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Meet Surface Hub 2

A new culture of work is emerging. One where unlocking the power of the team has never been more important. I see it with our team daily. People coming together, creating together. Making products stronger through collaboration, whether they’re in the same room or separated by thousands of miles.

Today’s most effective businesses have a team-based, collaborative culture and place an emphasis on enabling creativity and productivity. In fact, companies that promote collaborative working are five times as likely to be high-performing.
It’s not just that how we work is changing, it’s that where we work is changing too. The environment around us is shifting – towards open offices, huddle rooms, and team work spaces – in fact, in three years, half the global workforce will be mobile. It’s an exciting time to be in the devices business, because the creation of new form factors and software experiences will not only lead us to work in new ways, but also in new spaces designed for collaboration.
There is a need for a device built for teams and designed for these new environments. To help people collaborate whether they are in the office, at home, or travelling the world. To move beyond just passing along information, to a world where they are collaborating real-time, in an efficient, and intuitive way.
Today, I’m excited to introduce that device, the next generation – Surface Hub 2.

Unlock the power of the team
Surface Hub 2 was designed from the ground up to be used by teams – to get people out of their seats, to connect and ideate, regardless of location. The new Surface Hub 2 is sleeker, more agile and more affordable to fit any workspace or work style. The gorgeous 4K+ 50.5” multi-touch display creates an inviting canvas to co-create, harnessing the power of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud. The 4K cameras that rotate with the device, integrated speakers and far field mic arrays allow everyone in the meeting to feel as if they are right in the room with the rest of the group, while our standard Surface 3×2 aspect ratio means everyone has more usable space to create and collaborate.
Perfect for any space
Surface Hub 2 scales and adapts to your space through tiling up to 4 screens together in portrait or landscape view.  Dynamic rotation allows you to use the best orientation for your content to help people work in the way that best suits them and the people they are collaborating with. It is also significantly easier to move around your workspaces than its predecessor. We’ve teamed up with workplace expert Steelcase to create a system of rolling stands and easy-to-use mounts to help Surface Hub 2 customers be truly mobile, gain a new perspective and capture their ideas wherever they do their best work.

The magic of tiling
Tiling is one of my favorite features on Surface Hub 2. Seeing four of the beautiful Surface Hub 2s lined up together has undeniable visual effect and will have a profound impact on what groups can accomplish together, allowing users to display multiple pieces of content side-by-side. Imagine how much your team could get done being able to work simultaneously across Microsoft Whiteboard, PowerBI, PowerPoint, and a full view video call.

Move beyond meetings, to real-time teamwork
We’re passionate about creating experiences that allow the technology to fade into the background, so people and teams can be as productive and creative as possible. The original Surface Hub advanced this mission, making it possible to join a meeting or open a whiteboard with one touch. Now Surface Hub 2 takes it even further with multi-user sign in.
This feature is a truly magical experience. Using multi-user sign in, multiple people can authenticate in the same Surface Hub 2 workspace, allowing them to simultaneously access their documents and ideas, merging them with the ideas of their teammates – and making collaboration as natural as meeting at a whiteboard.

The future of collaboration is coming
We started on the journey of empowering teams with the original Surface Hub and the value it provides has resonated with businesses worldwide. We’ve sold to more than 5000 customers across 25 markets. Over half of Fortune 100 companies have purchased Surface Hubs to improve team’s efficiency and how they collaborate – breaking down barriers and creating real business value. We believe our customers will love Surface Hub 2 even more.
In 2018 we will begin to test Surface Hub 2 with select commercial customers. It will be available for purchase in 2019. For additional information on Surface Hub 2 please visit: microsoft.com/en-us/surface/business/surface-hub-2
We’ll share more soon.

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Here’s how Burton Snowboards is creating products for riders around the globe

Chris working through the design process on a Surface Studio.
Burton has been synonymous with the sport of snowboarding for decades. Since the company’s founding, Snowboarding has grown and evolved, even becoming an Olympic sport in 1998. Burton has been a key piece of the sport’s growth and transformation at every step. As the company looks ahead to emerging trends in the sport and charts its own transformation, we sat with Burton’s head of product, Chris Cunningham, to hear about how they create new products for riders around the globe and how Surface is coming into the process.
Chris Cunningham, Head of Product for Burton
Tell us about yourself. What do you do? How did this kind of work find you? What keeps you coming back every day?
My name is Chris Cunningham, and I am the Senior Vice President of Global Product here at Burton Snowboards.
For some background… I was born and raised in the midwest (Indiana) and discovered snowboarding back in ‘91 when I was in seventh grade.  I fell in love with the sport and have been snowboarding ever since.  I come from an artistic family/background and tend to think like an engineer, but ultimately ended up going to business school (all due to proximity to the local ski hill).
I joined Burton after graduating from Indiana University in 2000 and started in customer service with the goal to eventually work my way into the product department.  By 2002, I landed my first ‘product’ job as an Assistant Product Manager of Bindings.  From there I ascended the ranks of Product Manager, Category Manager, Director, Vice President, etc.  Today, I oversee the entire Product Division for Burton that includes all categories and teams that are responsible for developing Burton’s product lines – from R&D through validation and production.
What keeps me and many others coming back each and every day is the continuous pursuit to make better product.  You’re only as good as your last product line, and there is always the next revision, innovation, or leap forward around the corner.  Having the opportunity to constantly work on products you love and use, and then obsess about how to make them better, then actually making it happen is my dream job. Burton is also just an amazing place to work…great people, vibe, etc.
Burton is a leader in the industry, building both apparel and equipment for athletes and riders. In your opinion, what drives the company’s success?
I think this is best answered by ‘The Burton Stance’ (image below).  Put simply; we are a passionate group of riders that focus on what is best for riders.  When you put the user at your focal point (this can be a pro snowboarder, average snowboarder, or even a beginner) the rest will follow.  We are in it for the snowboarding, and I think that gives us an advantage.
“The Burton Stance”
Where do you get your creative inspiration?
Inspiration can come in many forms. Our creative teams pull from anything and everything that might provoke their interest.  This can range from art, music, industrial design, architecture, furniture, fashion, etc. Creativity extends through the technical fundamentals of a product to the graphics. More than most outdoor gear, a snowboard presents a canvas for some amazing graphics design.
We use both trend (WGSN) and consulting (Camp High Collective) services to help pull ourselves out of our comfort zone. We also simply work with a lot of talented and creative individuals that like to push themselves creatively.  Sometimes getting inspiration can simply come from turning to your colleague, seeing what they are working on, and it sparks the next idea for your own category. Last, but not least, we pull inspiration from our professional team of riders.  These individuals are at the forefront of what is happening in the world of snowboarding; simply listening to their interest, ideas, and needs, can quickly inspire our design teams.
What has your creative approach been? Tell us about your creative workflow; going from idea to product historically.
The workflow can vary from category to category, but the overall process isn’t too different between Hardgoods (products like snowboards, bindings, boots) and Softgoods (outerwear, accessories, backpacks).  We like to kick off the season with what we call a ‘seasonal lens’ that helps us frame both our creative and business intents for the season.  This lays down the foundation we work from.
From there, new products and designs are briefed-in from our line planners to our Creative and Design teams.  Ideas and concepts are then sketched and comped and the iterative process between designers, merchandising, engineering, etc. begins.  We have a general stage gate process we move the work through until we get to a final design or proof of concept.  From there, our proto and development teams come into the picture and start to turn concepts into actual prototypes we can touch and feel, and eventually validate through lab and on-snow testing.  After a few more rounds, we eventually get to a final design and specification we feel confident can move into manufacturing/commercialization.
Obviously, the complexity of the product or project can vary the timing of this process from just a few months to multiple years.
Chris Cunningham and Chris Doyle in Burton’s prototype lab.
What excites you most about adding Surface devices into this process? What do you feel these products will allow your team to do that was either difficult or impractical previously?
We love to add new tools into our toolbox, and both the Surface Pros and Studios have been welcomed additions.  The Surface Pro are such powerful little machines.  While at my desk, it’s an extremely powerful and capable PC.  When up and walking about the office, it becomes a useful tablet helpful in capturing notes, sharing ideas, presenting plans, etc.  Our engineering and ID teams are using Surface Studios to explore new ways to work in 3D design.  In many cases, the mouse is becoming obsolete, and I even had one design engineer suggest she might ‘ditch her keyboard altogether’ and just work from the screen.
In either case, I think what Surface allows for a more immersive experience into the work on screen.  It’s no longer point, click, type.  It all about zoom, flip, scale, rotate, shade, draw, etc.
Chris and his team in a creative meeting where ideas are sketched.
How has the sport changed during your tenure? With this in mind, how you approach reinventing and innovating something as well-known and well-loved as the snowboard?
Since joining Burton, the sport has only continued to evolve, and on so many fronts. Riders continue to progress to levels once thought never possible and with that, the expectations of the product progress as well. That is always a welcomed challenge for our teams. What’s less obvious is that over time the products we make for beginner riders and kids have made the sport far more accessible to anyone who wants to learn, and from a product perspective, that’s exciting too.  Just the fundamentals of making product lighter, stronger, faster, can keep us coming back to the table ready to reinvent and innovate.  As stated above, you’re only as good as your last product line, so the question of ‘how can we make it even better?’ always exists.

Microsoft celebrates the fifth anniversary of Surface Pro

Over the last month, I’ve spent a lot of time with the team reflecting on the last five years since we launched Surface Pro and it made me realize that while much has changed, many things have stayed the same. In hindsight, it’s clear that Surface Pro created the foundation for who we are today – our team culture, our dedication to our customers, our obsession with every detail, and our desire to innovate. I’m incredibly grateful for everything these five years have brought, and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey.

When we launched the very first Surface Pro five years ago, there was a snowstorm in New York. We’d planned to have our launch at a Best Buy in Manhattan, but the weather had other ideas. This was the second time weather had driven us out of New York, as during the Surface RT launch the previous fall, a hurricane hit within hours of our event and we had to flee from the city in a rush.
As the storm built, I remember sitting in a conference room trying to figure out what we should do. The streets of New York were virtually empty, and if we decided to keep the Surface Pro launch there it was unlikely that anyone would be able to attend, so we came together across the company and in a matter of hours we had a new plan. The Microsoft Stores Team said we had just opened a store in Las Vegas at the Fashion Show Mall. They had a stage, it was a climate unlikely to be hit with either a snowstorm or a hurricane, and they had customers excited about the product launch. Within 24 hours we had set up an impromptu launch. We got a crew, we flew in the dancers from the Surface Pro commercial to perform, and we shared our new product with pride and some questionable fashion statements on my part.
I love this story, not only because it holds many happy memories of the launch of a product that changed our lives forever, but also because it speaks to the relentlessness of the team who first created Surface Pro and the culture of resourcefulness and determination that still exists across the team today.
The idea behind Surface Pro
We wanted to challenge the concept that people should have to choose between the portability and convenience of a tablet and the power and productivity of a PC.
We started with simple goals that we knew had to be executed perfectly – a kickstand (at 22 degrees), a clip in keyboard, a pen, and a powerful processor. From there we became obsessed with every detail, listening to and learning from our customers to ensure we were delivering a device capable of versatility and precision, creativity and productivity, and security and simplicity.
Panos Panay poses for a group photo following a breakfast with students attending a Microsoft event in May, 2017
When we first launched it was rare to spot a student, a work traveler, or an artist out in public with a Surface Pro, each time we saw one we would snap a picture, talk to the customer and find out what they loved about the device. Now five years on, we scarcely go a day without seeing one, from the dad who uses his Surface Pro as his work machine during the day and to track his son’s golf scores on the course, to the two women studying in a coffee shop in Korea, to the surgeon checking records at his patient’s bedside, we never tire of hearing the stories of our customers.
Today, we feel both fortunate and proud that this vision of Surface has become a reality with people using Surface Pro every day and loving the experience.
The ultimate laptop
Since the first Surface Pro launched we’ve seen the PC category evolve, with new growth segments (when we entered the market in 2013 the premium 2-1 category saw 4x growth and we have continued to see significant growth every year since**), and a set of new experiences and interactions, allowing millions of people to type, write, touch, and create in new ways.

With each generation and each new product, this team has continued to evolve and innovate, expanding on our original vision to grow with what our customers want and need. Products are a reflection of the people that make them and the people that use them. In the last five years, Surface has become known for thin, light, powerful devices, with insane battery power and they’re only going to get better from here.
But one of the things the team takes the most pride in is seeing how Surface has impacted people’s lives:
Leann Emmert, a movie location scout, uses her Surface to envision a setting for Pacific Rim Uprising’s most awe-inspiring scenes, and view a mixed reality rendering of what that scene will look like upon completion.
Soon Flynn, a student managing the rigors of his D. program and challenges of autism.
Kayas Cultural College, connecting residents of this remote community to educational resources.
If you haven’t tried Surface yet, I can assure you there has never been a better time. Beginning on February 17th and lasting throughout President’s Day weekend, we’re offering $200 off the price of Surface Pro at Microsoft Stores and select retailers like Best Buy.

Microsoft celebrates the fifth anniversary of Surface Pro
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*Offer valid from 12:00 AM PST on February 17, 2018 to 11:59 PM PST on February 19, 2018, while supplies last. Offer valid only on select Surface Pro device. Excludes Surface Pro LTE devices. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or promo code(s). May not be combinable with other offers. Refunds will take into account the discount. Price discount does not include taxes, shipping or other fees. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Limit of 1 offer per customer. Other exclusions and limits may apply. Offer available at participating retailers and Microsoft online store in the United States (including Puerto Rico).
**IDC data. 2-1 is a detachable tablet plus convertible Notebook. “Premium” is categorized as $800+

More employees say they would choose Surface

We have seen that people feel more productive, creative and valued when they are given a Surface as their work device and now a recent report from Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies signals an increase in the number of consumers who want to use Surface at work.

Creative Strategies asked a panel of 1300 US consumers about their preferences for how they use their PCs for both personal and professional scenarios. Responses showed Surface is winning over early tech adopters and continuing to challenge Apple within the broader survey set.  People cited Surface’s ability to bridge both creativity and productivity and their professional and personal lives as key reasons they chose Surface.
Here are a few key insights to take away from Carolina’s (@caro_milanesi) report:
People want the device that does it all.
People increasingly expect flexible work conditions, including when, where and on what device they work. This has resulted in people buying and using multiple devices for different purposes and parts of their lives. But they still want one device that can span both work and personal life.
According to Creative Strategies:
72% of people who use Surface at work want to use it all the time, at work and for personal use. (+7pts versus Apple MacBook).
When considering replacing their laptop with a 2in1 device, early mainstream users significantly choose Surface Pro (+11pts) over Apple iPad Pro.
Company-issued devices play a pivotal role in attracting and retaining talent.
Investing in the right technology and devices is critical for companies of all sizes to recruit and retain top talent.
According to Creative Strategies:
91% of employees surveyed believe that technology choices reflect on the company.
Millennials and early tech adopters are 3x more likely to decline a job offer if there is no choice of computing device
77% of people who use Surface for work are proud to be seen with it (+15% over Apple)
Overall, employees who receive a Surface device feel more cared about than those that receive Apple Notebooks. (+8pts)
The take away: if you as a business leader provide a Surface to your employees, not only will they love working on it, but the fact that you provided them with a Surface will help endear them to the company. They will love the fact that you invested in them. There is a sense of pride that comes from owning a Surface. 
Creativity is important to people, but not at the expense of being productive.
Employees want to be creative without sacrificing productivity. With Surface, employees get the creativity that Apple promises *and* the productivity they expect from Microsoft, all in one device.
According to Creative Strategies:
Users perceive Apple Notebooks and Surface devices to be on par when empowering creativity.
The Surface brand is perceived to empower users to be more productive relative to Apple Notebooks. (+8pts)
Both early tech adopters (+11pts) and early mainstream audiences (+21pts) believe Surface empowers you to be most productive compared to Apple
Investing in Surface makes the most of your Microsoft investments.
It is critical for software and services to live across devices. The next generation of talent is used to working from the cloud, seamlessly sharing information across borders.
According to Creative Strategies:
People who perceive the Surface as the leading notebook brand over Apple do so because they see it as the best implementation of Windows and Office
Employees who use Apple for work feel strongly that Surface devices have the best implementation of Windows 10
But quite possibly my favorite part of the report is this:
“There is also no doubt that in consumer’s minds the only brand able to compete with Apple is Microsoft Surface.”
 

I encourage you to read more of Carolina’s report here, or visit Surface.com to learn more about how you can deploy Surfaces in your organization.
– Julia

Super Bowl LII brings the culmination of “Create Change”

Congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles!

Each year, the Super Bowl offers a unique opportunity for Microsoft to highlight the season-long work that comes from our partnership with the NFL. We were proud to see the players, coaches, and officials using Microsoft Surface at pivotal moments during Sunday’s game. Super Bowl LII was an amazing game, but it is something that happened earlier in the week at our Microsoft Store at the Mall of America in Minneapolis that we’re most proud of.
Earlier this season, we launched the Create Change campaign with five NFL stars with the goal of supporting the philanthropic work they do off the field.

By partnering with these players and their foundations in providing both resources and awareness, we hope to make an impact on the lives of those in need and to use technology to create change in communities that need it most. Through a series of digital videos, social campaigns, and via integration with Microsoft Rewards, we told the stories of these special players and their work with Microsoft in strengthening their causes. In addition, fans were encouraged to share how they are creating change in their local communities on social media. Each player then selected his favorite Create Change story and presented that fan with a trip to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. And as part of a special Super Bowl LII edition of the campaign last week, we added Minneapolis native Larry Fitzgerald, highlighting the work he’s done in the local school district in helping close the digital divide. Whether on the field, in the classroom, or at the hospital, these players have demonstrated how Microsoft Surface can play an invaluable resource for changing lives and we are proud to have partnered with them on their missions.
Thank you, Larry Fitzgerald, Von Miller, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Greg Olsen, and Martellus Bennett for the amazing and inspiring work you do off the field.
NFL players Larry Fitzgerald, Greg Olsen, Von Miller, and Russell Wilson pose with their custom designed helmets as part of Microsoft’s Create Change program at the Microsoft Store at Mall of America on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 in Minneapolis. (Doug Benc/AP Images for Microsoft)
This past week saw the culmination of the Create Change campaign at the world’s biggest sporting event, the Super Bowl. Four of the Create Change players (Larry Fitzgerald, Greg Olsen, Von Miller, and Russell Wilson) were joined by NFL legend Tony Gonzalez at a panel event at the Microsoft Store in the Mall of America.
In front of hundreds of fans, media, foundations, school children, and local civic leaders, the players talked about the positive role Microsoft technology has on the charity work they do off the field and gave inspiring words about how to best use the platforms available to you to empower others and create change. On display were the custom helmets for each player’s charity. As part of the event, Microsoft donated to Larry’s charity, the First Down Fund, which will go towards providing a Surface computer lab to the Hiawatha school in Minneapolis, five minutes from Larry’s childhood home.
To learn more about the Create Change campaign, please visit surface.com/nfl.

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Surface and SOLIDWORKS: Helping Ringbrothers reimagine classic cars

Surface builds devices that empower people to be more productive and create without limits. Removing limitations is especially important for engineers, architects and designers – who depend on powerful hardware and software to streamline their workflow and bring their creations to life. This week at SOLIDWORKS World, the Surface team is on the ground with thousands of power users to showcase the Surface family of devices and learn more about how SOLIDWORKS is advancing the future of 3D Design.
One of the best aspects of my role on the Surface team is getting the opportunity to see first-hand how our devices are used to build awesome, innovative products that people love. That’s why I’m excited to see one of our users – Ringbrothers – here at SOLIDWORKS World and watch as they wow the audience with the story behind their 1972 AMC Javelin. The Javelin, unveiled at SEMA Show 2017, is a true work of art that the Ringbrothers team imagined, designed and built with the help of Surface and SOLIDWORKS.

I had the chance to sit down with Ringbrothers Product Development Specialist Matt Moseman to learn more about the Javelin, his work at Ringbrothers and how technology is changing the way engineers and designers work.
Tell me about Ringbrothers and your role on the team.
Ringbrothers is an automotive restoration company in Spring Green, Wisconsin specializing in customized auto parts and restoration of classic vehicles. I work with an incredible 15-person team to design, prototype, and manufacture products and unique pieces of automotive jewelry. Someone will bring in a vehicle from the 70s and our goal is to maintain that heritage while bringing modern technology and materials to it.

What’s your design process and ethos (i.e. – how do you work)? What did your process look like previously?
I use Surface for everything – from reading e-mails to making revisions on renderings in SOLIDWORKS. In the past, we took a vision from a napkin to paper then tried to recreate it on a device. Surface enhances our creativity and helps us collaborate better as a team.
We can offer our teammates and clients a more hands-on experience while creating and interacting with the device, providing tweaks and suggestions in real-time.
At the end of the day, it’s really about how the team culture and environment contributes to our collective design process. Everyone plays a role in the creation of these vehicles, whether we’re creating the parts and bolting wheels on the cars to changing oil. We don’t believe in titles or barriers between teams. Having everyone work elbow-to-elbow streamlines the process from design to manufacturing and breaks the communication barrier, shortening the time to market.

How did implementing Surface change your workflow?
With Surface, we’re able to be more productive. There’s a level of flow that we didn’t have before.
Being able to use the large-scale format on Surface Studio and then go home and sketch a drawing on my Surface Book 2 at the kitchen table – it’s a game changer. Our previous machines just didn’t have enough power. SOLIDWORKS helps take this vision and makes it 3D. It almost brings the products to life before they’ve even come out of the printer.
We also started using Surface Dial, Surface Precision Mouse and Surface Pen with the Surface devices. They provide a more natural way to interact with the devices and we like being able to bring together physical tools we can hold in our hand with the power and flexibility of digital tools.
What’s the story behind the Javelin? What value did Surface bring as you and the team built it from concept to creation?
Prestone asked us to build a car to commemorate its 90th anniversary and unveil it at SEMA 2017. They wanted a vehicle that aligns with their brand and culture – a classic that embodies the rich American history and automotive innovation. The 1972 AMC Javelin was the perfect fit. We built the Javelin in less than 10 months and it was the first vehicle we went completely digital on with Surface.
 
As we redesigned and rebuilt the Javelin, we were also able to create aftermarket parts, such as the interior door handles. This enabled first-time-right machining and let us test out new products.
The entire process was made more efficient with the release of SOLIDWORKS 2018 and the functionality offered by Surface.
We worked with Gary Ragle, an incredible auto designer, to generate the renderings and leveraged SOLIDWORKS on Surface devices to design prototype parts that are 3D printed. Given the short runway to SEMA, every area we could save time was crucial. Everything we do is power intensive and Surface Studio and Surface Book 2 easily handled these tasks and allowed us to maintain our workflow, stay in the zone, and ultimately create higher quality products.
For engineers like Matt, we understand why it’s so important for them to have the best tools available to get the job done. That’s what makes our work with companies like Dassault Systemès is so valuable. Thank you to the SOLIDWORKS team and Ringbrothers for a great partnership and time here in Los Angeles. We are excited to see what else the talented SOLIDWORKS community creates on Surface!

Surface Book 2 coming to all Surface markets

Surface Book 2 is the most powerful Surface we’ve ever built, and customers love that they can run their most demanding applications from anywhere. For those of you who have been waiting for Surface Book 2 to come to your market, the wait is over. Surface Book 2 is coming to all current Surface markets in both 13” and 15” sizes, and pre-order for Surface Book 2 15” begins today in 17 markets.
Surface Book 2 is a portable powerhouse with up to 17 hours of battery life. Since the product first launched in November, we have been hearing from customers and fans about what sets Surface Book 2 apart. They love that it delivers the processing and graphics power required to run demanding applications, but gives them the freedom to work away from their offices when projects demand or inspiration strikes. Featuring the latest 8th Generation Intel Core Processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics, it runs the high-performance applications customers rely on, the PC games people love, and Windows Mixed Reality experiences. Surface Book 2 also supports Surface Pen with tilt and 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity for amazing inking as well as Surface Dial on-screen. Like its predecessor, Surface Book 2 can instantly transform from a laptop to a digital canvas to a sleek tablet, unleashing your creativity.

Today, we’re excited to bring the power of versatility of Surface Book 2 to more people around the world. Pre-orders for Surface Book 2 15” will begin today in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Later, beginning in February and continuing through March and April, Surface Book 2 13” and 15” will roll out to Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. Check with Microsoft Stores, local retail or your commercial reseller partners for details on availability in your market.

Surface Book 2 coming to all Surface markets
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*Note: Surface Book 2 13” is already available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

5 reasons you’ll love Surface Book 2

Starting today, you can get your hands on the most powerful Surface ever, Surface Book 2. We built this Surface for people who need the performance and graphics processing power to work, create, and game from anywhere. Now anyone who needs desktop-class power, from designers, developers, and engineers to scientists, artists, and gamers can have the freedom and flexibility of a laptop and tablet. Whether you choose the 13-inch or the 15-inch (US only), here are 5 reasons to love the new Surface Book 2.
It’s really powerful – Surface Book 2 is the most powerful Surface ever. It has four times the processing power and more than five times the graphics performance of the original Surface Book. It has up to twice the total processing of similarly spec’d MacBook Pros1. With quad-core 8th Gen Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete GPUs, Surface Book 2 has the power you’ll need for whatever you do.
It has amazing battery life – Surface Book 2 goes where you go and keeps up with up to 17 hours of battery life2 (or up to 5 hours on the detached tablet). That’s up to 70% longer than a MacBook Pro 13-inch or 15-inch. With the power slider in Windows 10 (click on the battery icon) you can optimize either for peak performance or longer battery life. And, if you don’t have your Surface power cord, you now have the option to charge via USB-C using a compatible charger.
It plays hard –With an optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 graphics memory, you’re going to love gaming on Surface Book 2. Our team has been playing Gears of War 4 and Forza Motorsport 7 – both graphically intense games – at 1080p and 60 FPS and they look amazing on the PixelSense display. The 15-inch model even includes Xbox Wireless built-in so you can pair Xbox One Accessories and play wherever you want. Surface Book 2 is also ready for Windows Mixed Reality. Connect a compatible Windows Mixed Reality headset and controllers to experience the most immersive gaming and VR experiences with 100+ degrees view field and 90hz refresh rate.
It’s a creator’s dream – Whether you’re a game developer, digital artist, designer, 3D-modeller, AI developer, photographer, or video guru, Surface Book 2 is what you need to create the amazing. You’ll have all the power you’ll need to run full versions of the software you depend on, a beautiful PixelSense display and awesome keyboard and trackpad. Beyond these, Surface Book 2 lets you create and edit with the optional Surface Pen3, featuring 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt and on-screen use of the Surface Dial3 The ink experience even extends to Office 3653 , where we’ve done a ton of work as a company to make sure your work really comes to life.
It’s incredibly versatile – The original Surface Book made waves with its detachable screen, and these new devices continue to offer unmatched versatility. Use Surface Book 2 as a traditional laptop or disconnect the tablet to experience the freedom of the thinnest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 PC available. Turn the screen around and re-attach it for view mode, a great way to share ideas or watch movies at 30,000 feet. Close the device with the screen exposed and your Surface Book 2 becomes a powerful, portable Studio angled just right for drawing and using Dial. Surface Book 2 also includes a full array of ports – two full-size USB 3.1, USB-C, an SD card reader, Surface Connect ports in both the base and tablet and a 3.5mm headset jack.

Surface Book 2 is available today starting at $1,499.99 USD at Microsoft Store, Microsoft.com, and Best Buy in the US, and around the world at select retailers.
I encourage you to see and try one in person. I hope you love it as much as I do.
1Microsoft Test Lab 3DMark 11 Graphics and LuxMark 3.1 CPU+GPU score comparison, Surface Book 15-inch [Intel i7-8650U with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060] vs. MacBook Pro 15-inch [Intel i7-7567U with AMD Radeon Pro 560], and Surface Book 13” [Intel i7-8650U with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050] vs. MacBook Pro 13-inch [Intel i7-7567U], October 2017.2Up to 17 hours of video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in October 2017 using preproduction Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM device. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: i-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with setting, usage, and other factors. 3Surface Pen, Surface Dial, and Office 365 sold separately.

News from Future Decoded: Designing devices for the new culture of work

This week at Future Decoded in London we talked to business and IT leaders about the role technology can play in transforming organizations. We are at the edge of a major technology shift towards more intelligent computing – one fueled by the rise of data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. But there is a larger shift happening that is about more than changing technology. It’s about people – how they work, where they work, and the culture that guides and motivates them. Technology is the how not the why.
It’s through that lens that our team builds products, bringing hardware and software together to empower people in this new culture of work. To help people be more creative and more productive, from anywhere. To help them feel more connected to their organization and free from their desk.
Which is why today we’re excited to share that we are bringing even greater mobility to our Surface Pro line by making Surface Pro with LTE Advanced available to business customers beginning December 2017.
In an evolving workforce, ideas are our most valuable assets
Half of the global workforce will be mobile by 2020. The office is no longer restricted to a set of buildings – it’s at home, in a café, a city across the globe, or on a plane. With so many changing locations your device becomes your office and many of our customers tell us that’s what their Surface is to them – a mobile office.
As a team we’ve seen this come to life over the last five years, spotting people all over the world using their Surface for sharing, creating, consuming, and producing.

More emphasis than ever is being put on creativity and collaboration. As we move from economies of scale to economies of innovation and creativity, our ideas become the new differentiator. We need to give people the right tools to bring their ideas to life.
Devices at the forefront of the new culture of work
This is such an exciting time for our team because devices are at the forefront of this new culture. Empowering people with smarter, more intuitive ways to work. Devices are the interaction point, the tangible thing that people can hold and touch. They not only play a pivotal role as the inputs that feed intelligence into the cloud, but they are also tools that empower people with simple and more secure ways to create and connect with others.
Working across Windows, Office, and Surface we’ve unlocked new interaction models, pioneering experiences with touch, voice, Cortana, Pen, and Dial to help people stay in their creative flow, while also providing best in class keyboards, trackpads, and mice for when you need precision. It delivers the performance needed to take advantage of powerful new technologies like AI, machine learning, and the versatility to work how you want, where you want.
The right device makes your employees feel more productive, creative and valued
When we talk about product making, we talk about how every detail matters – every gram, every line, every part – but not only because we want the design and engineering to be flawless, but also because we want people to love using our products, and to feel proud of what they create with them. We obsess over these details because we want to help you meet workforce expectations, to attract and retain the best talent, to enable your teams to express their ideas and innovations more effectively.

And what we’ve found is that the device you provide your employees with not only helps them create and succeed but can also make them feel happier and more valued. That’s powerful. We hear from people every day who love their Surface. These are machines that make employees feel a sense of pride when they take them out of their bag, that fuel their ingenuity, productivity, and collaboration, and inspire them to do their best work. To achieve more.
Surface expands laptop line-up with availability of Surface Pro with LTE Advanced
Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is the latest addition to the Surface family and will begin shipping to business customers in December 2017. With a Cat 9 modem, Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is the fastest LTE-enabled laptop in its class1. It delivers global connectivity with support of 20 cellular bands2 so you can work, study, create or relax uninterrupted.
Surface Pro with LTE Advanced rounds out our family of ultimate laptops, giving businesses options to meet the needs of everyone in their workforce. Whether it’s the pure power of Surface Book 2, the most powerful Surface yet with up to 17 hours of battery life3, the unmatched versatility of Surface Pro, or the beauty and emotional appeal of Surface Laptop. The entire Surface family is built to bring the best of Windows to life, including the new mixed reality, 3D, and inking experiences in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
The new culture of work will require devices with more performance and more versatility, without sacrificing beautiful design. The Surface family has been designed to engage and inspire employees. To help people bring ideas to life. It’s why we do what we do, it’s what drives us because we believe your people are at the core of your business success. Your people and their ideas are your company’s most precious asset and this transformation starts with people.
1Comparison of Surface Pro with LTE Advanced modem capability of up to 450 Mbps download speed to 12” and 13” LTE-enabled laptops and 2-in-1 computers Cat 6 modem maximum download speed of up to 300 Mbps.
2Service availability and performance subject to service provider’s network. Contact your service provider for details, compatibility, pricing, SIM card, and activation. See all specs and frequencies at surface.com.
3Up to 17 hours of video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in October 2017 using preproduction Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM & Intel Core i7, 512GB, 16GB RAM dGPU devices. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled.  Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.

Microsoft launches Create Change campaign with NFL stars and their charitable causes

At Microsoft, we’re inspired when we see individuals and groups step up to drive positive change in their communities and to empower people around them to achieve more. In this spirit, we’re proud to be collaborating with five extraordinary NFL players to support the philanthropic work they do off the field: Von Miller, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Greg Olsen, and Martellus Bennett.
The charitable foundations created or supported by each player focus on areas that align with some of Microsoft’s own core missions and values, including education, accessibility, creativity, and health. By partnering with these foundations in providing both resources and awareness, we hope to increase their impact on the lives of those in need. Each NFL player has used Microsoft Surface technology on the field, and each sees technology as a way to improve their foundation’s work and create even greater change in communities that need it most.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out the Create Change video series featuring each player discussing the inspiration for his cause and how Surface helps them impact more lives in a variety of ways. The first video in the series highlights Von Miller and his Von’s Vision Foundation, whose mission is to provide low-income Denver children with the eye care and corrective eyewear they need to be their best in the classroom and in life.

Fans can also get involved in the Create Change movement by sharing their own personal stories about creating a positive impact in local communities, using #CreateChangeContest on social media. Each of the five NFL players will select his favorite fan entrant and those five winners will receive a trip for two to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
In support of the work these charitable causes are doing, Microsoft will be making a donation to each of the five non-profit organizations involved.
To learn more about the Create Change campaign, please visit surface.com/nfl.