February 7, 2013 2:00 pm

Welcome to the Surface Blog

By / Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Devices

Welcome to the new Surface Blog! I’m pumped for the team to have this new space to share information with you as we continue to tell the stories behind what makes Surface such an amazing family of products. We’ll tell our stories and share the latest Surface news. I’m also excited to have some of my colleagues share the hard work they’ve put into creating a family of devices and accessories that continue to help you have both fun and get more done. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing some of the behind-the-scenes stories of how Surface came to be and you can meet some of the folks that helped it be what it is today.

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The journey to bring Surface Windows 8 Pro to youis almost complete.

For Surface Pro, you’re going to love the 1080p ClearType display that we’ve created. It is amazingly bright with super high contrast that brings both text and photos to life in ways that are spectacular. With the sharpness of the screen and the thin optically bonded cover glass, it allows for a transformative pen experience. You can take notes in Microsoft OneNote, edit documents in Microsoft Word, and draw amazing pictures using apps like SketchBook Expresswith Surface Pro’s pen. It’s a fantastic experience I hope each of you gets to try. The power and speed of Intel’s Core i5 processor, coupled with the detailed engineering design from our Pro team, really brings you the power and performance of a laptop PC, all in a tablet package. I’m excited to watch folks use this device in the flexible way it was meant to be used. Download and install all your favorite Windows 7 desktop apps, and use all the great new Windows Store apps. Surface Pro is the perfect big brother to Surface RT which gives you all day fun with the ability to get more done.

Lots of people are talking about Surface Pro today. There’s been a lot of great feedback in the early reviews and our team has definitely taken note of what folks are saying:

“The Surface Pro is an important idea, almost a new category, and it will be the right machine for a lot of people. It strikes a spot on the size/weight/speed/software spectrum that no machine has ever struck.” –David Pogue, New York Times

“It’s incredibly portable and incredibly powerful at the same time, and the stellar build quality only gets more impressive the more you examine it. Have you actually snapped a keyboard on one of these things? It really is amazing.” –Paul Thurrott, Windows IT Pro

“I’ve been a Surface Pro user for a few weeks now, and what I have found is that it is the best articulation of Microsoft’s vision for Windows 8 and how the PC and tablet experiences can meld on one device.” –Michael Gartenberg, Gartner Analyst, Computerworld

And I am a huge fan of both Surface Windows 8 Pro and Surface Windows RT! While Surface Pro and Surface RT share much of the same DNA, Surface RT is sleek and simple whereas Surface Pro is powerful and flexible. Surface Pro is perfect for the person or business that wants a laptop and a tablet, but doesn’t want the weight or hassle of both. If you’re looking for all-day battery life and an entertainment-first experience with the ability to still get some work done – Surface RT is for you. Both also have the same great Start screen experience with live tiles showing my favorite apps from the Windows Store.

We have a great network of retailers where you can pick up Surface RT, Surface Pro from Feb. 9th, as well as a whole host of accessories. It will be very cool to watch people decide which product suits them best. With the latest updates to Surface RT and the power and speed of the Surface Pro, the product line up is in an exciting place.

We’ve also had tons of inquiries as for the timing of more countries for both Surface RT and Pro. We are continuously working on the timing and dates for expanded release. We’ll update you in the coming weeks.

I take pride when I see folks out using their Surface. I want to know how you use yours and what you’ve found beneficial. It would be sweet if you could share stories on @Surface, Surface Facebook, and the Blog. For more details on Surface Pro and Surface RT, visit Surface.com. For more information on Windows 8 and Windows RT, visit the Windows Blog.

Look for more from me here on February 9th!