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Microsoft Surface Go Tablet Announced, Starts at $399

Today, Microsoft has announced it’s new Surface Go tablet, a smaller, portable, and affordable Surface product yet. The new Surface Go tablet features a 10-inch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio display (1800 x 1200 pixel resolution), the signature built-in kickstand, a front-facing camera with facial recognition login, and Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector port for charging and connecting to a desktop dock. The company has also added a USB-C 3.1 port, capable of charging the tablet or outputting video and data to external devices.

The Go weighs 1.15 lbs, which is about half a pound lighter than the Surface Pro. Like the Pro, the Go has rather large bezels surrounding the screen, which seem even larger with the Go’s smaller display. Inside, Microsoft Surface Go has Intel’s Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with either 4 or 8GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage. The processor is a dual-core seventh-generation model. According to the company, this processor is chosen because of its balance between performance, battery life, and thermal properties that allow for a thin, fanless design with up to nine hours of battery life.

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Out of the box, the Surface Go runs Windows 10 with S mode enabled. However, owners will be able to switch to the full version of Windows 10 for free if they want. Microsoft will initially release Wi-Fi versions of the Go, with an LTE equipped model to come later this year.

The Surface Go has an optional keyboard cover and Surface Pen. Adding the keyboard will bump the price of the Go up $99 or $129, depending on color, while the Pen will add another $99. Rounding out the accessories is the new $34.99 Surface Mobile Mouse. It is available in silver, red, and blue color options to match the keyboard cover and pen.

Surface Go tablet is available for pre-order starting at $399 and will ship in August.

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Surface Pro with LTE Advanced announced, coming December

Microsoft today announced Surface Pro with LTE Advanced. The latest addition to the Surface family will begin shipping to business customers in December 2017. Surface Pro with LTE Advanced features a Cat 9 modem and supports 20 cellular bands.

Interestingly, Microsoft hasn’t yet confirmed the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced configurations. Also, it appears the device won’t be available to consumer customers until next year.

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Microsoft’s official Post,

Surface Pro with LTE Advanced rounds out our family of ultimate laptops, giving businesses options to meet the needs of everyone in their workforce. Whether it’s the pure power of Surface Book 2, the most powerful Surface yet with up to 17 hours of battery life3, the unmatched versatility of Surface Pro, or the beauty and emotional appeal of Surface Laptop. The entire Surface family is built to bring the best of Windows to life, including the new mixed reality, 3D, and inking experiences in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

The new culture of work will require devices with more performance and more versatility, without sacrificing beautiful design. The Surface family has been designed to engage and inspire employees. To help people bring ideas to life. It’s why we do what we do, it’s what drives us because we believe your people are at the core of your business success. Your people and their ideas are your company’s most precious asset and this transformation starts with people.

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Deal: Get up to £629.80 off on Surface Book & £100 off the Surface Pro

Microsoft is now offering big discounts on Surface Book with Performance Base. You can now save up to £630 on Surface Book with Performance Base from Microsoft Store UK. In addition, you can also save £100 discount with the Surface Pro i5/128GB plus Type Cover bundle. Check out the deals below.

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Save £100 with the Surface Pro i5/128GB plus Type Cover bundle.
Start:27th September @00:00
End:03rd October @23:59

Save up to £629 on Surface Book with Performance Base
From 6th September until 3rd October

10% available for Students on Surface Laptop!
Ends: Until stocks last!

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Microsoft is expected to launch a new Surface device on October 31

Microsoft might be holding a hardware launch in London. The company confirmed that Surface chief Panos Panay will be holding a keynote at its Future Decoded event, which runs from October 31 to November 1.

The company might launch its new Surface Book 2 or Surface Book in black. The current model is two years old and still uses Intel’s sixth-generation ‘Skylake’ processors. It was refreshed with a ‘Performance Base’ model, but the main PC hasn’t changed.

Recently, the software giant also promised an LTE variant of the Surface Pro, so that might be something that we see at the event as well. Other than that, refreshes to the Surface Studio and Surface Hub with Intel’s 8th Gen processors are also possible.

More details will be available on October 31.

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Surface Pro 3 firmware update now available [August 16, 2017]

A new Surface Pro 3 firmware update is now available for download. According to the Update History page, they were released on August 16. The new firmware update adds support for the new Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pro Signature Type Covers.

In addition, updates improve compatibility and don’t affect security, reliability, connectivity, performance, or battery life.

Surface Pro 3 firmware update released [August 16, 2017] full changelog:

Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name
Surface – System – 3.0.0.0 Surface Smart Cover Backlight – System device
  • 3.0.0.0 Enables support for Surface Pro Type Cover and the Surface Pro Signature Type Covers.
Surface – HID – 1.0.173.1 Surface PTP Filter – HID
  • 1.0.173.1 Enables support for Surface Pro Type Cover and the Surface Pro Signature Type Covers.
Surface – Biometric – 2.2.11.0 Surface Fingerprint Sensor Driver – Biometric device
  • 2.2.11.0 Enables support for Surface Pro Type Cover and the Surface Pro Signature Type Covers.
Surface – HID – 1.0.2.0 Surface Pro Type Cover Integration – HID
  • 1.0.2.0 Enables support for Surface Pro Type Cover and the Surface Pro Signature Type Covers.
Surface – Keyboards – 1.1.504.0 Surface Type Cover Filter Device – Keyboards
  • 1.1.504.0 Enables support for Surface Pro Type Cover and the Surface Pro Signature Type Covers.
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Deal: Get $150 off on new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop with accessory

Microsoft is now offering $150 discount on new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop. Now you can get new Surface Pro i5 128GB with Signature Type Cover for just $1008.99, rather than the $1158.99. The new Surface Pro (2017) features a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD.

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A similar offer is also available on Surface Laptop. You can now save $150 when you buy a Surface Laptop i5 128GB model along with a Surface accessory. The choice of Surface accessory includes the new Surface Pen, Surface Arc Mouse, Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, Surface Dock, Surface Dial and more.

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Bundle includes:

  • Intel Core i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM (Platinum)
  • Includes your choice of Surface accessory
  • Luxurious Alcantara material-covered keyboard
  • Ultra-thin and light laptop fits easily in your bag
  • Breeze through tasks with a powerful Intel Core processor
  • Up to 14.5 hours battery life for all-day power on the go
  • Designed for Windows 10 S streamlined for security and superior performance
  • 1 year of Office 365 Personal included

The offers are currently available in the US only.

Check out the Surface Laptop deal here from Microsoft Store.

and new Surface Pro deal here

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New Surface Pro 4 firmware update brings support for Windows 10S

Recently, Microsoft released Surface Pro firmware update. The company has now published the release notes for the new firmware updates. The latest patch for Surface Pro devices has added support for Windows 10 S.

These new updates improve compatibility and have no effect on security, reliability, connectivity, performance, or battery life. Check out full changelog below.

Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name
Intel driver update for Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Processor Participant – 8.2.11004.3973 Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Processor Participant
  • 8.2.11004.3973 enable support for Windows 10s.
Intel driver update for Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Power Participant – 8.2.11004.3973 Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Power Participant
  • 8.2.11004.3973 enable support for Windows 10s.
Intel driver update for Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Generic Participant – 8.2.11004.3973 Intel(R) Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Generic Participant
  • 8.2.11004.3973 enable support for Windows 10s.

Previously, the software giant released the update to fix Windows Hello functionality on Surface Pro devices.

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Surface Pro 4 firmware 1.0.75.1 released to fix Windows Hello issue

A new Surface Pro 4 firmware 1.0.75.1 is now rolling out. The latest firmware update will fix the Windows Hello issue in Pro 4 devices.

Almost two weeks ago, Microsoft released firmware and driver updates for the Surface Pro 4. However, many users began reporting that the Windows Hello camera on their tablet wasn’t working anymore.

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Surface Camera Windows Hello – 1.0.75.1 resolves Windows Hello experience error.

This update improves reliability and doesn’t affect security, connectivity, compatibility, performance, or battery life.

To grab the new update, you can head over to Settings -> Security & updates -> Windows Update -> Check for updates.

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Surface Pro 4 gets power control slider with latest firmware update

Surface Pro 4 is now receiving new firmware updates. The new update brings improvements and enhancements to the Surface Pro 4. In addition, there is now a new power performance slider control in the system tray.

You can access the new slider by clicking on the battery icon in the system tray. From there, you can adjust between different power modes “Best Performance” or “Best battery life”. This is the same type of slider that is currently available on the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop.

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New power control slider for Surface Pro 4.

Surface Pro 4 firmware update

  • Surface driver update for Surface Management Engine.
  • Surface driver update for Surface Embedded Controller Firmware.
  • Surface driver update for Surface UEFI.
  • Surface driver update for Surface Pen Pairing.
  • Microsoft driver update for Surface Accessory Device.
  • Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Bluetooth Radio Adapter.
  • Intel Corporation driver update for Intel(R) HD Graphics 520.
  • Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. driver update for Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller.
  • Intel(R) Corporation driver update for Intel(R) Display Audio and Surface driver update for Surface Integration.

We’ll update the post as soon as the company release the update release notes.

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Refurbished Surface Books now available from $883 in the US

Microsoft is now offering big discount on refurbished Surface Book in the US.Now you can get Surface Book for as low as $883.

The Certified Refurbished Surface Books come with a one-year limited warranty, but they’re otherwise identical to their brand-new counterparts.

Microsoft is only offering refurbished versions of its ‘original’ Surface Book range. The newer Surface Book with Performance Base models are not yet available in refurbished form.

Model Full price
(new)
Usual price
(refurbished)
Current price
(refurbished)
Intel Core i5
8GB RAM / 128GB SSD
$1,499 $1,149 $883
Intel Core i5
8GB RAM / 256GB SSD / dGPU
$1,899 $1,489 $1,144
Intel Core i7
8GB RAM / 256GB SSD / dGPU
$2.099 $1,789 $1,374
Intel Core i7
16GB RAM / 512GB SSD / dGPU
$2,699 $2,299 $1,766

Check out the offer here.