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Ping 190: Surface 2, SteveB's Last Song, iPhone Trade-in, and Apps Sharing Limits

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Back after a week away due to the company meeting. Guest host this week while @lfoy is out of town!

[03:07] - Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Now Available for Pre-Order

[07:02] - Steve Ballmer says goodbye at his last company meeting

[10:23]Trade in your iPhone for $200 or more

[12:17] - Increasing App Roaming Limits

 

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  • @MarkDefalco  interesting to see you start the show and also Hosting it all, you should've started by using your own words/lines and not @lfoy's  line. Nice seeing Golnaz.,

     For Surface Addons; A more sensible keyboard that works like the onscreen keyboard new features for windows 8.1.

    For the Devices, I've only 2  devices and don't share/sync stuffs between both for now.

     

  • martinminemartinmine I eat C# for breakfast

    Wait, first Paul retired, then Laura? Wat? I do not approve this!

  • , martinmine wrote

    Wait, first Paul retired, then Laura? Wat? I do not approve this!

    Just away for a week, Laura will be back next week!

  • JackJack

    Make it easier on the eye's, no boys, just Foy and Golnaz.

  • @Jack:it would be more fun if we have the three Mark,Foy and Golnaz, allowing Mark to start the program in his own style and Foy taking the role if a featuring host.

  • IRBIRB

    For a surface Add-on, I've love to see a fixed style keyboard, like the Asus transformer where you can dock the Surface in there and use it like a regular laptop if you desire.

     

    Nice to see Golnaz on the show!

     

    I've probably only got 6 Active Windows 8 devices so I'm OK with the 81 limit Smiley

  • Regardless of who is on the show, get your facts straight. 20% or 75% more battery life. that is shabby workmanship and we expect better. 

  • Golnazgolnazal HEY HEY HEY

    @Mike Greenway: Sorry about that. But here's an article that stats 75% more battery life: "As a result The Pro 2 promises 75 per cent more battery life than the debut model."

  • Golnaz is an anagram for Nazgol, you know, those creatures from Lord of the Rings.

    ... What? Is spelled Nazg├╗l? OK, I stand corrected.

     

    =P

  • Greg Duncangduncan411 It's amazing what a professional photographer can do...

    @MikeRore:LOL!

  • Golnazgolnazal HEY HEY HEY

    @MikeRore:I have a cousin  named Nazgol lol

  • , golnazal wrote

    @Mike Greenway: Sorry about that. But here's an article that stats 75% more battery life: "As a result The Pro 2 promises 75 per cent more battery life than the debut model."

    Yes, the 20-25% increase is on the RT 2, 75% increase is on the Pro 2. I had mixed the two up after I accidentally messed up my notes.  Props to @Golnaz for correcting me!

  • JackJack

    @Abisoye You are correct, the more the merrier, since they all do an excellent job. Even Paul!

  • Can I please trade in my Surface RT v1 for a new Surface Pro 2....

  • Justin M. SalvatoJustin​MSalvato Microsoft junkie

    I miss Paul.

    Now I'm gonna miss Steve.

    Geez, if Bill leaves, then I'm giving up on Microsoft Sad

  • Hello!

    Great show this week,

    Steve Ballmer will be missed, I think he did a good job.

    As for devices I have about 11 PC's, Laptops and  a mac ( yes a mac ) and surface RT/PRO.

    Is the trade-in program available in Canada ?

    Thanks 

  • Golnaz looks really tall, but it could be because of the optical illusion created by the foreshortening of the fake, green-screened set. Is this why Laura looks so short when she sits in her normal position on the left? When Laura comes back, she should consider sitting on the right (or her left).

     

  • Golnazgolnazal HEY HEY HEY

    @cbae: hahaha I am tall!! Laura and Mark are pretty close in height.

  • Justin M. SalvatoJustin​MSalvato Microsoft junkie

    Just one more thing, if Naz sticks around, perhaps I won't bail on Microsoft just yet.  Persians are cool.

     

  • It's been quite a while since I watched an episode of Ping. It's good to have more technical people hosting Ping.

    As for add-ons for the Surface it would be great to have a keyboard layed out like the Grantophone app. The advantage would be that it's pressure sensitive, unlike a touchscreen.
    A Harpejji style keyboard or a hexagonal one like the AXIS 64.

    Having the current one with the faders and the MPC style pads show up in any app as a standard MIDI controller would be great too.

    It's pretty much useless without MIDI support.

  • Good show. Missed Laura but Golnaz was fun. Orange man filled in well for Laura Smiley

    @Golnaz - Please share the photo of the pile of your laptops. 

     

  • morbitalmorbital 2013 Cascadia Cup Champions

    @MarkDeFalco Hey, first off, how about that 4-1 win by my Whitecaps! From your pic I assume your a Sounders fan. Also I think if you're going to always wear orange, maybe you could show some love to the orange team up the I-5 in wearing a BC Lions of the CFL shirt!

    For my Surface Pro I am really looking forward to the Power Cover! Staying with the DJ theme maybe they could make a cover that acts like a turntable and let's you scratch! 

    PS. @golnazal is very cute, how tall are you?

    PPS. Are there any Canadians on staff at Channel 9?

    BTW, my pic is from 2008 when the Whitecaps won the Cascadia Cup with a win over the USL Sounders at Starfire in Tukwila!

  • , morbital wrote

    @MarkDeFalco Hey, first off, how about that 4-1 win by my Whitecaps! From your pic I assume your a Sounders fan. Also I think if you're going to always wear orange, maybe you could show some love to the orange team up the I-5 in wearing a BC Lions of the CFL shirt!

    For my Surface Pro I am really looking forward to the Power Cover! Staying with the DJ theme maybe they could make a cover that acts like a turntable and let's you scratch! 

    PS. @golnazal is very cute, how tall are you?

    PPS. Are there any Canadians on staff at Channel 9?

    BTW, my pic is from 2008 when the Whitecaps won the Cascadia Cup with a win over the USL Sounders at Starfire in Tukwila!

    I'm mainly an American Football (Denver Broncos) fan, but I also support the Seattle Sounders and the New York Rangers. Yes, I know I'm all over the place Smiley  My profile pic is from the time I did a shoot on the pitch here in Seattle http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/The-Countdown-Show/Countdown-to-TechEd-Europe-2012-The-Center-of-IT as a promotion for TechEd Europe 2012 Smiley

    And yes, we have Canada represented on the team, but I'll let them out themselves Smiley

  • Duncan MackenzieDuncanma "yeah that's awful close, but that's not why I'm so hard done by"

    @MarkDeFalco: @morbital: I'm the Canadian on the team Smiley ... lots of 'friends of C9' and other folks who post videos here who are from Canada though

  • So... First thanks for discussing Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. I can't wait to get my hands on one. Second, can I have a soapbox please?

    Let's talk connectables. The DJ thing is impressive. I only hope that they'll create some kind of developer version. Something like a blank slate and allows someone to customize key layout and actually try them out. Followed by being able to custom order a "printed" version, with the layout a developer created.

    Now let's talk about what should be non-connectables. Or the docking station. Is it me, or should the docking station disappear with the PC era. How is it not possible to provide a "landing pad" of sorts for a tablet? Something that connects my monitors, network, extra CPU, peripherals and power but I need to do nothing but set my tablet down on the "landing pad" to charge and connect, like a docking station. I'm basically looking to get rid of the song and dance to "dock" something. Physically connecting, pushing this or that, or blowing on the connectors like a Nintendo cartridge from the 80's has got to go!

    If you would be so kind to pass this off to Microsoft Research. Thanks in advanced!

  • OzBobLordOzBob Downunder Developer

    Great show guys. Golnaz missed Mark's very hip reference to a cool song by Beck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPfmNxKLDG4

    "two turntables and a microphone" about 55 seconds in.

  • , LordOzBob wrote

    Great show guys. Golnaz missed Mark's very hip reference to a cool song by Beck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPfmNxKLDG4

    "two turntables and a microphone" about 55 seconds in.

    Right at that moment, I realized that I may now be considered old Sad

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