Over five months after it was announced, Microsoft's Surface Power Cover is still MIA

Neowin first broke the news that Microsoft was planning to release a Power Cover attachment for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablets a few weeks before the company confirmed those plans in late September. At the official Surface 2 press event, we even got to see the Power Cover in action. As the name suggests, it was designed not just to provide a cover and backlit keyboard for the Surface Pro models, but could also extend the tablets' battery life for several more hours.

Microsoft only had one unit of the power cover to show off at the press event and at that time the company said it would be released sometime in early 2014 for $199.99. Over five months after the Surface 2 media event, and over four months since the new Surface tablets went on sale, we are still awaiting word on when the Power Cover will finally be made available to purchase.

Neowin contacted Microsoft this week to request an update on the Power Cover but a spokesperson simply repeated to us what they said in late September; that it would go on sale in early 2014. As we enter the month of March, the "early 2014" timeframe is looking more and more like it may not happen.

What's even more odd about the lack of a Surface Power Cover at this stage is the fact that owners of Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet, which runs on Windows 8.1 RT, have been able to purchase their own Power Keyboard for some time. The attachment is currently on sale at Microsoft's retail store site for $149.99 for people who buy the 2520 from AT&T. A software patch that will allow the same keyboard to be used on Verizon's version of the 2520 is in the works

So if Nokia can get their Power Keyboard for the 2520 out to customers, what's stopping Microsoft from doing the same with its Surface Power Cover? It's a mystery and it's one that the company apparently isn't willing to solve at the moment.

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As long as some rich idiots are happy to throw that much money to them, why would they sell it cheaper? I am really waiting for those 1000$ USB chargers... just because those are (quoting starts) "...made specifically only for your device..." As if electrons (numbers like Volt and Amper) mean different thing just because the brand of your charger matches the brand of your device.

The less physics lessons in primary school children get all over the world, the more stupid grownups they will be, who will definitely eat all this BS that I have demonstrated above.

I think its time to kill the surface brand.. bad stigma for the name and does not make much sense after the acquisition of Nokia's mobile division.. They should just make the surface brand the Pro line for selling to businesses and the Lumia brand to consumers..

I just hope the Power Cover comes out soon, well before we hear rumours about a Surface Pro 3 which will, inevitably, be thinner and lighter. Those of us who invested in the SP2 and dock will be mighty pissed to hear that our dock won't work with a thinner SP3, and we still don't have a Power Cover! Expect lots of new haters if that happens...

> What's even more odd about the lack of a Surface Power Cover at this stage is the fact that owners of Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet, which runs on Windows 8.1 RT, have been able to purchase their own Power Keyboard for some time

The difference here is that Nokia's only had to make their power cover for their one device. MS is trying to get it to work for the original RT and Pro, the 2 and Pro 2 (though I may be misremembering...but my point remains)

TsarNikky said,
That's what happens when a company loses focus and gets fragmented; yielding poor results everywhere.

Two generations of one low-end and one high-end tablet don't translate into "fragmentation".

_dandy_ said,

Two generations of one low-end and one high-end tablet don't translate into "fragmentation".

I'd hardly call the original Surface RT low-end. Underpowered, perhaps, but IMO it's more "high-end" than anything Apple makes.

greenwizard88 said,
I'd hardly call the original Surface RT low-end. Underpowered, perhaps, but IMO it's more "high-end" than anything Apple makes.

Of course. I was just making the point that both generations only had two models. Compare that with other manufacturers on the Android side--now there's fragmentation.

Ugh, MS always seems to drop the ball and fail to deliver whenever they have something awesome for consumers. Their products are always amazing with so much potential, but they either overlook simple details that diminish the user experience, or they take FOREVER to get them into customers hands, letting the buzz and hype around it fade off.

MS reminds me of a brilliant but lazy student: They can do the work easily and better than the other students, but just half asses it or doesn't do it at all, because they can't be bothered to do so.

The first Surface was a failure because people didn't buy them.
The second Surface is a failure because people can't buy them.
Let'a hope this is greatly improved in the near future.

Enron said,
I bought one and it's fantastic.

Oh I own a Surface 2 64 GB, and I love it. But they are still very hard to get, and let's not talk about accessories.

No kidding. Had 2x docking stations for the Pro on order now for months, from before the official release date in fact. No sign of them here in the UK yet.

I don't understand is the writer of this article not aware what early in the year 2014 means? And why do you count the months in 2013?
The statement clearly says "early months in 2014", which could mean January, February, Mars or April..

Biglo said,
I wish they would bring it out for the original surface rt, I don't understand the move at all.

It's been known since the launch of the Surface Pro that the original Surface RT would never get this... it doesn't have the power pins on the bottom. The original RT only has 6 small pins. The Pro has 4 additional power pins.

Microsoft are really cocking up the Surface... a real shame but they're clearly destined not to crack the tablet market and sadly that's all of their own making.

Something has clearly gone wrong in the supply chain, even the dock never made its way to Aus and has since been removed from the MS website along with the p/c.

Would be nice if MS would get on the front foot and just say what happened but guess their strategy is to ignore it and hope people forget.

Microsoft only had one unit of the power cover to show off at the press event and at that time the company said it would be released sometime in early 2014 for $199.99. Over five months after the Surface 2 media event, and over four months since the new Surface tablets went on sale, we are still awaiting word on when the Power Cover will finally be made available to purchase.

So is March 4th or 5th month of 2014?

I think the point was that it was bad enough that at the Surface 2 announcement the fact that 2 important accessories were not going to be available at launch and that it was reasonable to expect that early 2014 implied Jan/Feb or at worst Mar. There is still no hint as to availability and, for me, it is raising questions about how serious Microsoft is in wanting to be known as a *devices* and services company.

I plan to switch to a Surface 2 Pro but only when I can expect to be able to get, in the UK, docks for home and work.

spc1972 said,
I think the point was that it was bad enough that at the Surface 2 announcement the fact that 2 important accessories were not going to be available at launch and that it was reasonable to expect that early 2014 implied Jan/Feb or at worst Mar. There is still no hint as to availability and, for me, it is raising questions about how serious Microsoft is in wanting to be known as a *devices* and services company.

I plan to switch to a Surface 2 Pro but only when I can expect to be able to get, in the UK, docks for home and work.

I have that setup now powering 3 screens at both locations (plus the tablet itself). Its a fantastic experience.... desktop on the desktop and tablet on the couch all from one device.