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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 2:52:31 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 2:52:33 PM
    Other recent 8-inch Windows 8 tablets we've reviewed include the Acer W4 (which had the bet battery life). Link:
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 2:52:58 PM
    And the Dell Venue 8 Pro. Link:
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 2:53:03 PM
    MR. @markrgers predicts "A lot of snark from tech journalists?" -- With this crowd, there's always a fresh batch on-tap.
  • funkypeanut 5/20/2014 2:53:24 PM
    I dont think that they will let RT die. Especially since they've annunced their plans for merging Windows Phone and RT with Threshhold.
  • dnice 5/20/2014 2:53:40 PM
    I would'nt mind seeing a Mini that is more in line with the iPad price points... I have yet to get into the tablet market, but have been demoing out an Air and really like it so far. A full fledged Windows OS at a good price point would be nice.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 2:54:09 PM
    From @jasonhooper99: "Small surface tablet and better integration with W8 phones." -- Greater platform unification is definitely something that I'd love to see. Microsoft made a big deal at BUILD about how easy it is to port apps from one Microsoft platform to another. Now it's time to bring the operating systems themselves together a bit more.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 2:54:21 PM
  • John Falcone 5/20/2014 2:55:07 PM
    My joke was that they should name the unified OS "Windows PT" (phone/tablet).
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 2:55:14 PM
    Mr @deepakslore is really swinging for the fences with his prediction: "It will have a touch screen. ;-)"
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 2:55:38 PM
    I think "Windows QT" would play better with the Hello Kitty crowd, John.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 2:56:01 PM
    "Ladies and gentlemen please take your seats..." Five minutes, folks!
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 2:56:47 PM
    From @twistedpopo: "pressure sensitive pen input" -- Yes, there were quite a few hand-written signs outside the venue, definitely pointing to some sort of a stylus/pen/digitizer functionality here. Either that or someone just stuck their grocery list up on the wall.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 2:57:49 PM

    perhaps some weight comparisons are in order?

  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 2:58:28 PM
    Two minutes, folks!
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 2:59:08 PM
    The bongo drums are winding down, the stage has been cleared of personnel, the people sitting next to me are getting nervous!
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 2:59:47 PM
    So, what's the deal with the scale? Does the new Surface weigh less? I hope so...
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 2:59:53 PM
    Time for one last prediction! @shahriyarali: "Surface Asha with android. Jk!" -- Stranger things have happened :)
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:00:14 PM
    I'm expecting an obscure Breaking Bad reference, Dan, but we shall see.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:00:24 PM
  • Dale Strauss 5/20/2014 3:00:30 PM
    That's looks like a MacBook Air setting behind that scale
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:00:33 PM
    Ok, here's my big question -- are we still going to get an RT version, and if so, will MS mostly avoid using the name "RT" as it did last time for the Surface 2?
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:00:56 PM
    And here we go, it's Satya Nadella!
  • John Falcone 5/20/2014 3:01:04 PM
    RT is a dog with fleas
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:01:30 PM
    "It's good to be on a different coast this time. I want to talk about our devices today, but I want to start by talking about the journey that we've been on."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:01:36 PM
    "Over the last couple of months you've seen us talk about various aspects of this strategy."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:01:51 PM
    He's starting by talking about the cloud, how it enables services on "every device."
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:02:06 PM
    Starting with the CEO might be seen as a vote of confidence for Surface within MS. Put another way, if Nadella wasn't here, it would look odd.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:02:14 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:02:27 PM
    He's now referencing the BUILD keynote, including the advances in Windows and Azure.
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:02:40 PM
    Talk starts with Cloud and other "soft" concepts, rather than hardware.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:02:45 PM
    "We were advancing on every dimension, from form factors to business models for both people, IT, and developers. Today is the next step on that journey."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:03:01 PM
    "It starts for us with this obsession with empowering every individual and organization to be more and to do more."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:03:12 PM
    "Do more, be more" is the mantra of the day by the sound of things.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:03:26 PM
    He wants people to "Dream and get stuff done." To "get more out of every moment of their life. That is the mission that we're on."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:03:53 PM
    Nadella says that Microsoft has looked at people, to see what they do in the real world, how they use their devices, "a busy professional or a parent."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:04:12 PM
    "All of those activities act as the motivation for what we want to do at Microsoft. That's what has led us to build the ubiquitous software products that we have built to date."
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:04:35 PM
    OneNote, Office, Skype, and OneDrive are the company's way of extending this sort of functionality across all devices.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:04:54 PM
    Now a list of a bunch of other companies that are building on top of these solutions. Companies like SAP, mint, Intuit, etc.
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:05:02 PM
  • dan.ackerman 5/20/2014 3:05:04 PM
    OneNote, OneDrive, Skype, Office 365 -- lots of brands/brand names. And that's before we get to the hardware.
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:05:06 PM
    "The question that needs to be asked and answered, is why hardware." Haven't we discussed this before?
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:05:16 PM
  • sarahtew 5/20/2014 3:05:26 PM
  • Tim Stevens 5/20/2014 3:05:32 PM
    "We're clearly not interested in building refrigerators or toasters." He wants to build "mobile-first productivity experiences."
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