New Surface 3, ‘Mad Men’ podcast and Project Spartan – Weekend Reading: April 3 Edition

| Athima Chansanchai

Welcome back to another edition of Weekend Reading, with stories about the newly introduced Surface 3, a Next at Microsoft podcast featuring one of the “Mad Men” and the inclusion of the new Project Spartan browser in the latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Surface 3, which features the same beautiful design and premium materials as Surface Pro 3 in a more compact and efficient package. At just 8.7 mm thin and weighing 1.37 pounds, the Surface 3 is the thinnest and lightest Surface yet. The 3:2 aspect screen ratio first introduced on Surface Pro 3 is also used here. It runs full Windows, including desktop applications, and includes a one-year subscription to Office 365. Surface 3 starts at $499 and will be on sale starting May 5, but is available for pre-order now. It will also be available in a mobile broadband version, Surface 3 (4G LTE).

The latest episode of the Next at Microsoft podcast is now available and fans of “Mad Men” should tune in to find out more about actor Rich Sommer, who plays Harry Crane on the show. Sommer speaks to David Chen about his gaming obsession, on both computers and physical boards. He has a collection of more than 800 of the latter. He also shares insights into his work on the show and in other TV, film and voice-over roles — like how he uses Skype to work from anywhere.

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The new Project Spartan Web browser is available for the first time for Windows Insiders to try out as part of the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build for PCs. Project Spartan is designed to work the way you do, with features enabling you to write or type on a Web page. It’s a browser made for easy sharing, reading, discovery and getting things done online. Project Spartan also includes some new rendering engine updates in this flight, including preview support for responsive images.

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Microsoft released Office Lens for iPhone and Android phones Thursday, giving more smartphone users access to the popular capture app. Office Lens, one of the most popular free apps for Windows Phone users, turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner so you can digitize receipts, business cards, sticky notes and other documents.

"Jigsaw Puzzle HD"
“Jigsaw Puzzle HD”

We kicked off the week with the Indie Game Spotlight, which regularly shows off the work of a community of independent developers building titles for Windows Phone, PCs and tablets, like “Jigsaw Puzzle 3D.” We also got a new batch of Red Stripe Deals and the latest App of the Week, “Solitaire Mystery: Stolen Power.” Other notables: the My Very Hungry Caterpillar 3D interactive app and Windows Phone map apps that help you find your way.


This week on our global adventure to find people who #DoMore on the Microsoft Instagram page, we met Ana Dodson. She is the founder of Peruvian Hearts, a nonprofit organization that empowers girls in Cusco and the Sacred Valley through education and mentoring.

Thanks for checking out this edition of Weekend Reading. Hope spring has finally sprung, wherever you are. See you next week!

Posted by Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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