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  • 5 Surface Tips & Tricks to Personalize and Get to Know Your Surface

    Today we’re sharing a few of our favorite Surface tips and tricks. We feel that they are fun and useful to help make your Surface experience a great one. 1. Pin your favorite artist, album, or radio station to your Start Screen - Begin by searching for your favorite artist or album or opening...
  • Watch the Winter Olympics on your Surface with the NBC Sports Live Extra app

    There is a 12 hour time difference between Sochi, Russia and Seattle where I live, and despite the proliferation of screens at home, it’s hard to find time to watch the Winter Olympics. Enter the NBC Sports Live Extra App and my Surface 2 – which goes everywhere with me. This is a great app...
  • How Technology Is Changing The Architecture Profession More Than Ever Before

    It’s no secret that architecture and technology go hand in hand—just take a swipe through an online project database to see a deluge of stunning structures that would be impossible without the profession’s ever-expanding suite of software. Whether architects are conceiving everyday homes and offices...
  • Surface announces MQ Retailer and New Accessory Partners for Retail

    Surface has made a positive difference across a variety of industries - medical , legal , education , financial and airlines , to name a few. Similarly, businesses across the retail and hospitality sector are evolving the way they work to better serve their customers. Tablets are being used by retailers...
  • Serious Creativity with Surface Pro

    I returned late last week after two busy days in Las Vegas attending the CAVe pre-conference to Autodesk’s annual Autodesk University event. We were at CAVe to connect with artists and designers that have discovered the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 as serious creative tools. With the Wacom-enabled...
  • City National Bank is using Surface Pro to Empower Employees

    Retail banks, like many of our business customers, want a device that empowers their employees to do what they need to do, the moment they need to do it. They want a device that helps them engage customers in new and better ways to drive revenue. But they also need something that can deliver the promise...
  • A Portable Powerhouse to Help Manage Your Life

    Lane is a tech blog editor and gamer who says he manages his life on his Surface. Before Surface he lugged around a large and very heavy laptop, now that he’s using Surface he’s able to be mobile and get what he needs done on the go. He can work from anywhere, play games while relaxing at...
  • Quick Look – Dr. Nick Patel on using Surface Pro in the Hospital

    Following on the heels of the interview we shared yesterday on the new Touch Cover 2, today’s ‘quick look’ features a chat we had with Dr. Nick Patel from Columbia, South Carolina on how the Surface Pro has helped him to increase his efficiency while also improving the interactions he has with his patients...
  • Not your Grandfather's Laptop

    In life, I wear many hats professionally: climber, guide, photographer, filmmaker, speaker, water advocate. But, rarely are these varied professions coupled on one expedition. Our current Ganga: Source to Sea Expedition, however, bucked this tradition…and the Surface Pro rose to the challenge...
  • Surface Fans Speak: Early Impressions of Surface Pro 2

    In the last few weeks, we shared how artists like Mike Krahulik (Gabe from Penny Arcade) and filmmakers like Amanda Lippert are doing incredible work using a Surface. This week, we are sharing why lawyers, CTOs and other professionals are excited about Surface as the first device that can truly replace...
  • Surface on expedition along the Ganges

    Quite often this blog features stories about how people are using Surface in their life, busy parents, photographers, skaters and more. Well now we can add another really cool one to the list, international explorer! Jake Norton has traveled the world climbing some of the most storied peaks on the planet...
  • Windows 8.1 is now available for Surface RT and Surface Pro!

    At 4am Pacific Time this morning, the Windows team announced the global availability of Windows 8.1 . This is a free update that brings with it a wealth of new features and improvements to Windows 8, and it will be a significant update for your Surface RT or Surface Pro. From the beginning, we designed...
  • Surface Continues the Expedition Along the Ganges

    When we last left Jake Norton and team, they were preparing for their #GangaS2S expedition, tracing the Ganges River in India from the source high in the Himalaya down to the terminus in the Bay of Bengal. Jake is using Surface Pro, which already helped him prepare for the journey and now in the field...
  • Filmmaking with Amanda Lippert and Surface Pro

    Last week, after we blogged about two amazing artists using the Surface and their impressions of the Surface Pro 2, JasonGW posted that he’d love to get his (and his classmates’ hands) on a Surface Pro 2 “to create the next generation of Hollywood magic :)” That phrase ‘the...
  • Behind the Scenes with Christy Karacas- New York-based Animator

    Christy Karacas is the creator of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Superjail! Series and a Surface user. As our month of creators continues and sharing more with you all the cool things people are doing with Surface, the Surface team caught up with Christy at his home in Brooklyn and at Titmouse Studios...
  • Chayse Irvin – Cinematographer, Technophile, Creator

    Meet Chayse Irvin. He is a cinematographer, filmmaker extraordinaire, world traveler, and technology enthusiast. Chayse has quickly become one of the world’s brightest emerging cinematography talents, becoming known for adapting his documentary background into a unique cinematic style. Born and...
  • Assimilate Launches SCRATCH Play

    Assimilate has launched SCRATCH Play , a free, comprehensive media player that enables film makers to create with efficiency and ease, their works of art on Surface Pro. Two well-known and highly acclaimed film producers, the Diamond brothers have been using the app on their Surface Pro to do more in...
  • Announcing the Winners of the Halo: Spartan Assault Twitter Contest

    We’re excited to announce the winners of our Halo: Spartan Assault Twitter Contest! We asked our Twitter followers on August 21 & 22 what makes Surface an awesome gaming experience and our community ran with it. There were so many awesome entries that we decided to add three additional winners...
  • Surface rolls out next phase of business channel availability in 17 new markets

    In 10 months since the initial launch of Microsoft Surface, we’ve moved to put Surface in the hands of more business customers around the world. Our plan has been to expand commercial distribution for Surface in a thoughtful way. This expansion continues to be via a select ecosystem of established...
  • Pursuing an Entrepreneurial Career in Coffee with Surface Pro

    The Surface Team chatted with Drew to learn more about how he’s using Surface Pro to pursue his passion for coffee and his entrepreneurial spirit to drive unique coffee experiences. Drew is the owner and founder of HubBub Coffee in Philadelphia, PA. He launched the first HubBub Coffee as a Food...
  • The Reliability Lab – Surface is Tough

    There is a small, elite group of people at Microsoft who are paid to push products to their limits and beyond. And by products, in their case, I mean devices. Like all people with such jobs, they enjoy their work a little too much (see at 1:22). Last month on the Official Microsoft Blog , “On The...
  • Surface announces availability in U.S. channel, commercial app partnerships and an education offer

    We’ve had a LOT of interest from businesses, schools and universities wanting to use Surface Pro as their primary PC and Surface RT as a productive tablet for work. Today, we are excited to announce the next steps in our availability for commercial customers – channel expansion plans, a new...
  • Surface Pro release dates in Western Europe and a great promotion for Surface RT to go with it

    As we recently announced , we are expanding the number of markets where Surface Pro and Surface RT will be available. We’re excited for more people to be able to get Surface on the dates below. Some markets are still confirming timing so aren’t included here... 17 May – France 23 May – The United Kingdom...
  • Welcome to the Surface Blog

    Welcome to the new Surface Blog! I’m pumped for the team to have this new space to share information with you as we continue to tell the stories behind what makes Surface such an amazing family of products. We’ll tell our stories and share the latest Surface news. I’m also excited to...
  • Update on Surface Pro Availability + Reservations

    We wanted to provide another update today on availability for Surface Windows 8 Pro. Starting right now, you can visit the online Microsoft Store (U.S.) and place an order for the 128GB Surface Pro that will ship within 2-3 weeks, based on incoming inventory. Once inventory is depleted, the system...