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Mircosoft has announced that the support for Windows 10 Mobile device will stop on December 10, 2019, and the software giant is now recommending that current Windows 10 users choose either Android or iOS devices, Microsoft provides this advice in the Windows 10 Support document. At the same time, it will stop providing security updates and patches to Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft ended Windows Phone support in July 2017 and closed Windows 10 Mobile active development in October of the same year, which directly led to the death of the platform. Due to the lack of app developers, the number of Windows 10 Mobile apps is small and the basic user base cannot be established.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also announcing that its AI assistant Cortana will no longer be a competitor of Google Assistant and Amazon Alxea. Instead, CEO Satya Nadella says that he seeks Cortana could integrate with the popular platforms rather than fight against them, and it has already partnered with Amazon to bring the integration to Alexa users, while it continues to negotiate Google on the matter.

It's very clear that Microsoft began to focus on app development on other mobile platforms: it launched several apps for iOS and Android, such as Microsoft Edge, Translator, Azure, OneDrive, and so on.

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Microsoft today shared a new Surface Go holiday ad, it ridicules the Apple iPad is just a toy, not a real computer. This advertisement tells a 10-year-old girl and her grandmother to buy a tablet. The little girl said that she only play iPad when she is 6 years old, now she is 10 years old and needs a real computer because of her dream, so the Surface Go was her choice.

The iPad running iOS that is designed for smartphones, so there are a plenty of limitations, such as not having a proper file system, doesn't support Mouse, lack professional apps, etc. The Surface Go, on the hand, is powered by the Windows 10 operating system and can run many standard Windows softwares. It can also be touch operated and supports a mouse and a stylus.

Microsoft Surface Go is currently priced at $399, it includes the integrated kickstand and a front-facing camera above the 1800 x 1200 resolution IPS touchscreen display, it's pretty much a touch-screen true laptop. Apple also offers a cheaper iPad model for $329, but its most iPads are cost way higher than that.

The ad comes after Apple launches a series of videos touted out that iPad Pro can replace your laptop, shows what it capable of doing.

During today's stock trading, software giant Microsoft was surpassed Apple to become the world's most valuable publicly traded company as a result of Apple's continually declining share price aims reports of lower-than-expected iPhone sales. However, as of now, Apple has returned that title with its market cap of approximately $828 billion, while Microsoft is now slightly less.

The last time that Microsoft matches Apple's stock value was in the mid-2010's, it's understood that the company's advance in cloud business and well-received PC sales all pushed them to grow in value ever since the September quarter, however, analysts expected that they will reach the $1 trillion market cap milestone in 2020, if not in the next year.

For now, Microsoft and Apple are competing for the most valuable company title, Amazon is on the track to race to hit $800 billion valuation crown. Yet, Google did see little increase in stock price, as it now placed at #4 spot when it comes to the most valuable brand in the world, from what it seems like, Apple is likely to be on the top of rank when the market closes today.

What are your thoughts?

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Two years later after launches Surface Book, Microsoft yesterday officially unveiled the successor of the line up. So we begun to compare it with the MacBook Pro. The new Surface Book 2 is equipped with the latest Eighth-Gen Intel Core Duo processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 two discrete graphics options, Microsoft said that this product is 5 times faster than the original Surface Boo, it also twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro,

First we take look at the 13-inch Surface Book 2 and the MacBook Pro, one for $1999 and one for $1799, although the price of the Surface Book 2 is more expensive, but we all know that it is equipped with a powerful Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU and the Eighth-Gen of Core Duo processor, which also leaves Mac for don't have any speed advantage (MBP using the Seventh-Gen of Core Duo processor).

15-inch version is also in the same story. Surface Book 2 is more expensive, but from the configuration, it is better than the MacBook Pro. However, though the 13-inch Surface Book 2's start storage capacity higher than the MacBook Pro (256 GB to 128 GB), but for 15-inch MacBook Pro's maximum internal storage capacity up to 2TB, which is better than the Surface Book 2.

Design wise, Surface Book 2 it didn't looks whole lot different from its predecessor, but Microsoft also claims to redesign the device's hinge to achieve higher strength and durability, but we think that in terms of design, Surface Book 2 still show some embarrassing gap. On the contrary, Apple still maintain their own design elements of the MacBook Pro, as always, the laptop still uses beautiful design.

As for portability, Surface Book 2 provided two size options to user - 13 inch and 15 inch, respectively, weighs 3.38 pounds and 4.2 pounds. In contrast, the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro weighs 3.02 pounds and 4.02 pounds, respectively. Mac in the portability side has edge over Surface Book 2, but ordinary consumers may not notice this.

Battery aside, Surface Book 2 is said to have a up to 17 hours of battery life, if it is true, then it will be very alarming. After all, 15-inch MacBook Pro's battery life can up to 11 hours or so, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro's can lasts only 8 hours and 40 minutes. When Asking for the resolution of the display, both products provide ultra-high resolution screen.

Finally, Microsoft for Surface Boo added a USB Type-C port, the advantages of this connector makes it more high-speed connection. Speaking from the diversity of the ports provided, Surface Book 2 seems to be better than the MacBook Pro.

On the whole, though the Surface Book 2 is more expensive, but it may worth paying for the price, and the Surface Book 2 configuration also shows that in high-end laptop market, it'll hashing confrontation to MBP. Of course, in the end which laptop wins, we also need more rigorous test data to determine.

Via Laptop Mag, Image Via LM And Trusted Reviews

Software giant Microsoft today introduced the Surface Book 2, the second generation of its high-end notebook and tablet hybrid. Since it can’t upset any OEM partners) the company continues to compete with Apple’s MacBook Pro notebook family.

Surface Book 2 packs “the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options, which Microsoft says makes it up to five times faster than the original Surface Book and “twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro.”

Battery performance aside, the hybrid device’s battery life numbers that will be impressive if they pan out: 17 hours. The disclaimer here is that number only describes continuous video playback, but Apple rates both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro at up to 10 hours of video playback, so it’s still a jump if true.

Surface Book 2 is available with a 13.5-inch or 15-inch display, just like other Surface product that can be detached from the keyboard and used as a tablet. It also can be folded or reattached in Studio Mode or View Mode. Microsoft added that the Surface Book 2 has 45 percent more pixels than the latest MacBook Pro. The 15-inch model has a resolution of 3240 x 2160 pixels, good for 267 PPI.

Surface Book 2 starts at $1,499 for the 13.5-inch model with a Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. While the 15-inch model starts at $2,499 with a Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage.

The tablet-laptop hybrid pre-orders begin November 9 on Microsoft's website and at its retail stores in the United States and select other countries. Deliveries will begin when the device launches November 16. No word on if the 2 will redeem the Surface Book in the eyes of Consumer Reports which pulled its recommendation over poor reliability.

Via MacRumors And 9to5Mac, Image Credits Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that its Edge web browser is coming to iOS (as well as Android), starting with a preview version for iDevices available today. The company intended to let Windows 10 users move more seamlessly between desktop and mobile.

Microsoft Edge will primarily appeal to iPhone users that use a Windows PC instead of a Mac thanks to a "Continue on PC" feature (Continue on PC on the desktop side will be part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, available worldwide October 17) that enables users to push a website from the mobile to desktop version of the browser, like Apple's Handoff.

The iOS app also carries over Windows features like the Hub, Reading List, and Reading View, and will eventually sync both passwords and favorites between devices. The current preview is missing roaming passwords as well as iPad compatibility, and is moreover limited to English-speaking U.S. residents. Improved support is promised as the software develops, such as tab sync.

Bing, Google, and Yahoo can be set as the default search engine in Edge for iOS, which has a similar design as the desktop version. Unfortunately, the mobile version doesn't have Cortana or built-in ad blocking. Other built-in tools include a QR code reader, voice search, and a private browsing mode.

At present, there's no iPad version. In order to try the app, user must sign up with Microsoft's Windows Insider program, and then download it using Apple's TestFlight app. Microsoft Edge for iOS should be available on the App Store later this year.

Via MacRumors And AppleInsider, Images Via Microsoft
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