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Surface Laptop and Surface Pro available today in markets around the world

Surface family device shot, from left to right shown, the new Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Studio, and Surface Laptop in Platinum color.

Today, we are excited to launch the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop and bring our full family of Surface products to more markets than ever before. When I look at the journey we have been on since we launched the first Surface nearly five years ago, I am amazed at how far the product family has come. With Surface Pro, we created a new category and challenged the status quo of the laptop. With every Surface release since we have continued to push the boundaries of existing categories – bringing more power, more pixels and more versatility to help people work how they want, where they want.

From the professional that seeks inspiration out in the world and wants to capture it, to the student traveling from class to dorm room to library, we all desire tools that allow us to bring ideas to life wherever we choose. This is why we build Surface products, and this is why we’ve expanded the Surface family with beautiful and powerful devices that reflect the individual using them.

Surface Laptop

People are already falling in love with Surface Laptop. The rich, deep colors draw you into an experience that is warm and inviting. The blend of beauty and performance hits all the right notes without compromising the things required to keep you productive, like all-day battery life, incredible display quality, and portability. Even the Alcantara® material covering the keyboard balances its elegance with a clever design that resists spills and absorption. Every detail on this product has been thought through.

This meticulous attention extends to the software as well. Surface Laptop is made for Windows 10 S and the best of Microsoft’s products and services like Office and OneDrive. Windows 10 S ensures that your device is always up to date, and because Microsoft verifies every app in the Windows Store, you don’t have to worry whether an application is legit or malicious. You get the benefit of superior performance and streamlined security. To learn more about getting started with Windows 10 S, visit this blog post.

New apps arrive in the Windows Store all the time – in fact, we recently announced Spotify will come to the Windows Store this summer. We also recently launched SoundCloud Beta and will see iTunes in the Windows Store in the coming months. If you need an app that isn’t yet available in the Windows Store, you can easily switch to Windows 10 Pro at no additional cost until Dec. 31, 2017.

And, for a limited time, Surface Laptop comes with an offer for a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of free storage on OneDrive*, giving you full access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Surface Laptop colors available in more markets

We’re also excited to announce that we are making all four Surface Laptop colors available in 17 new markets over the coming months. Burgandy, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold will join Platinum as options available in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, HK, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the UK.

Visit Surface.com to learn more about available colors and pre-orders in your country.

The new Surface Pro

Also available today, the new Surface Pro is the perfect balance of versatility and performance. We wanted this product to be the laptop you can bring with you anywhere since you never know when or where inspiration will strike.

We’ve redesigned this game-changing form factor from the inside out. While the refined exterior may look familiar, this is a new generation of Surface Pro, offering up to 13.5 hours of battery life so you can work and create all day on the go and over 2.5x more power than Surface Pro 3. It runs Windows 10 Pro and Office, and it can handle the powerful desktop apps you crave, without compromising the thin and light form that has defined Surface Pro since we launched the first device five years ago. We’ve also made incredible progress with the Surface Pen. This is our most natural and responsive Pen yet. You can read all about how we’ve quadrupled the pressure sensitivity over our previous version, or how we dropped latency to milliseconds while adding tilt functionality. This new Surface Pen pushes the boundaries of the digital and analog worlds, bringing a fluid real-to-life inking experience. Every stroke, every line, shows up as intended, even the finest of touches.

The new Surface Pro in Studio Mode

With Surface Pen, touch, and on-screen support of Surface Dial, Surface Pro becomes a mobile creative studio that offers unparalleled versatility and performance.

Surface Pro is available now with LTE coming later this year.

Surface Studio expands to more markets

Surface Studio

People around the world have been asking us when they can get Surface Studio. This device has sparked the imagination of some of the world’s most creative individuals. We heard you. After recent expansion to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, we are proud to share that Surface Studio will be available starting today in Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

There has never been a better time to buy a Surface

If you’ve been waiting to purchase your new Surface, there’s never been a better time.

Starting today at all physical Microsoft Stores in the US or Canada, when you trade in an old device, including an Apple MacBook or iPad, you will receive up to $850 off most Surface devices, including the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop***.

Microsoft Store associates will help find the right Surface for you with a device fitting, and with the new Surface Migration Assistant app, you can easily transfer all your files, pictures, music and settings to your new Surface device without missing a beat. Come into a Microsoft Store and let us show you how easy it is to make the switch to a Surface.

The team is humbled by the excitement we’ve seen for these products, and it is inspiring to see all of the brilliant things people from around the world create every day using their Surface. We can’t wait to see what you build with the two new products available today.

Visit Surface.com or your nearest Microsoft Store to learn more.

*Limited-time offer for a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1TB OneDrive storage; must activate within 180 days. Offer ends 10/15/2017.

***Offer valid from June 15, 2017, to July 31, 2017, while supplies last. Available only in Microsoft retail stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. To receive full store credit towards the purchase of a new select Surface device, a customer must trade-in qualifying Surface Pro device subject to these terms. To be eligible for trade-in, you must own the qualifying device, device must power on, battery must hold charge and not be required to be plugged in to operate, and be in fully functional, working condition without broken/missing components, cracked display/housing, liquid damage, modification(s) or have device warranty seal broken to be considered working. Cannot be password protected, and include original chargers/accessories. Must contain a hard drive. Any appraised value will be determined at trade-in and provided as a Microsoft retail store credit. All trade-ins are subject to Microsoft’s discretion and approval. All trade-ins are final. Recycle for Rewards program provided by CExchange, LLC., and other terms and conditions may apply. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or gift cards. May be combinable with other offers. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Microsoft reserves the right to modify or discontinue offers at any time. Other exclusions and limits may apply. See store associate for details.

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Surface Hub more powerful with Windows 10 Creators Update

In the past 14 months since we began shipping Surface Hub, the response we’ve seen from businesses globally has been astounding. Today, over half of Fortune 100 companies have purchased Surface Hubs to improve how their teams inspire and collaboratebreaking down barriers and creating real business value.

Today, we’ve taken another leap towards improving collaboration in the workplace by rolling out Windows 10 Creators Update for Surface Hub.

The Creators Update is the culmination of months of listening to feedback of our best customers and includes a litany of great features and tools to help teams better create. My favorites: the amazing new Microsoft Whiteboard App that allows real-time collaborative inking across devices, deeper integration with a person’s individual authenticated Office 365 documents and new manageability and security tools to help keep your information safe.

Let’s take a deeper look at what is under the hood of Windows 10 Creators Update for Surface Hub:

The Amazing Microsoft Whiteboard

As you might have seen from us on stage in Shanghai, there is a litany of inking innovation coming to the Microsoft Whiteboard app on Windows 10, such as intelligent digital inking, geometry recognition, table conversion and automatic table shading. Microsoft Whiteboard will come first to Surface Hub starting in mid-June as an app update, with the vision to bring it to more Windows 10 devices later this year (including the Surface Studio and Surface Pro) with exclusive capabilities for Office 365 subscribers.

Real-time collaborative coauthoring in Whiteboard – which enables teams to ink with each other in real time across Surface Hub devices – for lack of a better term: is magic. Additional Microsoft Whiteboard features include new inking tools, awesome ink effects as well as more ways to integrate existing content into the whiteboard canvas to create the ultimate digital workspace. Stay tuned for more as Whiteboard comes to more Windows 10 devices.

With the new Microsoft Whiteboard App, teams around the world can visually collaborate in real time with intelligent digital ink.

With the new Microsoft Whiteboard App, teams around the world can visually collaborate in real time with intelligent digital ink.

Single sign-on and deeper integration with Office 365

We’ve made Surface Hub more personal by adding the ability for people to sign-in to their Office 365 account from the welcome screen or the updated start menu. This essentially turns Surface Hub into your personal Windows 10 device, and allows you to navigate quickly to Office 365 apps and cloud-saved content including:

  • Content stored in your OneDrive
  • Most recently used (MRU) documents panels inside Office applications like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Integration with Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed today via the Edge browser
Improved Welcome Screen makes it easier than ever to find your meeting and get started on Surface Hub.

Improved Welcome Screen makes it easier than ever to find your meeting and get started on Surface Hub.

Improved Office 365 integration makes it easier than ever to access your important documents, making the Surface Hub your own PC while in the meeting you scheduled.

Improved Office 365 integration makes it easier than ever to access your important documents, making the Surface Hub your own PC while in the meeting you scheduled.

Enhanced audio, Miracast, and Skype experiences

I love my Surface Hub meetings because they feel as natural as being in the same room with the team. To create that sense of being in the same room the audio experience is critical. To ensure Surface Hub has the best possible audio experience, we worked with the audio masters at Dolby to optimize the audio experience for human speech.

Other updates include improved Miracast projection to make it faster and more reliable.

Skype controls have been simplified too, making it quicker and easier to call, message and share content with remote participants. Now you can easily scroll through the scheduled meetings on the welcome screen with the new meetings carousel and see who’s been invited to each meeting before you join.

Now it’s easier than ever to collaborate with colleagues via the improved Skype experience on Surface Hub.

Now it’s easier than ever to collaborate with colleagues via the improved Skype experience on Surface Hub.

New manageability and security features

Security and privacy of data are of the upmost importance to us. To ensure what happens in your meeting stays in the meeting, we’ve added several security and manageability features in the latest round of updates including:

  • The ability to set Surface Hub to wipe all data at the end of each session by default;
  • The option to require BitLocker encryption for USB ports to prevent malware and other security threats;
  • Support for additional Mobile Device Management (MDM) features, so IT administrators can change settings remotely; and
  • Support for two-factor authentication, to enable users to approve an authentication request easily on their companion device.

And more…

We are now also offering a 5-year Extended Hardware Service for Surface Hub to match the business-critical value our customers are placing on their investment.

Meeting experiences and process transformation enabled by Surface Hub will continue to evolve with a growing pipeline of Windows 10 apps built with Surface Hub in mind, including newcomers AirServer, and SAP Digital Boardroom, plus apps that work great on the Edge browser, such as iObeya.

The team is incredibly passionate about helping people be more productive and bring their ideas to life. We believe the best work is done through engaged teams. People who get together, challenge each other, and work together to accomplish so much more than they would have working independently.

Our goal is that these improvements and continued innovation and investments will help people around the world collaborate and create in innovative ways. It’s truly never been a better time to purchase Surface Hub!

Find out more about Surface Hub and the Windows 10 Creators Update on the Surface Hub update history page and the Support Site.

Thanks,

Ryan

For a deeper dive into the Windows 10 Creators Update coming to Surface Hub, click here:

*Requires OneDrive for Business

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Meet the new Surface Pro

The Surface team never stops growing and learning. We listen to our customers, asking them what will help them better create and be more productive. Their input guides us to discover and build new ways to streamline and enhance creative processes – helping people use one device instead of two, eliminating the need for pen and paper, removing barriers so their ideas can flow freely.

We know that customers love the flexibility and versatility of the Surface Pro. In fact, Surface Pro 4 users are more likely to recommend their device than iPad and MacBook users.** But we’re not complacent – we know in order to live up to the expectations of our customers, we must continue to improve and better deliver on our promise on performance, mobility, and versatility – while improving what people already love about the iconic Surface Pro line.

And I think you’ll be very excited to meet the newest member of the family – the new Surface Pro:

Meet Surface Pro

The new Surface Pro is gorgeous. The design, the clean lines and curved edges are beautiful to see and touch. Surface Pro continues the iconic look and feel of previous Surface Pros, but has been completely redesigned from the inside out. We’ve optimized every millimeter, with over 800 new custom parts and used 99% of the space inside the device – to give people exactly what they need to work and create anytime, anywhere.

You can leave your charger at home because Surface Pro is packed with up to 13.5 hours of battery life.*** That’s 50% more than Surface Pro 4 and 35% more battery life than an iPad Pro. From home to work and back again, Surface Pro is there for you. This is a powerhouse laptop with 2.5 times more computing performance than the Surface Pro 3 and 1.7 times the compute of iPad Pro. The improved Surface Pro hinge has a full 165-degree range of motion, letting you immerse yourself in “Studio Mode”, an angle inspired by the Surface Studio, perfect for writing, sketching, and drawing on the go.

The new Surface Pro

The new Surface Pro is our lightest Surface Pro ever, starting at just 1.7lbs and 8.5mm thin. It’s lighter than the bag that you carry it in.

With a powerful 7th generation Intel Core processor it can handle almost anything you throw at it, but even with all that power, you can be as inconspicuous as you want with Surface Pro, it’s the quietest Surface yet, with no fan on the Core™ m3 and the i5 devices. In fact, this is the first i5 ever with fan-less architecture. And at an unprecedented 18dB, even the core i7 can’t be heard. So, if you’re working at home, you don’t have to worry about your family getting disturbed by the noise of a fan while they’re trying to watch a movie.

Surface Pro is not only softer acoustically, it’s also visually softer. Our cameras are designed to fade into the bezel giving Surface Pro an inviting, sleek, and streamlined look.

Surface Pro’s high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display with 267ppi and 3:2 aspect ratio went further this time. Surface Pro’s PixelSense Display has an impressive 50% more pixels than a 12” MacBook. We developed custom silicon, the PixelSense™ Accelerator, to really enhance color. Your colors will be more vibrant, precise, and impactful than ever before, and just like with Studio, we’ve provided a color-switcher, so you can go from SRGB to enhanced color in seconds.

The advancements in battery life, performance, pen and ink aren’t the end. We wanted to ensure Surface Pro was a transformative device – so we also have added LTE Advanced, available in units shipping later this year. This combination of performance, battery, sleek design and LTE has never been done before in this light and thin of a package. Now people can work, study, and collaborate online, from anywhere.

Tools that help you create and be more productive

At Surface, we believe that creativity fuels productivity, so we build devices and accessories designed to help you bring your ideas to life and put them into action.

Not only does Surface Pro work with on-screen Surface Dial, it was also designed with the new Surface Pen, our most natural and responsive pen yet, with over 4096 pressure points, only 21 milliseconds of latency and new tilt functionality. It gives people, from artists to mobile professionals, a more fluid and real-to-life inking experience.  Over two times more accurate, with four times more pressure sensitivity than the original Surface Pen, we engineered Surface Pen to be the fastest pen ever*****.  And with the lowest parallax in the industry, we bring your ink and your content closer to your fingertips.

When all combined with our PixelSense Accelerator, the writing experience feels like writing on paper, picking up every expression of the pen and reacting to the subtlest of artistic movements. Artists can paint on Surface and feel like they are painting on parchment, as Surface Pen has almost no latency and gives you the ability to do tilt and shading on Surface Pro. For those at work, you will feel like you are taking notes in your Moleskin notebook with your favorite pen.

Never has there been a digital pen like this one. We couldn’t be more excited for Surface fans to use it, and to help you coordinate your personal look, Surface Pen is available in Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue and Black.

This device ships with the latest Creators Update from Windows, so you can take advantage of the new 3D and inking tools available in the update while businesses can easily run the programs they need including the full Microsoft Office suite and legacy desktop software.

The new Surface Pen and Office transform the inking experience

The new Surface Pen is only as good as the software behind it, which is why we’ve worked with Office to create new inking features that take full advantage of the hardware technology within Surface Pro and Surface Pen. These include customizable pen tips that roam with you across all your Office 365 apps, regardless of device, and amazing support for tilt and shading across all Office 365 apps.

We’re also excited to announce a new app, Microsoft Whiteboard on Surface, which enables simultaneous collaboration and live multi-device inking across the family of Surface devices. It’s a magical experience that you have to see to believe – it will change the way you collaborate at work and with family and friends.

This is just the beginning of the integration you see between Surface and Office moving forward as we look at more ways to make Surface fans more productive and help enable them to work the way they want. Read more about our partnership with Office in Kirk’s blog here.

The best Surface Pro keyboard. Ever.

With the new Signature Type Covers, you get the best Surface Pro keyboard ever, delivering a high-quality scissor mechanism to provide you a consistent and stable typing experience, with 1.3 mm of key travel for faster and more accurate typing. Typing on the new Signature Pro Type Covers is easier, more, comfortable, more accurate, better sounding, and easier to do without looking than the MacBook and iPad Pro.

Luxurious Alcantara® material covers the new type covers. The improved keyset for a laptop-class typing experience and enhances the natural allure and warmth of Surface Pro. The soft touch feel helping you immerse yourself in your work.

The new Signature Type Cover is available in three rich tone-on-tone colors to match your personal style: Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue. The Alcantara® fabric is treated with a high-performance polyurethane coating to resist spills, which means the fabric is not only soft and inviting, but also easy to care for.

Finally, we know there is a time for creating on the go and there is a time when you need to be back at home base. Using Surface Dock, you can easily turn Surface Pro into a full desktop workstation with up to two 4K monitors and four additional USB ports.

Surface Pro and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover are available for pre-order today and will ship on June 15th worldwide; Surface Pen will be available in the coming weeks****. Surface Pro starts at $799.99 USD.

*Comparison of Surface Pro (excluding Type Cover) vs. 12” and 13” laptops and 2-in-1 (excluding keyboards).
**Customer Usage & Satisfaction Program, Study of device users weighted across seven countries by internet population (US/UK/DE/FR/CH/JP/AU), conducted by IPSOS, recruited through online panel vendors, commissioned by Microsoft, 74764 participants (1708 Surface Pro 4 users, 1000+ of all Apple devices), collected Oct 2016-Mar 2017, Measuring top 2 box (4/5) of a 5 point scale from not at all likely to extremely likely, significant at a 90% confidence level.
***Up to 13.5 hours for video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 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: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.
****The new Surface Pro will launch on June 15, 2017, in 25 markets including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Span, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the US. Pre-orders for the new Surface Pro and Surface Pro Signature Type Covers begin today in select markets at Microsoft Store, Microsoft.com, BestBuy.com, and JD.com where available. The new Surface Pen will be available in the coming weeks.
*****When compared to other Windows, iOS, and Android implementations

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Introducing Surface Laptop, powered by Windows 10 S

Earlier today, we shared our vision for empowering today’s students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow. This is a vision that resonates deeply with us on the Surface team because it taps directly into why we created Surface – to empower people to bring their ideas to life. To bring hardware and software together to transform the way people learn and create. This is what Surface has always been about. We built Surface Laptop to do two things: refresh the classic laptop form factor that our customers, especially college students, have been asking for; and make a Surface that works seamlessly to showcase the best of Windows 10 S.

The result is the most personal and balanced Surface we’ve ever made. This Surface perfectly blends fabric and function, power and portability, beauty and performance. It does all of this without compromising on the things we know are important to higher education students: battery life, display quality, storage, and portability.

The best of Surface

When you look at Surface Laptop you see will see how it brings together the best innovations from across the Surface family. People love the Surface Pro because we removed the need to carry two devices by putting a kickstand on it, to make them even more productive. It’s simple, but it’s also the most versatile and mobile laptop we’ve ever made. With Surface Book, we made a performance beast, with an incredible trackpad and typing experience. We built Surface Studio to remove the barriers to creating, to give people the ability to immerse themselves in their ideas: we engineered a floating sheet of pixels. And with Surface Dial we designed a new tool for creators that with integration across Windows apps, brings new experiences to life.

We took all of these innovations from Surface and brought them together to make a meticulously crafted laptop that is tailored for Windows 10 S. It is thinner, quieter, more powerful, and more personal because of every hard won lesson of the last five years.

Microsoft Surface Laptop shown in side view in Burgundy color with hand touching the trackpad

Thinner, lighter, faster.

At 2.76lbs and 14.47mm at its thickest point, no other laptop this light and thin* can match the sleek design, power, performance, and battery life of Surface Laptop.

You can open this Surface with just one finger and see the brilliant 13.5” PixelSense™ Display, made with edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3. It’s the thinnest LCD touch screen display on any laptop.

This screen has 3.4M pixels with every pixel color calibrated to give you a vibrant and immersive canvas that draws you in and keeps you focused and engaged.

We haven’t compromised on performance to bring you this display quality. Surface Laptop comes with a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ processor and even as light and thin as it is, up to four more hours of battery power than a 13” MacBook Pro**.

You don’t always need to bring a charger with you to class, or discussion, or study group because Surface Laptop has up to 14.5 hours of battery life**. And the Alcantara®-covered keyboard and soft palm rest give you a new level of typing comfort during those long days. When the work is done and it’s time to relax, you can watch 14 episodes of your favorite TV show in one sitting, without ever plugging in.

We’ve also worked across Windows and Surface to optimize battery life when you’re not using your laptop. So you can you can go away for vacation and pick up right where you left off when you return.

Woman laying down working on Microsoft Surface Laptop in Cobalt Blue

Beautifully crafted

We know that in addition to performance and battery life, students want something they are proud to carry. This is why Surface Laptop’s approach to material and color is personal, it reflects you. With Surface Laptop, we created a warm and human experience, moving the technology into the background.

Some of this personal feel comes from our investment in color***:

  • Platinum is the Surface core, our heritage color. Anodization gives it new depths and life. It continues to make a timeless and bright statement.
  • Graphite Gold is the ultimate neutral. The shimmer in the metal and material bring a comforting glow.
  • Cobalt Blue has the depth you see in the sea or sky. It’s a color inspired by nature and feels bright yet natural.
  • Burgundy’s elegance stands out. The color shifts from soft rose to deep red as you move from day to night or from inside to out.

Microsoft Surface Laptop shown above closed in all four colors, Platinum, Graphite Gold, Cobalt Blue and Burgundy

The anodized metal on the outside feels smooth and cool while the inside Alcantara® material feels soft and warm. The appearance of these together creates a harmony of color, showcasing a unique richness and depth. We’ve taken great care to make the materials not only functional but also provide tactile familiarity, and by design, Alcantara resists spills and absorption and is easy to clean.

The Best of Windows and Office

Surface Laptop is made for and powered by Windows 10 S. The hardware and software are blended so flawlessly you can’t tell where one ends and the other begins. And for a limited time, Surface Laptop comes with an offer for one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal and 1TB of free storage on OneDrive****, giving you full access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

All your documents will be protected, secure, and stable. You won’t have to worry about losing a paper again because everything will automatically save to the cloud, and Windows 10 S means your Surface is always up to date providing superior performance and streamlined security.

Every app in the Windows Store is verified for security by Microsoft so you get an experience you can trust. And we’re adding new apps every day. Spotify will come to the store early this summer with new experiences that will light up on Surface including using the Surface Dial***** to run your Spotify playlist.

If you need to use an app that isn’t in the Windows Store, in just a few clicks can go to the Windows Store and switch to Windows 10 Pro. But you shouldn’t. This device, this OS, they’re made for each other, and together they offer so much. It’s everything you love about Windows, Office, and Surface, made pure and elegant in an unbelievably thin and light package.

Availability

Surface Laptop starts at $999 USD and will be available beginning on June 15th.

Customers can pre-order Surface Laptop starting today in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom where available at Microsoft Store, microsoftstore.com and BestBuy.com. Surface Laptop will come to China later this year and we will announce availability in other markets in coming months.

*Lightest and longest battery life in its class. Research by Principled Technologies of 13” devices running Intel U processor with DPI greater than 200, April 2017.
**Up to 14.5 hours of video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 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 Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.
***Four colors available in U.S. only on i5-7200U 8GB/256GB model.
****Limited-time offer for a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1TB OneDrive storage; must activate within 180 days. Offer ends 10/15/2017.
*****Surface Dial and Surface Pen sold separately.

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Kayas College chooses Surface to transform distance learning

On his first day as Director of Kayas Cultural College, Kyle Trumpour walked in met his entire student body, of 13 students. Eight hours north of Edmonton, Kayas College, is a First Nation college located in the remote area of Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta. A difficult socioeconomic climate, combined with a large geographic expanse and harsh weather, had made it challenging for people living there to access education. Furthermore, the dated method of communicating and teaching between the college’s three campuses was extremely difficult and inefficient for the students and the teachers. Each of them lacked the face-to-face interactions that are fundamental to a teacher/student relationship.

Eight hours north of Edmonton, Kayas College, is a First Nation college located in the remote area of Little Red River Cree Nation in northern Alberta.

Trumpour knew if the school was to thrive, and if lives were going to be changed, that he had to change the curriculum, and the tools used to reach the student body, from the ground up.

Soon after he arrived at Kayas, Trumpour and his staff began using Microsoft products starting with Surface devices and later incorporating Office 365 into their teaching, which radically changed their educational experience. Removing communication and technological barriers has led to increased student engagement, success and boosted enrollment. In this Winter semester, there were over 50 students enrolled at Kayas.

We sat down with Kyle to ask five questions about the drastic changes that have taken place at Kayas and how Microsoft’s products helped play an important role in the school’s transformation:

How long has Kayas been using Microsoft Surface and Office 365?

We have been on the Surface Pro bandwagon since the day one. We bought one Surface Pro 1 and one Surface Pro 2. At the time, we were beginning to roll out Office 365 and Skype for Business and we purchased units as a pilot project to determine how well they would work for marking student work electronically. Since then we have upgraded all our instructors and management staff to Surface Pro 4s.

What does Surface do for your staff that other devices can’t do?

What drew me to the initial Surface devices was that they could still serve a function similar to tablets, while running full 64-bit operating system. I hated the fact that I was limited with what software I had access to on an iPad or other basic tablets.

I wanted to move the school away from paper, faxing, and printing. At the time, the Surface devices carved out a unique competitive advantage over other devices, in that they came with a pen. At the time, we moved students from scanning to emailing all of their work, but we still needed to print the work off for marking. With the Surface, we envisioned never having to do that again.

Obviously, competitors for the Surface Pro devices have come out; however, nothing matches them entirely. Our Surface devices are versatile, functional, pack a punch and are extremely portable. They also work perfectly with Surface Hub.

We noticed how Surface devices are not only great tools but an amazing perk for our staff. When you think about how remote we are and the types of technologies our staff are being exposed to and getting to play with and use in very customized ways – it’s a great staff retention mechanism.

What benefits have you seen from Office 365?

The most significant is the ability to deploy all of this through a revamped and truly amazing Office 365 environment.

Office 365 has dramatically evolved in the 3-4 years since we initially adopted it, and it is now a complete solution for an education institution. SharePoint Online has evolved as well, with more of a focus on the online offering as opposed to the on premise deployment. We are moving towards a blended integration of a student intranet using SharePoint Online and Office 365.

Have I mentioned a complete lack of needing a full-time IT department to manage all of this for us? My goodness, that’s huge. My background is Biochem and business…I basically set up and administer Office 365. I did all the PowerShell scripting for the Surface Hubs. No on premise servers required. We plan to fully integrate our new laptop carts with Intune and Azure AD, to cloud-manage our domain devices. We have single sign-on for O365 accounts; no more personal Microsoft accounts.

What has your experience teaching with Surface Hub been like?

We had been using a SMART-brand smartboard connected to a Surface Pro and it served its purpose. However, we saw what the Surface Hub could do and we recognized how well they would integrate into our Office 365 environment. The key was their camera system. Being able to stand basically 180 degrees from the screen and still have the cameras pick you up was an obvious advantage to the Surface Hub that had dramatic distance learning classroom applications.

Because of our unique distance-learning situation – I need to teach students physically in front of me while two other (remote campus) locations are seeing me on a screen. When the cameras can continue to track the instructor perfectly as they write on the board, the students learning remotely really do feel like they are in the same room with the instructor. It is what allows the Surface Hub to create what I describe as “a seamless virtual classroom,” as opposed to basic distance learning where an instructor sits in front of a laptop.

You get the feel of the classroom, as the instructor moves around, goes back to the “board” and interacts with students both physically there and virtually there.

We love being able to “book” the Surface Hub or invite them to meetings using Office 365 and Skype for Business. We often have internet issues, which, in the past, required someone to re-invite one or all call participants. You can imagine how that affects our classroom setting. Now, if a call drops, a student can just walk up to the Hub and easily rejoin the call by pressing the big, obvious button on the screen. It was much more difficult before with our projector and laptop/Surface Pro set up. It is all a complete and holistic solution that has transformed Kayas and the experience of our students and teachers.

Is there a plan to share your success with other First Nation (FN) schools and communities?

I truly believe that our method is the model for adult continuing education in remote and First Nation communities, and I have the numbers to back that up.

The dropout rate over the past 30 years for FN K-12 students is staggering. Everyone loves to focus on improving K-12 funding and systems, and that’s great, but what about the former students that are now adults? They’ve been forgotten and have literally no effective ways of improving their situation. If you were to look at many of the teaching assistants at the K-12 schools, the payroll staff, or admin staff at LRRCN, the majority of them are former Kayas students.

I need to get the provincial government to see and recognize what we are doing, as well and the federal government, so that we can export our model to other communities. I would love to, one day, to be a part of something that takes this model and help to set it up in FN communities across northern Canada, and get industry and all levels of government on board.

Removing communication and technological barriers has led to increased student engagement, success and boosted enrollment.

At Surface, we are inspired every day to work with educators like Kyle and students like those at Kayas to enable them to achieve more on their life’s journeys. We have seen tremendous growth for Surface in classrooms of all ages and all sizes, helping to deliver real impact to classroom outcomes.

A recent IDC study shows student’s science scores were 25 to 36 percent higher when using pen and digital inking to draw out diagrams before solving a problem. In the same study, two-thirds of teachers said digital inking with Surface saves them time when preparing materials and grading homework.

Check out our case study on Kayas Cultural College to read more about its amazing digital transformation, and be sure to watch our education-focused live stream on May 2 at 9:30 a.m. EST to see what else Microsoft has in store for students and educators.

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Announcing new creativity apps with unique capabilities for Surface Dial

Today, Surface is thrilled to announce that partner applications like CorelDRAW, Autodesk’s SketchBook, Silicon Bender’s Sketchable, and Algoriddim’s djay Pro are adding unique capabilities to their software that enable Surface Dial offering customers a new spin on creativity. In addition to the great apps available today for Surface Dial, Adobe has produced a technology demonstration of Surface Dial working within their popular Adobe Premiere Pro CC software.

Algoriddim running on Surface with Surface Dial.

Fully leveraging Surface Studio with its beautiful PixelSense display, Algoriddim’s djay Pro also includes unique location-aware Surface Dial integration.

Empowering the creator in all of us is the purpose behind our products and initiatives at Microsoft, and supports our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Last week we announced all of the goodness coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update that will begin to roll out to customers worldwide tomorrow, including 3D in Windows 10, new improvements to the Microsoft Edge browser, game broadcasting and more.

Since announcing Surface Studio and Surface Dial last October alongside the Windows 10 Creators Update, the response from the creative community has been electric. Applications like SketchBook, Sketchable, Mental Canvas, StaffPad, BlueBeam, Siemens NX, DrawBoard, and Spotify reimagine the creative process and show what’s possible with Surface Dial. There are limitless possibilities, and today we’re excited to announce new applications available for Surface Dial.

Let’s hear from the partners themselves about the experiences they’ve designed on Surface Dial:

Algoriddim djay Pro

Algoriddim’s award-winning DJ application has been downloaded by over 30 million users. Starting today, djay Pro is available in the Windows Store. Fully leveraging Surface Studio with its beautiful PixelSense display, djay Pro also includes unique location-aware Surface Dial integration. With Surface Dial, users can browse their music library, scratch, scrub, loop, and precisely adjust knobs and filters on screen and for each deck individually, providing a truly innovative interaction paradigm to DJs.

CorelDRAW

We’re excited to share a sneak peek of our new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017 which will be launching tomorrow. Our new CorelDRAW release takes advantage of Surface Dial together with a powerful new tool called LiveSketch to offer designers a natural and hands-on creative experience. Powered by a neural-network, LiveSketch interprets and understands the artist’s hand-drawn strokes in an entirely new way. It’s designed for Pen-input first and works even better with Surface Dial by enabling you to use your non-dominant hand as you bring your ideas to life on screen. With Surface and CorelDRAW 2017, you get a creative experience as natural as drawing on paper. Technology, in effect, disappears. Find out more about CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2017 and its support for Surface.

Our work with Surface continues and the CorelDRAW team is already developing the second generation of Surface Dial support which will add even more options in off-screen mode and a dramatically enhanced on-screen experience. This summer, we will release an update to CorelDRAW 2017 that will let you do even more with Surface Dial, including giving you direct access to your most used tools and settings in a fully customizable way. Here’s an early look at the next phase.*  

Corel DRAW app showing on screen toolbox for Surface Dial.

AutoDesk Sketchbook

AutoDesk Sketchbook runnong on Surface Studio with Surface Dial.

Autodesk SketchBook is made for artists and designers who want their work to feel natural in a digital environment, and Surface Dial provides them with additional choices and control over their creative workspace. Digital artists who like the tactile feedback and two-hand feel of Surface Dial can use it to control three of the most important aspects of SketchBook: canvas, brush, and color. Surface Dial in SketchBook helps you easily rotate and resize the canvas, provides precise control over zoom in and out, puts fine-tuning of brush size and opacity at your fingertips, and gives you a quick and easy way to control hue, saturation, and luminance in your color palette. To learn more about Sketchbook and Surface Dial, check out this Sketchbook blog post

Sketchable

Sketchable, a brilliant sketching app available in the Windows Store, was originally highlighted during the Surface Studio launch last October. Due to the excitement they’ve seen from customers, they’ve updated Surface Dial capabilities to take advantage of some new Dial functionalities.

Sketchable app running on Surface with Surface Dial.

Sketchable leverages the new Dial APIs to present a cohesive experience, as well as streamline navigation via press & turn. This allows creatives to access their desired setting quicker, without taking the focus off their work. You can check out the updated app here.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Las Vegas skyline with "Come see Adobe @NAB 2017" text over layed.

Since announcing Surface Studio and Surface Dial last fall, people have been curious about how Surface Dial could work with Adobe’s suite of products. We have an update to share. In a Technology Demonstration of Premiere Pro CC, Adobe uses the Surface Dial for accelerated shuttling through clips and sequences with precision frame selection and immediate stop and start of playback, as well as incremental speed increase, decrease and reverse up to 32X playback. The Surface Dial is a great extension of your post-production workflow, and we look forward to providing additional updates in the future. To learn more, check out Adobe’s booth at NAB 2017.

You’ll likely be familiar with some of these tools and applications, but we think you’ll love how they work differently on Surface. This is just the beginning, we look forward to sharing additional exciting updates in the future. Check out microsoftstore.com to learn more about Surface products and purchase your own.

*4/10/17: Updated for accuracy. 

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WeWork and Surface: how design and technology help you do what you love

The Chelsea, Manhattan WeWork headquarters was overflowing with energy from the moment I walked in. Bikes, skateboards and inspirational quotes dotted the walls, while neon “Do what you love” signs reminded me of the type of work that happens here. From the simple digital registration process for guests, to the array of hanging screens supporting a sea of product designers in the open concept, activity-based office, it was clear that this was a living case study as they design the workplaces of the future. A rapid growth, global startup in a league of its own, with 34 locations in the New York tristate area alone, and preparing to double its footprint and member base yet again in the next 12 months.

David Fano, WeWork’s Chief Product officer (left) has made Microsoft Surface Book the standard issue device for his hundreds of product development and design employees.

David Fano, WeWork’s Chief Product officer (left) has made Microsoft Surface Book the standard issue device for his hundreds of product development and design employees.

After cozying up in the vintage leather couches begging visitors to enjoy the endless coffee, I chatted with many of the product managers, and visiting partners angling to find an engaged new audience to connect to their latest products and services. This was social networking at its best, a combination of physical space and digital tools like the WeWork app that emphasized culture and random collisions by design, giving members and by extension its employees, a great place to work.

“We are building beautiful, flexible and functional environments for our employees and our members to focus on doing their best work” remarked David Fano, Chief Product Officer of WeWork. “With Microsoft, we were looking for a partner who could provide a scalable platform to empower our teams, collaborate and generate better ideas. Surface and the Microsoft stack lets us focus on our business, our members and ultimately become a part of our work. From the pen, to power and tablet flexibility, Surface has provided the tools for a whole new way to work.”

Over the past few months, WeWork has begun deploying Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and Surface Studio to employees, along with Office 365, Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams, the new chat based workspace. Additionally, they have been piloting Surface Hub for group collaboration. The results have been so impactful for the hundreds of designers, architects and product developers reporting up through David, that he decided to make Surface Book their standard issue device for new hires in the product team.

WeWork design team members leveraging touch and ink capabilities of Microsoft Surface Book while working on applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Autodesk Revit.

WeWork design team members leveraging touch and ink capabilities of Microsoft Surface Book while working on applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Autodesk Revit.*

“We have always offered employees a choice of devices, but with Surface Book and the environment of Microsoft Teams, Office 365 and Skype for Business, we have powerful tools to communicate and create more effectively.”

Created on Surface, Designed for You

During our time, together we walked through a brand new WeWork construction site in the middle of Manhattan, where planning and design was happening on Surface devices. The enthusiastic team reviewed the progress for the pending grand opening, ready to envelop a new wave of hungry entrepreneurs. They shared their love of the combined power and flexibility of Surface Book, detaching the tablet with discrete graphics to run powerful design applications one minute, then using the pen and the camera to capture, markup and share with the team back at the office in real time.

Over the course of the construction project, the design team led unpredictable days calling for in-office and site visit meetings, with rapid transition between Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Autodesk AutoCAD and Revit on the same device without slowing down. Surface Book accelerated every workload.

David Fano, Chief Product officer using his Microsoft Surface Studio to design optimized spaces for new members

David Fano, Chief Product officer using his Microsoft Surface Studio to design optimized spaces for new members

Surface Hub: Connecting Around the World

WeWork is growing, and they need tech that can keep up with the pace of the business. With locations in over 41 cities (as of publish date) including London, Shanghai, and soon Toronto, global expansion is bringing a new set of challenges for WeWork employees. David and his management team have already become road warriors that need access to their colleagues and work at any time, from nearly anywhere. With Surface, David can make critical real-time decisions and work with his team or partners visually via Skype for Business, then share notes in real time via OneNote. With less time spent starting meetings, or saving and sharing content, David relishes the time spent with his young, growing family.

More to Come…

For many small businesses, WeWork has encapsulated that perfect blend of culture and space, de-leveraging entrepreneurs from lengthy, inflexible leases to focus on growing their brand and connecting to people that matter. WeWork is currently considering plans to roll out specific collaboration rooms built around the Surface Hub and Surface Studio to extend the benefits that David and team are realizing, to an ecosystem of connected global rooms.

For a company that currently offers immersive culture and space for their members, the future is bright with holistic thinking around thoughtful technology integration. Check out one of their many offices in the growing global footprint at WeWork.com, do what you love and live up to your greatest potential.

*Updated for accuracy

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Complete Anatomy: Award-Winning App Comes to Windows Store

3D4Medical has just completed the port of its award-winning flagship product Complete Anatomy to Windows Store using the Windows Bridge for iOS. The Windows Bridge is an open-source environment for Objective-C that provides support for third party APIs. The Windows Bridge was a very important component in 3D4Medical’s development team, bringing the high-resolution 3D models and smooth touch interface that its users were already familiar with to the world of Windows PC and Surface users.

3D4Medical created a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app in response to the huge demand from its core audience of medical students and clinical professionals, many of whom use Windows devices. The app supports multiple Windows form-factors and device configurations. The interface can be manipulated with either a mouse or touch gestures. The experience particularly shines on Surfaces and other pen capable devices, where you can take advantage of Windows Ink support for smooth drawing and annotation.

Smooth interactions

As you can see in the example below, the UWP version of Complete Anatomy provides a rich user experience with smooth transitions and an elegant menu system that provides access to updatable quizzes and anatomy tutorials that are shared across iOS and Windows devices. With your finger, a Windows Pen or a mouse, you can quickly rotate skeletons to view points of interest from multiple perspectives. The high-definition models also scale smoothly as you zoom and pan over points of articulation and various anatomical systems.

Muscular, arterial, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory and digestive systems can be toggled on and off, annotated, labeled, drawn on and even saved for later reference. The app currently leverages Windows Ink for convenient pen interactions.

Wrapping Up

In porting Complete Anatomy to the Windows Store, 3D4Medical demonstrates that the Windows Bridge can help developers bring feature-rich, award-winning design to PCs and Surfaces in a short time span. This app shines on all Surface devices, whether it’s the Surface Pro line, the Surface Book or even an 84″ Surface Hub. Complete Anatomy brings over not only all the high-fidelity models and natural interactions already developed, but also extends the product with Windows capabilities like Windows Ink.

To learn more about cross-platform development, please refer to the documentation and articles linked below:

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Microsoft and Steelcase unlock creativity at work

Today, I’m excited to announce that Steelcase and Microsoft are joining forces to reimagine the modern workplace by integrating the best of Microsoft Surface devices into the architecture of Steelcase. We are unveiling five new “Creative Spaces” to help companies revolutionize their workplaces, both physically and digitally. Creative Spaces are designed to help people better harness their own creative potential, transfer their creativity into their work and improve how they collaborate with their teams. Creative Spaces unlock people’s imaginations and optimize their interactions with both their teammates and Surface devices, unleashing the full capabilities of Windows 10 and Office 365.

Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

Creativity as a transformative asset

A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers 2016 CEO Survey cited creativity as one of the key skills needed for employees today. Furthermore, CEOs have said creativity is the most challenging skill to recruit and retain in employees. Visionary business leaders know that in order to succeed in tomorrow’s economy, where productivity will be a given, they need to solve this problem by unlocking the creativity of their employees and then infusing that ingenuity into their company’s products, solutions, and business strategy.

Surface devices with Windows 10 exist to inspire and enable people to create more at home, school, work or anywhere else in their world. Steelcase is a global leader in workplace design and architecture and has designed innovative workplaces for more than 100 years.

Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

Together, Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

This is not simply about creating new desks, chairs or conference rooms. This is about two committed partners coming together to reimagine what the workplace of the future will look like, paying close attention to the constantly evolving rhythm of people’s days, and creating physical spaces to help individuals and teams optimize their creative potential.

Introducing Creative Spaces

The first phase of the collaboration is the launch of new workspace environments designed with both space and technology in mind: Creative Spaces. Steelcase will showcase Creative Spaces in 10 of their WorkLife Centers worldwide including, New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Munich and London, with additional international markets to come. Creative Spaces are available exclusively through Steelcase.

Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

Throughout a typical work day, people alternate between individual work, shoulder-to-shoulder work, and group work. Here’s a look at how Creative Spaces help to make the transitions between “me” time and “we” time seamless:

Select Steelcase dealers become Surface Hub resellers

We are also happy to announce that starting today select Steelcase dealers in the United States and Canada will start reselling Surface Hubs to their customers, with the United Kingdom and Germany coming online this Summer. Together we plan to announce additional markets in 2017.

More to come

Last, but not least, in the coming months, Steelcase will announce new technology-enabled workplace solutions built on Microsoft Azure IoT technology. These solutions will provide companies with analytics that improve workplaces and solutions to help employees find the best places to do diverse types of work within the office.

Steelcase and Microsoft believe that a thoughtfully designed workplace – that brings together the right mix of Technology and Space design- can unlock the creative potential of individuals and teams, stimulate ideas and accelerate business transformation.

At Microsoft, we are proud to work with great partners, like Steelcase, who share our vision and understand the need for business leaders to look at their company’s digital transformation journey’s holistically. Digital transformation does not happen simply by procuring new devices or installing a new meeting room. Business Decision Makers and CXOs must work together to analyze and anticipate the needs of their employees and create scenarios – both digitally and physically – that help their most valuable assets, their teams, create and thrive.

For additional information you can visit this link on Creative Spaces and the partnership between Microsoft and Steelcase, you can also visit steelcase.com/creativity.

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Five things you need to know about Surface Dial

Surface Dial was introduced at our Microsoft Windows 10 Event last year in October. It’s a brand-new kind of peripheral that serves as a tool for the creative process. Whether you’re an artist, student or blogger like me, Surface Dial offers a wide range of utility. Surface Dial optimizes your digital workflow by bringing your most-used shortcuts and tools directly to your screen with simple presses and turns of the Dial. You can use Dial for simple things like adjusting media controls to play music or skip tracks in Groove Music, scrolling through web pages in Microsoft Edge, scrolling through documents in Microsoft Word, and so much more. Let’s jump right in and talk about the five things you need to know about Surface Dial.

Five things you need to know about Surface Dial

1. Compatibility. Surface Dial is compatible with any PC, laptop, or tablet that has the latest version of Windows 10 and supports Bluetooth LE. If you are unsure if your PC is up to date or not visit this link or go to Settings > System > About. As of this writing, Surface Studio is the only device that supports on-screen interaction with Surface Dial, a feature that triggers a larger radial menu (which expands to surround Surface Dial) and select custom app experiences. To learn more about Surface Dial and Surface Studio together visit this link.

2. Pairing Surface Dial to your device.

  • On your device, go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth. Turn Bluetooth on.

  • On your Surface Dial, pull the bottom to open the battery compartment and ensure there are two AAA batteries inside (batteries are included inside the box when you purchase Dial). Remove the battery tab.
  • Press and hold the pairing button next to the batteries until the Bluetooth light flashes.

  • On your device, select Surface Dial from the list of Bluetooth devices, then select Pair.
  • If you are having trouble, check Settings > System > About to make sure you are running the latest version of Windows 10.

3. Pre-loaded tools and usage. Surface Dial comes pre-loaded with global controls that work across apps like Groove Music, Windows Maps, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Edge. These include media controls (volume, mute/unmute, pause/play, next/previous), scroll, zoom, undo/redo, screen brightness, and Narrator.

Surface Dial has an intuitive design that requires only three simple gestures: press & hold, click, and rotate. Simply press & hold to see a radial menu, rotate to a desired tool or shortcut that you’ve set up, and click to select that tool or shortcut. Rotate to see the shortcut come to life. (e.g., zoom in/zoom out). Some custom app experiences allow you to simply click for the shortcut (e.g., simply click after you select tilt in Windows Maps to toggle between overhead view and street view). When creating, we recommend using Surface Dial in your non-dominant hand while reserving your dominant hand for drawing, creating new vectors, making edits to animations, and so forth.

4. Customization. Once you’ve paired your Surface Dial with your device you’ll notice a new device listed called Wheel. Click it to get into Wheel Settings.


This is where you can choose your default tools and settings for your Dial as well as turn on or off the haptic feedback (a favorite feature of mine!). Additionally, you can add custom shortcuts to Surface Dial. A few of my favorite shortcuts are copy, paste, and undo, all of which are useful for writing blog posts. You can set up all this customization in Settings > Devices > Wheel.

5. Custom app experiences. There is a growing list of apps that have built custom app experiences just for Surface Dial. Those apps include Mental Canvas Player, Microsoft Photos, Bluebeam Revu, Moho 12, Sketchable, Spotify, StaffPad, and Windows Maps. You can visit Surface.com/Support to see the full list of apps that are compatible with Surface Dial and stay up-to-date on new apps coming that will work with Dial.

There are a few ways you can learn more about Surface Dial: visit your local Microsoft Store to check it out in person, visit Surface.com/Support, or, if you are an app developer and interested in building custom app features for Surface Dial users, visit this link. Surface Dial is available for purchase at the Microsoft Store and other retailers for $99 USD.

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