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This morning I had the amazing opportunity to represent our Surface team and show the next generation of the Surface family for the first time – Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and some amazing new accessories. From the beginning, we’ve had an ambitious vision to make Surface the most productive tablets on the planet – for personal and professional use. We strongly believe that many people need great devices for play and getting things done.
Surface Pro has been an amazing device. It has been my daily machine for a LONG time. Surface Pro 2 is a very significant upgrade on top of that strength, with meaningful battery-life improvements so it lasts nearly a full workday, a dual-stage kickstand that works great on your lap, and even faster performance. With Power Cover – a new cover accessory that provides the same great typing experience as Type Cover along with a built-in extended battery that charges while you’re working or while it’s connected in your bag – Surface 2 lasts more than more than 10 hours. With the Docking Station for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 can be the first device that is a tablet, a laptop, AND a high-powered workstation.
Surface Pro 2
Docking Station for Surface Pro lets you quickly click-in and connect, turning your device into a full workstation.
Docking Station for Surface Pro includes Mini DisplayPort video output, three USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet port, and 3.5mm audio in and out.
As much as I love Surface Pro 2, I have a new main machine now, and it’s Surface 2. It feels amazing and is even lighter, thinner, and has longer battery life than before. We have fundamentally revamped Surface 2 to make it the most productive personal tablet ever. Trust me here. It is much faster – now with 72 graphics cores, twice the internet speed, and USB 3.0. It is even more beautiful – with an enticing new color that reflects the true color of Magnesium, a full HD screen, and a thinner and lighter design. And most importantly, it is even more productive – now with Outlook RT which is how I do email, a 3.5MP front-facing camera optimized for Skype for my video calls home or video messages when we can’t connect. To ensure that you get the most out of your device, we’re including free Skype calling to landlines 60 countries and free Skype WiFi at over two million hotspots for a year, as well as 200GB of SkyDrive storage for two years. The Skype and SkyDrive offers are for both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2!
Of course, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will also ship with Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro, respectively, bringing improvements in key areas like personalization, search, multi-tasking, built-in apps, the Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity.
Our Type and Touch Covers are also more amazing – Touch Cover 2 is more responsive, and Type Cover 2 Type is quieter and now available in colors, and both are even thinner, more rigid, and have backlighting with proximity sensing to light up as your hands approach the keys.
Type Cover 2 will be available in Cyan, Magenta, Purple, and Black.
We also have some other cool accessories – a wireless adapter for Type and Touch Covers, a car charger, and my favorite mouse in the world, the Arc Touch, now as a Surface Edition that uses Bluetooth so I don’t need to plug my USB 3 port.
Both Surface devices will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, September 24, 2013 and for purchase on October 22, 2013 in select markets. Visit www.surface.com/pre-order to learn more about pre-order. You can also see additional information on pricing and release dates here.
Finally, for you music fans and people that can imagine how “click in and do more” can show that productive tablets can be about even more than a keyboard and Office, we announced The Surface Remix Project and a new purpose-built music kit that clicks into Surface 2, Surface Pro, and Surface Pro 2 and works with a new music remix app. We will be sharing these with the music community and DJs starting October 22nd. If you are an aspiring DJ, go to SurfaceRemixProject.com, post a video telling us what you’ll do with it, and you could get one of these and a Surface 2 for free to show what you can do.
Our team and MANY partner teams across Microsoft are excited to bring these products to market, and for the future of Surface. We’re incredibly proud of everything we’re announcing today. We can’t wait for you to get your hands on them and try them out.
Panos PanayCorporate Vice President – Microsoft Surface
I have never used a tablet before but i saw the RT at Best Buy and it seemed to be the better buy instead of a bulky laptop, so i took a chance and bought it along with the keyboard and i never thought i would totally love this thing but i did fall in love with it... I would recommend anyone to buy one!!! I am now trying to find out where i can get that docking station since best buy doesn't have it.. I had a hard time finding a sleeve for it but finally got something for it.. Thank you so much for coming out with this and i see it's better than the iPad lol didn't know that till after i bought it..
I'm also wondering if the Docking station is good for the RT can anybody answer that question for me please???
The docking station is only compatible with the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2
The only thing I have to complain/wonder about is the colors of the touch cover. Are there? I'm guessing there isn't since I've never seen one anywhere, and that comes as a disappointment to me. I love the new touch cover with the gestures and backlighting, but I also love those bright, neon colors. I'm hoping they will make colors for all the colors in the next generation.
Thank you for announcing Surface 2.
There is not even a spec sheet available, Microsoft. The only document I found is: (and this one is a bad joke) www.microsoft.com/.../surfacespecsheet.pdf
My customers asked for 300 tables for their mobile workers. I have chosen five of different manufactors now. Surface is out of the race just I wasn't able to get any technical information about it. Marketing isn't anything.....
You mean this page?
(click on Tech Specs)
Wow, Surface RT and Pro created an impression and the version 2 is increasingly good.. I also came across another blog on the same.. www.gadgetride.com/.../microsofts-surface-2-and-surface-pro-2.html ... neat write up..
Check this out - how to set up a Surface Pro as a desktop workstation with up to 8 screens/monitors - a little OTT but an interesting experiment! www.ingenious.co.uk/surface-pro.asp
Does any body know that Touch Cover 2 would have the mangetic feature that when you close up the cover, it would just "stick" on the machine?
It does not. That said, having used a Surface RT for a month, and an iPad for several years, I can tell you that I really didn't miss that feature. Because the Touch Cover is one solid piece, it usually stays in position, and feels much more secure than the iPad's flimsy Smart Cover.
I have tried to place a pre-order..... but i can't as you don't seem to want to ship to anywhere outside of the USA?
Is this only available for pre-order to the USA?
I just returned a Surface Pro back to the retailer as I was unable to access my work account via Citrix though I liked everything else. Will this be possible on the Pro 2? as I don't want to pre-order if there is going to be no point in spending the money.
Are you sure the issue is not caused by Citrix itself?
What was the issue, as I'm looking to do this as well.
I watched the live blog coverage of the Surface 2 intro by several online news organizations, and just watched the on demand presentation again...
Am I understanding correctly? Bitlocker is included in the Surface 2 as well as Surface Pro 2?
Yes, the Surface RT, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 all come with hardware supported Bitlocker enabled by default. If you use a Microsoft account to sign-in the recovery key will be backed up to your Skydrive/MS Account.
Very excited for this tablet, and finally glad it's been announced. I'm still torn between getting one of these or the iPad 4. While I find the proce for Apple's product on the steep side, they've got all the apps myself and my wife would need. But the almost explosive growth of apps on the Windows Store is amazing, it'll be 1-2 before there's parity in apps available, so if I got on these bad boys (Surface 2) now it would end up being a long term investment.
Still unsure about this, but have a good feeling about MS with these tablets, unlike the last batch (which felt like an experiement).
Congratulations on a great update to a great device. I was particularly impressed with the backlit Touch Cover 2 and the Music Cover. Fantastic idea. The only dissapointment is that there is no white for Touch Cover 2. I have a suggestion: make a tactile E-ink Cover. The cover could display ebooks/pdfs for reading without draining too much battery, act as a secondary "reading" page when taking notes on the main Surface (think Courier !) and display a keyboard when used as a keyboard. The keyboard displayed can then change between language layouts (QWERTY, AZERTY, hiragana, etc...) ! Another idea would be to make the connector of each Cover have a female plug on the opposite side of the spine, so you could buy multiple covers and dock them all together into the Surface to carry like a book. The Covers would be like multiple pages you could flip and tear out as needed.
They should make a smart fabric cover, it would react to the environment around you!
Panos, I have a question regarding the pricing of the new Surfaces, especially the RT Surface. I've noticed that you're still sticking to that absurdly expensive price point as the first Surface. Are you planning to do another $900 million write down of the inventory next year? Me, and just about everyone else, think that you need to price these things more competitively. (For the same price as a Surface 2 you can get an x86 touchscreen laptop- or hybrid. Why would anyone choose the Surface for this price when you can get the full Win8 experience cheaper? Sure, they look amazing, but so do at least a couple of your competitors devices as well.)
Not with these specifications... nothing is even close to Surface 1 and 2. At minimum, they are bigger.
I think people are missing the mark here. What you have to remember is that the Surface (RT) is the future for consumers. Windows 8 is the start of a vision of combining the same OS over all of your devices and that's exactly what Modern UI is all about. Essentially a Modern UI app can work on your desktop, laptop and tablet. In the future this will include Windows Phone too.
The whole idea is to push forward with Modern UI. The desktop is for legacy applications. Sure, I like the desktop but I also like the ability to have a fully sync'd desktop, laptop, tablet and phone with all the app's I love. That relies upon developers jumping on this vision, the rest will follow.
Nice changes to what is an unreal product I love my RT and I have had 3 clients go out and get one in the last 2 weeks after seeing my one. Will/can RT uses get the 200gb skydrive and Skype or is it only for Surface 2? And can the new back lit Touch keyboards work on Surface RT?
Only for second generation currently.
read this then!
The new Surface Pro 2 looks terrific. Microsoft was quick to address the key issue with the Surface Pro, the relatively short battery life. It was the main reason I was somewhat reluctant to buy the Surface Pro, but I did anyway....3 weeks ago.
So now I'm upset. None of your tech-savvy staff at the Microsoft office informed me of the Surface Pro 2 coming on the scene. We talked a lot about the battery issue with the Surface Pro, and it came down to 'take it or leave it'. So I took it. After all the upgrades (128G memory, Office package, upgraded keyboard, tax, etc.) I am out $1272.70 with a product that was already obsolete.
Shame on me for not scouring the internet to see if there was a new edition coming. But shame on you too for not being transparent at your store
Yeah I've been waiting for a few months for the updated surface. I've been burned by apple the same way buying the current product then a month later they release the new one. I've just learned whenever the price drops they are usually trying to clear inventory because a new edition is coming. Sorry for the situation that stinks.
@Steve, not keeping up with the latest Surface news is no ones fault but your own. There's nothing wrong with the product you purchased a few weeks ago. It's a great product when you purchased it, it will be a great product when the Surface Pro 2 launches.
Even if the tech-savvy staff at Microsoft was aware that the Surface Pro 2 was launching in October, they would have no authority what-so-ever to let consumers know that SP2 will be released.
Next time, don't be lazy and do plenty of research on your own rather expecting someone else just tell you before purchasing a large ticket item.
Microsoft Store has a 30 day return period - check the date of purchase. Mine was 3 weeks old when I returned it to be placed on the pre-order list.