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Microsoft Corp. has reaffirmed at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 that it will refresh its Surface tablet family in the next twelve months, during the fiscal year 2014. The company did not reveal many details, but gave some clues where it is going with Surface in particular and Windows operating system in general.

Based on a “roadmap” slide entitled “FY14 – Biggest Innovation Year Ever” presented at the WPC 2013 by Kevin Turner, chief operating officer of Microsoft, Microsoft intends to refresh the lineup of Surface slates in the next twelve months. Details are scarce, but Microsoft clearly points to new Surface RT and Surface Pro slates as well as to reveal new accessories and new accessory colors in the fiscal year 2014, which began in July.


The slide was first published by The Verge web-site. Actual presentation from Microsoft is unavailable online.

It is now expected that Microsoft’s second generation of tablets running Windows RT and Windows 8 will contain at least three base models: two WinRT-based slates with 7.85” and 10.1” displays as well as one Win8-powered tablet with 10.1” screen. It is rumoured that Microsoft intends to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 or Snapdragon 800 application processors inside next-gen tablets.

It is logical for Microsoft to introduce new tablets by holiday season 2013, but a number of rumours point to Q1 2014 as the mass production timeframe for next-gen Surface slates.

Tags: Microsoft, Surface, Surface Pro, Surface RT, Windows, Windows 8, Windows RT

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How can you take CRAP and then upgrade it or update it?? Let's ask Ballmer.
0 2 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 07/12/13 09:23:55 AM]
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to make surface a good tab MS should do this-
1.say goodbye to ARM yes that's true MS needs to spend huge money to make ARM ecosystem where android in unbeatable coz of countless app,less restrictions,more customization,more features,lower price.
MS windows x86 is the best bet MS can play,android can't touch windows x86 coz DirectX,professional softwares,better hardware support-intel TSX,AMD HSA....on other side very soon x86 will beat ARM in efficiency by upcoming intel silvermont and 14nm-XM AMD x86 SoC.
2.make atleast one 7inch cost-effective(not cheap) tablet with AMD Temash SoC under 200$,8inch with intel silvermont $300,next 10.1 inch with Haswell ULV.
7inch AMD powered will steal market share from android while intel powered will give profit.
3 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 07/12/13 09:41:16 AM]
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Yep, I agree. Microsoft should make only x86 "power" hybrids. Microsoft will use Temash, probably in the cheaper media focussed tablet aimed at younger people on a tighter budget.
0 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 07/13/13 04:01:55 AM]
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Right on. Up until recently, I wasn't opposing to Windows RT, then I had to buy my wife a laptop/convertible for her business. Reality hits. Even with yesterday's announcement that Surface RT price will be cut to $350, it simply has no place in our house/business. For simple web browsing or video viewing, there are plenty of Android tablets to choose from.

Eventually, I picked up an Acer laptop with Tamesh A6-1450 (1Ghz/1.4Ghz turbo). The HDD is the limiting factor, otherwise a great little laptop. I am upgrading it with a spare 128GB SSD I have laying around.

The bottom-line is, in my own experience, Microsoft should stick to x86 (except for WP8), especially with the advent of the super efficient 28mn Tamesh and 22mn silvermont. And of course, it's time for MS and Intel to cut prices in order to keep PC makers profitable.

And the competition from ARM was very much needed IMO.

PS: Note: with a 5400RPM HDD, it took me 4-5 hours (not kidding) to update all the Windows 8 patches. It is such a dreadful process I was tempted to shut down the seemingly "hung" process. Android does a much better job here. MS has got to focus on improving that. Perhaps MS's stand is that, regardless of profitability, they can't afford to not be in the ARM space.
2 0 [Posted by: gamoniac  | Date: 07/13/13 02:36:31 PM]
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From my experience it is the Processor that makes it slow, increasing Ram helped, installing a SSD will only speed up boot times noticeably.
Downloads are still reliant on internet and Processor speed.
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 07/13/13 04:45:53 PM]
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That's right. Took me similar amount of time for the WP8 updates. It's horrible.

Honestly at this point I hope x86 Android/Chrome OS kills off x86 Windows. It's not particularly good anymore except for having backwards compatibility, and yet it costs an extra $100 ... as soon as software gets rewritten for HTML 6, webGL, etc., Windows is dead.
0 0 [Posted by: hobagman69  | Date: 07/14/13 09:16:24 AM]
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Man, it's funny...... If it were apple or google doing something, whatever it was, screwing us up, it does not matter, people would praise them, say alleluia and so forth.
But hey, it's the devil we're talking about, it's Microsoft.... Even if they do something great, people will just say "yeah, they finally did something right". That's how it goes.
Well, funny thing is that the ones complaining probably are writing this from their WINDOWS OS PCs....... That's funny.....
Windows RT will continue, it MUST continue, it's extremely important that Microsoft continue supporting ARM chips. As a software company Microsoft cannot limit itself and bail out of opportunities because a few people do not see the big picture.
All of Microsoft platforms will integrate; all apps should run in ALL devices. That means apps built for Windows Phone should be able to run on RT, should be able to run on the x86 version of Windows 8.x and so forth.
Microsoft is in its first steps regarding WP and Windows RT, no doubt they will succeed with both products, they must be faster in bringing changes to the platforms, but this new structure should be more dynamic and fast to respond to our needs and to the competition.
On the long run, Microsoft will steadily gain market share, no doubt about it, they just have to be fast and not slow as they used to be in the past, launch products at the same time or before competition (they are playing VERY LATE catch up currently), bring new features to RT and WP8 faster as well, this will help OEMs position themselves better against the competition, it will give them an edge. Being late to the game and being always two or three steps behind won't help.
Go Microsoft Go!!!!!!!!
0 0 [Posted by: firstonevorlon  | Date: 07/12/13 02:56:06 PM]
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History repeat again. Every time Microsoft touch the ARM, it ended up with almost losing a leg.
0 0 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 07/12/13 03:48:42 PM]
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I'm really hoping for a Nokia x86 tablet at around 8" screen size and running Windows Phone 8.1. Why does MS need another ARM OS when they have WP? I used both a WP8 and WinRT tablet, but must say that the apps for WP8 are simply better suited for a touch screen device. On top of that there are many apps I would like to have on a tablet that are only available on WP. The most important is the whole Nokia Here suite.
0 0 [Posted by: Memristor  | Date: 07/13/13 07:12:35 AM]
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I want a Win8 Pro tablet that dual boot Android and it is coming in a few months.
0 0 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 07/13/13 08:15:06 AM]
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