Microsoft Surface 2 event

Microsoft will be launching its next-generation Surface devices on Monday, September 23 at 7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. ET in New York City, and CNET will be covering it live.

  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:29:46 PM
    I always wanted to the original Surface to have a dock,
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:29:53 PM
    "Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. Our presentation is about to begin."
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:29:55 PM
    and a backlit keyboard.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:30:11 PM
    Just got the "presentation is about to begin" warning.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:30:32 PM
    We were asked to take our seats, but we've mostly been in our seats for many minutes...
  • Dan G 9/23/2013 2:31:20 PM
    @TimStevens Makes sense since the MBA is *still* the only decent Haswell-based ultrabook you can buy in any retail store. It's amazing how all the other manufacturers are still selling 3rd-generation parts with half the battery life a year later.
  • john.falcone 9/23/2013 2:31:53 PM
    Once the official event begins, we'll be stopping the reader comments so we can concentrate on the news.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:32:05 PM
    Okay, we just got another wireless AP spun up. Feeling the cool waves of wireless washing over us.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:32:16 PM
    Or maybe that's just the AC. It's pretty cold down here.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:33:44 PM
    Music is getting more intense. Are you ready?
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:33:48 PM
    It's Panos Panay on stage! He's going straight to the demo table.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:34:01 PM
    Panos Panay dives right into looking at one of the new Surfaces.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:34:04 PM
    Turns out all that music was playing through a Surface!
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:34:12 PM
    "Thanks for coming out today. This is a big day for Surface. This is a big day for the Surface team in Redmond."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:34:22 PM
    "We've been working on the second-generation products for a good part of 18 months to 24 months."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:34:32 PM
    Apparently the team is all watching by liveblog. Panos says "hi!"
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:34:41 PM
    That's an interesting new type of control cover, but not sure how usable it is outside of the few multimedia controls preprinted on it.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:34:54 PM
    "You're going to have to bear with me. I've measured this talk track a number of times." He's measuring it in steps! Get those pedometers ready.
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:35:15 PM
    I'd love to see an OLED-style touch cover with reprogrammable keys/controls.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:35:18 PM
    "We're going to introduce to you the next generation of devices. Two of them. The most powerful professional-use tablets you've ever seen with Surface 2."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:35:38 PM
    Two tablets and seven accessories coming today! "I want you to see the transformation that's happening from Surface generation one to Surface generation 2."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:35:45 PM
    And here it is. Surface Pro 2! He's holding it up on stage.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:36:05 PM
    It looks more or less like the last one. "Surface Pro 2 is one of the most exciting products Microsoft has ever built."
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:36:20 PM
    Because, honestly, is anyone really clamoring for another Win RT tablet?
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:36:22 PM
    "Surface Pro, in its class, has been the #1 selling device... It us a SKU that has blown the doors off our expectations without a doubt."
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:36:35 PM
    It looks like the original Surface Pro.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:36:41 PM
    "We only set out to make it better. When you have a product that's working, when you have a product that people really understand, you have to put more energy into that."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:36:49 PM
    He says they didn't want to reinvent the wheel, just "make it better."
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:36:59 PM
    Still thick, still angular.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:37:11 PM
    "We spent more and more energy to bring this thing to live [the display] to life."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:37:46 PM
    There's 50 percent greater color accuracy on the display. "If you're a pro using this... this is really important. You want the real images coming off. If you're using high-resolution photos, if you're editing movies. Whatever you might be doing, and you're a pro, you need that perfect color coming off the screen."
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:37:54 PM
    better color accuracy in the new Surface Pro. Nice. It already had a really
    good display.
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:37:59 PM
    Still a pretty glossy screen, too.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:38:02 PM
    "We got a lot of feedback on these speakers." They're "boosted" now and are Dolby certified. More oontz with your Surface!
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:38:07 PM
    Dolby on the Surface Pro 2...boomier speakers on a tablet. A thing?
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:38:12 PM
    "Those are subtle changes. Let's talk about the more impactful ones."
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:38:19 PM
    I'd love to see a matte version -- especially useful for outdoor/on-the-go use.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:38:45 PM
    Panos says that people love Surface because it's fast, and Surface is faster. "It literally is faster than 90% of all laptops in the market today... It's a full PC. We're going to transform that word and move that into a tablet form factor."
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:38:52 PM
    If Surface Pro is the "fastest product you've ever used," you may not have used all that many 2013 laptops.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:38:54 PM
    "We've increased the graphics performance on this product by 50%."
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 2:38:59 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:39:15 PM
    "I think you expected me to talk about battery life first, but I want you to hear this. We improved the performance by 20%... If you thought it was fast before, it is lightning fast now."
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 2:39:16 PM
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 2:39:18 PM
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:39:32 PM
    Ok, so this mostly sounds like MS taking credit for Intel's Haswell platform, which this clearly includes.
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