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Apps Windows

Got a device with pen support? Try Journal

Garage, the skunkworks division of Microsoft, have today launched Journal, a free ink-space to jot down your ideas.

Source: Microsoft

From the webpage:

“Journal, a Microsoft Garage project, is an app for Windows that invites people who love to journal to pick up their digital pen, express themselves quickly, and evolve their ideas.

Of all the different methods of device interaction, digital ink is unique in the speed and degree of natural expression and in aiding memory. With Journal, disparate ideas can be connected, drawings can be sketched, annotations can be freely inserted, information can be located with search, and you can easily connect your ink across other apps to grow your best ideas. Journal provides an ink-first solution that delivers new AI, intuitive gestures, and connected experiences for Microsoft 365 for work and school (subscription required, sold separately) . “

It’s designed for people who thrive when writing out their ideas, notes, and sketches.

You can download Journal from the Microsoft Store.


Microsoft announce preview of Office 2021

Whilst the focus of improving Office apps is focussed on the cloud, some Microsoft customers don’t want to invest in the subscription model of Microsoft 365.

For these customers, Microsoft have today announced an upcoming preview of Office 2021, or Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC).

Office LTSC is the next perpetual release of the Office apps which will include some new features but do not release the full potential of the Office apps through Microsoft 365.

Microsoft state Office LTSC has been built “for a limited set of specific situations: regulated devices that cannot accept feature updates for years at a time, process control devices on the manufacturing floor that are not connected to the internet, and specialty systems that must stay locked in time and require a long-term servicing channel.

“We expect that most customers who use Office LTSC won’t do it across their entire organization, but only in specific scenarios. The good news is that you can deploy both Office LTSC and the Microsoft 365 version of Office with the same deployment tools.”

Read the announcement here.

Hardware Mobile phones

Surface Duo now available in the UK

As promised, Surface Duo is now available in the UK with a starting price of £1349 for the 128GB version, and £1449 for the 256GB

Microsoft are offering a trade-in deal which includes Samsung and iPhone devices.

If you have £1500 burning a hole in your pocket, you can order Surface Duo here. It’s also available from Currys PC World here.


Surface Duo UK pricing announced

You might want to sit down for this one.

Pocket-lint are reporting that Microsoft have announced the UK pricing for Surface Duo – the Android phone-come-tablet device with two screens that was released in America last year.

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Source: Microsoft

Surface Duo will be available from the 18th February from Microsoft themselves or Currys PC World.

The price? £1349! (I told you to sit down!).

I was excited by this phone and was seriously tempted but at this price – it’s a strong no from me. Considering the 128 GB version is $999 at the moment from Microsoft (plus shipping tax), then that’s a hefty markup. Some reports have stated that the UK version will have slightly upgraded specs with 6 GB RAM and either 128 GB or 256 GB of storage.

Reviews haven’t been kind for the Duo, mainly around old hardware but using the device has seemingly gone down well.

Will you be getting a Surface Duo next Thursday? Let us know in the comments.

Computers Hardware

Microsoft announce Surface Pro 7 Plus

Microsoft announced on Monday 11th January a ‘new’ Surface Pro. The new Surface Pro 7 Plus includes Intel’s latest 11th gen processor and in an overhaul of the device’s internals, an improved battery, removable SSD and LTE connectivity.

Source: The Verge

The internals of the new Surface Pro 7 Plus have been reworked to improve the thermal design model (TDM). Unfortunately, there’s no 5G connectivity here, you’ll need to make do with 4G and it’s only available to enterprise and education so don’t expect this to pop up on Amazon anytime soon.

The Surface Pro 7 Plus is available for pre-order now, starting at $899 (£699 or AU$1170) or $1149 for the LTE version.