Microsoft road map shows changes on the surface

Microsoft road map shows changes on the surface
Every year, Microsoft holds its Worldwide Partner Conference, basically a way for executives in Redmond to get out and meet and greet the company's partners. During the keynote address for this year's conference, delivered by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner this week, a road map in the form of a slide was projected to those in attendance. Based on the slide, we should expect to see updated versions of the Microsoft Surface RT and the Microsoft Surface Pro. As you might recall, the former uses an ARM-based processor and runs like a traditional tablet while the latter is more like the desktop machine in your office and runs the same applications.

The road map slide also hinted at new accessories and new colors for the Microsoft Surface line. In addition, during a Reddit AMA in June, a Microsoft team suggested that we could see covers for the tablet that will recharge the phone. There was also some discussion of peripherals to be available in the future, that would click into the tablet to work.

Last month, a published report noted that Microsoft is planning on updating the Surface RT by using Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. There is also some speculation that Microsoft has tested the zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 on Microsoft Surface slates running Windows 8.1. Since that chip supports 4G/LTE connectivity, we could see Microsoft Surface tablets offer support for LTE with the next iteration of the slates.

source: WPC, TheVerge via Pocketlint

Related phones

Surface Pro
  • Display 10.6 inches
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 1 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Intel Core i5, RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • OS Windows 8 Pro
Surface RT
  • Display 10.6 inches
    768 x 1366 pixels
  • Camera 1 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • OS Windows RT



6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

I've noticed the slide also lists windows phone start screen innovations and killer hardware.... I think that says killer hardware... Wonder what those could be?

3. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Apple Ipad brought in the New age of tablets that only run touch screen Apps. The android tablets came alive with the Jelly bean OS upgrade. now the windows 8 tablets bring in the age of the PC/Tablet combo devices which use old Windows mouse and keyboard programs and touch screen Apps. The challenge for Microsoft is how to make cheaper good running PC/Tablets.The best running Windows 8 Tablets use intel i5 or i7 CPU"S. they cost 122 to 300 dollars just for the CPU then you have add the costs for the case and screen, ssd, ect .and they can get expensive. the PC/tablet is great device because of it's great versatility but there is still room for the touch screen apps only tablets like the Ipads and the android tablets and I dare say To say room for the Windows RT tablets also they are cheaper and useful too

5. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I think that is a billion dollar question only MS can answer. I think the only way RT can truly be outstanding is it can run legacy programs. ie x86 apps/programs. Then truly RT will be a force to contend with.

2. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Surface has great potential. especially surface pro. A full PC in tablet form is way awesome. at that point there are no limits

4. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

The first gen was pretty hefty but it had a premium feel and was definitely sturdy. I guess it's aspect ratio felt a bit funky too as it was really narrow and wide. Otherwise, I was actually really impressed by it. With Haswell and future generations, I hope to see less/smaller/quieter fans yet keeping that top notch performance :)

1. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I see also that Windows Phone apps will run on Windows RT/8 and vice versa, that is going to be killer, if the Windows Phone 8 store and Windows RT/8 store will merge together i think by that time there will be 400000 apps together, that would be awesome.... Best regards!

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