A year after Microsoft revealed the Surface Book, Microsoft has finally revealed what the new tablet will look like and how it will fit in with its Windows 10 mobile operating system.
While we’ve known for some time that the Surface Pro 3 will ship with Windows 10 Mobile, the company has only revealed that the tablet will run on a version of the OS that is “as much a Windows 10 device as it is a Surface.”
That’s a pretty large difference, to be sure.
In a short interview with The Verge, Microsoft’s senior director of Surface engineering and principal product designer Mark Gillett explained that the new Surface Book is the same Surface Book that Microsoft shipped in September.
“We are shipping the Surface RT, the Surface Studio, the original Surface Pro and the Surface Dial to consumers this fall,” he said.
“So you have a full lineup of Surface devices, Surface Book devices, all of them.
You have the Surface 2 and the original model Surface Pro 2.
So what we did is we went into the software development and hardware design of the Surface devices and we made a decision that we wanted to keep all of those Surface devices running on the same platform.
That was very important to us.
And that’s the same kind of decision we made with Surface Pro 4.”
The Surface Pro4, which is the newest iteration of the tablet, will ship on the first of the company’s two new Surface tablets.
Microsoft has yet to announce any pricing or availability for the new slate.