Monthly Archives: August 2013

Windows 8.1 release message continues to get driven through channel

Microsoft advised it’s OEM reseller channel of the recently announced dates for Windows 8.1 to start hitting Windows Update. The contents of the message are as follows… Dear Microsoft OEM Reseller, Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store 12:00 A.M on October 18 in New Zealand (that’s 4:00 A.M October 17 in Redmond). Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail on October 18. So mark your

Surface Pro With Wired Networking

In yesterday’s post I discussed some of the issues and workaround in getting large amounts of content onto the Surface, but with Surface Pro the story is much easier – get a USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapter. Now, while Microsoft has a USB Ethernet adapter available, their website gives so few details that I would not be inclined to purchase one as a consumer. What’s the problem? Well, there are two problems. The first is that they don’t mention if

Traveling with a Surface and a Surface Pro

I’ve gotten into the habit with travelling with both devices again, the Windows 8.1 preview has given a new lease of life to the original Surface, as I’m one of those people who just has to have Outlook to feel productive. Call me old fashioned, argue the benefits of using web based mail clients, or try to preach the benefits of having separate apps for calendar, mail, contacts etc all you want, I will smile, nod, and ignore you. One

Windows 8 Tablets Score Well In Choice Review

Choice is very similar to the US Consumer Reports organisation, as they both provide independent reviews of products and services, and in this month’s magazine they had a tablet feature in which Windows 8 tablets scored surprisingly well in the current edition. Surprisingly well? Let me explain… There was a time when I tended to avoid reading their PC related articles, as I was pro-Microsoft and tended to read their reviews as written through the eyes of Apple users. This


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