Microsoft Surface team to host Reddit AMA Monday

Microsoft will be holding a press event in New York City on Monday to officially introduce their next generation Surface tablets to the media. While Microsoft has chosen not to offer a live stream of this press event, the company is doing the next best thing; a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session.

The official Surface Facebook page states that members of the Surface design and development team will be joined by their leader, Panos Panay, for the AMA session. It will begin at 3 pm Eastern time on Monday, just a few hours after the Surface event in New York.

By then, Microsoft would have likely announced the pricing, models and release date for its new Surface tablets. The latest rumor claims that both the Surface 2 (running on Windows 8.1 RT) and Surface Pro 2 (running on Windows 8.1) will go on sale on October 22nd.

Panay and his fellow Surface team members have held a Reddit AMA session in February and during the Q&A they let slip some hints that future versions of the Surface might have an extra battery accessory. Neowin recently reported, via our sources, that such a Power Cover is indeed planned for the Surface Pro 2.

Source: Surface on Facebook | Image via Microsoft

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I agree, they may have to break even or sell it at a loss even if they want to penetrate the market. They already do it with the Xboxes, they should do it with Surface. It'll be some time but with enough Surfaces out there, the apps, services and ads will start bringing in revenue.

I just don't' understand the point of selling hardware at break even just to get market share. Unless that hardware is a gateway drug to higher-margin services like XBox Music Pass, SkyDrive paid storage, XBox Live Gold, etc...

I really think they can go lower and not bother OEMs, Instead of starting at $499 again why not $399? Let the OEMs come in at $350 if they want to, as some have, and call it a day?

$399 for base Surface 2 and then maybe $449 with your choice of touch cover, $499 with your choice of type cover? I also think they could just ditch the 32GB option, start with 64GB only. I mean 64GB with your choice of cover for $499 sounds way better.

Dell is supposed to have a full HD 10.8" Bay Trail tablet for $399 with additional accessories like a pen and keyboard. Along with the $349 Asus why would anybody waste money buying an RT device even at $399? They are heading for another $900 million write down, no one should buy such a limited OS for the same price as a fully featured one.

I am pretty sure Bay Trail would struggle with modern games. Also, an advantage of ARM processors is integrated LTE. The new Nokia tablet seems to have that, within the $499 price tag. The Surface 2 is coming with a Tegra 4, which means it won't. Hopefully they won't stick to the $499 price tag as well.

Comparing the Asus to the Nokia RT tablet, I would say that 1080p vs 768p, LTE vs no LTE, and much better GPU performance, make sense for $150 more. I have a laptop for x86 apps. And then there are people like my parents who would be happy with RT.

Dear Surface team, would you please fix your hideous interface. FYI - don't copy Apple's **** poor implementation of your metro crap. They made their **** ugly now too. Luckily I can fix any hideousness that Google decides to add.

runningnak3d said,
Dear Surface team, would you please fix your hideous interface. FYI - don't copy Apple's **** poor implementation of your metro crap. They made their **** ugly now too. Luckily I can fix any hideousness that Google decides to add.

In every article... (sigh)

With the rumour of a $499 32Gb and $599 64Gb Surface 2 RT.... It's not looking good.

Lets all hope those are false rumour, unless MS want another failure/writeoff in their hands.

tanybeen said,
I am excited about the hardware, but something tells me that they will mess it up on the price, again

The price of the pro isn't going to change, active digitisers etc aren't cheap and unlike RT theres no oem alternatives that are cheap so that should be an indication that the pro pricing is competitive.

I agree RT is going to need to come down in price especially with oems offering viable alternatives at the $350 mark.

tanybeen said,
I am excited about the hardware, but something tells me that they will mess it up on the price, again

I do agree there's a price issue.

The Sony VAIO Tap 11 is an alternative that will be cheaper, has more storage on the standard version, has a digitizer and comes with a keyboard and better features like NFC and much better cameras. There is no excuse for the ridiculous pricing of the surface.

efjay said,
The Sony VAIO Tap 11 is an alternative that will be cheaper, has more storage on the standard version, has a digitizer and comes with a keyboard and better features like NFC and much better cameras. There is no excuse for the ridiculous pricing of the surface.

Yeah because the vaio duo 11 was cheaper than the surface....oh wait no it wasn't and neither will the tap 11 be.