Weekly Surface News Roundup – 10 April 2016


It was yet another slow news week this week but, I managed to find 3 stories that I thought you might enjoy. Here’s the quick overview:

  • Trio of Surface Phones in 2017
  • Using the Surface Pen makes You Smarter?
  • March 2016 Updates for Windows 10

OK, here we go… [divider]

Weekly Surface News Roundup - Surface Phone

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Trio of Surface Phones in 2017

OK, I usually try to avoid rumors in my weekly Surface News Roundup, however, this time, it’s actually a new rumor originating from a reputable website instead of the same old (kinda shady) websites… The Surface Phone will not be released until 2017 BUT when it comes, it will come in 3 different flavors.

According to WindowsCentral, Microsoft seems to be doubling-down on the concept of a Surface phone. “Sources” told them that there “could” be three models planned for the Surface Phone:

  1. Consumer
  2. Business
  3. Prosumer / Enthusiast

No details about what exactly will separate those categories, but they will likely focus on features and pricing. I would also imagine that there will be a big range of processors/storage and other hardware related features between the 3 models.

But, since they won’t drop until 2017 (again, according to “sources”) I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Related: ubergizmo, Mashable, WindowsCentral [divider]

Surface Book i5 vs i7

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Using the Surface Pen Makes You Smarter?

Well… sort of. More specifically, using the Surface Pen to take notes is what does it.

Research conducted at Princeton University and UCLA has concluded that handwritten notes are better than typed notes when it comes to information retention and learning effectiveness.

The referenced studies found that typists could take more notes in a shorter period of time but, for long term memorization, the folks using a pen and paper do better. This is attributed to the more intense mental work involved in writing while simultaneously processing what they heard. Another factor is that most typists have a bad habit of taking verbatim notes instead of just getting the important bits (which note scribbler’s tend to do).

So, if you’ve been looking for one more reason to get a Surface, the Surface Pen is it. Hey, I’d say that’s a great argument for any collage student, wouldn’t you?

“Mom, it’s been proven that I will learn more in collage if you buy me a Surface.”

Related: Winbeta, WSJ [divider]

February 2016 Surface 3 Firmware

Weekly Surface News Roundup: March 2016 Updates for Windows 10

Released on March 8th, the update should appear in your Windows Update History as  KB3140768 (OS Build 10586.164). According to the release notes, the update includes the following changes and security fixes:

  • Improved support for Bluetooth, wearables, and apps accessing contacts.
  • Improved reliability in app installation and Narrator.
  • Improved performance for hibernation, content entry in apps, and downloading and installing updates.
  • Fixed issue that didn’t allow login to an Xbox from a PC running Windows 10.
  • Fixed security issue created when attempting to play corrupted content.
  • Fixed security issue that could allow remote code execution while viewing a PDF in Microsoft Edge.
  • Fixed additional issues with .NET Framework, Internet Explorer 11, and networking.
  • Fixed additional security issues with Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, USB storage driver, kernel mode drivers, .NET Framework, graphic fonts, OLE, secondary logon, PDF library, and Adobe Flash Player.

As usual, if the update hasn’t shown up yet on your Surface, check your update settings and give it a few days. Microsoft send their updates out in waves to keep load on their servers down (and also their internet bill…. What I wouldn’t give to have that contract.)

Related: Microsoft [divider]

Well, that’s it for another week. I’ll keep my ear to the ground and my eyes peeled for more Surface-related news stories and have another roundup for you next Sunday.


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