Job listings hint Surface 2 already in development

Microsoft's Surface tablets haven't even hit the stores yet - they are scheduled to be released starting October 26th - and we are already hearing that a successor is under way at Microsoft. TechRadar has uncovered "more than a dozen" Microsoft job listings, posted between June and August (after the old Surface changed to PixelSense) that ask for new members to join the Surface Team for "building the next generation" of "devices that fully express the Windows vision".

The Surface Team focuses on lighting up Microsoft experiences with touch first computing. A fundamental part of our strategy is having desirable and powerful devices that enable the experiences people want, and elicit their excitement. Creating these devices involves a close partnership between hardware and software engineers, designers, and manufacturing. We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!

The aforementioned job listings ask for engineers experienced in "touch display architecture" and "AC-DC power adapters", specialists in components and materials, plus audio engineers, packaging experts and more. TechRadar reports that the listings mention a "fast-paced product development cycle", which indicates we could see Surface 2 tablets not too long after the first ones are released.

Microsoft also seems to be seeking out the best in the field, requiring experts in "alternative power sources", "passive and active cooling thermal designs", "materials including metals, ceramics, plastics and thin films" and "finishing processes such as paint, plating and PVD".

It's certainly interesting to see that Microsoft is gearing up for the Surface 2, but it's not too surprising considering the fast-paced release cycle of mobile devices; the iPad already sees a new device every year. 

Source: TechRadar

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Meh. I'm waiting for Surface 3. It's designed by cats, and based on Intel's supersecret new tech. Beyond Haswell, this will be Hazcheezburger.

Wouldn't be surprised that Surface 2 wll look exactly the same as Surface 1 except now that they added 4G networking... No brainer, just look at Amazon Kindle Fire.

Next version looks the same except minor improvements.

Princess Chica Ami said,
Wouldn't be surprised that Surface 2 wll look exactly the same as Surface 1 except now that they added 4G networking... No brainer, just look at Amazon Kindle Fire.

Next version looks the same except minor improvements.


Plus, Intel Haswell lineup processors.

Princess Chica Ami said,
Wouldn't be surprised that Surface 2 wll look exactly the same as Surface 1 except now that they added 4G networking... No brainer, just look at Amazon Kindle Fire.

Next version looks the same except minor improvements.


yeah thats how MS works, their new releases are almost identical to their old ones. Maybe on the looks and its consistancy. But this isnt HP, Dell or Apple we're talking about that keep pumping out virtually the same crap every year but a lil bit newer.
MS has a history of running ahead of the pack when they jump ship into a market. Seriously doubt it'll be different with this surface 2

Now with word of the Surface 2 out, no one will buy a Surface 1 cuz they're gonna be waiting for the Surface 2 to come out, which in turn will make the Surface 2 never come out, due to the Surface 1 being such a horrible failure.

...Or maybe not. LOL, I dunno.

If I were to apply for a job like this, I'd want to know what the prices of the Surface and Surface Pro are and their available markets, because those factors will determine if my division gets shut down in a year or not.

billyea said,
If I were to apply for a job like this, I'd want to know what the prices of the Surface and Surface Pro are and their available markets, because those factors will determine if my division gets shut down in a year or not.

Surface is a R&D product made to tell OEMs "look, that's what you should be doing" plus some free buzz and a "cool" brand image. Regardless of how much it sells, the division will not get shut down.

Aethec said,

Surface is a R&D product made to tell OEMs "look, that's what you should be doing" plus some free buzz and a "cool" brand image. Regardless of how much it sells, the division will not get shut down.

Did you work on the Zune team?