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Surface 3 is a hit in schools… and now at a 30% discount

Surface 3 has been a hit with teachers and students who tell us they love the portability, the tablet and laptop form factor, and most of all… the Pen and ability to move to a paperless classroom with digital ink.  And since we launched Surface 3 last May, we’ve seen increasing numbers of schools – across elementary, high school, and university – adopting Surface 3 as their 1:1 computing student device.

Three young students playing and working with Surface 3.

Broadclyst Primary School, the ROC of Amsterdam, the Ministry of Education Luxembourg, Hillcrest Christian College in Australia as well as Chino Valley Unified School District in the U.S. were among the first to buy and deploy Surface 3. It’s so rewarding for us to see videos like these in classrooms at Sarasota County Schools and Wymondham High Academy where teachers and students are doing great things with Surface 3.

On the heels of attending the BETT conference in the UK, we are excited to welcome even more schools to the Surface family including United Arab Emirates-based Mohammad Bin Rashid Smart Learning Programme, Western Sydney University, Fulton County Schools, and many more.


“Without digital ink we would use the computers as a typewriter or for research…but we would never use it for math, science, or art.” — 2015 IDC Survey of US Educators


These educational institutions and others are experiencing how Surface helps teachers and students be more product with pen and digital ink, plus a click-in keyboard. So, in an effort to empower even more schools with Surface we are offering a new 30% discount on our Surface 3 Education Bundle.

New discount for schools adopting Surface 3

Given the positive response to Surface 3 from schools, and to help even more schools experience the benefits of Surface in the classroom, we are offering the Surface 3 Education Bundles at a 30% discount* for Education customers until June 30th.  The Surface 3 Education Bundles include the device, keyboard and pen, and beginning February 1st, orders will ship with the new Surface Pen.

Surface 3 for Education promo

Welcoming more than 23,000 new students and educators to the Surface family

Logo for Mohammad Bin Rashid Smart Learning ProgrammeThe K-12 focused, United Arab Emirates-based Mohammad Bin Rashid Smart Learning Programme was among the first educational institutions to see what a uniquely flexible tool Surface can be for their classrooms. They have deployed more than 10,000 Surface Pro devices to empower each and every student to learn in an interactive, engaging environment and ultimately prepare them to become future leaders and innovators in their respective fields.

“The goal of the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Learning Program is to empower our students to realize their full potential as future leaders. We do this through the application of world class teaching techniques and innovative technology, and we are proud to partner with Microsoft Surface on the next phase of the program.” –  HE Mohammed Gheyath, Director General, Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program

WesternSydney-logo-4Western Sydney University in Australia continues to work tirelessly to provide a more personalized, flexible learning environment for its students:

“Several years ago WSU became one of the first universities to provide devices for students, but our 5,000 Surface device distribution takes that a step further,” said WSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover. “This marks the beginning of a unique device approach developed through consultation between industry and Deans across all faculties, empowering students with a relevant device specific to their course curriculum.”

Logo for Fulton County SchoolsFulton County Schools is one of the oldest and most diverse school districts in Georgia, with a history of technology innovation in learning.  For the 2016 Academic Year, Fulton County will be deploying Surface 3 to all students and teachers in in five of its schools.

“We promote the seamless and effective use of technology to support student learning.  And versatile devices that support digital inking, like Surface 3 allow our teachers and students to more deeply integrate technology into instruction and learning activities.” – Serena Sacks, CIO Fulton County Schools

Logo for Omaha Public School DistrictMany schools are empowering teachers and students themselves to select their own teaching and learning devices. Omaha Public School District is a great example of this.

Shireland Collegiate Academy, a Microsoft Showcase School, uses Surface 3 to do flipped learning and improve pupil engagement.

Special Education departments across the world are adapting to diverse student learning needs by taking advantage of the versatility of form factor and the multiple input/output modes Surface has to offer.

And with the recently announced new Learning Tools for OneNote, we’re even more excited to be able to provide Microsoft hardware and software solutions that provide accessible learning for all students.

New study shows Surface Pen and digital ink can positively impact teacher productivity

Adding to the existing research that shows handwriting as an important factor in memory retention and student learning, IDC recently completed a study which looks at how handwriting is used by educators as a teaching tool. When considering some of the key findings in this study, it’s clear why Surface is developing a strong fan base among educators.

  • 90% of teachers using a digital inking device agree it allows them to increase the quality of their curriculum.
  • 2 out of 3 teachers using a digital inking device agree it saves time when preparing materials and grading homework.

Quotes from educators participating in the study are also telling:

  • “Digital ink is transformational in terms of the way feedback for students occurs. Often the feedback takes the form of simple annotations, markups and highlights.”
  • “Last year I printed out about 900 pieces of paper per student. This year I’ve printed out a total of about 40 pages per kid. That’s a massive reduction”
  • “I don’t bring paper home to grade anymore. It’s all on my computer.”

A screenshot of Surface Education Digital Inking brochure

A white paper outlining the results of this study can be found here.

We love to hear stories of schools adopting Surface, so keep them coming!  And we hope that with this new discount, even more schools will be able to take advantage of the Power of the Pen with Surface 3!

*Final price will come from the authorized reseller. The offer applies to Surface 3 Education bundle SKUs only. Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and non-bundle SKUs are not included in this promotion.

Unleash your creativity with Sketchable on Surface and Windows 10

In the past, I have frequently written about the power of the pro tools in the Adobe Creative Cloud. It goes without saying that for the serious artisan and professional alike, the depth of functionality across Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere Pro offers the industry standard for creative workflows.

Often though I speak with hobbyists and those that love to doodle, sketch, or draw as a means to relax or express their creativity. The focus being on casual, fun, and easy. That’s where Sketchable comes into the picture.

A screenshot of Scetchable app on a PC.

The team at Sketchable is led by two brothers, Ryan and Miles Harris, and they have dedicated themselves to building an app that brings, in my opinion, the best of multiple worlds together. Sketchable is easy to use, has a simple UI, and an incredible drawing algorithm that delivers one of the, if not the best, inking experiences on Surface and Windows 10.

Sketchable 3.0 (an update was just released last week) brings a host of new features like Symmetry which allows you to toggle between one or two axis of mirroring. Masks make it super easy to choose a shape and then mark off a section of the canvas so it can’t be edited. Stencils make it simple to draw crisp lines or fluid curves. I know many will also be excited about Layers – Sketchable supports up to 32 layers and has a host of blending modes.

To get you started you can simple drag and drop a file into the canvas and start drawing on top, and then easily share your creation on Facebook.

I had a chance to speak with Lawrence Mann, who is also a Corel Master Painter who has been a huge fan of Sketchable since the beginning. In his own words: “Sketchable was clearly created for digital painting on the Surface. It’s fast, agile and very responsive” and “the latest release has seen a bundle of new features and tools that have supercharged my workflow, enabling a cleaner and more finished standard of artwork that I feel confident I can deliver to my clients.”

Check out this awesome video of Lawrence drawing in Sketchable:

Here are some of the most recent artworks created by Lawrence using a Surface and Sketchable:

Don Seegmiller is another artist who has been using Sketchable frequently and in his words: “Sketchable has become my primary app for quick visualization. It is extremely fast and user friendly. The additional features with the latest release make it much deeper and useful. The idea of keeping separate journals for different projects appeals to my sense of organization. An inexpensive, simple, yet powerful drawing and painting application; what more can an artist ask for.”

Gallery of Don’s artwork created on Surface in Sketchable:

If you are looking for a new app to doodle, sketch, or draw – head over to the Windows Store and give Sketchable a try!

Weekend Reading: Microsoft devices news and stories you may have missed (Jan 29)

The TripAdvisor app is now available for Windows 10, Surface 3 combines design and technology to win over the most prestigious luxury watch group in the UK, and Cortana gets better at helping you manage your busy schedule—these are our picks for Weekend Reading:

Announcing the TripAdvisor app for Windows 10

The TripAdvisor app for Windows 10 is now available as a free download in the Windows Store for your Windows 10 devices, including Surface devices and Lumia phones. Browse millions of traveler reviews, opinions, and photos to help you choose your next travel decision, and compare hotel prices and availability to plan your accommodations. Read more about using the TripAdvisor app for Windows 10 here.

The TripAdvisor app for Windows 10

Surface 3 combines design and technology to win over the most prestigious luxury watch group in the UK

On Monday, we were pleased to announce that one of the UK’s most prestigious watch groups, Aurum Group, decided that Surface 3 was the right device for their business and brands. The sleek, sophisticated design of the Surface fits perfectly with luxury brands, and many of their boutiques use the tablet throughout the store with customers.

Click here to continue reading about what makes the Surface 3 a top choice for businesses.

Microsoft Surface 3

Cortana Gets Better at Helping You Manage Your Busy Schedule

On Monday, Marcus Ash, Program Manager for Cortana, wrote a blog post outlining exciting new features coming to Cortana that will make her even more like a true-life assistant right on your Windows 10 devices. Watch the following video to hear from Marcus himself about these new features, and read the full story here.

Designed on Surface: Lucas Aoki creates a stunning mural with Surface Book

Welcome to another installment of the Designed on Surface global art project! When you look at Lucas Aoki’s beautiful mural in Austin, Texas that he created with the help of Surface Book, you’ll be surprised to hear how Lucas himself describes his journey into art. “I didn’t really pick up painting until 2010, a few years after moving to Austin.” As someone who loved to draw from a young age, but virtually stopped after primary school – I am honestly awestruck. I feel fortunate have the continued opportunity to work with a lot of artists from incredibly varied backgrounds who have decided to work digitally with Surface or with other devices. Their passion and talent always amazes me and inspires the work we do on Surface.

The description that best fits Lucas is probably street artist. He works with a combination of spray paint and traditional wall paint. The first time he tackled a full-scale wall was in 2011, and his abilities and technique have progressed ever since. When you speak with Lucas you get this sense that he is full of creative energy. He is on a mission to express himself through art. In his own words, expressing himself through painting and street art “just feels right.”

Check out this video to learn more about Lucas & his mural:

I asked Lucas how working with Surface Book helps him to be more creative. First off, when Lucas works digitally it helps him visualize his ideas faster. He explained that when he is in brainstorming mode, it’s important to get ideas committed to the screen quickly. That frees his head up to move to the next thing. He can quickly explore an idea on the screen and then later go in and make edits like adjustments to colors, swapping elements of his concept drawings around, or adding or deleting elements.

Lucas works with a Surface Book featuring a 6th Generation Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM. When he’s outside his studio, he prefers to detach the clipboard and work with the freedom of just the screen, which offers all the laptop power he needs. Lucas is able develop his ideas even when on the go, naturally alternating between using the Pen or his fingertips for input.

When Lucas works at his desk, he attaches the keyboard base for longer battery life and access to keyboard shortcuts. Lucas uses Adobe Creative Cloud on his Surface Book, just as you might on your desktop or laptop at home.

If you want to see timelapse photography of Lucas’ mural coming together in its entirety – check this out:

Surfacing the Facts

Like many of you, I watched this weekend’s AFC Championship between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos as the sideline commentators reported that the Surface Pro 3 devices had failed on the Patriots bench. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this outage so I thought it was important to not only explain what happened on Sunday but also share some updates on our partnership with the NFL as we near the second full season of Surface devices being used on the sidelines. Here are the facts:

  • Microsoft Surfaces have not experienced a single failure in the two years they’ve been used on NFL sidelines. In the past two years, Surfaces have supported nearly 100,000 minutes of sideline action, and in that time, not a single issue has been reported that is related to the tablet itself. On rare occasions like we saw on Sunday, the stadium has network issues that prevent the delivery of images to the Surface devices. In these cases, we work with the NFL to quickly troubleshoot possible network issues so we can get the photo imaging solution to proceed as normal.
  • Surface usage amongst NFL teams continues to grow. The NFL is not only a game of inches, it’s also a game of seconds. In addition to the widespread adoption of Surface tablets in the coaches’ booth, more teams are turning to Surface tablets during the critical moments of the game because they can better quality images faster. And every second counts.
  • Teams are more effective as a result of Surface tablets. There are dozens of testimonials like this one from Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers, praising Surface for increasing team productivity and effectiveness. The now infamous clips of Johnny Manziel and Aaron Rogers abusing their Surface devices are further evidence of two things: 1) players are getting information faster, even if they don’t always like what they see and 2) these devices were built to endure just about anything, even Johnny Manziel’s head.

When we embarked on our landmark partnership with the NFL three years ago, we did so with a vision to revolutionize the game, and I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in a few short years.

Coaches and players who once relied on static, black-and-white photos of NFL plays to analyze coverage, can now use our Surface tablets to view more dynamic, full-color images, up to seven times faster than the printed page. As a result, those teams are more informed, more productive and ultimately, more competitive.

We continue to hear from players and coaches that our tablets are changing the way they operate, on and off the field. Surface tablets have become ubiquitous on NFL sidelines and in the coaches’ booth, and more than half of NFL franchises are also using Surfaces end-to-end, as playbooks, to watch video and as a laptop replacement in their front office to handle the administrative duties of running the team.

Our vision has started to become a reality, but we also know there is still plenty of work to be done. With Super Bowl 50 around the corner, as millions of fans will be reflecting on the past fifty years of the game, the team at Microsoft will be dreaming of the next 50 years and the potential for technology to continue to change the game for the better.

Accessorize your new Microsoft Lumia, Surface, or Band

Part of the fun of owning a Microsoft Lumia, Microsoft Surface, or the Microsoft Band, is personalizing it with accessories. Check out our list of top must-haves. And win a Mozo cover for your Lumia 950!

Mozo covers for Lumia phones and a chance to win one

Mozo cov ers for Lumia 950 XL

If you own the new Windows 10-enabled Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL, there are a couple of case options available, made by one of our accessory partners such as Mozo. Not only do they look stunning, but they also fit perfectly.

The Mozo has a variety of covers in a range of colors to choose from, making your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL look stunning and protecting it from scratches.

The Mozo back and notebook covers replace the original cover on your Lumia and support wireless charging, while the Mozo wallet flip cover with two credit card slots has the potential to make your wallet redundant.

Head over to the Mozo online store to (pre)order yours today!

Win a Mozo cover for your Lumia 950!

We’re giving away two Mozo Lumia 950 back covers (one red, one white) to two lucky people. For your chance to win, let us know why you want one for your Lumia 950, mentioning both @Lumia and @Mozo_FI and using #Lumia950.

Entries will close on February 2, 2016, and we’ll contact the winners shortly after on Twitter.

Microsoft Display Dock for Lumia

Lumia 950 connected to a large screen, mouse and keyboard with Microsoft Display Dock.

Leave your laptop at the office: Connect your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse with the Microsoft Display Dock to get a full PC-like experience.

Windows apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook will scale up onto the big screen and the Display Dock (with full HD output and a USB-C port) also charges your phone as you work.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Type Cover

The Surface Pro 4 Type Cover, available in a variety of colors, cranks the productivity up to another level on the Surface Pro 3 or Surface Pro 4 tablet.

The keys are spread out for a more comfortable and efficient typing experience, and the larger track pad makes all the difference for precision control and navigation.

The type cover’s enhanced magnetic stability along the fold of the keyboard also makes it more comfortable to use your Surface whether it’s balanced on your lap or perched on your desk.

Microsoft Surface Pen New Surface Pens in black, dark blue, gold and silver.
One must-have accessory for your Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, or Surface Book, is the new Surface Pen, available in gold, silver, black and dark blue.

With the Surface Pen, you can write, draw, or mark-up documents digitally. If you’ve made a mistake, the eraser button located on the top of the pen can be used to remove errors. And if you have the Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book, you can take advantage of the new Surface Pen’s 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity.

One click of the Surface Pen opens up OneNote, and to launch Cortana* just click and hold.

Note: Includes the Pen tip kit ($10 if purchased separately) that changes the tip size of the new Surface Pen for precision work.

Microsoft Surface Dock

Microsoft Surface Dock
Transform your Surface into a desktop PC with the new Microsoft Surface Dock. The Dock has two Mini DisplayPort ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports, and an audio output allowing you to plug in all your favorite accessories.

And while you’re plugged in, you can continue inking with the Surface Pen and use your Surface at the perfect angle by adjusting the multi-position Kickstand.

The new Surface Dock is compatible with Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 3.

Microsoft Surface Sleeves

Sleeves for Microsoft Surface designed by Kate Spade and Jack Spade.

You’re already making a statement by owning a Surface device, but now you can really turn heads with a stunning designer sleeve.

Our Surface accessories line-up is growing faster than ever and we’re excited to be working with Kate Spade and Jack Spade on luxury sleeves that protect your Surface device while making it look like you just stepped off the runway. From soft vegan leather to protective neoprene cushion material, it’s easy to find a sleeve that fits the needs of any fashion-forward techie.

Microsoft Band 2 Charging Stand

Microsoft Band 2 Charging Stand
Between tracking your workouts and sleep and notifying you of new messages and calendar alerts, your new Microsoft Band is busy! So charge it in style.

The Microsoft Band 2 Charging Stand lifts your new Microsoft Band off the table, elevating it into a better viewing position, turning it into a table clock.

The charging cable tucks away neatly behind the stand helping with cable management.

Microsoft Band 2 USB Charging Cable

Microsoft Band 2 USB Charging Cable

This cable is included with your Band, but it’s good to keep an extra one in case you lose the original. Alternatively, if you regularly travel from one place to another, you could keep a spare cable for the car or office so you don’t have to schlep cables everywhere.

Bought a new accessory for your Microsoft Lumia, Microsoft Surface, or Microsoft Band? Let us know on Twitter – @Lumia / @Surface / @MicrosoftBand.

* In select markets.

Surface 3 combines design and technology to win over the most prestigious luxury watch group in the UK

We are humbled and feeling great about the momentum that Surface continues to build with business customers. Surface Pro 4 is the fastest Surface adopted in business with customers such as The Carlyle Group, Clifford Chance (UK) and Berkshire Hathaway Automotive all purchasing Surface Pro 4 before it was even announced. Today we are pleased to share that one of the UK’s most prestigious watch groups, Aurum group has decided that Surface 3 is the right device for their brands that have a long history of quality craftsmanship.

Inside an Aurum Group's jewelry store.

To support the momentum with our Surface business customers, and meet further customer demand, we announced in July that we would be expanding the business channel to add more partners selling Surface globally and then, in September, we unveiled the Surface Enterprise Initiative to deliver word-class services and support to enterprise customers along with Surface.

Last week we attended NRF, which is the holy grail of the retail industry events. It was a busy week in the retail space and NRF highlighted some of the most interesting and innovative solutions out in the market today. Over the week we heard from multiple customers how impressed they are by Surface 3 the 10.8” light weight, compact Surface that runs full Windows 10 and the capabilities that it has brought to the industry. We have previously shared that BASF, Emirates, Prada and Skywest have all chosen Surface 3 as their device.

Today we are pleased to share that one of the UK’s most prestigious watch groups, Aurum group has decided that Surface 3 is the right device for their brands that have a long history of quality craftsmanship.

Aurum Group are the custodians of some of the UK’s most celebrated retail brands specializing in Watch and Jewelry sales as Goldsmiths, boutique. Goldsmiths, Mappin & Webb, Watches of Switzerland. These brands represent a timeless tradition of innovation and quality combining to make a products that are functional and well designed.

I spoke to Paul Smith from Aurum group to discuss why Surface 3 won them over.

How important was it to blend the technology with the history of watch making?
The history of horology spans both artisanship and invention, we feel it is extremely important that the technology we select echoes that heritage. The watch and jewelry makers invest immense passion into their creations, as we do in our pursuit to deliver the best customer service of our industry. The technology we use must complement these aesthetics, and offer the versatility to bring centuries of knowledge, service and design directly to our clients.

Watches of Switzerland store front.

What were you using before Surface 3?
We have been experimenting in our retail stores for several years to find a way to bring ‘a transaction to a customer’, rather than take ‘the customer to the transaction’. Before the Microsoft Surface we have trialed a number of different mobile devices to help achieve this goal. Our initial attempts were using small laptop devices, these did give us the mobility we required, but no matter how small the laptop they were neither as portable as a tablet, nor as performant as a fix till point. These devices also suffered from limited battery life, our sales consultants need battery powered devices that can last an entire day’s trading – without running flat when helping that important client. We have found other devices to be well designed in terms of size, mobility, battery life, however we have over 25 years of software technology we use in store which has been built for a Microsoft platform so the practicality of porting or redesigning this software to another operating systems is both undesirable and extremely costly.

Why did you choose Surface 3?
The Microsoft Surface was an obvious choice, and had reached a level of maturity that made it a great solution. The Surface had advanced to where it exceeded other tablets in terms of the hardware, but for us had a huge advantage in supporting our full suite of Microsoft applications out of the box. Not only did it require no software development, but also adding it to our Microsoft based infrastructure was a very simple step. We were able to get the Surface up and running in our stores in a very small space of time.

How important was build quality of Surface to you?
The build quality and the look of the Surface was extremely important to us. Being a retailer for both luxury and fashion product, it was important to have hardware that maintained these high standards. Within our luxury stores we typically hide all IT hardware until it is required, with the Surface we find that this is less of an issue as its sleek design works wells even within our most luxurious stores.

Our boutique fashion stores take a slightly different approach, we use the Surface as a mobile tablet throughout the whole store, the design is cutting edge and the high standard of build quality means the device can withstand less gentle handling.

How has Surface improved your business?
One of our biggest challenges as a retailer is to constantly strive to improve the client experience. A mobile capability has always been critical for us, so we can empower our sales team to sit down with our clients anywhere in store and process every step of the transaction process without leaving them or asking them to move somewhere else. The Surface has also given us a lot of IT efficiencies, by making the rollout and ongoing maintenance of the devices much simpler. The cost of the Surface solution is not only competitive with all other tablet devices on the market, but is far more cost effective than our Fixed POS hardware we use in store.

Inside one of Aurum Group's stores.

What is the overall solution and how did Windows 10 make this easier?
We run everything on the Surface, everything our stores and our customers need. One of our most recent additions to our software suite is our extended aisle technology. We developed a Universal Windows Platform app which acts as a container for our standard ecommerce site. This container enabled us provide an in store platform for customer assisted online transactions, where payment can be taken by using a standard chip & pin payment terminal. We are also table to use Windows 10 kiosk mode to instantly deploy a self-service version of this application, whilst still using standard payment terminals when the customer checks-out. The most startling aspect of this project is the delivery timescales; using Windows 10 we were able to build this capability in days, an approach which saved us from an otherwise huge project cost.

We are very proud of Surface 3 and that companies like Aurum group are choosing Surface 3 to represent brands that have a long tradition of quality and craftsmanship. We spend a lot of time obsessing over details when building Surface, to have our quality confirmed by such a prestigious group of brands is humbling. Thanks Paul and the team at Aurum group for letting us tell your story and for choosing Surface 3.

Matt Chapman
Surface Product Marketing

On sale today: 1TB Core i7 Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, and new Gold Surface Pen

We’re excited to announce that the most powerful versions yet of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 are now on sale in the United States and Canada. These products feature 1TB of storage with 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors and 16GB of RAM for the ultimate in performance and versatility.

Surface Book
This new Surface Book will be available online-only via Microsoft Stores and other select retailers. The new Surface Pro 4 will be available in Microsoft stores and through select retailers.

Surface Pro 4

Today we’re also launching our new gold Surface Pen in Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

Surface Pen in gold
The new gold Surface Pen makes a bold statement as a colorful complement to your Surface that’s also a powerful tool for both creativity and productivity. When used with your Surface Book or Surface Pro 4, it offers 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity for the ultimate writing and drawing experience. The gold Surface Pen also includes the Surface Pen Tip Kit so you can further customize the experience of taking notes or drawing on your Surface.

We love hearing about the new and creative ways customers are using and customizing their Surfaces, and these new products will let you do even more. You can buy the new 1TB Core i7 Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 and the gold Surface Pen from Microsoft Stores and select retailers beginning today.

Bao makes her mark on the rooftops of Hong Kong for Designed on Surface

Bao’s artistic journey is one that we find super inspirational and know many will be able to relate to. Bao is one of the youngest artists to contribute to the Designed on Surface global art project.

She only started her full-time art career a little over one year ago, but is already starting to find success in Hong Kong during festivals & private commissions. In an all-too-male-dominated scene, Bao is a relative newcomer and we think she is going to start making serious waves. A few weeks ago, we partnered with Bao to see her interpret what is means to do great things.

Working on a roof top of this size required careful planning and grid work. Bao used a Surface Pro 4 to create both the initial sketch and detailed drawing. Painting her signature characters, all exploring their passions, on this inner city rooftop took days of careful work. We believe the result is stunning, fun, and an awesome addition the “roofline” of Hong Kong.

Bao's roofline art in Hong Kong
With Surface I can use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to work and create anywhere. I don’t have to carry all my other  tools”

We were lucky to document the creation Bao’s mural with time-lapse photography + everyone loves drone footage. Check out this video:

If you want to learn more about how Surface helps Bao do great things head on over to surface.com/art and read the stories of 17 artists creating murals all over the world.

We will be back next week with another story about artists doing great things with Surface.

Bat working on her mural art on her Surface.

A close up of Bao working on her mural art on her Surface.

Bao working on her rooftop mural.

Bao (4)

Bao (5)

How to get a replacement AC power cord for your Surface Pro

Today, in consultation with safety regulators, we announced a voluntary replacement program for all Surface Pro AC power cords sold before March 15, 2015, in the U.S. and Canada and before July 15, 2015, in other markets where Surface is sold.  If the cord is wound too tightly, twisted or pinched over an extended period of time there is a potential risk for the AC cord– the cord that connects the power supply unit to the electrical socket – to overheat.

While there are no reports of serious injury, a small number of our customers have reported this issue and we are taking action to address by making free replacement cords available to all eligible customers. The safety of our customers is our top priority.

What does this mean for you?

Surface power cordIf you bought a Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 or Surface Pro 3 in the above timeframe, we recommend you get a free replacement AC power cord from Microsoft as soon as possible. To see if you qualify for a free replacement and begin the exchange process, please visit www.surface.com/powercord.

If you have any other questions regarding your Surface Pro, please contact our Surface Support team.

To review our instructions for power cord care, please visit the Power Cord Care section of our support website.

The Surface Team