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Best Microsoft Surface tablet cases and accessories

What kind of cases and covers, or Microsoft Surface accessories are available on the market right now? Join us as we take a look at some great options for the Surface with Windows RT and the Surface with Windows 8 Pro.

Mobile

Microsoft rewards Halo 4 devotion with free ‘money’

Halo 4 has been released, but that won't stop Microsoft's PR efforts. The company wants you playing Halo 4, and it's willing to pay to ensure that happens.

Gaming

Kinect sells 20 million units

"That number's just continuing to grow," says Microsoft rep of Kinect sales.

Gaming

Microsoft reportedly building 7-inch Xbox Surface tablet

According to reports, Microsoft is moving forward with an Xbox Surface tablet. The 7-inch device will place a firm focus on gaming with a custom-built processor and modified version Windows OS. We're likely to see the tablet before we see an actual new Xbox.

Gaming

Microsoft hiring engineers for possible new cloud-based TV platform

Microsoft isn't taking any time off between releasing Windows 8 and starting on its next big thing. The company's latest job listings suggest that we'll be seeing a cloud-based TV platform in our future.

Computing

Can Microsoft’s revamped Skype take on Gchat, Google Voice and Google Hangouts?

Microsoft's ditching Windows Live Messenger for Skype, but is Skype enough to stand up to the other widely used services? We compare Skype to its biggest Google competitors: Hangouts, Talk, and Voice.

Computing

Minecraft XBLA skin pack earns $500,000 for charity

Minecraft isn't just a great way to explore your creativity. Thanks to the Halloween Skin Pack released for the Xbox Live Arcade iteration of the game, it's also a convenient way to earn money for charity.

Gaming

Microsoft soothes masses as Halo 4 servers buckle under stress

Halo 4 debuted this morning, and as one might expect this has led to an overwhelming surge of players annihilating the game's online servers. As one might also expect, gamers are furious.

Gaming

Microsoft killing Windows Live Messenger, will replace it with Skype (Rumor confirmed)

Microsoft is reportedly putting Windows Live Messenger to rest, and replacing the messaging client with Skype.

Computing

Google and Microsoft both eye UK airwaves for possible free broadband network

Google and Microsoft could be looking at setting up a low-cost, nationwide Wi-Fi network in the UK, all based around unused spectrum called White Space, which offers a high speed connection capable of traveling over long distances.

Mobile

What! Windows RT hogs 16GB of Microsoft’s 32GB Surface tablet

We originally thought Microsoft was being generous with 32GB storage standard for the Surface RT, but it turns out only 16GB of that is available to users. The rest of the storage is taken up by Windows RT and Microsoft Office.

Computing

Halo 4’s Competitive Skill Rank system arrives ‘early next year’

When Halo 4 officially launches tomorrow, it will not include the Competitive Skill Rank system. Don't know what that is? 343 Industries offers a substantial explanation.

Gaming

Can you really live on the Surface? First impressions from a week leaving the laptop at home

Despite some sour initial reviews, Microsoft’s Surface tablet remains far superior as an all-in-one laptop and tablet than anything Google or Apple have to offer.

Mobile

Microsoft bricks up the door to freedom with the Windows Store’s ‘walled garden’

As Microsoft migrates from an open platform to a walled garden with Windows 8, freedom falls by the wayside.

Computing

Microsoft still testing its own Windows Phone 8 device, just in case things go wrong elsewhere

Once again, Microsoft has been linked with developing its own Windows Phone 8 smartphone, something it has denied in the past despite evidence stacking up to the contrary. Is such a device likely to ever go on sale?

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