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Live: Microsoft revealing more Surface details

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Live: Microsoft revealing more Surface details
Right after introducing us to its new OS, Windows 8, Microsoft is broadcasting a special webcast in order to inform us of some additional details regarding its Surface tablets. According to the preliminary information we had about this webcast, the Redmond-based company is going to go over the main features of the device once again, as well as talk about the various purchasing options available to customers. Exactly what is going to happen, though, and whether or not there will be something previously unknown, we cannot say.

One thing that we can say, however, is that if you want to stay informed with regards to the latest developments around Microsoft, Windows and Surface, you should look no further than this very post. Below you'll find our liveblog that will keep you posted with timely updates as the event unfolds!

Event starts at: 01:30 PM EDT | 12:30 PM CDT | 10:30 AM PDT | 07:30 PM CET | 05:30 PM GMT

Live event tracker

13:16This was Ray S. doing this liveblog for you, thanks for being with us guys. So, how's buying a Surface RT tonight?
13:13And it seems that was it, they didn't reveal details about the Surface Pro, but oh well, we guess we'll have to make do with the RT for now.
13:12Of course, it has the full Office suite in it, so that's not a bad price at all when you think about it.
13:12Tonight, Surface will be available - 32GB for $499.
13:11How many laptops have you used in your life, Steven?
13:11"For me Surface is not just a tablet, but it's actually best tablet I've ever used, it's also the best laptop I've ever used."
13:10Steven Sinofsky back on stage.
13:10They've got Annie on stage now, she's the author of the leading online community for college women, or something like that.
13:06... on the keyboard without accidentally pressing any keys.
13:06The reason why the Touch Cover offers a pressure-resistive technology instead of capacitive is because this way you can rest your hands...
13:03"When you purchase Surface, of course you are getting Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote with it." And Word!
13:01You don't even have to look when you're attaching the Touch Cover to the Surface, it always clicks in the right way.
13:00Now he's reminding us of how cool the Touch Cover is.
12:56He's demoing the camera app of the Surface now.
12:56Panos feels a bit guilty for saying "perfect" too often, but we're OK with that, as long as this motivates him to make great products.
12:54Hey, here's the Surface-board...
12:53Ha!, Panos just (purposefully) dropped the Surface on the floor to show how strong it is. It didn't break, but the floor seems a bit soft...
12:51Microsoft has obviously made a huge investment in order to bring this Vapor Mg material to market.
12:51In case you're wondering, Panos is just talking about how great, awesome, incredible, magical and... perfect Surface is.
12:49And just like that, he hands another Surface to a guy from the audience.
12:48I think Panos is going to explode any minute now.
12:47Panos has just handed a second Surface to a person from the audience.
12:46Panos says that the Surface will have exceptional ("perfect", he says) Wi-Fi reception.
12:44Panos is really intense today. It's like he's trying to explain and defend every aspect of the Surface. He's a cool guy.
12:42"There's a microSD card slot on Panos's Surface."
12:41"Why spend so much resources and energy?" "Here's why - It has to feel great!"
12:40"With 10.6" a few things are happening." "1 - 10.6" is the perfect size to express Windows [8]."
12:39"A lot of people ask "Why did you choose 10.6 inches?""
12:38It's a cool ad indeed, and now Microsoft's Panos Panay is on stage. He's the project leader for the Surface.
12:37They are now rolling first commercial for the Surface. You know, the one where everyone has a Surface and suddenly starts dancing.
12:35"Now we'd like to talk about imagining and reimagining the hardware for Windows RT."
12:34And Steven Sinofsky is on stage!
12:34OK, so now we're starting with that creepy video of the Surface.
12:24The event should begin in just a few minutes, so stay sharp!
12:23This keynote will be dedicated to the Microsoft Surface tablet that Microsoft is so proud of. (And for a reason!)
12:22Hey people, Ray S. here for PhoneArena once again, this time I'll be giving you a liveblog of Microsoft's "Click in" keynote.

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posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:26 10

1. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Way cool!!! Between all the inovation Android and Microsoft are putting out, Apple is being slowly squeezed out. You just get soooo much more bang for the buck...

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:37 6

2. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Microsoft and Android have always offered more bang for the buck, if only because apple has wanted more bucks for less bang (used to offer more bang, but still more bucks)

I'm ready for an Android and Microsoft mobile and desktop OS duopoly, myself.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:59 4

4. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

This is about Microsoft's tablet, not Apple and Android. And don't compare Android with Microsoft, they're in two dif. categories as far as the OS. Android doesn't even offer customer 5% of what Surface tablets offer. Windows cannot be compared with android or iOS.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:30 1

13. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)

well android tablets has alot of potential but as far as window rt based tablet has a little more capability then others on market it lacks behind in apps. at the rate this tech world works. windows will catch up with apps and android will catch up with capability at the same rate. apple will use get one or two more things and try to say its way better then the competition.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:37 1

15. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

Well Android tablets will never have full PC softwares like for example Microsoft office or adobe suite or others that run in everyone's computer right now. So Android has a lot of potential but not this kind of potential - The only potential i see Android to have is to become a faster OS. Not even close to windows. Have you had windows 8 running on your PC yet or not, Windows 8 is like Win 7 only that is touch capable and starts dif. than Win 7. But you do exactly what you do in Win 7 with it. Android never.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:52

17. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)

ok on windows rt i cant run older windows program. with android i cant run them either. you have to wait for the program to optimized for windows 8. android you have to wait for someone to create them. so on that note they in same position. android has alot of developers and apps. windows trying to bring back developers its way and has very little apps. on that note they in same position.

also as side note i still use the windows 8 preview. and it work nice a few my programs wasnt ready for it so i had to ditch them wasnt using them anyways. you still have to remember its a different from windows 8 and windows 8 RT.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 14:47 2

7. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

Way to go MS.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:57

9. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

It's a sad day in nerd land when we start putting Microsoft on the same level as Google and Apple. I don't hate Microsoft...but they haven't been innovative in years.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 20:06 1

19. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Not much else I can say other than I believe you are very, sorely mistaken. Google and Apple have both been trotting down their expected evolutionary paths...Microsoft is the only one of the three that has arguably made a change big enough to even be considered a risk. Not only that, but it is a risk that could change the way we think of tablets, and it could change the way we think of notebooks.

Let's not stop there though. Microsoft has been building up to this point and even further for a while, in a manner that has both been visible and very intriguing for those who have had the foresight to follow. Microsoft is heading for a unified OS faster than the Google or Apple, and that is the biggest innovation in mobile software technology we've seen in years.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:40 8

3. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)

It's the best looking wp8 tablet right now..!!

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:17 3

5. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Thanks Ray S. I enjoyed the blog :)

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 14:44 1

6. PhoneCritic (Posts: 943; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

What's the diffidence between the office suite that comes with RT and the Office suite that comes with The Surface Pro? is one better then the other or offer more capabilities and functionality?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:41 1

16. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)

so to explain this simply windows rt doesn't run what we call legacy app. so all those old adobe photoshop and any older program u got saved up or are ready to download most likely will not work unless its optimized for windows 8. while on a full windows 8 device can handle older programers just fine.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:35 3

8. Savage (unregistered)

You can plug a USB Flash drive in this thing? Just. Wow.
Consider all the specs and the new Windows OS on the Surface, this is easily the best tablet now. Still waiting for the reviews.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:25

12. dok2005 (Posts: 55; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


theres your review

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 17:21 1

18. Savage (unregistered)

Thanks a bunch! RT is a decent device but I'd choose the Pro when it comes out. Imagine plugging a 1 Terabyte HDD in this monster.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:11

10. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Tegra 3... 2GB ram... for some reason I don't think it will really be able to run Windows very effectively.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:15

11. Iphone4 (unregistered)

Flop Ipad, nexus 7 and kin

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:32

14. Iphone4 (unregistered)

It will sell for one month then no one will want it. there are no apps. If there are some they too expensive. They announced 125k apps on Market place 120k are useless.

Ipad, nexus 7 and Kindle HD the way to go.

Nexus 7 for £159 u can not go wrong.

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 12:39

20. gd761 (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

Be Aware that the Brand New Microsoft Surface RT Tablet does NOT support ANY POP3 Format E-Mail Programs at all.

If you have an E-Mail Address that you have used for many Years and or if you use an E-Mail Address for your Business, then you better hope that it's NOT a POP3 Format like a lot of us have and Now we can NOT use at all on the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet.

This is an issue that I had found out only After Spending over $700.00 for the 64GB version of the Tablet.

Microsoft; What the HELL went Wrong!? Why did you NOT Support any POP3 Formatted E-Mail Programs with your Brand New Surface RT Tablet!?

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