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.

  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:15:04 PM
    Okay, we're sending a message back to Panos's kids. The message? "Go to bed." Short but to the point.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:15:16 PM
    Undeniably nice hardware improvements on new Surfaces. Will that make these the go-to tablets, though?
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:15:24 PM
    "To really nail this point, we're doing more than just bringing you the hardware and software together. We want to bring you the service."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:15:40 PM
    Free international calling from Skype, and free hot-spot Wi-Fi access for a year! Pretty good deal.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:15:48 PM
    "That is killer," says Panos.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:15:51 PM
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:15:52 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:16:39 PM
    New a new demo. "This is my PC. This is my Surface 2. I use it for everything. This literally is my device. On it, all my files are saved to SkyDrive. All of them. All my photos, all my documents, all my music. Everything lives in the cloud."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:17:15 PM
    "Now, when you get Surface 2, you get this automatic opportunity to use SkyDrive because your files automatically default to the cloud. You can sync seamlessly in the cloud... Because everything continues to sync seamlessly, you don't have to try."
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:17:23 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:17:24 PM
    SkyDrive automatically backing up everything in the cloud...should be default for all computers, all mobile devices.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:17:57 PM
    Panos is saying he was going to break a tablet with a sledgehammer to make a point, but he's talking about what would happen if he lost the device, or if it was stolen.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:18:05 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:18:22 PM
    Mary Jo getting major call-outs here!! Fourth wall broken.
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:18:27 PM
    Deep SkyDrive integration, probably a good idea. Smaller SSD storage and easy online access makes it useful.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:18:30 PM
    "Here's why this scenario is important to me, it's happened to me twice... All of my documents, including my entire roadmap, is on this device." He's calling out Mary Jo Foley!
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:18:34 PM
    Great shoutout for our own Mary Jo Foley.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:19:03 PM
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:19:09 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:19:15 PM
    Panos just said that the details for the next three Surface tablets are on that device, which he just handed to Mary Jo!
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:19:16 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:19:38 PM
    "Suppose your arch-nemesis in media..." who is that?
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:19:40 PM
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:19:55 PM
    I like the idea of an automatically syncing cloud drive.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:20:01 PM
    Panos has another device already with the same information on it. Meanwhile, Mary Jo is still trying to break into his tablet.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:20:08 PM
    More events should feature crazy audience interaction.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:20:16 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:20:31 PM
    Mary Jo is officially a part of this event now.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:20:42 PM
    "Surface 2, super fast. Better screen. Great Dolby speakers. Works in your lap. Great games. It comes with the full Office suite. And, one more thing, for those who said they don't use SkyDrive we're going to solve that right now, too." 200GB free for two years!
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:21:04 PM
    It's $449!
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:21:09 PM
    200GB 2-year SkyDrive...well, that's nice. There's the extra storage space.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:21:14 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:21:18 PM
    "You get the entire product suite of Surface 2, all it's speed, all its apps, $449."
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:21:19 PM
    OK, 200GB of SkyDrive cloud storage free, but only for two years -- how much is it after that?
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:21:40 PM
    Fifty bucks off the last gen Surface, always nice to see.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:21:45 PM
    Now we're finally seeing Touch Cover 2. It's also backlit, and the lights are going down.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:21:55 PM
    It's 2.5mm thin, 1mm thinner than Touch Cover on the last Surface.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:22:07 PM
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:22:08 PM
    Touch cover is still with us, also backlit and thinner, like the Type Cover.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:22:12 PM
    "It's 2.5mm, feels more rigid, turns itself off when not being used... Is that not gorgeous?"
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:22:24 PM
    "How do you get something that thin with such a uniform backlight?"
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:22:29 PM
    Pretty awesome that the backlighting is across the board.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:22:40 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:23:05 PM
    We're looking at the new sensor layout now. The old Touch Cover on the left had 80 sensors. The new one has 1,092. "What does that do? What does it mean? It's thinner, it's lighter. It's like a piece of paper. It feels great when you click it in. It feels like a book when you close it."
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:23:17 PM
    Interesting that MS is pairing Touch Cover with Surface 2 and Type Cover with Surface Pro 2. When we shot our hands-on videos of these products recently, I made the same exact choice, although the covers are interchangeable.
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