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Microsoft Quietly Releases ‘Surface Book 2’ Model: Report

However, the Windows-maker would still continue to offer the existing dual-core 7th Gen base model of the "Surface Book 2" laptop at a discounted price of $1,299

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Microsoft has quietly introduced a new version of its 13-inch “Surface Book 2” base model with Intels latest 8th Gen quad-core i5 processor, priced at $1,499.

The refreshed “Surface Book 2” model comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage.

“Microsoft has quietly launched this new model today, following rumours the company was planning to refresh the ‘Surface Book 2’,” The Verge reported on Sunday.

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However, the Windows-maker would still continue to offer the existing dual-core 7th Gen base model of the “Surface Book 2” laptop at a discounted price of $1,299.

The software giant discreetly released this new laptop version ahead of its “Surface Event” that is scheduled to take place in New York City on April 17.

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The company is expected to detail pricing and availability for its interactive white-board “Surface Hub 2” and associated accessories, the report added. (IANS)

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Microsoft Acquires Express Logic to Push IoT Dream

Microsoft is getting an established company with a proven product that can help it scale its Azure IoT business

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Microsoft has acquired San Diego-based software company Express Logic, that makes software for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, to accelerate IoT development for billions of devices at scale.

With this acquisition, Microsoft said late Thursday it will unlock access to billions of new connected endpoints, grow the number of devices that can seamlessly connect to its Azure Cloud and enable new intelligent capabilities.

“I am incredibly excited to share we have acquired Express Logic, a leader in real time operating systems (RTOS) for IoT and edge devices powered by micro-controller units (MCUs),” said Sam George, Director, Azure IoT at Microsoft.

Manufacturers building products across categories — from low capacity sensors like light bulbs and temperature gauges to air conditioners, medical devices, and network appliances — leverage the size, safety and security benefits of Express Logic solutions to achieve faster time to market.

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“Even highly constrained devices (battery powered and having less than 64KB of flash memory) can use Express Logic solutions. Over 9 billion of these MCU-powered devices are built and deployed globally every year, many of which can benefit from Express Logic solutions,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft is getting an established company with a proven product that can help it scale its Azure IoT business.

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The acquisition is part of a $5 billion investment in IoT the company announced last April that includes a number of Azure pieces, such as Azure Sphere, Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Edge, Azure Maps and Azure IoT Central. (IANS)