So…. there was this little announcement from Apple … I don’t know… something about an iPad Pro earlier this week that really seems to have distracted everyone. Maybe you heard something about it?
No matter, the reason you’re reading this is because you want to know what’s going on related to the Microsoft Surface. Well, this week I’ve got a nice crop of news stories of interest to Surface owners and enthusiasts.
Here’s the list for this week:
- Win a free trip to New York….. Probably not a scam 😉
- Dell and HP will resell Surface
- Dell to join Lenovo in making Surface clones
- Windows 10 Enterprise features coming this month to Insiders.
- Office 2016 Release Date
It’s a bit longer list than usual so, let’s get started…
Weekly Surface News Roundup: Win a free trip to New York….. Probably not a scam 😉
Microsoft is offering a chance to win a trip to NYC for two along with some other cool prizes (such as a new Surface and an XBox One) to encourage folks to upgrade to Windows 10. Basically, the deal is that you have to upgrade to Windows 10 before September 30th (about 2 weeks from now).
Yes, I know…. it looks like a scam but it seems to be legitimate. There’s no suspicious queries for personal information (basically just an email and ZIP code) and the official Twitter feeds for the Microsoft Store and Windows have both linked off to the sweepstakes website, so, I’d say that’s a pretty good endorsement.
Here’s the catch, it’s open only to people 18 and older in the U.S. and Canada. You can find more information and submit your entry at the sweepstakes website here: Upgradeto10Sweeps
Weekly Surface News Roundup: Dell and HP will resell Surface
Starting in October Dell, HP, and Accenture will start reselling Microsoft Surface tablets to businesses in a multi-company collaborative effort. As part of the deal, the companies will provide support for the Surface tablets to their enterprise customers.
Since Dell and HP both sell their own hardware, this is an interesting move. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Weekly Surface News Roundup: Dell to join Lenovo in making Surface clones
Speaking of Dell hardware… Some leaked slides indicate that, like Lenovo, Dell is planning on producing a Surface clone to compete against the SP3. The XPS 12 is expected to be launched in October or November. You can see some of the specs in the leaked slide above.
Weekly Surface News Roundup: Windows 10 Enterprise features coming this month to Insiders.
Windows 10 (as released on July 29) was a consumer version of the operating system. While there were some business features built-in, Microsoft clearly stated that additional business features would come later this year.
It looks like Microsoft will keep this promise by rolling out key Windows 10 enterprise features to Windows Insiders later this month. As a result, enterprises can get features like:
- Enterprise Data Protection (EDP): Provides personal and corporate data protection (backups).
- Microsoft Passport: Allows secure login to applications, websites and networks with biometric authentication (facial recognition, fingerprints).
- Windows Store For Business: Let’s businesses make their own version of the Windows Store, so employees can find and download needed software easier.
Related: WindowsITPro, Microsoft (Blogging Windows)
Weekly Surface News Roundup: Office 2016 Release Date
And finally, Microsoft has announced that Office 2016 will be available for download on September 22nd. So if you’ve been chomping at the bit for the new version of Office for your Surface and you have a valid enterprise licensing agreement in place, you don’t have much longer to wait.
That wraps up this week. I’ll be back next week with yet another crop of Surface related News stories for your information and enjoyment.
Tim Rolston is a professional geek with over 23 years of experience working in Information Technology and dealing with everything from large-scale storage to remote systems management and automation for organizations such as Texas Instruments, Mobil Oil, and the University of Michigan (where he was an Academic IT Director).
He co-founded JTRTech along with Joanna to realize his long-time dream of working for himself.