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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 2:54:23 PM
    Lights are coming down... oh, it's backlit now!
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 2:54:30 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:54:30 PM
    Big applause for that. Audience seems to be coming around.
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:54:42 PM
    Yep, it's also backlit. That's also a great addition.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:54:55 PM
    The keyboard knows when you're about to use it.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:55:11 PM
    "Because we power the covers through the device we want to make sure we don't steal that from the people that use it." There's a proximity sensor, so the light turns off to save battery.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:55:19 PM
    All of these are truly good, useful additions.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 2:55:40 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:55:49 PM
    "So that's Surface Pro 2." He's running down the highlights. Kickstand, battery life, performance, the new keyboard...
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:56:03 PM
    "You now have the full ability to use, literally, what I believe is the most powerful tablet for professional use in the world."
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:56:09 PM
    Now we go to the bigger challenge...Surface 2.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:56:15 PM
    Time to talk about the other tablet, Surface 2.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:56:32 PM
    "Surface 2 is the product we are introducing to you today that is not subtle, but it is a revamp. It is not the simple changes that everybody wants but it is the revamp that people need."
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:56:42 PM
    Name is just "Surface 2" -- no mention of RT yet.
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:56:57 PM
    "The revamp that people need."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:57:03 PM
    "We had a vision. We went out to create a product where people can buy and get away from just consumption, and get away from either their iPad or their tablet in a way that allows for them to get more productive."
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 2:57:07 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:57:27 PM
    "We had a vision in the first generation to do that. We have a long pipe of products that enable that. We now move to the next generation of Surface. We continued to work to realize that vision. The vision to work to get more done."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:57:38 PM
    He's saying you can be productive AND have fun, but we're thinking that depends on the job.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:57:39 PM
    "get away from just consumption." Where is that place?
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:57:43 PM
    We're having fun, of course. Are you?
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:57:45 PM
    Question -- do actual consumers ever think of their products or product choices in terms of "consumption?"
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:58:00 PM
    Okay, it's video time. We're seeing a moody presentation of some dust blowing off a podium...
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 2:58:01 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:58:06 PM
    Video: sands blowing. Looks like "Prometheus."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:58:08 PM
    It's revealing the new Surface 2...
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:58:37 PM
    "Lighter, thinner..." very fancy video. Metals resonating and being honed away to reveal the new shape.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:58:42 PM
    ...the new shape that is basically the old shape.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:58:53 PM
    "...faster, full HD..."
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 2:59:01 PM
    Lots of ferrofluid in that fluid.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:59:18 PM
    "The team is super proud of that video. I really wanted to show it to you... Ladies and gentlemen, Surface 2 is ready."
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 2:59:36 PM
    Interesting to note that Surface 2 (RT) has gotten a much bigger makeover than the Pro (Win 8) version.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:59:41 PM
    "This product really is a revamp. This is the fastest product I have used relative to a personal tablet. This product is faster in every single way."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 2:59:56 PM
    "We've increased the CPU speed dramatically. You're using this thing at speeds that are unprecedented."
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:00:06 PM
    Thinner body, new CPU (Tegra 4?), silvery magnesium color.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:00:10 PM
    It's a lighter color now to show the "true color" of the magnesium.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:00:12 PM
    Surface 2 looks more Surface Pro-like.
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:00:33 PM
    I'd have love to see this thinner design in the Pro.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:00:38 PM
    There's a subtle "Surface" logo on the back now, not a Windows logo.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:00:46 PM
    "This wasn't just a stage for Windows 8. This wasn't just about something you can do in Office. This product is about everything Microsoft has to offer."
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:00:59 PM
    Ah, good point, Tim.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:01:04 PM
    It's the Surface Pro 2 display here, full 1080p.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:01:13 PM
    It's 3 - 4x faster than the last generation, says Panos.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:01:26 PM
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:01:34 PM
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