Ultimate Student Guide To Using Microsoft Surface 3

Great video from Sean Ong. Although this is oriented for students, there are some great hints about being productive with your Surface device. Ultimate Student Guide To Using Microsoft Surface 3   And after you have watched the video here are some more interesting things to explore. Azure Free Trial MSDN Azure benefit CANITPRO at the Movies (English) CANITPRO at the Movies (French)

Surface Pro 3: Pen Can Be Paired With Other Devices

You can pair your Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3 pen to other devices. This is more interesting than compellingly useful, but here’s what I found. I picked up  an HP Stream 7 at the Microsoft Store last week. I was trying to capture a screen shot with the thumb keyboard but trying to do that with the Windows-Volume_Down combination wouldn’t work because pressing the Windows button dismisses the keyboard. Then remembered that a double-click on the Surface Pen button opens OneNote Screen Clipping Tool. I paired my Surface Pen via Bluetooth to the Stream-7. I was actually surprised that … Continue reading Surface Pro 3: Pen Can Be Paired With Other Devices

Surface 3: Hands On

I finally got my hands on a Surface 3. Here it is (red keyboard) beside my Surface Pro 3 (black keyboard) at the Microsoft Store. Keyboard and Typing Experience You’ll notice that the actual keys on the keyboard appear to be the same size.  The difference in width is in the border on the sides of the keys. That border is much slimmer on the Surface 3 keyboard. The Trackpad is about the same width, but not as tall.  They trimmed some of the border between the top row of keys and the screen. Overall the typing experience seemed comparable … Continue reading Surface 3: Hands On

Surface 3: Looking Better By The Day

What do you think of Surface 3? You can read the reviews and most of what I’ve read is that it’s a brilliant little machine. There’s generally some balking at the price, but setting that aside for a minute: I DO need an all-day full-Windows device. That is, something that will run legacy applications.  Previous versions of Surface (not Pro) have given me the all-day experience, and the Surface Pros have given me full-Windows with support for legacy applications. It just seemed that I couldn’t have both. When I need to be completely portable, and by that I mean walking … Continue reading Surface 3: Looking Better By The Day

Surface 3 Review

Surface MVP Frank Garcia shared this review from wintablet.info We Tested the Surface 3 (translation by Microsoft Translator). Here are a few of the pictures that appear in the review. Notice the size of the Surface 3 keyboard. The keys are the same size but the keyboard is a little smaller. And here is a shot of the Surface 3 attached to and on top of a Surface Pro 3 keyboard. This gives you a pretty good idea of the size. And here are the ports. Micro USB for charging and data, USB, and mini-display port. Be sure to read … Continue reading Surface 3 Review

StaffPad–Made for Surface Pen

Yesterday I wrote about Killer Applications. The one that grabbed my attention today is StaffPad. Follow the link and watch the video (shown using a Surface Pro 3 pen) and see someone writing sheet music faster than you could do it with pen and paper. This quote from the website captures the heart of pen computing applied to a human endeavour.. From the website: “StaffPad is a brand new class of notation app, designed to take advantage of the advanced pen and touch input found on Microsoft Surface* and other compatible Windows 8.1 devices. As you write notation using the … Continue reading StaffPad–Made for Surface Pen

Surface Pen: Killer Applications

Killer Application – a software application so compelling that it drives sales of the hardware. The Killer Applications that brought me into the world of pen computing were things that let me use a pen, when really – only a pen would do the job. In the early days that was MindManager. It let me create Mind Maps in much the way that I had done for decades only faster and you could edit it later. It was one of the very first Windows  (Tablet PC Edition) applications that was fully pen-enabled, and it remains today, one of the best. … Continue reading Surface Pen: Killer Applications

Panos Panay and the Surface team Reddit AMA

Great questions and answers in today’s reddit AMA “Good afternoon, Reddit, we are the Microsoft Surface team. On Tuesday, we announced the addition of Surface 3: our newest tablet that works like a laptop. It’s a killer device and we know you’ll enjoy it! Super pumped to be here for the AMA – thanks for how great you’ve all been to us. We only have an hour, but we’ll do the best we can.” The big topic of discussion was Surface 3 of course.  Nothing concrete about Surface Pro 4, but that’s not a surprise.  “No mystery, we are always … Continue reading Panos Panay and the Surface team Reddit AMA

Surface 3: Side By Side

Okay – you might be expecting a side by side comparison of Surface 3 to Surface Pro 3 or Surface 2.  I might do that later, perhaps in May when they are shipping. For now you can join me as I look at this picture and try to imagine how much smaller the Surface 3  will feel compared to the Surface Pro 3. Back to Side By Side I’d like to think about working two-up: that is working with two machines side by side. I like to work with multiple screens. I do that now with my Surface Pro 3 … Continue reading Surface 3: Side By Side

Surface 3: Long May You Run

I have my Surface Pro 3 and I recently picked up a couple of Surface Battery Covers. Each one of these gives me a couple more hours of run time away from AC power. And while it’s great to be able to do that it doesn’t mean that I get to relax and forget about the battery life issue. It just means that I get to think about it in a different way.  I have to charge up the Battery Covers and I have to think about when I will carry them around. One of the great things about the … Continue reading Surface 3: Long May You Run