Microsoft posts two video interviews on new Surface tablets

Microsoft has already posted up some videos showing off their newly announced Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. Today, the hype machine at the company continues to generate more Surface content with two more videos that feature interviews with Surface team members taken as part of Monday's New York City press event.

The first video, as posted on Microsoft's YouTube channel, is the latest in the company's "On the Whiteboard" series. Host Pamela Woon interviews Brian Hall from Microsoft's Surface team as he gives a quick overview of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 as well as some accessories like the docking station and the new Type Cover. It's pretty basic stuff but if you haven't seen any of the other Surface announcements yet, this is a good place to start.

The other, and much more interesting, video interview is with Surface team member Panos Panay, conducted by Next at Microsoft writer Steve Clayton. Panay says that it has been a roller coaster ride over the past year as the team has expanded to help launch the new tablets. Panay says that team members have to think like product makers above all else to join the Surface group.

The video also has Panay commenting on the new two position kickstand on both models, taking feedback on adding new features and more. Panay also has a  funny "secret" that he reveals at the end, and involves Stevie Bathiche, the Director of Research in Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group.

Source: Microsoft on YouTube

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So was Brian Hall the Head of marketing for the origanal surface launch? Maybe there giving him a second chance, hopefully this time it`ll take off a bit more...

When using the stylus pen on the Surface Pro, I thought you could use it to write anywhere on the screen at any time, no matter what app you are in.
I'm finding that I can only write on the screen when I am in OneNote. Is that right?

Well.... -any- app designed for writing/drawing input is able to do this.

I have some drawing apps and notation apps besides OneNote that happily accept my doodlings.

You can't use the stylus , for example, right on the main desktop to jot down a quick note or something ? That's kinda lame.

este said,
You can't use the stylus , for example, right on the main desktop to jot down a quick note or something ? That's kinda lame.

And how is that note to be saved? In your wallpaper image? As a new kind of 'scribble data'?

I really can't tell if you're serious or not.....

"Could you possibly get any closer to the microphone on my chest" says the interviewer on that second video. Then adding "I'm very comfortable with you being so close that I can smell your garlic breath"

I don't know why Microsoft suddenly think they're going to have a winner on their hands when they update the specs - it's not the specs that people were unhappy with, it's having a tablet/laptop hybrid - these haven't been successful from the days of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and devices like the Compaq TC1000. They might sound great, but consumers just don't want them and I'm afraid they'll be writing off just as much surface stock the second time around

Mith said,
I don't know why Microsoft suddenly think they're going to have a winner on their hands when they update the specs - it's not the specs that people were unhappy with, it's having a tablet/laptop hybrid - these haven't been successful from the days of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and devices like the Compaq TC1000. They might sound great, but consumers just don't want them and I'm afraid they'll be writing off just as much surface stock the second time around

If someone else [apple] is made it before, if it's hit, people say MS is late to party and don't win.
If they keep themselves ahead of others, people still say the same.

Btw, it's not Tablet, not even hybrid. It complete PC [PC without huge junk box and powerful enough to beat all laptops]

SurfacePro2/Surface2 and Windows8.1 are whatever you need it to be wherever you need it... Its really that simple, how people don't get that simple fact is beyond me!
Consumption device laid back in bed.. to your main workstation connected to your favorite wireless keyboard& mouse, 20"+ dual monitor setup never to leave your desk whatever. it is what you need full stop

Ha screw what anyone says gonna enjoy mine. My only gripe is that the grey casing on the Surface2 isn't available on the Pro2, that color is nice

Software for me is not an issue anymore... Hesitant about Win8 back in Nov of last year grew to like it not love it but 8.1 is refreshing, looks stunning too having used it, the extra personalization options make a real difference for your Start experience

Edited by dingl_, Sep 25 2013, 6:08am :

nitins60 said,

If someone else [apple] is made it before, if it's hit, people say MS is late to party and don't win.

Well apple seems to offer a highly polished experience, in term of design & software; this is what people like. I don't think the surface pro can compete the macbook air, because the mac book looks much more gorgeous, and people are mostly putting their money in the design. Also I find funny this persistence to ignore android powered tablets ; I'm sure that if google offered the same walled garden as apple (you can only download from store etc), they would have zero chance against apple.

Mith said,
I don't know why Microsoft suddenly think they're going to have a winner on their hands when they update the specs - it's not the specs that people were unhappy with, it's having a tablet/laptop hybrid - these haven't been successful from the days of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and devices like the Compaq TC1000. They might sound great, but consumers just don't want them and I'm afraid they'll be writing off just as much surface stock the second time around


Wow it's just incredible how many people come in and make claims out of their ars. The issue with Surface Pro was not that it was a hybrid heck it makes it more attractive. You are probably are one of those people that hailed the Windows/Android hybrids yet you are here talking smack. The issue with Surface Pro was that the battery didn't last that long and let me tell you if the battery last 7/8 hours that's more than happy for everyone. But I guess this is a MS product and trolls gotta do what they do best.

stop trying to educate people, it's a hopeless cause.
people are set in some way at a certain point, nothing can have them think otherwise.

if they want to use something else and hate MS, just let them.... ;-)

You know something not talked about much? The power supply. I'm assuming it's the same one from Surface RT and Pro, just improved on the device end?

mastercoms said,
Typically, people don't really talk about the power supply.

But it needed improvement so why not show of the improved power supply?