Dispelling rumors of a "mini" Surface tablet launch, Microsoft announced on Tuesday the availability of a thinner, more powerful Surface Pro with a larger screen, the Surface Pro 3, apparently targeted at the enterprise market.
Microsoft has snubbed its channel partners in its deal to provide Surface 2 RT tablets running Windows 8.1 to 11,000 Delta Arlines' pilots in order to replace bulky flight manuals, Channelnomics reports.
Having failed to excite buyers with its Surface tablets, Microsoft has stumbled on a new strategy: buy up iPad 2s, 3s, and 4s from owners and give them a minimum $200 gift certificate for Microsoft products.
Steve Ballmer's decision to step down as CEO of Microsoft was likely motivated by a series of Microsoft missteps, including missteps in the mobile arena, judged a number of analysts.
Information workers would prefer to have a Windows-based tablet, despite problems with Microsoft's Surface tablet.
Windows Intune, the cloud-based PC management and security software tool available on the new Surface tablet, should "simplify the adoption" of the tablet in the enterprise, said Forrester Research senior analyst David Johnson.
In an advanced notice of its security patches issued on Patch Tuesday – the second Tuesday of every month – Microsoft announced that it is patching a critical vulnerability in its Surface tablet's Windows RT operating system, which, if left unpatched, could enable hackers to infect the tablet with malware.
The Windows RT operating system, which runs Microsoft's new Surface tablet, is not compatible with earlier Windows apps, which could be a "major buzzkill" for the tablet, observed Current Analysis analyst Charlotte Dunlap.
Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook criticized the Microsoft Surface tablet as a "compromised and confusing product" during the company's third quarter earnings call, according to a report by ABC News.
Microsoft's getting ready to release its new Surface tablet next week, but concerns have already been expressed about competing products, pricing and licensing issues that could torpedo the launch.