Windows 8 is already getting all the love at Computex, so reports say Microsoft will slash hardware manufacturers' licensing costs for Windows RT in order to give the beleaguered ARM OS a boost.
Customers in the United States and Canada can now get a free Touch Cover or Type Cover with the purchase of a Surface RT tablet. Touch Covers usually cost $120 (or $130 for limited edition versions) and Type Covers usually cost $130.
Microsoft announced Wednesday that the Surface Pro tablets it will start selling in Japan on June 7 will come with a fully-functional copy of Office, a bundle one analyst said hints at a change in Microsoft's sales strategy for its homegrown hardware.
The Surface Pro is getting an upgraded storage option, Office 2013, and cool new touch covers—but not in the U.S.
Smart move, Microsoft. Microsoft's latest ad ties its Surface tablet to Office, doubling down on the business market.
One of Microsoft's top Windows executives said last week that the company is bullish about Windows RT, but analysts remain suspicious of RT's chances unless Microsoft makes changes.
Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates Monday stuck to the company line on tablets, and disparaged rival Apple's iPad for its lack of a keyboard and its inability to run Office.
Microsoft may be revealing the second generation of its Surface tablets during its developers' conference next month, according to a printed report.
Just months after jumping into hardware, Microsoft is a top five tablet manufacturer—but Windows slates have a long way to go before truly competing with Android and iOS.
Tablet shipments exploded by 142% in the first quarter of 2013 year-over-year as all Android tablets, including low-budget white box versions, dominated the market over Apple iOS tablets, IDC said.