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Microsoft Surface event

Microsoft's Surface division has invited journalists to a "small gathering" in New York City on May 20. Best bets are for the unveiling of a Surface Mini tablet, along with a possible Surface Pro 3.

  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:34:18 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:34:26 PM
    He's saying that Adobe's customers wanted a better-optimized version of Photoshop for Surface.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:34:38 PM
    It's Photoshop CC "optimized for touch" on the Surface Pro 3.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:34:47 PM
    Icons are 200% larger. "It's really, really easy to interact with the screen."
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:35:13 PM
    Does anyone see a stylus slot built into the chassis?
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:35:15 PM
    You can draw with the pen input, then pinch-zoom or pan around with fingers.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:35:56 PM
    I think you're going to need some pants with pockets, Dan.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:35:58 PM
    Photoshop previously has not been well-optimized for better-than-HD laptop screens -- will this new version be available on these other devices?
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:36:11 PM
    Panos is back. "That is super cool."
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:36:22 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:36:24 PM
    I need a stylus lanyard.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:36:31 PM
    Now we're talking kickstand.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:37:00 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:37:13 PM
    We're seeing a photo of Panos' daughter, who is watching Netflix on the bed on a Surface.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:37:35 PM
    "We put the Surface out, she loves it she watches netflix. We call this Anastasia mode."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:37:54 PM
    It's because of the kickstand that she's able to watch it from the bed without it falling over.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:38:09 PM
    So, the new kickstand opens to more angles. Starts as "classic" 22-degree.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:38:09 PM
    The original Surface angle is still there. "It's been a really good angle for us."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:38:46 PM
    There's a new angle called "canvas mode" -- it goes down to 150 degrees. This is "intentful" he says, as in it gives full resistance on the way down.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:38:53 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:38:53 PM
    Goes up to 150-degrees, and can stop anywhere in-between -- pretty sweet.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:39:00 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:39:10 PM
    This is intended for creative expression, drawing, even if your palm is sitting on the display.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:39:16 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:39:17 PM
    They call the lowest angle "canvas mode"
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:39:26 PM
    "Lapability" is the term for this, which Panos admits is a bit cheesy.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:39:42 PM
    "We know that to really build a tablet that can replace the laptop... it has to work in your lap. Lapability."
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:40:03 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:40:03 PM
    Lapability is actually a pretty important concept -- too many non-laptop PC devices don't work well in the lap.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:40:29 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:40:37 PM
    There's a new Type Cover that is even thinner than before.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:41:07 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:41:10 PM
    He put a "ton of energy" around the trackpad, he admits that the company got no praise for the trackpad. It's 68 percent larger with far less friction.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:41:29 PM
    Previous type covers had great typing, but the touchpad was so-so. This new touchpad is biggerm more sensitive, and purportedly works better with two-finger gestures.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:41:43 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:41:44 PM
    "The power of Office, the power of Windows, all of that comes from the mouse... This is critical."
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:41:53 PM
    So many apps and websites aren't designed with on-screen-touch in mind, so a good touch interface is important.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:42:28 PM
    We saw this in the intro video, the keyboard cover has its own "hinge" near the top edge,
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:42:33 PM
    Panos is now sitting down to show off the lapability now. The type cover now clips up slightly to give a better angle.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:42:34 PM
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:42:38 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:42:46 PM
    This eliminates "looseness" Panos says, making a more rigid typing surface.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:43:18 PM
    allowing you to "kick" the top of the keyboard up a tiny bit, where it hold
    s via magnet.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:43:18 PM
    And this explains why the start button has moved, because it would be obscured by the top of the Type Cover.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:43:36 PM
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