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From Windows preview updates and the new Visual Studio, to Cortana everywhere, the rollout of Android 5.0, and a bit of Raspberry Pi, we take a look back at highlights from this week's top tech news.
The retail sector is already ramping up for Black Friday which takes place on Nov 28th and will see Americans clamour for heavily discounted equipment, including the Surface 2 at a massive discount.
Microsoft's new firmware updates bring various fixes and enhancements to the Surface 2, and a further update will make its way to the Surface Pro 3 to improve Wi-Fi connectivity "in the coming weeks".
It has been an interesting day on the Surface front as Microsoft reassured its customers that the company is in it for the long haul when it comes to the Pro tablets but the RT front has been quiet.
Microsoft's website currently shows that the Surface 2 64GB model is out of stock, seeing that this device is quite old, is this a sign that a new model will be released soon?
From another Xbox One update and the death of MSN, to Surface, Spotify, iThings, recalls and other explosive events, we take a look back at some of the highlights from this week's tech news on Neowin.
Microsoft has lowered the price of the Surface 2 by $100 but will that be enough to help move some of the units that are now starting to show their age when it comes to the specs of the tablets?
The Surface RT, Surface Pro and Surface Pro 3 all received firmware updates today as part of Patch Tuesday. Improvements for Ethernet, WiFi and the front-facing LifeCam were amongst the updates.
Amidst rumors that Microsoft could be launching a eight inch device at next weeks Surface event, reports are coming in that they could also launch a 12-inch Surface as well.
Microsoft has decided not to release new firmware updates for its Surface tablets for a second straight month on "Patch Tuesday", one week before the rumored reveal of new Surface products.
Microsoft is giving away a Surface 2 tablet later today that will be signed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as part of its NFL Draft activities.
Microsoft has announced that CDI College, a business school with a number of locations in Canada, has bought over 5,800 Surface 2 tablets from Microsoft that will be given to students this summer.
Microsoft may have announced increases in revenue from sales of its Surface tablets but financial filings with the SEC show that the product line is still losing money.
Microsoft's latest Surface 2 blog entry and promotional video shows how a professional wedding planner in Austin, Texas uses the Windows RT tablet to plan events for happy couples.
Microsoft decided not to release new firmware updates for any of its Surface tablets for April in favor of letting the devices download the new Windows 8.1 Update.
Microsoft is offering the original Touch Cover with any Surface tablet purchsed through its online store by Saturday, including the recently released Surface 2 with LTE on AT&T.
Microsoft has announced the Surface 2 with LTE and it will be going on-sale tomorrow for $679, which undercuts the iPad Air with LTE by a considerable margin and that should help move more units.
Microsoft has revealed the details of the latest firmware updates for the Surface 2, Pro and Pro 2 tablets, which should be available via automatic download later today.
A new report claims that Microsoft will sell the upcoming 64GB version of its Surface 2 LTE tablet for $679, which is $130 higher compared to the current Surface 2 model.
Microsoft has finally started taking pre-orders for the long awaited Surface Power Cover accessory for the price of $199.99, with shipments expected to begin on March 19th.
A new report claims that Microsoft Store retail locations now have shipments of the new Surface 2 tablet with LTE wireless support, but there's no word on when they will actually go on sale.
The FCC website has posted up documents that reveal Microsoft's plans to release a Surface Wireless Display Adapter HDMI dongle that should be able to display content from the tablets on older TVs.
If you have been waiting to get your hands on a Surface 2 with LTE, the device has now passed FCC testing which is a major milestone before the device can be sold in retail outlets.
Microsoft has released new firmware updates for three of its four Surface tablets today, offering mostly bug fixes for the products but leaving out the older Surface RT.
Microsoft will show a new version of its previously released Surface 2 TV commercial during the Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday, which features a background song by former Beatle Paul McCartney.
Microsoft said that it generated $893 million in revenues from sales of its Surface tablets and doubled the number of units sold compared to the previous quarter, despite supply shortages.
The Microsoft Store site is finally selling Surface 2 tablets again, after several weeks of the tablet being unavailable from that source. Some Surface Pro 2 models are still out of stock at the site.
The Microsoft Store website still shows most of its Surface 2 tablets as "out of stock" three weeks after Christmas, and the company still has not offered a solid explanation on why this is happening.
Microsoft has released an out-of-schedule automatic update for the Surface 2 tablet, designed to fix an issue that was causing it to prompt some of its owners to enter their BitLocker recovery key.
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With less than a week to go before Christmas, the Microsoft Store website currently is out of stock of the Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablets but other sites and stores might have them for sale.
Microsoft will release firmware updates for all four versions of its Surface tablets today, including major downloads for its two newest versions, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
Microsoft has released some new videos promoting the Surface 2 tablet that continue to point out the flaws in Apple's iPad, including one where the Surface 2 is shown to be better for cooking.
Microsoft's second generation Surface has been on the market for a month and we have been using the device extensively over that time period to give a deeper look at the tablet.
The Microsoft Store site shows that only the 128GB Surface Pro 2 tablet is currently on sale, with the other three models labeled as "out of stock", with similar issues occurring at other sites.
Best Buy has revealed its Black Friday 2013 sales prices, which will include the 32GB Surface tablet for just $199.99, a $150 price cut from its normal $349 price tag.
The Microsoft Store website is currently out of stock of the 32GB Surface 2 and the 512GB Surface Pro 2 tablets. The site also has cut the price of the 64GB Surface by $50.
Microsoft will release new firmware updates for its Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro tablets later today as part of Patch Tuesday but the new Surface Pro 2 will not receive an update.
Microsoft is sponsoring a new contest to win a Surface Music Kit as well as a Surface Pro 2 or Surface 2 tablet by remixing the Linkin Park and Steve Aoki song "A Light That Never Comes."
A new report claims that Microsoft is going to spend $405 million this holiday season on its retail sales efforts in order to get people to buy 16 million Windows tablets.
While Microsoft has said the Surface Ethernet adapter still won't work with Windows RT 8.1, there is a workaround that will enable the adapter to work on the Surface and Surface 2 tablets.
Senior executives at Qualcomm have gone on record claiming that the Windows RT 8.1-based Nokia Lumia 2520 is extremely powerful and Microsoft's Surface 2 doesn't come close to its performance.
Microsoft's product lifecycle page shows that their mainstream support for both the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets will end on April 10th, 2018, or about 4 1/2 years from now.
Microsoft has released a series of videos showing its unique Music Kit accessory for its Surface tablets work, including how it can be used to create or alter music tracks, import files and more.
Microsoft said that unit sales of its Surface line of tablets more than doubled in the third quarter of 2013, compared to the previous quarter, most likely due to deep price cuts.
Microsoft has revealed more information on the giant Surface 2 that was placed in Trafalgar Square in London today, including the fact that all of the keys worked and that it took 13 days to make.
Microsoft has built a massive Surface 2 in London that is being used to help build brand equity and to make sure the consumers are aware of Microsoft's launch of its second generation of tablets.
Microsoft has confirmed that new devices with Windows RT 8.1 such as the Surface 2 eliminate the desktop tile on the Start screen as a default, although it can be easily enabled.
Microsoft's VP of communications Frank Shaw wrote today on the company's blog that Apple's decision to make its iWork software suite free was "an attempt to play catch up" with Microsoft's Office.