Microsoft to expand free Windows license availability

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Microsoft announced in April that it  would drop Windows license fees for mobile devices like tablets with displays measuring less than 9 inches. The move was widely seen as a move to increase adoption of Windows devices in the smaller screen space and where Android dominated due to the fact that Google does not charge any licensing for its use. Now […]

Microsoft planning additional Surface tablets

Microsoft may have a good reason for not disclosing sales numbers for its Surface Windows RT; general concensus is that it is selling quite slowly. One estimate suggests that only one million were sold in Q4 2012. One factor working against the Surface is its relatively high cost – it starts at US$ / CA$ . The upcoming Surface Windows […]

Canadian pricing for the upcoming Surface Windows 8 Pro

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Microsoft yesterday announced that the Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet would hit stores on February 9th. As expected, Canadian pricing will be slightly higher than U.S. pricing. The 64GB model will sell for CA$919 and the 128GB model for CA$1019. Much as we saw with the Surface RT pricing, Canadian pricing adds a CA$20 premium to the U.S. pricing. This […]

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro launch in Canada and U.S. set for February 9th

Microsoft today announced that its Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet (renamed from the original Microsoft Surface Pro with Windows 8) will launch in Canada and the U.S. on February 9th, only slightly later than it had originally promised. Surface Windows 8 Pro is an exciting new addition to the Surface family, bringing a powerful, work-ready device that is just […]

ASUS considering Windows Phone 8 including Padfone model

Things are looking for the Windows Phone 8 operating system. According to The Wall Street Journal, ASUS is the latest manufacturer to be considering making devices powered by Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products confirmed that ASUS is currently engaged in licensing discussions with Microsoft. “There is no target timeline… but we are […]

Microsoft Surface RT sales only reach 1 million last quarter?

Microsoft’s tablet business may be off to a slow start. Rumours back in November suggested that Microsoft had reduced its 2012 orders from 4 million to 2 million units. UBS analyst Brent Thill now expects that Microsoft may have only sold about 1 million Surface RT tablets in Q4 2012. Thill cites two reasons for the low sales: “Surface RT […]