Well Microsoft had their small Surface event this morning in New York City but the small was not about what everyone thought it would be.
However, the larger device we also heard rumors about was confirmed as the Surface Pro 3 and to be honest it looks like a great device.
Satya Nadella led things off and talked about the focus and energy the company has put into developing this line of hardware and how it was important to note these devices are not made for the people in the room but for the customer.
Then Panos Panay, Microsoft Corporate VP for Surface, came on stage and got down to the business of revealing Surface Pro 3. And yes, the reveal including an on stage drop of the device – just no skate boarding this time!
I tweeted this but must add the comment here – Panos is passionate about what he does. It has come across every time I see him talk about these products both in person and on a live stream.
Microsoft has a page of information available including videos, spec sheets and images already available at the Microsoft News Center but here are links directly to those items:
- Microsoft introduces Surface Pro 3- the tablet that can replace your laptop (Press Release)
- Announcing Surface Pro 3 (Surface Blog)
- Chocolate and Peanut Butter- Surface Pro 3 and Adobe Photoshop (Surface Blog)
- On-demand keynote- Surface Pro 3 Unveil (This morning’s announcement video)
- Surface Pro 3 Factsheet
- New Surface Accessories for Surface Pro 3
- Surface Pro 3 image gallery
- Surface Pro 3 video gallery
So how are the initial reactions to Surface Pro 3?
Lets take a look around the Internet and find out.
- Surface Pro 3 Preview (Supersite for Windows)
- Microsoft Surface- What you need to know (ZD Net)
- Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3- In pictures (ZD Net)
- Surface Pro 3 pricing (ZD Net)
- Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3, making a new pitch to replace laptops (GeekWire)
- Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 priced from $799 to $1,949, in 5 configurations (GeekWire)
- Surface Pro, Take 3- With its latest tablet, Microsoft has its eyes on your lap (GeekWire)
- Core i7-powered Surface Pro 3 sports 12-inch screen, is just 9.1mm thick (ARS Technica)
- Hands-on- Using Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 as a laptop—on my lap (ARS Technica)
- The new 12-inch Surface Pro 3, in pictures (ARS Technica)
- Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is designed to destroy the laptop (The Verge)
- Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 event in under six minutes (The Verge)
- Hands-On: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (The Verge)
- Meet Microsoft’s 12-inch Surface Pro 3- ‘The tablet that can replace your laptop’ (PC World)
- Hands On With the Surface Pro 3 (Mashable)
- Microsoft positions Surface Pro 3 tablet as a laptop replacement (Computer World)
- Microsoft doubles down on 2-in-1, enterprise-first Surface strategy (Computer World)
- Microsoft: The Surface Pro 3 tablet will replace your laptop (CNNMoney)
- Microsoft Tries Again With The Surface Pro 3 by Matt Burns (TechCrunch)
- Microsoft Announces The Surface Pro 3 by Alex Wilhelm (TechCrunch)
- Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 Sings A Better Tune, But In A Frequency Only Few Can Hear (TechCrunch)
- Microsoft Surfaces The Surface Pro 3, We Go Hands On (TechCrunch)
- The Surface Pro 3 Is Microsoft’s Answer To The MacBook Air. Again (TechCrunch)
- Comparing Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 to the new Surface Pro 3 (cNet)
- Microsoft- Surface Pro 3 will replace your laptop Mobile (cNet)
- Surface Pro 3- 12-inch 3-2 screen, starts at $799, preorders start May 21 (hands-on) (cNet)
- Hands-on with the Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft, an ultrathin tablet with a stellar screen (WP Central)
- Photo samples from the cameras on the Surface Pro 3 (WP Central)
- Will your older Type Cover work on a Surface Pro 3? (WP Central)
- Specs for the Surface Pro 3 show nine hours of battery life and more (WP Central)
- Microsoft supercharges the pen with OneNote and the Surface Pro 3 (WP Central)
- Microsoft shows why you should leave your laptop for the Surface Pro 3 (WP Central)
- Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 3, a 12-inch tablet with high-resolution display (WP Central)
There are a few stories floating around the web about what was not announced today, the Surface Mini, so here are links to some of that related news.
- No Surface Mini from Microsoft on Tuesday (Computer World)
- What Microsoft didn’t announce today- An ARM-based Surface Mini (ZD Net)
- Microsoft Said to Back Off Plans to Debut Smaller Surface (Bloomberg)
- There Was No Surface Mini Because Microsoft Already Lost on Tablets (Mashable)
- Surface Pro 3 pen could be hint of Mini to come (cNet)
So what do you think about today’s news?