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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.

  • John Falcone 9/23/2013 3:01:40 PM
    Hey everyone, lots of new, in-depth Surface 2 stories just went live on CNET, including:
    Surface 2 declassified: How Microsoft made Surface into the tablet the world said it wanted
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:01:51 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:01:52 PM
    "In the last product we talked about tradeoffs, we really did... Speed, heat, weight, the angles."
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:02:19 PM
  • John Falcone 9/23/2013 3:02:25 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:02:42 PM
    "We made the product faster, we made the product lighter... And we did all that, and we still added another 25% battery life to this product."
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:03:04 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:03:11 PM
    "I use this product well over 12 hours a day... This product lasts all day, but it's faster. Therefore the battery should get bigger, but it didn't. This product got lighter, and the product got thinner."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:03:34 PM
    "But, how's it better? What's changed? What's the difference?"
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:03:42 PM
    Indeed, what is the difference...
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:03:43 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:04:04 PM
    "Last year we launched this product with Windows 8. This year we're launching this product with Windows 8.1."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:04:28 PM
    He's talking about running multiple apps simultaneously, performance improvement, faster user-switching...
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:05:09 PM
    A little proud call-out of multiple accounts on one device. Yeah, still waiting on that, Apple...
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:05:30 PM
    If you peek up at the top of this page, you'll see our hands-on coverage, with pics and video, of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:05:34 PM
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:05:37 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:05:50 PM
    "Last year we launched this product with 10,000 apps. This year I stand up in front of you and there's 100,000 apps in the Windows Store right now. That is critical. But not just any apps, but apps that we just announced are coming..."
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:06:03 PM
    100,000 apps in Windows Store. Better than last year.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:06:04 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:06:30 PM
    "When you use an app on here you realize how powerful this product is. We've increased those apps and this store is coming to life."
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:06:35 PM
    Curious how many Surface Pro users use Desktop applications vs apps.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:07:11 PM
    "It doesn't only come with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, it also comes with Outlook. When you buy Surface 2, you get the full Office Suite with it... If you were going to be productive with this device, you're going to need Outlook, and it works flawlessly."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:07:39 PM
    "We designed it for every single property at Microsoft that we could... I want you to understand that when you're building an entire piece of hardware, the software and the services coming together matter."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:07:48 PM
    It's demo time!
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:08:31 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:08:45 PM
    Panos is typing on the Surface 2 using a Touch Cover 2, and now he's playing Halo Spartan Assault with an Xbox controller. He just handed the controller to Julie Larson-Green, who is in the first row.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:08:54 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:09:47 PM
    There's a wireless dongle in the USB port to enable the controller, and using HDMI output the video is going to the screen. He's saying you could use this as a console. Meanwhile, Office is running in the background.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:09:48 PM
    Xbox Games integration: showing Halo: Spartan Assault. Looks good. Reminded of Razer Edge gaming tablet and its conceptual spirit.
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:09:59 PM
    Cool demo with Halo: Spartan Assault -- but let's not call it a "full game," it's a casual gaming app, runs on Atom.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:10:16 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:10:21 PM
    Dan: exactly.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:10:32 PM
    Now we're running Halo in a window with Office on the left. "This scenario is absolutely ridiculous. If you think you're going to play Halo and work at the same time, you've got issues... I can help you with those issues. You're really better off working or playing. Doing both at the same time is called ADD. Don't do it."
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:10:35 PM
    "I do it, by the way."
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:10:43 PM
    For gaming, let's just wait and compare this to the next-gen iPads, shall we?
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:10:44 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:11:00 PM
    "I want to switch over to a Skype conversation."
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:11:30 PM
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:11:37 PM
    Office for free on Surface. iWork apps free for upcoming iPads. It's a productivity software showdown.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:12:46 PM
    Panos is talking about Skyping with his kids, now, using video messaging.
  • Scott Stein 9/23/2013 3:13:06 PM
    Skype video messages....hey wait, why doesn't FaceTime include that built-in? Seriously.
  • Tim Stevens 9/23/2013 3:13:15 PM
    His daughter just confessed to eating Cocoa Pebbles for breakfast via Skype. Super cute.
  • dan.ackerman 9/23/2013 3:13:20 PM
    For real on-the-go people who jump between different machines, Google Docs > iWork and Office.
  • sarahtew 9/23/2013 3:13:26 PM
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