Could Microsoft be working on a full Surface laptop?

Microsoft launched the Surface Pro tablet on Saturday and while the company is selling the tablet with the Touch and Type Covers as optional accessories, it's clear that Microsoft considers a physical keyboard of some kind to be an important aspect of the Surface line-up.

It begs the question of why didn't Microsoft just go ahead and launch a true laptop as part of the Surface family. ABCNews.com chatted with Mike Angiulo, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Windows Planning, who stated:

Our partners are doing a very good job with laptops right now. We started thinking at the beginning at Windows 8, what is something that someone isn't going to be able to come out with? The notebook form factor is alive and well, we are just working with partners on those.

Those partners like HP, Dell, Lenovo and others have released a number of Windows 8 and RT products in the last few months, including tablets, touchscreen notebooks and convertibles that can be used as both a tablet and a full notebook. Although Microsoft has admitted, so far, PC OEMs have not released many of these kinds of products.

So does that mean that Microsoft could take the next step and launch a Surface laptop? Panos Panay, the leader of the Surface team, seems to hint in the ABCNews.com interview that one could indeed be in the works. He is quoted as saying:

This is a good marathon for us, we are pretty excited about the short term and the long term. When you ask if you are making a laptop or a notebook, we have a pretty good selection of things we have been working on. It's pretty exciting.

Source: ABCNews.com

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Ballmer said MS would release a family of Surface products...lets just wait and stop assuming what could be next.

Xbox Surface would be awesome...

As Intel comes out with better and lower power hungry chips I can picture a new third surface device with a bigger screen and more like a ultrabook and not the current tablet first design.

But I'm talking holiday 2013 at best here, at that point the surface rt will be due for a refresh, tegra 4?

If M$ make products, in the same way apple do, but with support for OEM's I'm all for it. You have a base range of products that *should* be fixed price/spec for different regions, that are guaranteed to perform well in the windows environment. You also have an unlimited supply o OEM's who can make competing products, high performance, student cheapies and style champs

That should also help strengthen their brand, perhaps doing what google did for the Nexus, and get an OEM onboard to make the hardware side.

You can even see that quote pointing towards a Surface phone. However none of this means we'll actually be seeing these devices hit the market.

Oh God! When Microsoft starts doing to many things at once, they normally half-ass it! I'd rather them take there time and improve there other existing hardware like the Surface Pro.

JHBrown said,
Oh God! When Microsoft starts doing to many things at once, they normally half-ass it! I'd rather them take there time and improve there other existing hardware like the Surface Pro.

you are aware of how many products Microsoft sells aren't you?

windows
office
office 365
azure
bing
dynamics (crm, nav, ax, gp)
exchange
server
forefront
sharepoint
sql
visual studio
uag
systems center
hyper-v
lync
skype
surface
mice and keyboards
xbox

and many more, i think the surface team working on one more for form factor of device wouldn't be stretching things too thin....

duddit2 said,

you are aware of how many products Microsoft sells aren't you?

MS is a software company, about hardware, MS is a mixed bag with nice / bad products.

Students(+parents) which is probably most home users purchase MS Office through educational discounts or through activating a pre installed version which comes on a newly purchased PC.

Companies buy in bulk through specialist methods such as resellers.

... Amazon is not a good place to find out what is "popular software".