Microsoft Surface Tablets Sold Out Online. In Short Supply at Retailers

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If you’re looking for a Surface Tablet this Christmas it looks like you’ll have better luck with your local retailer than shopping online. Microsoft, Best Buy, and Staples are all reporting that both the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 are out of stock and/or not available for shipping. Amazon is still listing a […]

How to Take a Screen Shot or PRNTSCR on Surface Tablets

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One of the frequent questions I get asked from Microsoft Surface Tablet users is how to take a screen capture using a Surface with a Type or Touch Cover. Neither of those two keyboards includes a PRNTSCR key, which is what many are accustomed to using to grab a shot of something on their screen. […]

Microsoft Surface 2 Top Apps

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The Microsoft Surface 2 seems to be gaining traction with consumers this holiday season. That means that there are going to be Surface 2 users looking for Apps to use on those new devices. Fortunately, Microsoft loads up each Surface 2 unit with a number of Apps that can get you started right off the […]

Microsoft December Patch Tuesday Includes Surface Firmware Updates

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It’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday and that means a round of security and non-security updates for Windows in all shapes and sizes. The updates include security updates for Office products as well. Microsoft releases patches on the second Tuesday of each month and today’s updates also include firmware updates for the newly released Surface 2 Tablets. […]

Microsoft Surface User Guides Available for Download

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Are you a new Microsoft Surface Tablet owner. Surface 2? Surface Pro 2? Do you still have one of the original Surface Tablets? Best Buy is reporting that they sold quite a few Surface Tablets this past Black Friday weekend, especially the year old Surface RT units which were substantially discounted. Regardless of the device, […]

Update on Surface 2 Sound Issues

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Well, it looks like someone at Microsoft was working hard on Thanksgiving Day. Late on Turkey Day, Microsoft pushed out a firmware update that looks to have fixed the reduction in sound volume issues for the Surface 2 I mentioned in this post. If you don’t have updates set to automatically install you can check […]

Drawboard PDF for Windows 8.1 Now Free

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If you mark up PDFs and use Microsoft Surface Tablets this might be a deal you want to look at. Drawboard PDF, a PDF mark up App is currently available in the Windows Store for “free.”  The “free” price tag is listed in the Windows Store as “for a limited time only,” so I don’t […]

Surface 2 Sound Issues Resurface

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One of the issues with the original Surface RT Tablets from Microsoft was lousy sound. Mid-way through the Surface RT’s life, Microsoft issued an update that seemed to cure most of the problems. With the launch of the Surface 2, it looked like issues with sound would be a thing of the past for the […]

Microsoft Takes Aim at iPad Air with New Ads

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Microsoft isn’t shy about marketing its Surface tablets in a way that throws punches at a particular other tablet brand, so the company is back with another comparison, only this time it’s between the Surface 2 and the iPad Air. Microsoft focuses its efforts on Thanksgiving cooking and having a device that the whole family […]

Bing Food and Drink Hands-Free Mode Review

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Are you preparing a family meal this Thanksgiving? Or are you just bringing a side dish to the big family get together? Either way that means you’ll be doing some cooking or food prep. One of the nice things that Tablets have brought to the table (or kitchen counter) is use as a display for […]

Tablet Christmas Shopping? Things to Consider

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So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and make this a Tablet Christmas. Good for you. Tablets are great things. Whether you’re looking at a Tablet as a companion device or as your next computer they offer a distinctly mobile experience that can free you up to work or play in a variety of locations […]

Avoid Surface RT Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday is upon us and retailers everywhere are showing off their ads trying to prime you to stand in line and create chaos at their stores so that you can save a few bucks. There’s no denying that there are good deals available and of course whether or not there is a value in […]

How To Set Up a Slide Show on the Surface 2 Lock Screen

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The holidays are coming and maybe you are planning on doing some entertaining. You’ll decorate the house with holiday trimmings and perhaps you’ll want to display some pictures of the family or other goings on in your life. For some, Tablets have replaced digital photo frames as a way of showing off your digital photos. […]

Review: Flipboard for Windows 8.1 Finally Launches

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Surface RT and Surface 2 users are a patient bunch when it comes to App availability. The Windows Store is full of a lot of crap Apps and many of the big names are missing. Even some of the big names that exist don’t regularly update their Apps. But a long awaited entry into the […]

Surface 2 and Surface Pro Performance Improvement Updates Arrive

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Just a month after Microsoft began shipping the Surface 2, its refreshed answer to Apple’s iPad and Google Nexus 7 tablets, the company has released a slew of performance tweaks and changes design to help boost reliability and battery life. According to the update activity log for the Surface 2, users can expect a slew […]

The Microsoft Surface 2 Take 2

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Sometimes you get a lemon. And with gadget lemons it is tough to make lemonade. I’ve had a Microsoft Surface 2 since launch night on October 22 and have written quite a bit about my experiences. (See the links at the end of this post.) Early on with the device I experienced a few random […]

How To Customize the Surface 2 Start Screen

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The Microsoft Surface 2 has two faces. One is the Metro or Modern UI screen filled with the colorful tiles. The others is the Desktop where Apps from the Microsoft Office 2013 suite run. With the release of the Surface 2 Microsoft has made going back and forth between these two worlds a little easier […]

How To Use Gestures and Other Features on the Surface 2 Touch Cover

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Regardless of the touch Tablet evolution we’re in, some users won’t even think of a Tablet unless they can have a keyboard. Microsoft recognized that consumer hesitancy when it developed and released its multi-touch Tablets by including a keyboard. Well, it’s not fair to say “included” because the keyboards are optional and cost additional. Nevertheless, […]

Microsoft Surface 2 Review Part 3: The Vision Thing

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When I began this three part review of the Microsoft Surface 2 I said that Microsoft had taken some important and positive steps with this second generation of its Surface RT Initiative. I still feel that way. I also still feel that Microsoft has a lot of work to do if its vision is going […]