Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro, Office 365 enhancements, China momentum

Today at an event in Shanghai, China, Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Pro, new Surface Pen, Surface Pro Signature Type Cover and the latest Microsoft Office Pen & Inking features designed to increase productivity and inspire better collaboration and creativity. 



  • The new Microsoft Surface Pro: Introducing the most versatile laptop. The iconic Surface Pro has been redesigned from the inside out to give people more of what they love about Surface Pro—power and performance in a sleek, versatile form factor.
    • Starting at US$799, the new Surface Pro packs the power of a 7th generation Intel Core processor into a new fan-less, whisper quiet design for 13.5 hours of battery life.
    • We've made Surface Pen more sensitive by quadrupling the levels of pressure sensitivity to 4096 and reducing the activation force – making inking easier and more natural.
    • The new Surface Pro Signature Type Cover is elegant, accurate, durable and easy to care for.
  • Microsoft Office brings inking to life: We are making the creative power of the new Surface Pen available in the world’s most powerful productivity suite: Microsoft Office.
    • New inking features in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint include a customizable gallery of your favorite pens, pencils and highlighters that roams with you as a personalized setting across Office apps and devices, along with support for tilt and shading with the new Surface Pen.
    • Additional inking experiences will continue to roll out in the future, including the new Microsoft Whiteboard app, which offers a limitless canvas for creativity and collaboration with simultaneous two-way inking, intelligent ink conversion and more—coming to more Windows 10 devices over time.

Microsoft also announced Chinese market expansion and momentum:

·         Xbox in China, with Project Scorpio coming later this year and Forza Racing Championship, the most inclusive racing competition in gaming, coming to ChinaJoy this July.
·         Microsoft HoloLens is now shipping in China.
·         A version of Windows 10 specifically for the Chinese government and state-owned entities.

For more information and details on the new Surface Pro, Office and Windows news from today’s announcements, please see Microsoft Blog posts from executives Panos PanayKirk Koenigsbauer and Terry Myerson.



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