Microsoft, I have a wish

by Volker Weber


While attending the Microsoft Technical Summit here in Darmstadt, I had the opportunity to try out the new Surface Pro 4. And with it came the new keyboard. It's so much better than the old one that it does not even compare. Even the trackpad is usable now:


The good news is that you can buy the new keyboard and keep your old Surface Pro 3. Same connectors, same dimensions. The new keyboard fits both machines without any compromise. Trust me on that: it's really, really good.

Microsoft also had the Surface Book on display and both the keyboard and the trackpad are on par with Apple. And they should be, given that a Macbook is cheaper.


I was also able to play with both a Lumia 950 and a Lumia 950XL. And I have no good news from that encounter. Both feel a lot cheaper than they are. I had already seen pictures but in the flesh they did not even meet my low expectations. One of the presenters would have traded one of his black 950XL for a yellow 1520 on the spot. I wonder if Microsoft can get at least the software glitches out. No double tap to wake, holding the camera button did not take me into recording a video like it was promised on stage by Panos Panay.

Speaking of Panos, this part of Microsoft needs a restart. We are now where Surface was with version 2. Microsoft needs to take this up a whole level. The software is late, the hardware is underwhelming. Maybe it was good enough for Jo Harlow. But it certainly is not good enough for Panos Panay.

Well that is one wish. But I have one closer to my heart. Make a new keyboard for the Surface 3. One that is as good as the keyboard for Surface Pro 3/4. Maybe when you unveil Surface 4. But then make it work with Surface 3. Deal?


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