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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 3:43:43 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:43:49 PM
    Adds stability, forms a better typing angle, and puts the keys slightly closer to the screen.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:44:11 PM
    And, since you can pivot the kickstand at any angle, you can now use the Surface at any angle -- like a laptop, Panos is quick to point out.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:44:33 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:44:37 PM
    Okay, Panos has clipped on a Type Cover to the Surface on the scale. It's still lighter than the MacBook Air.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:44:39 PM
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:45:27 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:45:48 PM
    Panos is now comparing this to a legal notepad, which is also similar to 3:2 aspect ratio. "That's not an accident. That's a design point... It's what makes it familiar."
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:45:48 PM
    Here comes the big education pitch. Surface 3 screen looks/feels like a notepad/notebook page.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:46:00 PM
    "One of the things about tablets... is that they have to be personal."
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:46:40 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:46:46 PM
    "It's not a stylus." Instead, "it's a pen."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:46:50 PM
    He's talking about the pen now. "It's not meant to be thin, it's not meant to be cheap... it's meant to be weighty."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:47:13 PM
    "Writing on a PC is clunky, it's true." Panos says that "great experiences" will make writing feel "organic and natural."
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:47:30 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:47:34 PM
    Killer app time! NYTimes crossword app plus Surface pen.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:47:36 PM
    We're seeing the NY Times Crossword app, now.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:48:15 PM
    Did the Times give Panos the crossword answers in advance? Scandal!
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:48:35 PM
    Panay was able to write in the crossword squares. It used character recognition to fill in the blanks with actual characters. He was able to cross off the clue, too.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:48:43 PM
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:48:49 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:48:53 PM
    We're looking at an app called Final Draft now.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:49:23 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:50:22 PM
    Now there's explaining what "notes" on a movie script means -- I think we've all seen enough fictional representations of the Hollywood process to get that. ;)
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:50:23 PM
    Panos is showing a script writing, editing in real-time.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:50:48 PM
    He's writing on the screen. Yes, it's red ink.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:50:52 PM
    But, i recall Scott Stein being very excited about Final Draft on the iPad a couple of years ago -- it's an important app.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:51:08 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:51:26 PM
    My fellow old print magazine vets will love the red-pen editing.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:51:41 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:51:58 PM
    Panos is able to write notes and cross out sections, and these notes will be sync'd automatically.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:52:00 PM
    I'm going to start using this to red-pen all the CNET articles I edit with traditional
    copyediting symbols.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:52:06 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:52:15 PM
    "My notes are coming in live, and it's my personal handwriting that's doing it. Pretty cool, right?"
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:52:26 PM
    Speakers now, 40 percent more powerful than before.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:53:02 PM
    Slight dig on side-by-side computing, running two apps simultaneously.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:53:28 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:53:28 PM
    He's looking at the script while playing the scene in the movie.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:53:48 PM
    Sad that multi-tasking is a talking point these days, but c'est la vie.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:53:58 PM
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:54:05 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:54:44 PM
    Now Panay is talking about "one microsoft," all the cooperation across the company to make this happen.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:54:58 PM
    "You have to start removing barriers in technology very quickly. A piece of paper and a pen is as analog as it gets."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:55:18 PM
    "Removing that barrier of technology is critical to making it feel great."
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:55:24 PM
    I've tested/reviewed windows devices that use handwriting. styli, etc. from way, way before Windows 8 -- never had a critical mass of readers say they felt strongly about the feature.
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