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An Overview of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Posted on 25 May 2014 by yizhan

The question that whether or not tablets would replace laptops has been up for debate ever since tablets have existed. People have always leaned towards laptops as their gadget of choice since a lot of people don’t really like adapting to change whether it’s for the better or worse. Microsoft aims to change all this with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and make tablets the gadget of choice for people thanks to the variety of features it has to offer all compressed in an easy to carry and sleek form factor.

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Getting the specifics out of the way, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 sports a 12 Inch screen that supports a resolution of 2160×1440, the dimensions of the Surface Pro 3 are 11.5”x7.93”x0.3”. It has a pretty decent battery life that can support up to 9 hours of web browsing and it uses the 4th Generation Intel processors. Other than these, it has a built in kick-stand, a full size USB 3.0 Port, a mini-display port and lastly a micro SD card reader. All these features combined make this device something that everyone would want to get their hands on.

The only sub-standard hardware component of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is its camera. Both the front and back cameras are 5 Mega Pixels so you’ll only get decent shots at best but luckily both cameras support 1080p video recording so it’s not all bad.

The Surface Pro 3 also has a keyboard cover attachment that can bring you back to the familiar laptop experience if you aren’t comfortable with using the device as a tablet. It’s extremely light and has excellent quality but unfortunately it’s not included with the device and has to be bought separately.

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One of the design flaws in the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is that the chassis doesn’t have any storage where you may place your pen. Speaking of the pen, it allows you to wake the tablet up, take notes. It’s controlled by Bluetooth, is battery powered and has up to 256 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The kickstand of the Surface Pro 3 combined with the keyboard attachment allow you to place it at any desk and just use it as you would use a normal laptop with windows 8.1.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes in the following models:

  • 64 GB Core i3
  • 256 GB Core i5
  • 256 GB Core i7
  • 512 GB Core i7

The variety of models ensures that people can choose a model according to their needs and don’t have to pay extra for the high priced models which they probably won’t even use to their fullest extent.

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All things considered, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a major improvement from previous models with its amazing design, wide variety of features and its ability to turn into a laptop at will thanks to the kickstand and the amazing keyboard attachment. Microsoft has done an amazing job this time around.

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Windows Azure – Toolkits for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Posted on 10 May 2011 by yizhan

Microsoft announced yesterday, a new toolkit for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone called the Windows Azure. The toolkit will allow developer to use the cloud to accelerate the creation of application on most mobile device platform.

 

image credits to Microsoft.com

Images Credits to Microsoft

 

The toolkits aims the cloud to simplify the intricacy of supporting different devices. As a common Results, developers can now use cloud (internet) services to share common requirements like device notifications, authentication,and storage. At the same time, developers can maximize the performance of each mobile device by writing client code that exploits each platform. As more and more mobile applications rely on back-end services, the cloud can become increasingly useful and strategic for developers.

As Mentioned on my previous post on the Concept of Cloud Computing, The service is now in demand that lots of companies are embracing its service and features. Cloud computing is now considered as the next generation in computing service.

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Microsoft Surface

Posted on 02 May 2010 by yizhan

Microsoft Surface, A multi-touch screen device developed by Microsoft, capable of responding to a natural hand gesture and real-world objects. Keyboards and mouse are not needed, you can just grab digital object with your hands and drag it. The Microsoft surface has the ability to identify and interact with an object place on the screen allowing you to transfer information between devices like digital camera and mobile phone.

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Microsoft Surface technology uses cameras and images in the  infrared spectrum, making it possible to recognize different  object  that was placed on the screen and then processed by the computer to display the content of digital devices such as camera and mobile phone.  The user can now interact with it just simply by using hand gesture  instead of mouse and keyboard.

Microsoft Surface’s technology started in 2001, when Stivie Batiche of  Microsoft Hardware and Andy Wilson of Microsoft research began exploring the concept of a interactive table.  Their goal is to mix physical and virtual world to provide rich interactive experience.  This idea was then presented by the New Consumer Products Group  to Bill Gates, and then a month after the first fully working prototype was created, based on an IKEA table and sheets of architect vellum as a diffuser. Microsoft Surface begun evolving as more application was created.   In 2007 the team developed and became the Surface Computing group and begun refining the prototype’s functionality and application. They have built more prototype for use by some software developers, hardware developers and researchers.  In 2007 the team shift from prototyping to building the and preparing to sell the first fully functional multi touch-screen multi-user computer and was commercialize in 2008.

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