Microsoft has expanded its commercial spares program to offer more parts covering multiple Surface devices so IT technicians in organizations can service and repair hardware on-site.
While the Surface kickstand evolved throughout the first few generations of the 2-in-1 device lineup, little has changed since the Surface Pro 3 but a new patent could signal upcoming improvements.
At Mobile World Congress 2017, HP has unveiled the Pro x2 612 G2 2-in-1 device powered by Windows 10 and aimed at enterprise customers. The device can be ordered from HP's website for $979.
Eve has announced that its upcoming crowd-developed Windows 10 2-in-1 device will sport Intel's 7th-gen Kaby Lake CPUs. The device will feature a form factor similar to Microsoft's Surface devices.
The Surface 3 has quite a few features that separate it from the Pro 3 including a kickstand that only has 3 stopping points unlike the Pro 3 that has a unlimited stopping points.
A new patent filing that has been released likely shows Microsoft's Surface 2 and the new kickstand that will ship with the updated models that should arrive sometime later this year.
A patent from 2011 has emerged that shows Nokia's ideas for a kickstand-enabled case for a tablet, similar to the Touch Cover (or Type Cover) of the Surface. Nokia's tablet ambitions have been halted.