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Microsoft continues to advertise the Surface RT around the world, as the consumer tablet continues debuting in several new markets. And the company’s efforts are not going in vain.
The latest data released by AdDuplex for the month of February confirms that Surface RT has held its position as the most popular Windows 8 (and Windows RT) device in the market, with a solid share of 6.8 percent.
The gap however is closing fast as HP Pavilion g6 is breathing on its neck at 4.2 percent.
The next two positions are also occupied by HP, with the HP 2000 and HP Pavilion g7 staking claim to 3.2 percent and 1.9 percent respectively.
You may be wondering where Surface Pro numbers are. The premium slate only arrived on the market earlier this month, and this new data does not yet make the above chart.
Still, AdDuplex verified that the Pro tablet made an appearance at the 52nd position on the list. If everything goes according to plan, expect this number to rise fast in the coming months, along with the sturdy old Surface RT.
Windows Blue continues to buzz strong once again, ever since we learned that the update would be affecting both Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and a variety of other Microsoft products. Couple this with rumors of Blue possibly helping to close the gap between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 through a unified store-front, and there is a lot to be excited about.
Up until now we’ve been told by unofficial sources that 2013 will be the year of Blue, but now it seems that this might not be true for Windows Phone 8. According to well-known Microsoft tech-writer Mary Jo Foley, she has now received word that the Windows Phone Blue team is actually a bit behind right now when it comes to developing this new update.
Due to this delay in development, it isn’t entirely clear if Windows Phone 8 will get Blue this year, or if it will be delayed into next year. This could be a major setback to the whole Blue effort, as many of the Blue features seem to be about bringing the platform together, including the rumor that Windows Phone apps will be able to run inside Windows 8, possibly snapped to the side (similar to Ubuntu’s new tablet UI).
Of course just because a team is “behind” doesn’t mean that they can’t put extra resources and effort into catching up. Additionally, we have no clue when Windows Blue was originally targeted for. Perhaps it was supposed to be around summer? This delay could just mean that Windows 8 Blue will arrive first, and Windows Phone 8 Blue will arrive around the 2013 holiday season.
Again, that’s just speculation. Windows Phone 8 is a solid OS, but an update like this is important if Microsoft wants to keep showing off its A-game in the mobile arena. Even if Blue doesn’t surface this year for Windows Phone, you can likely expect at minimum an update like Portico sometime this year that will add one or two small features along the way.
The Windows Blue project continues to give us more questions than answers, as we still really know little about what this ‘expansion’
Hopefully we get some light shed on the answers to these questions, sooner rather than later. What do you think of Windows Blue based on the limited knowledge we know of the project so far? A good move for Microsoft or not? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
This is one app that has been available on Microsoft’s new platform for quite a while now, but even though it is one of the most popular Windows 8 apps around, it has rarely been updated.
Until now, that is. The company has just released a major update for the app — one that comes with several new features as well as performance enhancements.
New features include access to several eBay options right from the Metro UI like messages, purchase history, ask seller a question, save a particular seller, as well as view seller’s other items. For more what the app does, here’s a snippet from the official description:
“Never miss a deal with the eBay app for Windows 8™ with instant alerts when you are outbid or auctions are ending. You can customize even more alerts so you stay on top of your shopping. Pinning ‘Live Tiles’ to the homepage provides updated information about your activity.”
eBay lists and items can be pinned onto the Start Screen, and Live Tile support means that users can receive information on listings easily and effortlessly.
And that is not all, the developers have promised several new features in a future update, based on the feedback they receive from the community. Available from all three processors (x86, x64 and ARM), if you have anything to do with eBay, this app is well worth a download.
Still, it is nice to see a major online site like eBay hop in on the Windows 8 bandwagon so early. Now, only if this could be said of other major Internet companies.
Yes, I am talking to you, Google, Facebook, Twitter and friends.
Well, well, well. Guess who just pulled a disappearing act? The Surface Pro 128GB shortage saga just took another turn, this time with an “Out of stock” notification posted by Microsoft on its official website.
It seems that Microsoft has completely run out of the larger capacity model.
So much so that the radio button to select the tablet on the official website is grayed out. What this means for the pre-order program the company was running a few days back is anybody’s guess.
Oh well, stuff happens. The device sold out in just a few hours after its public launch on February 9, but Microsoft quickly promised to deliver more units in the United States soon. A few small batches arrived by the end of the first week, but they too were instantly snapped up.
Latest reports suggest that the 128GB model of the Surface Pro is now completely sold out in the United States and Canada.
The only chance to get your hands on a Surface Pro slate is to make the plunge for the 64GB variant, or wait another few weeks till early March when Redmond is expected to deliver more units to stores across North America.
Across North America, because if this keeps up (and production is not amplified) it could be a long wait for prospective buyers in other parts of the globe, including important destinations like Europe and Asia.
Change brings out different sentiments in people. Some recognize and accept it with fervor, others show indifference, and yet a fair few express outrage at anything they find new.