View Poll Results: What version of windows are you running on your suface 3?

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  • windows 10

    14 70.00%
  • windows 8.1

    6 30.00%
11-29-2015 03:14 AM
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  1. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Please vote, and voice opinions here as well.
    10-18-2015 09:25 AM
  2. scrumperman's Avatar
    8.1 here. Tired 10 but was not a fan on the mail app, Edge, or IE no longer being able to swipe back to go back a page when browsing.
    10-19-2015 03:59 PM
  3. lordcpaq's Avatar
    8.1 dont like 10 fell it is a step backwards for touch devices.
    scrumperman and GizmoEV like this.
    10-19-2015 11:24 PM
  4. Steve Adams's Avatar
    For now, we are staying with 8.1. Going to ignore the upgrade to w10 pop up.
    10-20-2015 10:34 AM
  5. jcorbin121's Avatar
    Using 10, thinking about going back to 8,1 cuz mail app is junk, Office 2016 Outlook doesn't work either, keep getting disconnected, wont sync folders, many issues with Outlook - not sure if that is 2016 Outlook on W10 or just 2016 Outlook period. Web based Outlook.com works fine for me - I like to have the folders, calendar, tasks all in one view tho... The touch response is not always the best on the Surface3 with Win10 in my opinion. The O/S looks better, feels better but the mail app is a deal-breaker...
    10-22-2015 02:38 PM
  6. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I am using outlook 2016 on my surface in 8.1 and it works great. Maybe an update soon will fix the win 10 problems.
    10-22-2015 06:47 PM
  7. mfgillia's Avatar
    Using Windows 10 and no longer missing metro IE and a few of the other more touch friendly features of windows 8.1 after installing Touchme Gestures. Lost about an hour of battery life but otherwise its working better for me after the upgrade.
    10-27-2015 02:42 AM
  8. Steve Adams's Avatar
    What are the touchme gestures? and what do they control?
    10-27-2015 05:05 AM
  9. mfgillia's Avatar
    What are the touchme gestures? and what do they control?
    Just about anything you can think of - e.g., swipe back and forth web pages, two finger tip tap to cycle through tabs, swipe up and down to change brightness, volume, three finger swipe down to close an app etc. Basically you can assign a range of gestures to any of the basic functions for controlling the tablet.

    One of the very few apps rated above 4.5 stars on the windows store - they should bundle it with all Surfaces.
    10-27-2015 07:31 AM
  10. scrumperman's Avatar
    This sounds and looks great...Now if you know of a fix for the Mail App........the one on 10 is horrid, at least it was when I tried using it!!!
    10-27-2015 09:59 AM
  11. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Just about anything you can think of - e.g., swipe back and forth web pages, two finger tip tap to cycle through tabs, swipe up and down to change brightness, volume, three finger swipe down to close an app etc. Basically you can assign a range of gestures to any of the basic functions for controlling the tablet.

    One of the very few apps rated above 4.5 stars on the windows store - they should bundle it with all Surfaces.
    Cool, I will have to give it a whirl.
    10-27-2015 10:40 AM
  12. mfgillia's Avatar
    This sounds and looks great...Now if you know of a fix for the Mail App........the one on 10 is horrid, at least it was when I tried using it!!!
    I've had mix success with it. I like the way Mail looks and automatically imports all of my contacts unlike Outlook. However, it doesn't quite seem to always work seamlessly with my imap email account when sending emails and the formatting can look weird in other email clients so I can't quite rely on it for my business related email account.

    By the way, I just rolled the dice (after setting a restore point) and allowed Drive Booster 3 to update 33 drivers on my Surface 3 it claimed were out of date. Since no new firmware update was on the horizon I decided to try it. Most of the drivers were intel related including a few described as power management related.

    Now for the first time since upgrading to Windows 10 it shows 8 hours of battery life. I wasn't getting more than 6 post-upgrade. Its too early to tell if this a real improvement and/or if one of the driver updates will cause something else to break but so far so good...
    10-27-2015 02:08 PM
  13. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Just about anything you can think of - e.g., swipe back and forth web pages, two finger tip tap to cycle through tabs, swipe up and down to change brightness, volume, three finger swipe down to close an app etc. Basically you can assign a range of gestures to any of the basic functions for controlling the tablet.

    One of the very few apps rated above 4.5 stars on the windows store - they should bundle it with all Surfaces.
    Did you pay for it?, how much did it cost after everything? and do you notice a decrease in battery life using it?
    10-28-2015 05:10 AM
  14. jcorbin121's Avatar
    I have since (last Friday) done a factory restore and then immediately upgraded to Windows 10 on my Surface 3 (base model) - Mail seems to be more reliable now, at least it works reliably and gets mail. Outlook 2016 seems to work now also, I am not using Outlook 2106 as my primary mail client, but I tested it with outlook.com account and it brought all the mail (and folders) down to my Surface. Haven t seen any other issues with mail since.....
    10-28-2015 10:07 AM
  15. mfgillia's Avatar
    Did you pay for it?, how much did it cost after everything? and do you notice a decrease in battery life using it?
    It was $4.99. At first, I did think it was seriously decreasing the Surface 3's battery life but then realized unfortunately that was just due to upgrading to Windows 10. After downloading BatteryBar Pro I could see that the discharge rate doesn't measurably change whether its running or not.
    10-28-2015 01:34 PM
  16. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Ok, you using edge in 10? If so, switch to IE and your battery life will be returned to normal. I am at 64 % battery and 5h 53min left.
    10-28-2015 01:56 PM
  17. Brian282's Avatar
    I'm running 10 and feel its a love hate relationship. I love how it react to pin input and keyboard input with the latest updates but cccp codes don't jive well with 10 and I'm constantly reinstalling codecs to get the sound to function. I also hate the notification screen and miss the charms bar. It was so simplistic and functioned wonderfully. I feel for the Pro 4 that does away with the capacitive button. The stupid start button is so tiny on the desktop .... I rarely use the notification. Screen except to flip between tablet and desktop mde. Its by far the most useless piece of crap in 10. Exp since I've pinned all my email accounts and folders to the start window....

    I really have high hopes that threshold will fox tons of screw UPS with 10.

    P.S. my PC came with 10. Windowstore has already stated they have an image of 8 and can reformat my tablet and I often think of upgrading to 8.1
    10-28-2015 08:53 PM
  18. Reflexx's Avatar
    Using Windows 10.

    Love it except for the inability to swipe back and forward in the web browser.
    10-28-2015 09:00 PM
  19. mfgillia's Avatar
    Not to sound like a broken record but swiping back and forth in the web browser can be enabled through an app - TouchMe Gestures in the Windows Store.
    10-29-2015 10:51 AM
  20. mfgillia's Avatar
    Ok, you using edge in 10? If so, switch to IE and your battery life will be returned to normal. I am at 64 % battery and 5h 53min left.
    I'll have to try that. I've been using everything except Internet Explorer - Edge, Chrome and Firefox. I can't imagine it would make that kind of difference though but even an extra 2 hours would be nice.
    10-29-2015 10:56 AM
  21. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Made a huge difference to my systems. Both the surface and my two laptops running 10.
    10-29-2015 12:19 PM
  22. ybahman's Avatar
    Did you pay for it?, how much did it cost after everything? and do you notice a decrease in battery life using it?
    The TouchMe Engine is 100% event driven and written entirely in native C++ for maximum responsiveness. Since it's event driven, it's effectively off unless you're touching the screen. And when you are touching the screen, it will only use a tiny tiny portion of your CPU. For contrast:
    • If you invoke the Start menu 5-6 times back-to-back, you'll see your total CPU usage increase by ~50%
    • With all my fingers on the screen, TouchMe only uses around 1.1% CPU

    I could go out on a limb and say it might even save you enough time that you'd be able to accomplish more with the battery life you have, but that's a little silly :)

    TL;DR TouchMe has no perceptible impact to battery life.
    mfgillia and Tjarren like this.
    10-30-2015 04:50 AM
  23. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I HAVE TO TRY IT! ha ha. Seems like a great app for the windows 10 tablet devices.
    10-30-2015 05:13 AM
  24. Stephen Borders's Avatar
    Too many bugs and poor battery life on the surface 3. I installed windows 10 from the notification and the battery life sucked. I saw where updating the driver would get battery life back and then it started blue screening on reboot. I rolled back to 8.1.
    11-04-2015 03:14 PM
  25. Steve Adams's Avatar
    My surface is running top notch on 10. weird. What model are you using?
    11-04-2015 05:35 PM
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