Weekly Surface News Roundup – Easter 2016

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Happy Easter to you, if you celebrate it, if not, I hope you still got your fill of chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, and jelly beans.

Anyway, again there are lots of Surface Phone rumors, but in this week’s Weekly Surface News, I decided to focus on other things. So, here is a trio of Surface related news stories for your enjoyment. Today you will find:

  • Clear Some Wall Space – The Surface Hub is Shipping!!!
  • Better Pen Support for Windows 10
  • Microsoft Shares Surface Book Design Story

OK, now shake yourself out of your sugar coma and read on…

Weekly News Roundup - Surface Hub

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Clear Some Wall Space – The Surface Hub is Shipping!!!

After multiple delays, the Microsoft Surface Hub has finally started shipping to customers. Brian Hall, General Manager for Microsoft Devices Marketing, said the Surface Hub has already commenced shipping to its business customers via a blog post.

“We are excited to see how Surface Hub will bring people together to work, create and learn in new ways,” says Hall. “We are not just releasing a powerful device. We are releasing a team-empowering solution that will make meetings more productive, modernize workflows and let people engage with data much better.”

If you’re interested in getting one, be aware that they aren’t cheap. The 55-inch model packs a $9,000USD price tag and the 80″ version is a staggering $22,000USD!!!! If that didn’t scare you off, below is a rundown of the features for each model.

55″ Version:

  • 4th Gen i5 Processor.
  • 8GB of RAM.
  • 1,920 x 1,080 resolution at 120Hz, a contrast ratio of 1,300:1
  • 100-point multi-touch input. (for when a dozen octopi are giving a presentation, I suppose?)
  • Intel HD 4600 Graphics.
  • Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless N, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy connectivity, and an NFC reader.
  • Wireless All-In-One keyboard.
  • Multiple sensors including infrared, imaging, and depth.
  • Two built-in 1080p cameras, and a microphone.
  • Two powered pens.
  • and, last but not least, Windows 10 with Office.

80″ Version:

  • 4th Gen i7 Processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Nvidia’s Quadro K2200 Graphics
  • Screen resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 at 120Hz with a contrast ratio of 1,400:1.
  • 100-point multi-touch input. (Again for our new cephalopod overlords)
  • Intel HD 4600 Graphics.
  • Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless N, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy connectivity, and an NFC reader.
  • Wireless All-In-One keyboard.
  • Multiple sensors including infrared, imaging, and depth.
  • Two built-in 1080p cameras, and a microphone.
  • Two powered pens.
  • Windows 10 with Office.

Oh, and don’t forget that these things weigh hundreds of pounds, so make sure you have a sturdy wall to mount it.

Related: TechTimes, BetaNews, TNW [divider]

Surface News Roundup Windows 10 Redstone

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Better Pen Support for Windows 10

The next major update for Windows 10 – which is code-named Windows 10 Redstone – looks like it will improve pen support for Universal Windows 10 applications. Of course, this is very important to Surface owners.

According to a leak from the Russian website OneTile.ru, Microsoft will be bringing back the Radial Controller, which was available in the Windows 8.1 version of OneNote Metro but was inexplicably missing from the Windows 10 version.

Weekly Surface News Roundup - Easter 2016

Another supposed pen feature is called InkToolbar. It will reportedly improve pen accuracy when drawing on websites, when using Microsoft Edge, and will (supposedly) support third-party apps with pen input.

Right now, the Windows Insiders are still working out the kinks but, hopefully, this update will be released to the masses soon.

Related: OneTile.ru [divider]

Weekly Surface News Roundup: Microsoft Shares Surface Book Design Story

Microsoft today shared the design story behind the revolutionary Surface Book device via a post on the Microsoft Design Blog. Written by , who is a writer for Microsoft, the post gives some insight into the people behind the design.

Here’s an excerpt from the posting:

Try to recall one of those first magical moments when you made something work: you built a baking soda volcano for the science fair, you rode your two-wheel bike down the driveway, you tinkered with the guts of a clock. Now imagine that the world was watching, waiting with bated breath for the result. Imagine you were backed by an incredible, diversified team. Imagine that your achievement – the solution you found – was a eureka moment born of true tenacity and toil

This is how the Surface team felt every day for two years, as they embarked on the challenges of creating the Surface Book. Particularly, the unique folio hinge and detach mechanism required relentless brainstorming, doodling, building, testing, scrapping, head scratching, high-fiving, prototyping, and more prototyping. So much prototyping, in fact, that Industrial Designer Kait Schoeck laughs at the absurd amount of material the Surface team managed to create.

“We always joke that we could fill this whole building with prototypes,” said Schoeck. “It is for real. We made more models on this project than I’d personally ever seen before.”

So, if you’re curious how the Surface Book design came to be, head on over and give the post a read…

Related: Microsoft [divider]

And that’s it for this Easter edition of the Surface News Roundup. Now you can head on over to the gym and work off the dozen chocolate eggs you binged on this morning, so you don’t hate yourself tomorrow. 🙂

Tim

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