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This article is about the Microsoft Surface series tablets and interactive whiteboards. For the first generation device, see Surface (first generation). For the interactive touch-display formerly known as Microsoft Surface, see Microsoft PixelSense.
Surface
Microsoft Surface logo 2015.svg
Surface Pro 3 with accessories.jpg
Surface Pro 3 with accessories
Developer Microsoft
Manufacturer Pegatron[1]
Type Tablet computer
Release date
Operating system Windows 10 (x64 CPUs)
Surface Pro
Surface Pro 2
Surface Pro 3
Surface 3
Surface Hub
Windows RT (ARM CPUs)
Surface (first generation)
Surface 2

Microsoft Surface is a series of tablet computers, laplets and interactive whiteboards designed and manufactured by Microsoft under its hardware division, part of the Windows and Devices group. The series of Windows 10-based tablets was introduced, along with the first generation devices, on June 18, 2012. The most recent models, the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3, were released on June 20, 2014, and May 5, 2015, respectively.

The Surface tablet family consists of two lines: the Surface line designed for budget-oriented consumers and educational users, and the Surface Pro line, designed for professional users. Surface Hub, an interactive whiteboard, is an offshoot of the Surface tablet. All devices ship with Microsoft's own Windows operating system. Some models can also run other operating systems not supported by Microsoft. Surface tablets are notable for their sliding out kickstand, which supports the tablet while it stands at an angle, and optional detachable magnetic keyboards which also double as a protective screen cover.

With the release of the Surface 3, Surface devices (3rd generation forth) and all Surface Pro devices use Intel processors and run the Windows 10 OS. The now discontinued first generation Surface and the Surface 2 use ARM processors and thus run Windows RT and are not upgradable to Windows 10, but Microsoft has stated that they will receive some new features in a future software update.

History[edit]

First announced on June 18, 2012 by the then CEO, Steve Ballmer at a Los Angeles event in Milk Studios, Surface was the first major initiative by Microsoft to integrate its Windows operating system with its own hardware, and is the first PC designed and distributed solely by Microsoft.[4]

Surface (first generation) launched alongside the general availability release of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012.[5] Surface Pro became available on February 9, 2013.[6] Surface devices were initially available only at Microsoft Stores and online, it was later expanded into other vendors.[7]

Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows and Windows Live Division at the time, stated that pricing for Surface (first generation) would be comparable to other ARM devices and pricing for Surface Pro would be comparable to current ultrabooks. According to then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the "sweet spot" for the bulk of the PC market was $300 to $800.[8] On October 16, pricing was revealed for Surface (first generation),[9] and pre-orders opened to ship, "for delivery by 10/26".[10]

In November 2012, Steve Ballmer described the distribution approach to Surface as "modest".[11] On November 29, 2012, Microsoft revealed the pricing for the two versions of Surface with Windows 8 Pro (64GB and 128GB).[12] The tablet would go on sale at February 9, 2013, in the United States and Canada.[13] A launch event was set to be held on February 8, 2013, but was cancelled at the last minute due to the February 2013 nor'easter.[14] The 128GB version of the tablet sold out on the same day as its release. There was less demand for the 64GB version, because of the much smaller available storage capacity, but supplies of the lower cost unit were almost as tight.[15]

On September 23, 2013, Microsoft announced the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, which feature hardware and software updates from the original. The Surface 2 launched October 22, 2013 alongside the Surface Pro 2, four days after the general availability of Windows 8.1. Later, Microsoft launched a variation of the Surface 2 with LTE connectivity for the AT&T network on March 18, 2014.

Microsoft then announced the redesigned Surface Pro 3 on May 20, 2014, which went on sale on June 20, 2014. The following year, on March 30, 2015, it announced the Surface 3, a smaller version of the Surface Pro 3, and confirmed that it, along with the rest of the Surface Pro devices, will receive free upgrades to the next version of Windows, Windows 10.

Hardware[edit]

Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover
Surface 3 with Type Cover
Surface Pro 3 kickstand
This section only concerns the Surface tablets, not the Surface Hub.

Screen and input[edit]

The first two generations of both Surface lines features 10.6 ClearType Full HD display with 16:9 aspect ratio. With the release of the third generation Surface and Surface Pro, Microsoft increased the screen sizes to 10.8 inches (27 cm) and 12 inches (30 cm) respectively, each with a 3:2 aspect ratio, designed for a comfort use in a portrait orientation. The screen feature a multi-touch technology with 10 touch-points and scratch-resistance Gorilla Glass. All generations of the Surface Pro and third generation of the Surface also features an active pen, but it is not included in the box with all models.

The display responds to other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense Surface orientation and switch between portrait and landscape orientation modes. The Surface's built-in applications support screen rotation in all four directions, including upside-down.

There are three buttons on the Surface, including a capacitive Windows button near the display that opens the Start Screen, and two physical buttons on the sides: power and volume.

The Surface has a front and rear cameras, the resolution of which has been increased to 3.5/8 and 5/5 megapixels for the latest generation of the Surface and Surface Pro, respectively.

Processor[edit]

The first generation Surface uses a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 of the ARM architecture, as opposed to the Intel x64 architecture and therefore shipped with Windows RT, which was written for the ARM architecture. The second generation Surface 2 added an Nvidia Tegra 4. The architecture limited Surface and Surface 2 to only apps from the Windows Store recompiled for ARM. With the release of the Surface 3, Microsoft switched the Surface line to the Intel x64 architecture, the same architecture found in the Surface Pro line. Surface 3 uses the Braswell Atom X7 processor.[16]

With the Surface Pro line, Microsoft uses the Intel x64 architecture which can run most software design for Microsoft Windows. Both Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 had one processor variant, the Core i5, though the Surface Pro runs the Ivy Bridge iteration, and the Surface Pro 2 runs the Haswell iteration. The Surface Pro 3 added the Haswell Core i3 and Core i7 variants.

Storage[edit]

The Surface devices are released in five internal storage capacity: 32, 64, 128, 256, and 512 GB. With the release of the third generation, the 32 GB model was discontinued. All models also features a microSD card slot, located behind the kickstand, which allow for the use of memory cards up to 200 GB.

Surface devices have a different amount of non-replaceable RAM, ranging from 2 to 8 GB, attached to the motherboard.

External ports[edit]

On the right side of any Surface device there is a full-size USB 3.0 port, Mini DisplayPort (or a HDMI Micro port on older models), and a magnetic charging port.

Cellular connectivity[edit]

While all Surface devices come in the Wi-Fi only models, some generations also feature the Wi-Fi with a cellular support. The cellular variants however do not support circuit-switched voice calls and texts, allowing only data connectivity. The cellular models has a micro-SIM slot at the bottom of the device, next to the Type Cover connecting pins.

External design[edit]

The exterior of the device is made of VaporMg magnesium alloy giving a matte gray durable finish to the back of the device.

The Surface features a kickstand which flips out from the back of the device to prop it up, allowing the device to be stood up at an angle hands-free. According to Microsoft, this is great for watching movies, video chatting, and typing documents. According to some reviewers, this kickstand is uncomfortable to use in one's lap and means the device won't fit on shallow desks.[17] The first generation has a kickstand that can be set to a 22 degrees angle position. The second generation added a 55 degrees angle position which according to Microsoft makes the device more comfortable to type on the lap. The Surface 3 features three angle positions: 22, 44, and 60 degrees. The Surface Pro 3 is the first device to have a continuous kickstand that can be set at any angles between 22 and 150 degrees.

Accessories[edit]

Surface with Touch Cover 2
Surface Pen for the Surface Pro 3
Surface Pro 3 with Docking Station

Keyboard Covers[edit]

With the release of the first generation Surface, Microsoft showcased two covers: a Touch Cover and a Type Cover. These covers attach to the Surface device using a magnetic strip that positions itself against a magnetic strip at the bottom of the Surface called an "accessory spine". When closed, the cover functions to protect the Surface's screen and when opened, the cover features a keyboard, a multi-touch touchpad, and a gyroscope and accelerometer sensor to know when the cover has been flipped around which will in turn disable the keys. The original touch cover came with 80 touch sensors and was pressure sensitive. [18][19]

With the release of the Surface 2 a Touch Cover 2 was announced which increased the number of sensors to 1,092 and added backlit keys while being 2 mm thinner than the original Touch Cover. In addition, the Touch Cover 2 also supported key gestures and was backwards compatible with the first generation Surface devices. With the release of the first generation Surface Pro, Microsoft launched the Type Cover which has tactile keys. It was upgraded along with the second generation Surfaces to the Type Cover 2 which substituted the plastic material for the felt-like material found on the Type Covers. The Type Cover 2 is thinner and features back-lit keys. [20]

With the release of the Surface Pro 3, a newer cover the Surface Pro 3 Type Cover was released to fit the bigger screen. The Surface Pro 3 Type Cover features a second magnetized strip that can be rested against the screen to prop the keyboard up at an angle. The Surface Pro 3 Type Cover has a trackpad with glass beads replacing the felt-like material used in previous generations. When the Surface 3 was announced, a smaller version, the Surface 3 Type Cover was released. Both Surface 3 and Pro 3 Type Covers have a loop to house the Surface Pen. Other accessories for the covers included a Power Cover, which included a built in battery to extend the Surface's battery life, and a Wireless Adapter for the keyboards so that it can be used at a distance.[21]

Surface Pen[edit]

The Surface tablets features an active pen that allows users to write directly onto the screen of the tablet. The Surface Pen for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 used a Wacom technology, while the one for the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface 3 features an N-trig active pen. The Surface Pen was specifically designed to minimize latency (lag time), eliminate parallax issues, which occur when the point where the tip touches the screen doesn’t match up with the spot where the ink actually appears on the device, and provide a more natural-feeling 'pen-on-paper' user experience.[22] The Surface also features palm rejection which allows the user to rest his or her palm on the screen while using the Surface Pen without triggering an unwanted input.

Docking Station[edit]

There are various Docking Stations for different Surface devices, which are optional non-included accessories. They each extends the Surface with a number of USB ports, additional audio sockets, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a Mini DisplayPort to connect external displays.

Other Accessories[edit]

There are many other accessories for the Microsoft Surface. Among these is the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter for Miracast display mirroring. Microsoft launched and Surface HD Digital A/V Adapter which works with micro-HDMI to HDMI for the Surface and Surface 2 and a Surface VGA adapter which also works with Surface and Surface 2 going from the built-in micro-HDMI to VGA. For the Surface Pro series, a Display Port to HD A/V (HDMI) and a Display Port to VGA adapter was created. For the Surface (first generation) a 32 watt power supply was included, which was upgraded with the Surface 2 to features a larger indicator light to indicate the Surface was charging. The Surface Pro and Pro 2 features a 48 Watt power supply with a USB (power only) port on the charging brick. As with the Surface 2's power supply, the Pro 2's power supply features a larger indicator light. Microsoft redesigned the power supply for the Surface Pro 3 with a new "fin" connector and a 36 watt rating. The Surface 3 launched with another redesigned power supply using a micro-USB connector and having a 13 watt rating. Two Ethernet adapters have been released to work with the Surface Pro line including the Ethernet Adapter for USB 2.0 with a speed rating of 100 Mbit/s and a Surface Ethernet Adapter for USB 3.0 with a speed of 1 Gbit/s. Two mice have also been released for the Surface including the Wedge Touch and Arc Touch mice.[23][24]

Model comparison[edit]

Surface line[edit]

Comparison of Surface specifications
Models Surface (first generation)[25] Surface 2[26] Surface 3[27][28]
Date announced June 2012 October 2013 March 2015
Operating system Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
Version Pre-installed Windows RT 8.0 Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1
Highest supported Windows RT 8.1 Windows 10
Physical specifications Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
Dimensions
cm (in)
height 17.2 (6.8) 17.3 (6.8) 18.7 (7.4)
width 27.46 (10.81) 27.5 (10.8) 26.7 (10.5)
depth 0.94 (0.37) 0.89 (0.35) 0.87 (0.34)
Weight
g (lb)
680 (1.50) 622 (1.371)
Memory Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
Internal storage capacity
GB
32/64 64/128
RAM
GB
2 2/4
Expandable storage MicroSD, up to 200 GB
Display Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
Aspect ratio 16:9 3:2
Diagonal size
cm (in)
26.9 (10.6) 27.4 (10.8)
Pixel density
ppi
148 208 214
Resolution
px
1366x768 1920x1080 1920x1280
Technology LCD
SoC Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
SoC Nvidia Tegra 3 (T30) Nvidia Tegra 4 Intel Atom x7-Z8700
Battery Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
Capacity
Wh
31.5
Technology Lithium-ion
Cameras Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
Front camera megapixels 3.5
video resolution HD (1280x720) FHD (1920x1080)
Rear camera megapixels 5.0 8.0
video resolution HD (1280x720) FHD (1920x1080)
Sensors Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
GPS No No Cellular version
Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes
Proximity Sensor No Yes Yes
Number of microphones 1 2
Connectivity Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
AV Connectors 3.5 mm audio socket
Mini DisplayPort
Bluetooth 4.0
Cellular Optional Optional Optional
USB 2.0 3.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Miscellaneous Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3
Pen input None N-trig active pen
TPM No No Yes
Models Surface (first generation) Surface 2 Surface 3

Surface Pro line[edit]

Comparison of Surface Pro specifications
Models Surface Pro[29] Surface Pro 2[30] Surface Pro 3[31]
Date announced February 2013 October 2013 June 2014
Operating system Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Version Pre-installed Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Pro
Highest supported Windows 10
Physical specifications Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Dimensions
cm (in)
height 17.3 (6.8) 20.1 (7.9)
width 27.5 (10.8) 29.0 (11.4)
depth 1.35 (0.53) 0.91 (0.36)
Weight
g (lb)
910 (2.01) 900 (2.0) 800 (1.8)
Memory Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Internal storage capacity
GB
64/128/256 64/128/256/512
type mSATA SSD
RAM capacity
GB
4 4/8
speed
MHz
1600
type DDR3 LPDDR3
Expandable storage MicroSD, up to 200 GB
Display Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Aspect ratio 16:9 3:2
Diagonal size
cm (in)
27.0 (10.6) 30.0 (11.8)
Pixel density
ppi
208 216
Resolution
px
1920x1080 2160x1440
Technology LCD
CPU and GPU Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Generation Intel 3rd generation
Ivy Bridge
Intel 4th generation
Haswell
CPU model
i5-3317U i5-4200U
i5-4300U
i3-4020Y
i5-4300U
i7-4650U
Base frequency – turbo frequency
GHz
1.7–2.6 1.6–2.6
1.9–2.9
1.5–n/a
1.9–2.9
1.7–3.3
L3 cache size
MB
3 3
3
4
Intel HD integrated graphics HD Graphics 4000 HD Graphics 4400 HD Graphics 4200
HD Graphics 4400
HD Graphics 5000
TDP
watts
17 15 11.5
15
15
Battery Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Capacity
Wh
42
Max. claimed Wi-Fi browsing time
hours
9
Technology Lithium-ion
Cameras Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Front camera megapixels 1.2 5
video resolution HD (1280x720) FHD (1920x1080)
Rear camera megapixels 1.2 5
video resolution HD (1280x720) FHD (1920x1080)
Sensors Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
GPS No No No
Magnetometer Yes Yes Yes
Number of microphones 2
Connectivity Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
AV Connectors 3.5 mm audio socket
Mini DisplayPort
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 LE
Cellular No No No
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Miscellaneous Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3
Pen input Wacom passive pen N-trig active pen
TPM No Yes Yes
Models Surface Pro Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro 3

Surface Hub[edit]

Main article: Surface Hub

On January 21, 2015, Microsoft introduced a new device category under the Surface family: the Surface Hub. The Surface Hub is a 84-inch 120 Hz 4K or 55-inch 1080p multi-touch and multi-pen screen wall-mounted device, aimed for collaboration and videoconferencing use of businesses. It will run a variant of the Windows 10 operating system.[32]

Promotion[edit]

A Surface ad in a subway.
A Surface ad in New York City.
A Surface promotion in New York.
A Surface advert painted on the side of a building.

In 2014, Microsoft announced a five-year, $400 million deal with the National Football League; as part of the deal, Surface became the official tablet of the NFL. As part of the partnership, special, ruggedized Surface Pro 2 devices were issued to teams for use on the sidelines, allowing coaches and players view and annotate footage of previous plays. The partnership was initially hampered by television commentators, who erroneously referred to the devices as being an "iPad" on several occasions. Microsoft has since stated that it "coached" commentators on properly referring to the devices on-air.[33][34][35][36]

Reception[edit]

Reviews of Surface by critics have ranged broadly. The hardware received mostly positive reviews, while the software and overall experience were mixed. Wired reviewer Mathew Honan stated that while "This is one of the most exciting pieces of hardware I’ve ever used. It is extremely well-designed; meticulous even," the tablets are "likely to confuse many of Microsoft’s longtime customers".[37] TechCrunch,[38] Matt Buchanan at Buzzfeed,[39] and Gizmodo recommended against purchasing the tablet. Gizmodo mentioned issues such as the high price tag and described it as similar but inferior to the iPad, but also praised the hardware saying, "You'll appreciate it every time you pick it up and turn it on. It's a simple, joyful experience."[40] David Pogue at The New York Times praised the hardware but criticized the software.[41] The Verge described the technology as fulfilling the role of a laptop or tablet "half as well as other devices on the market," adding "the whole thing is honestly perplexing."[42] Warner Crocker from Gotta Be Mobile described it as "frustratingly confusing."[43] Farhad Manjoo of Slate noted that the "shortcomings are puzzling" given how much time Microsoft spent developing the device.[44] Neil McAllister has noted the lack of a compelling case to switch from the iPad to a Windows RT device at the same price point, because Apple already has a strong network effect from their app developers and few Windows developers have ported their offerings over to the ARM processor.[45]

It has worse battery life than similar devices.[46] The Surface Pro has shorter battery life than the Surface (first generation) due in part to its full HD screen and Intel Core i5 processor.

Sales of the first generation Surface did not meet Microsoft's expectations, which led to price reductions and other sales incentives.[47][48]

Sales[edit]

First-generation Surface tablets for sale at a Microsoft Store.
Surface Pro 3 promotion in front of a Microsoft Store.

In March 2013, Bloomberg reported from inside sources that Surface sales were behind expectations, particularly the Surface (first generation). A total of 1.5 million Surface devices had been sold since launch, with Surface Pro accounting for 400,000 of these sales. Microsoft had originally projected sales of 2 million Surface units during the final quarter of 2012. However, the more expensive Surface Pro, with its Intel CPU that makes it a full-fledged Windows laptop PC, despite its compromises, was successful compared to other OEMs' Ultrabook hybrids which were larger and more expensive. As a result, the latest Surface Pro 3 has been targeting the premium ultra-mobile PC category including the MacBook Air.[1][2]

The poor sales of the Surface (first generation) had been credited to the continuing market dominance of Microsoft's competitors in the tablet market. Particularly, Apple's iPad retained its dominance due its App store offering the most tablet-optimized applications. Most OEMs opted to produce tablets running Google Android, which came in a wide variety of sizes and prices (albeit with mixed success among most OEMs), and Google Play had the second-largest selection of tablet applications. By contrast there was a limited amount of software designed specifically for Surface's operating system, Windows RT, the selection which was even weaker than Windows Phone.[3] Indeed, OEMs reported that most customers felt Intel-based tablets were more appropriate for use in business environments, as they were compatible with the much more widely-available x86 programs while Windows RT was not.

In July 2013, Steve Ballmer revealed that the Surface (first generation) hasn't sold as well as he hoped.[49] He reported that Microsoft had made a loss of US$900 million due to the lackluster sales of Surface (first generation); concurrently, Microsoft cut the price of Surface (first generation) worldwide by 30%, with its U.S. price falling to US$350.[34][50][51][52] This was followed by a further price cut in August after it was revealed that even the marketing costs had exceed the sales.[53] On August 4, 2013, the cost of Surface Pro was cut by $100 giving it an entry price of $799. Several law firms sued Microsoft, accusing the company of misleading shareholders about sales of Surface (first generation), calling it an 'unmitigated disaster'.[54] In the first two years of sales Microsoft lost almost two billion dollars.[55]

However, the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 garnered greater interest in the Surface line, and revenue for Surface grew 117% from the previous quarter to $888 million for Q4 2015, despite an overall loss of $2.1 billion for Microsoft.[56]

In the third quarter of 2014, Microsoft's Surface business became profitable, riding on strong sales of the Surface Pro 3[57] and in the last quarter of the same year, sales of the Surface topped 1 billion dollars.[58]

Industry response[edit]

When Surface was first announced, critics noted that the device represented a significant departure for Microsoft, as the company had previously relied exclusively on third-party OEMs to produce devices running Windows, and began shifting towards a first-party hardware model with similarities to that of Apple.[59][60] Steve Ballmer said that like Xbox, Surface was an example of the sort of hardware products Microsoft will release in the future.[61]

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), whose products have traditionally run Microsoft operating systems, have had positive responses to the release of Surface.[62] HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Dell[63] applauded Microsoft's decision to create its own Tablet PC and said that relationships with Microsoft have not changed. John Solomon, senior vice president of HP, said that "Microsoft was basically making a leadership statement and showing what's possible in the tablet space".[64][65] Acer founder Stan Shih said that he believed Microsoft only introduced its own hardware in order to establish the market and would then withdraw in favor of its OEMs.[66]

However, others believe that OEMs were left sidelined by the perception that Microsoft's new tablet would replace their products.[67][68] Acer chairman JT Wang advised Microsoft to "please think twice".[69] Microsoft has acknowledged that Surface may "affect their commitment" of partners to the Windows platform.[70]

The need for the Surface (first generation) to market an ARM-compatible version of Windows was questioned by analysts because of recent developments in the PC industry; both Intel and AMD introduced x86-based system-on-chip designs for Windows 8, Atom "Clover Trail" and "Temash" respectively, in response to the growing competition from ARM licensees. In particular, Intel claimed that Clover Trail-based tablets could provide battery life rivaling that of ARM devices; in a test by PC World, Samsung's Clover Trail-based Ativ Smart PC was shown to have battery life exceeding that of the ARM-based Surface (first generation). Peter Bright of Ars Technica argued that Windows RT had no clear purpose, since the power advantage of ARM-based devices was "nowhere near as clear-cut as it was two years ago", and that users would be better off purchasing Office 2013 themselves because of the removed features and licensing restrictions of Office RT.[71][71][72][73]

Reported problems[edit]

Users on Microsoft's support forum reported that some Touch Covers were splitting at the seam where it connects to the tablet, exposing its wiring. A Microsoft spokesperson stated that the company was aware of the issue, and would offer free replacements for those who have been affected by the defect.[74][75] Other users reported issues with audio randomly stuttering or muting on the Surface (first generation) while in use.[76] Wi-Fi connectivity issues were also reported. Firmware updates that attempted to fix the problem were released, but some users still reported problems.[77][78] Microsoft has acknowledged a bug in the Windows key that does not always work, but has promised a fix.[79] The latest update, which promised to fix the issue, was not able to fix it.[80]

With Surface Pro, Microsoft acknowledged issues encountered by some users with its stylus pen, including intermittent pen failures, and with older applications that do not have complete pen support due to the different APIs used by Surface Pro's stylus drivers. In the latter case, Microsoft has indicated that it is working with software vendors to ensure better compatibility.[81][82] Issues had also been experienced with slow Wi-Fi connectivity, and the device not properly returning from standby.[83][84]

iFixit has awarded the Surface Pro its worst ever repairability rating, but CEO Kyle Wiens claims that it is due to incompetence rather than deliberate design choices.[85]

Timeline[edit]

Surface Hub Surface Pro 3 Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro Surface 3 Surface 2 Surface RT

Source: Surface Blog

See also[edit]

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