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Windows 8 Update: New Kindle takes on Microsoft Surface 2 in workplace

Tim Greene | Sept. 27, 2013
Also, nobody but Microsoft will touch Windows RT, Bill Gates gets his purple wish.

That means that if Microsoft hadn't decided to make its own hardware, likely nobody would be selling Windows RT right now. Given that pure hardware vendors know a thing or two about what sells, Windows RT has received a resounding thumbs-down.

Microsoft announced a blade cover/keyboard this week when it unveiled its upgraded Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets that could offer some interesting possibilities for programmers.

The blade shown off by Microsoft is a snap on touchpad very much like a Touch Cover 2 keyboard only it's embossed with a 16-key number pad and three sliders for mixing music.

But given that the Remix Project is based on the basic keyboard hardware, it seems programmers could write code for it that would do something else besides typing characters and mixing music perhaps drawing and painting, controlling industrial equipment, whatever.Opening up an API for the keyboards and turning it loose on developers would no doubt generate a lot more possibilities.

The color purple
The Verge recalled that last year just after Windows 8 launched a Microsoft ad showed a hypothetical Bill Gates text to Steve Ballmer, suggesting a purple Type Cover keyboard for Surface tablets. This week, Microsoft announced a purple Type Cover.

Gates still has clout.


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