says in his review, the phone has some excellent points in it’s favor.

Hardware , Hardware , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 09:41 PM
March 01, 2012
Windows 8 vs. iPad On The Verge (Video)

To me these aren’t as comparable, but the Windows 8 vs. iPad: feature by feature over on The Verge is a very cool look at how Windows 8 is supposed to work on the tablet (I’ve only seen it in a virtual machine setup for the desktop, which I think is how most people will use Windows 8).

Neat look though.

Hardware , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 04:07 PM
September 27, 2010
Two Windows Phone 7 Commercials

Microsoft has released two new Windows Phone 7 commercials | 9 to 5 Mac Microsoft releases two new Windows Phone 7 commercials, both aimed at the "save yourself from your phone" PoV. Fairly good, and they're hitting on the high points of the Windows 7 Phone, the fact that the start screen is good. Honestly that's the one point that I would love to have on the iPhone, the whole "live updating start screen with actual useful information" thing is pretty sweet.

Hardware - Posted by Arcterex at 08:52 AM
April 12, 2010
New Windows Phone from Microsoft

This morning Microsoft Introduced KIN, a New Windows Phone from Microsoft. This used to be "Pink" if you had heard about that before. If you want ann annoying, auto-playing, loud, marketing-heavy and content-lite page, you can check out Kin.com. About the only view you get of the phone without having to sit through an annoying, loud, marketing-heavy and content-lite video is clicking on the Kin One and Kin Two links in the left sidebar.

Note to Microsoft and marketers. Sometimes people want to know WTF something is about, not see random vignettes of pretty people dancing at clubs and having fun while they happen to have your product in their hands. Seriously, if you thought that "welcome to the social" was kinda lame, you'll have a ball with this one.

Hardware - Posted by Arcterex at 12:55 PM
September 23, 2009
Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet

Gizmodo has the First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet - Courier tablet. This is of course not a real device, and it has a lot of things that could be potentially be amazingly awesome, if it emerges and acts and looks anything like the concept video.

Of course, it looks awesome and the video shows it working perfectly for that example, but remember how the demos for tablet computers and the UMPCs that MS was all about a couple of years ago looked, awesome, yet that buzz kinda died. If they can pull it off though, and if it works in real life as well as it does for the very narrow use case in the video, hell, I'm all over it :)

Hardware - Posted by Arcterex at 11:04 AM
August 13, 2009
Zune HD Available on September 15

Daring Fireball points over to engadget's story about how the Zune HD is available on September 15. I have to say that the hardware does look pretty sexy. It's not going to replace my iPhone or iPod Touch, but I'd love to get my paws on one to see how it feels and acts. Anyone at Microsoft want a chance to convert me by sending me a review unit? :)

Hardware , Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 03:25 PM