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Some Microsoft (MSFT) news: 1) Microsoft has begun selling Office 2013, along with new versions...

Some Microsoft (MSFT) news: 1) Microsoft has begun selling Office 2013, along with new versions of Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio, to businesses. Office 2013 brings a touch-friendly UI, SkyDrive integration, and a stronger emphasis on subscriptions. Many of the complementary products are seeing price hikes. 2) A Microsoft insider claims Redmond will launch 3 new Surface models next year: an 8.6" RT model with a Qualcomm chip, an 11.6" Pro model with an AMD Temash chip, and a 14.6" "Surface Book" with an Intel Haswell chip. Surface RT sales have disappointed thus far.
Comments (15)
  • so AMD has some chances after all?
    3 Dec 2012, 06:56 PM Reply Like
  • Sounds completely fake. I would expect Surface Pro 2 to use Haswell, not an Atom-competitor.
    3 Dec 2012, 08:02 PM Reply Like
  • Looks like Mr Softy wants to spread the misery around.
    3 Dec 2012, 08:04 PM Reply Like
  • This is fake because you lost money with AMD?
    3 Dec 2012, 08:12 PM Reply Like
  • How about because the "Temash" chip would be significantly slower than the current Surface Pro (and probably just about on par with a Qualcomm Snapdragon or Tegra 4) And Haswell in 10W (or less - management seems to keep saying "sub 10W") would be a much more logical choice for the "Pro"?
    3 Dec 2012, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • what about cost ? if pro costs $600 instead of $900?
    3 Dec 2012, 09:02 PM Reply Like
  • Would you buy an Atom-class CPU in a tablet that costs $600 if all the other PC vendors are selling better-designed convertibles for about that much?


    I don't know what Microsoft is thinking with an 8.6" Surface RT, either. Nobody's going to buy any of this stuff...


    Surface RT is a dud @ $500+, Surface Pro is an absolute dud at $900, and I think a Surface Book would be absolute silliness.


    Another thing people need to consider is the source of this rumor. Let's just say this "insider" has very, very shoddy credibility.
    3 Dec 2012, 09:06 PM Reply Like
  • Desperate times call for desperate measures.
    3 Dec 2012, 08:17 PM Reply Like
  • Surface would have been a blockbuster in early 90's.
    3 Dec 2012, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • Amd is too big to fall down
    3 Dec 2012, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • You can't compare Temash to Tegra. We're talking x86.
    3 Dec 2012, 08:44 PM Reply Like
  • doubling down on disappointment
    3 Dec 2012, 09:54 PM Reply Like
  • Who cares what CPU Surface Pro 11.6" uses? No one's going to buy it anyway.
    3 Dec 2012, 11:20 PM Reply Like
  • Sure Surface Pro probably won't live up to expectations but if the rumor is true and MS can bring it into a $500-600 price range with Temash it might have a shot at some decent sales. Even then it would probably bring AMD pennies compared with the volume AMD is doing in gaming consoles. I'd be more optimistic about Wii U, Xbox 720 and PS4.


    I don't think the strategy for MS was ever to make a killing on Surface in the first place. They even adimitted that the strategy was to use Surface to help stimulate demand for Win 8 tablets.
    4 Dec 2012, 02:45 AM Reply Like
  • but wait windows phone 8 is doing well, right ?

    4 Dec 2012, 11:26 AM Reply Like
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