I’m Blue on Windows 8 Surface Geeks 22

You might think we have covered it all but there is so much to talk about this week.  It’s a long one but you can always reference the awesome shownotes below! Thanks to Mrs. “Shownotes” for the awesome job.

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Apps & Updates

Deezer launches Windows 8 app for its on-demand music streaming service ahead of Spotify and Rdio, The Next Web, Nick Summers, April 17, 2013

New Surface Pro firmware update, no Adobe Photoshop fix

Microsoft Launches Redesigned Outlook.com For Android, Adds Conversation Threading, TechCrunch, Frederic Lardinois, April 16, 2013

Unofficial Google Maps App gMaps Updated With Improvements In Tow, ubergizmo, Edwin Kee, April 15, 2013

  • gMaps, the unofficial Google Maps app has received a new version update

Microsoft updates Windows 8 News, Maps, other apps CNet, Lance Whitney, April 15, 2013

  • The Bing News, Maps, Finance, Travel, and Sports apps for Windows 8 and RT have all received their own share of handy updates.

Microsoft updates six of its own Windows 8 apps, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, April 15, 2013

  • Microsoft is updating the Windows 8 apps built by the Bing AppEx team at Microsoft.

Bing News for Windows 8 updated with custom RSS feeds, Bing Maps gets local search feature, The Verge, Tom Warren, April 15, 2013

Microsoft’s Terry Myerson senses ‘urgency’ with iOS, calls Android ‘a mess,’ says WP8 is most successful in non-subsidized markets, engadget, Darren Murph, April 16, 2013


Microsoft News

Touch Enabled Watch

Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Touch-Enabled Watch Device, The Wall Street Journal, Lorraine Luk & Shira Ovide, April 15, 2013

A vision for Microsoft’s smartwatch and four more Surface family members, PC World, Jon Phillips, April 15, 2013



Microsoft Takes Aim at Amazon With a New Cloud Service, The New York Times Bits, April 16, 2013

Microsoft brings fight to AWS with first full IaaS offering, ZDNet, Nick Heath, April 16, 2013

  • Microsoft today announced the general availability of its IaaS offering and offered to price match AWS for storage, compute and network bandwidth in the cloud.


Microsoft Phone Rumors

Microsoft exec: We don’t need to build a Microsoft phone, CNET, Marguerite Reardon, April 16, 2013

  • We’re good with what Nokia and HTC are doing on the hardware side, says Windows Phone VP Terry Myerson. Plus, he says, Apple is “out of steam” and Android is “kind of a mess

XBOX Leak Update

Xbox 720 not always-online, runs on full Windows 8 – inside source claims, VG24/7, April 17, 2013

  • Xbox 720 will not require an online connection to function, the recent round of VGLeaks specs were correct and Kinect 2.0 is a thing. That’s the claim of an alleged Microsoft insider working in software, who has spilled plenty of fresh information online.

Next Generation Surface?

Meeting in the middle: How Microsoft will enable mini Surfaces and maxi Win Phones, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, April 11, 2013

  • With Windows Blue and a coming Windows Phone 8 update, Microsoft will open the door for smaller-screen tablets and bigger-screen phones from a variety of OEMs, including itself.

A 7-inch Surface tablet will be D.O.A. without a killer app, PCWorld, Jared Newman, April 11, 2013

Surface ‘Mini’: ARM, Atom or both?  Can Microsoft still tout a smaller Surface tablet as fit for both content consumption and creation? Computerworld, Gregg Keizer, April 11, 2013

Surface 2 release date, news and rumors, UPDATED Details about the next-generation Surface, plus our wishlist for it, Techradar, Dan Grabham, April 11, 2013


Surface Accessories

ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock makes for an awesome unofficial Surface Pro docking station, WinBeta, April 13, 2013

  • Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock works with the Surface Pro

  • 3 USB 3.0 ports on the rear of the device, 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front of the device, 2 DVI ports, 1 Gigabit network port, and 1 Audio connector

  • Charge Surface Pro via USB

  • Can connect mouse and keyboard to Surface Pro, as well as have a large monitor plugged into the device

  • $179.99 on Lenovo’s website

Kickstarter for Surface Pro Professional case with expanded capabilities- ProKASE, Surface Pro Tips & Tricks

  • Kickstarter case for Surface Pro, ProKASE

  • “Houses (2) USB ports and (2) microSD/SD card readers… custom designed enclosures, so when SD or microSD cards are used, they run flush against the ProKASE but leave just enough room so they can be pulled with ease.”

  • Integrated touch pen storage

Armodilo Tablet Display Stands Now Support the Microsoft Surface Pro, PRWeb, April 16, 2013

  • Armodilo Display Solutions has completed the final stages of development for Tablet Fit Kits™ to support the Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT

Windows 8 & Touch

Dell standing by Windows RT, working on future ARM devices, The Verge, Jeff Blagdon, April 16, 2013

Panasonic launches Windows 8 and Android tablets under Toughbook range of rugged devices, NDTV Gadgets, Anupam Saxena, April 15, 2013

Windows 8 expected to trigger growth in touch-enabled notebooks, ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, April 15, 2013

  • While there’s little doubt that PC sales as a whole are stagnating, the new touch-enabled form factors that Windows 8 has given rise to may be attracting consumer attention, not to mention much-needed dollars.

Windows 8 Expected to Trigger Global Growth in Touch-Enabled Notebook PCs, According to NPD DisplaySearch, April 15, 2013

  • Notebook PC Manufacturers Look to Touch Screen Technology to Reinvigorate Stagnating Sales

Microsoft’s Windows 8 approach: Bold, arrogant, or both? ZDNet, Ed Bott, April 12, 2013

  • Microsoft has done many bold things in Windows 8. No one in their right mind would accuse this release of being timid or overly cautious. But plenty of perfectly sane critics have attacked Microsoft for being arrogant, stubborn, and dismissive of legitimate complaints. They might be right.

How Intel could give Windows 8 the break it has been waiting for, ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley Hugh, April 17, 2013

  • What will it take to help give stagnating PC sales a bit of a boost? Intel hopes that Windows 8-powered notebooks with a $200 to $300 price tag might do the trick.

Windows Blue Updates – Bringing Back the Start Button

Windows 8 Blue update may let you skip Start screen tiles at boot, TechDigest, Gerald Lynch, April 15, 2013

Windows 8.1 May Include ‘Boot To Desktop’ Option, Ubergizmo, Daniel Perez, April 15, 2013

Microsoft Brings Back the Start Button? Microsoft’s Windows 8 Plan B(lue): Bring back the Start button, boot to desktop, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, April 16, 2013

  • Microsoft may be moving toward bringing back the Start Button and allowing users to boot straight to the desktop with its coming Windows 8.1 release later this year.

Windows 8, take 2? Let’s see Start button, boot to desktop, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, April 16, 2013

Microsoft may be moving toward bringing back the Start button and allowing users to boot straight to the desktop with its coming Windows 8.1 release later this year

Windows Phones App Updates

Nokia set to boost lacklustre Windows Phone 8 camera app But not until July at the earliest, techradar, John McCann, April 15, 2013

  • Smart Camera Lens new feature included in Nokia’s PR 2.0 update, which will also apparently include features such as “double tap to wake” and “sleeping screen-like always on clock”

Metrogram for Windows Phone allows you to browse, like, and comment on Instagram | Windows Phone Central, Windows Phone Central, Sam Sabri, April 16, 2013

Hulu Plus Might Arrive On Windows Phone 8 Soon, ubergizmo, Edwin Kee, April 15, 2013

  • Rumor has it that the Hulu Plus app will eventually roll out on the Windows Phone 8 platform

Skype for Windows Phone updated: version 2.5 available now, liveside.net, Kip Kniskern.

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2 Responses

  1. paulbraren says:

    Hey guys, great podcast, and those shownotes, wow! Thank you Mrs. Shownotes!
    Was listening at 27 minutes in where you discuss docking solutions, and glad to see you included info in the shownotes.
    Having used one since June 2012, I've got a superguide together now, with a lot of details and video and tips: http://TinkerTry.com/usb3docksuperguide

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