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Microsoft Introduces First-ever Surface Headphones

The Surface Laptop 2 offers a premium design, PixelSense Touch Display, and best-in-class keyboard and trackpad, without sacrificing the 14.5 hours of battery life

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Microsoft's new Surface products include 1st-ever headphones. Wikimedia Commons

Refreshing its Surface laptop line-up, Microsoft has announced four new products — Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2, Surface Laptop 2 and first-ever Surface Headphones — along with new innovations in Windows and Office 365.

At an event in New York on Tuesday, Microsoft also announced that the Windows 10 October 2018 update has arrived for its users.

Surface Pro 6 would start from $899 and Surface Laptop 2 would begin from $999. The devices — available for pre-order — would be available in the US from October 16.
Surface Headphones at $349 would be available later in 2018 while Surface Studio 2 would be available, starting at $3,499.

Surface Headphones has 13 levels of ambient noise control. There are two beam-forming microphones on each ear cup — eight microphones in total — helping the user focus on the sounds he or she wants to capture.

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A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge. VOA

“You can easily adjust volume and noise cancellation levels with new, intuitive on-ear dials. While Surface Headphones are optimised for Surface devices, they will pair with any Bluetooth-enabled device,” Microsoft said in a statement.

Surface Pro 6 is equipped with latest eighth generation Intel Quad Core processor.

The device is 67 per cent faster than the fifth generation Surface Pro and has been redesigned to pack in more power but still keeps the portability, versatility and all-day battery.

“The Surface Pro 6 features the ‘PixelSense Touch Display’ which helps create the best work with Office 365 on Windows and features like intelligent inking,” said the company.

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Logo of Microsoft outside it’s office. Pixabay

Surface Studio 2 is built for creators who need vibrancy, high-graphics performance and fast processing, delivering next-generation Pascal graphics and 50 per cent faster GPU.

The new Surface Studio is 38 per cent brighter, with 22 per cent more contrast.

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Surface Laptop 2 is 85 per cent faster than the original Surface Laptop and is powered by the new Quad Core eighth generation Intel processor.

The Surface Laptop 2 offers a premium design, PixelSense Touch Display, and best-in-class keyboard and trackpad, without sacrificing the 14.5 hours of battery life. (IANS)

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Microsoft Joins Hands with Eros Now to Develop Next-generation Online Video Platform

The collaboration would help Eros transform not only how it delivers streaming services to its consumers but also to reimagine the offerings it can provide

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Over-the-top (OTT) video platform Eros Now on Thursday joined hands with Microsoft to build a next-generation online video platform on the latter”s cloud computing service “Azure”.

“The online video market has brought a paradigm shift in the way technology is used and will be used to enhance the customer journey and user experience. We at Eros Now have been the earliest movers in the adoption of technology which is a core strength of the brand,” Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO-Eros Digital, said in a statement.

Using Microsoft Azure and Azure Media Services, Eros would develop a new, intuitive online video platform that would provide seamless delivery of content for its consumers across geographies and languages, supported by a robust infrastructure including Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN).

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FILE – A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

“By using our combined expertise across technology and media, we have an opportunity to build on that foundation and re-imagine entertainment for the rapidly growing audience of digitally-connected consumers in India,” added Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Microsoft.

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The collaboration would help Eros transform not only how it delivers streaming services to its consumers but also to reimagine the offerings it can provide.

“India is one of the fastest-growing digital entertainment and media markets worldwide, driven by the growth in online video content. AI and intelligent cloud tools will be the next drivers of the media business and will impact everything from content creation to consumer experience,” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India. (IANS)