I always wanted to the original Surface to have a dock,
"Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. Our presentation is about to begin."
Just got the "presentation is about to begin" warning.
We were asked to take our seats, but we've mostly been in our seats for many minutes...
Once the official event begins, we'll be stopping the reader comments so we can concentrate on the news.
Okay, we just got another wireless AP spun up. Feeling the cool waves of wireless washing over us.
Or maybe that's just the AC. It's pretty cold down here.
Music is getting more intense. Are you ready?
It's Panos Panay on stage! He's going straight to the demo table.
Panos Panay dives right into looking at one of the new Surfaces.
Turns out all that music was playing through a Surface!
"Thanks for coming out today. This is a big day for Surface. This is a big day for the Surface team in Redmond."
"We've been working on the second-generation products for a good part of 18 months to 24 months."
Apparently the team is all watching by liveblog. Panos says "hi!"
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.
"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.
I'd love to see an OLED-style touch cover with reprogrammable keys/controls.
"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."
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."
And here it is. Surface Pro 2! He's holding it up on stage.
It looks more or less like the last one. "Surface Pro 2 is one of the most exciting products Microsoft has ever built."
Because, honestly, is anyone really clamoring for another Win RT tablet?
"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."
It looks like the original Surface Pro.
"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."
He says they didn't want to reinvent the wheel, just "make it better."
Still thick, still angular.
"We spent more and more energy to bring this thing to live [the display] to life."
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."
better color accuracy in the new Surface Pro. Nice. It already had a really
Still a pretty glossy screen, too.
"We got a lot of feedback on these speakers." They're "boosted" now and are Dolby certified. More oontz with your Surface!
Dolby on the Surface Pro 2...boomier speakers on a tablet. A thing?
"Those are subtle changes. Let's talk about the more impactful ones."
I'd love to see a matte version -- especially useful for outdoor/on-the-go use.
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."
If Surface Pro is the "fastest product you've ever used," you may not have used all that many 2013 laptops.
"We've increased the graphics performance on this product by 50%."
"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."
Ok, so this mostly sounds like MS taking credit for Intel's Haswell platform, which this clearly includes.