Microsoft Surface Pro Black Friday Deals 2021: Get your early savings on Surface Products

Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a popular hybrid tablet, and with Black Friday deals coming up this year it has never been better to buy one. With discounts on the upcoming day of shopping we can save money for our favorite product!

Microsoft is releasing the Surface Pro 8 just weeks ahead of Black Friday 2021, which means that discounting will be intense. The older models are still powerful and worth your attention with their affordable prices for an essential device like this one in today’s modern world where everything seems slow-paced but fast paced too!
This new model may not have received any significant price cuts yet so don’t expect them on Black Friday either. However, even if there were modest promotions they are some great deals to be had.

As with previous years, you won’t have to wait until Black Friday for the best Microsoft Surface Pro deals. Many retailers are already offering discounts on Surfaces like this one! See below and click on quick links for some of the best deals happening now! Be sure not miss out – bookmark our page now so that we can keep updating it when new offers come available!

Surface Black Friday: Quick links

Microsoft: Save up to $400 on select Surface Pro 7

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Amazon: $200 Off Surface Pro 6

Microsoft: Save $150 on select Surface Go 2

Microsoft: Save up to $150 on select Surface Laptop 4

Microsoft: Save up to $200 on select Surface Laptop Go


Surface revenue goes down!

Microsoft has announced their latest earnings and it’s not all good news for them.

In a nutshell:

  • Server products and Cloud derived revenue have increased by 12%.
  • Microsoft’s Azure revenue (within cloud service revenue) has increased by 93%.
  • Windows OEM revenue has increased by 5%!
  • Gaming revenue has decreased by 3%.
  • XBox Live revenue (within gaming revenue) has increased by 15%.
  • Office 365 revenue has increased by 47%.
  • Surface revenue has decreased by 2%!

Mostly the above lines up with my expectation but obviously there are couple of surprises from my perspective:

For those who are not aware, Azure is a cloud computing service, used to build, deploy and manage applications/services. Microsoft operates their own data centers and they offer services for even non-Microsoft applications. The entire industry has been going that way for a while now and since Microsoft is relatively new in this sector, a big increase (93%) is not a surprise (I will give them a serious thumbs up if they can keep this rate up for the next 3 years). But their entire server/cloud revenue is only 12% so that means most of that must come from Azure, which is both good and bad for them.

As for the Windows OS – it sure is resilient. I certainly didn’t expect the revenue to go up, especially given the recent trend! This tells you that there STILL isn’t a good Windows OS/apps replacement within the productivity application market. iOS and Android isn’t replacing them anytime soon.

Office 365 is doing rather well. With its cloud based subscription model, the market is accepting this strategy rather gracefully. Microsoft isn’t alone here – it appears that the entire consumer/business application industry is switching towards this direction. Adobe has done this for couple of years and they are rather successful at doing this. Even smaller players like ACDSee is mimicking this. A small monthly fee to “use-all-you-can” on many of the latest and the greatest products that you can’t normally afford sounds good for many. Yes, I’m one of those. 🙂

Now the Surface. Given the recent trend, shouldn’t Microsoft experience a continued growth at this stage of Surface lifecycle?

Well, yes and no.

I think the biggest reason is because they have not released any new models this year (that Book’s slab update doesn’t count!). They have continuously lowered the price to keep the volume going but that’s not the best way to increase the revenue, especially in the leading edge, trendy gadget market. Considering this, few percent down figure might actually be a positive surprise.

Microsoft puzzlingly continues to sell their Surface products at limited markets – many countries still don’t receive some of their products, most notably the Surface Book. Are they not seeing the market to make it worthwhile? I don’t think so. Are they supply restricted? Have they already switched their factory equipment to new models? Could they be intentionally controlling the market share to not give perception that they are monopolizing the 2-in-1 market? Not sure.

Very puzzling.

Microsoft’s fiscal year starts in June. I think Microsoft will come out with a big bag in March so that they can have a gangbuster Q2 quarter.

Overall, Microsoft has beat Wall Street’s expectation in this earning call. So, as a company, they are doing fine as you can see here:

(Blue line is MSFT, Red is NASDAQ – last 5 years)

I hope they have invested enough into the Surface Pro 5 and the Surface Book 2, which is supposedly due in a month or two.

Stay tuned for extensive reviews once they become available!

How to Rollback Windows Updates on your Surface

You may have already noticed or heard that sometimes applying new updates cause problems on your Surface.

So, then what do you do when something like this happens?

Well, you can just rollback (or uninstall) the update or updates that are causing you problems. In order to successfully rollback a Windows update, you have to do two things:

  • First Disable Automatic Updates – if you don’t to this, the update will just try to re-install itself at the next opportunity.
  • Roll back the update through Control Panel – to actually remove the offending update.

It’s important to note that rolling back an update is usually something you would do as a temporary workaround to get your Surface back up and working. In an ideal world, Microsoft will issue a new update and that will solve your problem.

In addition, you need to acknowledge that it’s possible that the rollback will cause as many or more problems then leaving the problematic update in place.

So, before you attempt any rollback please make sure you BACKUP ANY DATA YOU CARE ABOUT FIRST!!!! That way, if something goes wrong and you tank your Surface you can always do a reset to get it back up and running without worrying about your data.

How to Rollback Windows Updates on your Surface: Disable Auto Updates

These steps will cover how to change your Windows updates settings to stop automatically installing when they become available.

Windows 10

In Windows 10, unfortunately, Microsoft has made it somewhat confusing to prevent some patches and upgrades from automatically happening (especially if you have a Surface 3). This is because Windows 10 Home edition (which the Surface 3 runs) cannot be configured to prevent security updates from being automatically installed.

In addition, while you can use methods like registry editing or Local Group Policy changes to prevent updates from installing on Windows 10 Professional (which is the version Surface Pros and Surface Books run), there are usually some pretty invasive side effects such as no longer being able to make changes to the update settings from the GUI and persistent “Some settings are managed by your organization” messages.

So, to prevent confusion, I recommend simply disabling the Windows Update service until you’re ready to try the updates again. This method will work on any Surface model running Windows 10.

Here are the steps:

  • Search for Services then select Services (Desktop App) from the results.
  • Scroll down and find the entry for Windows Update.

  • Double-tap/click it to bring up the Properties options.
  • Configure the Startup Type to be Disabled then tap or click the Stop button.

  • Tap or click OK then close the Services panel.

That’s it. Windows will no longer try to install updates. When you’re ready to allow Windows updates to work again, simply go back to the same screen, reverse the changes, and restart your Surface.

Windows 8.1

If you’re still running Windows 8.1, you could use the Windows 10 method to prevent updates from automatically installing. However, unlike Windows 10, Windows 8.1 offers much more control over how updates get installed without the need to turn services on and off.

  • Open Windows Update by going to the Charm Menu then Settings [Or from the Keyboard: Windows key + I, see our list of useful Surface shortcuts]
  • Tap Change PC settings

  • Tap Update and recovery

  • Tap Choose how updates get installed

  • Under Important updates, choose the option: Download Updates but let me choose whether to install them

  • Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then click Apply

These steps configure your Surface (running Windows 8.1) to download the updates and ask you to install them but, it won’t just automatically do it. Now you’re ready to rollback the troublesome update and not worry about it trying to automatically re-install itself.


How to Rollback Windows Updates on your Surface: Perform the Rollback

Keep in mind that Microsoft does not recommend doing this because updates are intended to “help enhance the security and performance of your computer”. However, if an update causes problems, you clearly have no choice.

As for actually rolling back the update, the method is the same for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 so, you can follow the same procedure as shown below:

  • Open Control Panel on the desktop
  • Tap Programs and Features

  • Under Programs and Features, tap View installed updates

  • Tap the update that you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.  If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation

After you uninstall the update(s), restart your Surface and it should be gone.

If you need help figuring out which update is the one causing your problems, you can refer to the Windows 10 Update History page Microsoft maintains. It lists a lot of information about the individual updates including the KB numbers which is really helpful for identifying them in the “Uninstall an update” list.

We hope this helps you solve any update-induced problems and, as usual, if you have questions please let us know.

Tim

LAST UPDATE: 15/2/2016

Surface News Roundup – July 26, 2015

In this week’s Weekend News Roundup, I have the following stories that may be of interest to Surface owners or enthusiasts:

  • New Firmware for Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3
  • Surface 3 LTE Hits AT&T Stores
  • Surface Revenue Up
  • New Surface Ad

With the Windows 10 release in a few days, you can expect that Windows 10 will be dominating the tech news headlines for the next couple of weeks. Personally, I’m looking forward to the respite from outlandish Surface Pro 4 rumors. In any case, here is what I have for you for this week:

Surface News Roundup: New Firmware for Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3

This week, Microsoft released some new firmware and driver updates for Surface tablets. Most of the updates were pointed at systems running Windows 10 but a couple apply to the Surface 3 LTE model running Win 8.1. Below are some details on what the updates covered for each model:

Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 received ‘System Hardware Update – 7/23/2015‘, for machines running Windows 10, there is no new update for machines running Windows 8.1 this month:

  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.15.4248) improves graphics performance and stability on Windows 10.
  • Audio driver update (v6.0.1.7543) improves the Cortana experience on Windows 10.
  • USB driver update (v10.0.10125.31214) improves system power usage.

Surface 3

The following changes for Surface 3 are listed as ‘System Firmware Update – 7/23/2015‘, for machines running Windows 10.

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50410.78.0) adds features to display and a system asset tag and support for the Surface Cover during PXE boot.
  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.15.4248) improves graphics performance and stability on Windows 10.

Surface 3 (4G LTE)

The Surface 3 LTE model also received ‘System Firmware Update – 7/24/2015‘, with changes for Windows 8.1.

  • Surface UEFI update (v1.50410.218.0) improves mobile broadband network connectivity.
  • USB 3.0 Host Controller Adaptation driver update (v603.9600.2588.2097) improves mobile broadband network connectivity.
  • USB Composite Device driver update (v2.0.268.0) improves mobile broadband network connectivity.
  • Surface_IA7260.inf update driver for delivering future updates and refreshing production software signing.
  • Surface CoSAR driver update (v2.0.270.0) improves mobile broadband network connectivity.

Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro 2 received ‘System Hardware Update – 7/23/2015‘, which adds the following for Windows 10:

  • HD Graphics Family driver update (v10.18.15.4248) improves graphics performance and stability on Windows 10.
  • Surface Integration Driver update (v2.0.304.0) resolves issue where Surface would wake from sleep by itself.

The Surface Pro 1, Surface RT, and Surface 2 did not receive any updates this month.

Related: Microsoft (SP3), Microsoft (Surface3)


Surface News Roundup: Surface 3 LTE Hits AT&T Stores

As we reported earlier this week, AT&T has begun selling the Surface 3 LTE in U.S. stores. The 10.8-inch tablet with 4G LTE is available (as of Friday, July 24th) for $599 without a contract, $499 with a two-year contract, or $30 a month for 20 months under AT&T’s installment plan.

In a Surface 3 LTE available starting in August. AT&T and T-Mobile SIM cards for the tablet will also be available at Microsoft Store retail locations at that time.

According to the same blog post, T-Mobile will begin offering the Surface 3 LTE to business customers in its @Work program on July 31.

Related: Microsoft, AT&T

Surface News Roundup: Surface Revenue Up

Microsoft’s Surface revenue has grown 117 percent to $888 million. The report explicitly states that Surface was one of the divisions to offset the decreased revenue of Windows phone hardware which took a hit with the Nokia write-down.

In case you’re wondering, Surface revenue for FY 2015 was $3.6 Billion, up a whopping 65 percent from the previous year.

Related: Microsoft


https://youtu.be/E-bWgMD1DOk

Surface News Roundup: New Surface Ad

It’s become a bit of a tradition for us to point out when Microsoft releases new commercials for the Surface. Above is their newest spot which is focused at the back to school crowd.

That’s it for the Surface News Roundup this week.

Tim

Extreme Hot Fix for Surface Issues Related to Moisture

Picture this….

You’re carrying your stuff to the car after a rainy day in the office. As you walk toward your car, you accidentally lose your grip on your Surface.

It lands face-down, smack in the middle of a deep puddle. You hurriedly reach for it but.. you know it’s too late…. water comes pouring out when you pick it up.

Now what? Continue reading Extreme Hot Fix for Surface Issues Related to Moisture

Windows 10 Release May Not Happen on July 29th For Most Users

So, you’ve been playing with the Windows 10 Tech preview, you’ve reserved your copy, and now you’re just waiting for July 29th, so you can start using the real thing on your Surface, right?

Well, not so fast.

A new blog post by Windows chief Terry Myerson details how Microsoft is planning to roll out Windows 10 and, according to the plan, you might not see your copy of Windows 10 right away. Continue reading Windows 10 Release May Not Happen on July 29th For Most Users

Run Linux on Surface Pro 3

If you consider yourself tech-savvy and have a Surface tablet device, you may have wondered if you can run Linux on Surface Pro 3 tablets.

The answer is: YES, you can.

The guys who maintain the Surface Pro 3. Continue reading Run Linux on Surface Pro 3

Surface 3 LTE Coming Soon

If you’re waiting for a Surface 3 with LTE, it looks like you won’t have to wait much longer

According to the Microsoft Surface Blog, the Surface 3 LTE version will be available starting July 3 in Germany and the U.K.

At first, the LTE version will only be available to business customers and partner operators. Microsoft will release Surface 3 LTE in France and Spain “later”. Continue reading Surface 3 LTE Coming Soon

Traditional Windows Laptop to Surface 3 – Six Things To Know

If you’re still using a traditional Windows laptop but you’re considering making the jump from a laptop to a Surface 3, here’s a list of six things you’ll want to know to make the transition from laptop to Surface 3 smoother for you. Continue reading Traditional Windows Laptop to Surface 3 – Six Things To Know