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Microsoft Surface 2 event liveblog
The Surface RT and Surface Pro were Microsoft’s debut on the touch-friendly tablet scene and now, a year after, the company is ready to bring the second generation Surface tablets along with its improved Windows 8.1. Microsoft is expected to unveil the Surface 2 RT and Surface 2 Pro, and some new accessories too like a new Power Cover and a Surface Docking Station.

We’ve been hearing whispers about Microsoft polishing a lot of the rough spec edges and introducing an even better, adjustable kickstand with the second-gen Surface tablets. Have we approached the times of fanless Core-based Windows 8 tablets? And is Windows RT now ready for prime time?

These are two of the questions we expect Microsoft’s Surface team led by Panos Panay to answer today. We’ll be covering the event live as it happens and rushing to the demonstration areas to bring you a more intimate look at the devices right away. There will be no Microsoft Surface 2 event livestream, but instead of a stream you can tune into out live blog right here.


07:30AM — Pacific
08:30AM — Mountain
09:30AM — Central
10:30AM — Eastern
03:30PM — London
10:30PM — Beijing

Live event tracker

10:39Time for some sweet hands-on time with the new Surfaces and covers.
10:39And that's a wrap, folks! Thanks for staying with us, and stay tuned for more coverage as we're heading in the demo areas.
10:38"In Surface Pro 2, guys you have a full PC in a tablet form factor. It's workstation. You can do so much with this product."
10:38"The team is proud of what they did here. We think these products make people's lives better."
10:38
10:36Just kidding!
10:36Turns out there are some!
10:36Microsoft will introduce us to people who actually use Surface.
10:36"This team that designs this product, it's crazy. They're not gonna stop. You're only gonna see more and more from the Surface team."
10:35It's a beast.
10:35No typos. Surface Pro 2 configs are: 64GB storage/8GB RAM, 128/4, 256/8 and 512GB storage/8GB of RAM
10:34Wow, Surface 2 Pro goes up to a version with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
10:34Surface RT remains at $349.
10:34Surface Pro 2 price starts at $899
10:33
10:33The products will launch on October 22nd in 21 markets
10:33Pre-orders open tomorrow at 8AM pacific time.
10:32Panos is now wrapping up.
10:31It looks fun, using the touch cover as a music deck. Great for musicians!
10:31"We know you're putting pressure. If you were finger painting, you could smudge your ink harder. Think of the things beyond a simple product
10:30It's all pressure sensitive so the harder he hits the note keys, the louder the sound
10:29The cover now transforms into a music deck.
10:29"When I told you we have a full resolution sensor on the product, it's that same pressure sensitivity you get on the first product."
10:28
10:28The Surface 2 release date is October 22nd.
10:28The video wonders "what if" we could do more, Surface somehow is involved.
10:26Gestures are also supported on the new Touch Cover.
10:25We're watching another video promo right now.
10:25"This sensor is to open your mind just a little bit."
10:25Interesting.
10:25"Everything the Surface team does right now is not only now, but the future. We started Surface 2 long before Surface RT launched."
10:24Comes with predictive typing too.
10:23"It feels like a book when you close it. Surface 2 got thinner, Touch Cover got thinner."
10:231092 sensor versus only 80 sensors on original.
10:23"It's thinner, it's lighter. It's like a piece of paper."
10:23
10:22New Touch Cover is 1mm thinner and backlit.
10:22$450 is expensive, don't you think?
10:22
10:21"This is Touch Cover 2."
10:21Let's see if we have a Steve Jobs' like surprise.
10:21"Let me show you one more thing."
10:21
10:21"We're selling Surface 2 at $449."
10:20200GB of free SkyDrive for 2 years.
10:20With SkyDrive you can simply restore a device if it's lost.
10:20"That product is Bitlocker encrypted, by the time I get off this stage there's really no hope for Mary Jo to get it."
10:20Panos is now joking around with journos about leaked information and secrets.
10:18
10:18"It's a really hard device to break, the build quality is unbelievalble."

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posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:03 1

1. Xavier1415 (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


cant wait!!!!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:04 1

2. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Not really excited for MS but I'm curious to see what they bring to the table.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:21

3. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


hope MS gain some sense from last year's low sales and price, spec surface right.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:35 1

7. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


The specs in the Surface pro and rt were fine... in my opinion they did 2 things wrong. The first would be failure to communicate why RT would be worth it to them. Second would be price.

The pricing even then wasn't too bad, it was more the fact that they failed to explain the value proposition more clearly. Just like they did with the Xbox One. Minus the touch covers. $100 for that is just sinful lol.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:23

4. rcranium (Posts: 28; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


That's a really early start, not that I mind.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:23

5. Diego! (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


Hopefully they buried WindowsRT and gave improvements to Windows8!

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:33

6. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


MS won't ditch Windows RT...they might merge it with Windows Phone...at sometime in future.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:42

8. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


20% boost in cpu performance and 50% boost in graphic is a bit underwhelming, no?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:45

9. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


75% better battery life you say?

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 10:25

10. boosook (Posts: 929; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


omg, it's bulky! I'ts a pc. once again, Microsoft didn't understand what people do look for in a tablet...

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 11:41

11. jeevan28111992 (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Can Someone Post the Video link of Surface 2 Unveiling...???

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