Microsoft offers quick behind-the-scenes Surface 2 video

Even as Microsoft says it is running out of pre-orders for some of its new Surface tablets, the company continues to promote the devices ahead of its October 22nd launch date. On Monday, Microsoft released a quick behind-the-scenes video with several members of the Surface team taking about the new features.

Much of the video is devoted not to the tablets themselves but to the new Touch Covers that will be released alongside the new Surface models. The clip shows some exploded units of the new cover that really showcase its matrix of smaller sensors that not only enable simply typing but can also support a number of touch gestures that work with the Surface. It also shows off the different color choices and the backlit keys on the keyboard.

The rest of the video has Surface team members discuss how the Surface 2 is thinner and lighter and also has the new kickstand version with two positions. If you haven't seen our previous coverage of the new Surface models the content in the video is nothing new but the clip is a quick way to show some of the more important points about the upcoming tablets.

Source: Surface on YouTube

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I thought the Surface 2 was a tablet? Seems they are emphasizing this as a laptop? This commercial was concentrating on the keyboard. A tablet's forte' is not the keyboard. Get a laptop if you want a keyboard. All commercials I've seen for the Surface concentrate either on dancing, the graphic designer's expertise on putting together a commercial and now, the keyboard. Does Microsoft ever have anything to say about the tablet and its strengths?

In the video Steven B mention that you can gesture on the touch cover. I always thought my perfect touchpad would be on top of the keyboard, that way I don't have to lift may hands to find the touchpad. Does anyone can confirm if the new Touch Cover can do this?

I'd like to repeat myself : The hardware is excellent. It's the Apps that is lacking (on RT). More so if you check for games. Compared with iOS or Android, it's still a bad joke.

So what? It's one of the fastest growing app stores ever - what else can they do? You only get apps if people buy the devices and MS are doing a fine job of making the devices as good as they can. Apps will continue to come - enjoy the full desktop browser until then.

Try playing *any* EA games on your full desktop browser. Even Candy Crush is missing! LOL

I'm not talking about missing Facebook apps, I'm talking about real (non Website) apps.

Akil Madman said,
So what? It's one of the fastest growing app stores ever - what else can they do? You only get apps if people buy the devices and MS are doing a fine job of making the devices as good as they can. Apps will continue to come - enjoy the full desktop browser until then.

Told myself the same thing when I got Wp8 device. Still waiting for official apps to turn up with only exception being 6Tag which puts Instagram to shame. Nokia uses camera to push their devices and MS uses MS office. Fact being that if you spend $400-500 on a device, it needs to do more.

just out of curiosity: which official app are you waiting for? (not trolling, im truly interested - i have NONE official apps pending [however i don't give a crap about instagram, for example])

i think the basic functionality a smartphone user does is perfectly covered by wp store (again, instagram is missing however there is 3rd party cure for that) - more "power" users can run into problems but thats not the average

average users i think miss the free to play games the most

TruckWEB said,
Try playing *any* EA games on your full desktop browser. Even Candy Crush is missing! LOL

I'm not talking about missing Facebook apps, I'm talking about real (non Website) apps.

You are contradicting your own point...

The Facebook/Flash/Website Apps work on the Surface RT, where they don't on Android or iOS. There is NO NEED for a specialized App, in contrast to Android and iOS tablets that NEEED a specialized App to run at all.

The native versions of Apps will happen and are happening. (Except the companies Apple is paying NOT to develop a Win 8 App - and yes Apple is doing this, just like their deal with Verizon delayed selling a WP device for over six months.)

I'm not contradicting myself. I know about full IE on WinRT and I know you can replace many missing apps with the real Website.

But it's for everything else that IS NOT a Website, like games and others. Those are the apps that are missing. And I'm not seeing a speedy/huge increase of quality apps in MS Store.

I was talking about Surface 2 (WinRT).

But.... I'll bite :

Surface Pro 2 with basic GPU + Steam = Tons of mostly playable games, maybe not at native resolution, not with all the eye candy and at average FPS...

You'll say it's better than nothing, I say it's not the best platform (tablet) to play desktop/console games.

TruckWEB said,
Try playing *any* EA games on your full desktop browser. Even Candy Crush is missing! LOL

I'm not talking about missing Facebook apps, I'm talking about real (non Website) apps.

you can plat candy crush on facebook through internet explorer