Microsoft Surface Buying Guide: Holidays 2014

Microsoft Surface Buying Guide-Holidays 2014

We’ve been getting a lot of questions from folks wondering which version of the Surface they should get for themselves or as a gift. We’ve occasionally provided some advice on this topic, like our Surface Pro 3 i5 vs i7 – Is the Upgrade Worth the Money? post from October, and people seem to find it helpful.

So, we decided to create a Microsoft Surface Buying Guide for the upcoming 2014 holiday season to help you decide which Surface tablet is right for you or as a gift for someone else.

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Cortana on Surface

Cortana on SurfaceSince Microsoft is planning on including Cortana in Windows 10, it means you’re (probably) going to be able to use Cortana on Surface tablets.

In case you haven’t heard about Cortana, it’s Microsoft’s version of Apple’s Siri and is intended to be a virtual personal assistant. Up until now, it’s been mostly a Windows Phone feature but it will soon be something you may use on your Surface tablet. Continue reading

Holiday Sale From Microsoft

Surface-Holiday-BundleHoliday Sale From Microsoft:

It seems that the holiday shopping started really early this year -  or maybe it’s just me. In any case, Microsoft is offering some pretty good sales coming up that I want to bring to your attention.

Microsoft store is now running a clock countdown to reveal all of their Black Friday pricing. In a little over 7 hours, they will show all of the sale pricing – so make sure you keep an eye on them at Microsoft’s site .

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Surface Pro 3 Winter Wonderland

New Surface Pro 3 Winter Wonderland Holiday Video:

In case you haven’t seen it, this newly released video from Microsoft puts a new spin on the holiday song Winter Wonderland.

The video plays up the comparison between the Surface Pro 3 and the MacBook Air and highlights some of the Surface Pro 3 key features.


Surface Pro 3 Winter Wonderland:

It’s clear that the friendly (or perhaps not-so-friendly) holiday rivalry between Microsoft and Apple is on…

HERE Maps for Surface Tablets – App Review

here mapsHERE Maps for Surface Tablets:

  • What: HERE Maps by HERE Europe B.V.
  • Where: Windows Apps Store
  • How Much: $FREE$
  • For: All Surface Tablets
  • Approximate size: 51.1 MB


I bought my Surface 2 (4G LTE) as soon as it came out earlier this year, see the post My New Surface 2 4G LTE is here. Almost immediately, I started looking for an alternative to Google Maps to use with its GPS. Why? Because Google maps sucks on the Surface! It (Google Maps) is totally not touch friendly and it does a terrible job redrawing maps on the Metro version of IE.

Fortunately, shortly after my purchase, I discovered HERE Maps and let me tell you about my experience with this great little program.
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