For Day 2 of the 30 Days with Surface Pro 3 series, I took the tablet out of the box and examined its physical look and feel. The Surface Pro 3 is very different from its predecessors right out of the box It has a larger display along with a different aspect ratio, which makes the tablet a totally different shape....

What’s better than diving in to do a 30 Days series? Diving in to two different experiences simultaneously and writing TWO 30 Days series. Today is the first post in the new 30 Days with Windows Phone 8.1 series. As I pointed out when I announced the two 30 Days series, I will be immersing myself in both the Surface...

It’s time to officially kick off the 30 Days with Surface Pro 3 series. I conducted a similar series of posts–immersing myself in the experience for 30 days–with the original Surface Pro. I never did get around to revisiting the concept with the Surface Pro 2–although it was a much better device than the original in many...

It has been a while since I’ve done a 30 Days series. Now, I am preparing to immerse myself in both the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and a Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone at the same time. I have actually engaged in 30 Days series for both of these devices / platforms before. I wrote 30 Days with Windows Phone 7 at PCWorld in...

About a month ago, I wrote an article arguing that the future is bright for Microsoft. Then, last week Microsoft unveiled disappointing earnings for Q4 2013, and the stock nose-dived–dropping 11 percent in a single day. Ouch! Was I wrong? Is Microsoft’s future actually bleak? Is Microsoft going to crumble to the ground...

One of the defining features of a Surface Pro tablet is the ability to straddle the line between traditional Windows PC, and a mobile device. For Day 21 of the 30 Days with Surface Pro series, I examined the networking options, and ways to stay connected on the go using the Surface Pro tablet. Early on I ran into...

Microsoft kicked off its TechEd 2013 conference in New Orleans this morning–revealing a comprehensive overhaul of many of its products and services. One of the focuses of the TechEd 2013 keynote were new features of the upcoming Windows 8.1 aimed at making it a better OS for businesses, and giving IT admins more...

Did Microsoft stumble with Windows 8? Was the dramatic overhaul of the Windows operating system just too much all at once? Well, consider the fact that Microsoft could have left the desktop mode off and just switched to the new mobil-esque Modern UI of Windows 8. Granted, it would have been suicide for Microsoft, but...

Microsoft announced today that it will offer a free Touch or Type cover along with the Surface RT for a limited time. That seems like a conveniently appropriate time to finish posting the 30 Days with Surface Pro series, picking up on Day 20 with my thoughts on the Surface keyboard covers. The iPad and other tablets...