Surface Studio Tipped Ahead of Microsoft Event

Posted on October 24, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 37 Comments

Surface Studio Tipped Ahead of Microsoft Event

Microsoft will hold its long-awaited Windows 10 event on Wednesday. But some recent trademark applications may have ruined one surprise: That Surface all-in-one PC is almost certainly called Surface Studio.

That name first came to light a month ago, courtesy of Mary Jo Foley, who wrote that “Cardinal”—the code name for the Surface AIO—would “be positioned as a product that can turn your desk into ‘a studio’.” But now it’s been confirmed.

The Trademark Ninja reported today that a Microsoft shell company in Slovenian recently trademarked Surface Laptop and Paint 3D. And the software giant, he says, is also behind trademarks for three new terms: Surface Studio, Surface Dial, and Dial. (Someone alert the soap company.)

Surface Studio is of course the Surface AIO, Cardinal.

Surface Dial—and plain ol’ Dial—are a bit more mysterious. Some believe this to be Surface phone—get it, dial a phone—while others think it is tied to the radial software menu that used to grace OneNote for Windows, and could be a new form of interface on the Surface Studio related to creative/3D functions.

Well, we’ll know soon enough.

I’ll be covering Wednesday’s event live on live.twit.tv with Leo Laporte and Ed Bott. So stayed tuned!

 

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    vernonlvincent Alpha Member #200 - 1 month ago

    Could Surface Dial be a new take on a smartwatch? 

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      mebby Alpha Member #219 - 1 month ago
      In reply to vernonlvincent:

      Maybe a smart watch/phone combo. Code name: Dick Tracy.

      Yeah right!

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 1 month ago
      In reply to vernonlvincent:

      That would be interesting, I feel like the Band breakup and dismemberment was too recent if they were this close to releasing a replacement. Fingers crossed that I'm wrong.

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      darkgrayknight Alpha Member #2285 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      I know, that would be great. I so love my band and I had stopped wearing a watch decades ago, but I wear my band constantly.

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    leonzandman Alpha Member #461 - 1 month ago

    I definitely think the Surface Dial is a hardware device (or has a hardware component to it). We've seen a Settings page for this in earlier builds of Windows 10, even though it has since been mostly removed. The settings page referred to it as the 'Wheel' and should in time be accessible when you press WIN + R and type 'ms-settings:wheel'.

    Related to that the Windows API now contains a RadialController class that, quote, 'Represents a specialized input device or accessory.'. Windows 10 contains a lot of references to that radial controller. From that we can see it can be paired and has haptics. So it must be a hardware device.

    http://pastebin.com/RLbpRiYF

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    jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 1 month ago

    I don't doubt the incredible usefulness this will have to the .1% of customers that are illustrators or graphic artists but why would I want this at home or at work. 

     

    The Surface Book is a great laptop for me despite the detachable screen, not because of it. I feel like this product aims at the same small user base that loves the removable screen on what should be an awesome ultra book.

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      mebby Alpha Member #219 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      Guess I am part of that 0.1 percent since I would love a laptop that I could use as a tablet. Absolutely!

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 1 month ago
      In reply to mebby:

      I won't deny that the people that could use this for their job will find this incredibly useful. While I do think everyone can benefit from the availability of touch, I also think Windows ink and large push MS is making in those areas with hardware and software is aimed at a very small niche.

       

      Enterprises are MS's bread and butter and almost none of my 100k clients will benefit from this. Not that advances outside of Enterprise are a bad thing but who are they going to sell this to outside of art students?

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      JudaZuk Alpha Member #2098 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      How about Art professionals? Not only students do art, there is a big business with people that does art for a living, everything for graphical artists for Marketing, photoediting, retouching , to digital paining,  even movie editing . A market Apple used to dominate, but they have basically ignored for years .  sure it is not a cunsumer market, but not everything has to be either large enterprises , or normal consumers. There are other markets to delve into as well, that might seem nitch but still can give a decent profit.

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      jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 1 month ago
      In reply to JudaZuk:

      Funny you and I made the same point, I just said the same thing about Apple over in the other comment section :D

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      Simard57 Alpha Member #631 - 1 month ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      Surface Book is something no one else had done - a so called "aspirational device".

      There are many options for a Windows UltraBook Laptop so why would Microsoft have to deliver where their OEM partners are already providing quality devices?

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    robincapper Alpha Member #2080 - 1 month ago

    If, and it is a big if, Surface Studio is a high end multi-touch pen enabled 'digital drawing board' running enough graphics grunt to power high end CAD/Graphics software that would be interesting. Going to take more than the Surface Book config in a monitor format to do that though.

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      robincapper Alpha Member #2080 - 1 month ago
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    Narg Alpha Member #420 - 1 month ago

    The soap company doesn't need to worry.  Court cases have sided only when the product is in similar markets.  I think there is enough difference between soap and computers :P

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    dougkinzinger Alpha Member #1212 - 1 month ago

    Kind of a stupid name on Surface Dial though - does remind me of soap. :)

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    prettyconfusd Alpha Member #1780 - 1 month ago

    Exciting times - seems to me the 'Dial' could be a virtual radial menu and the 'Surface Dial' something similar to a 3D mouse perhaps?

    As for the Studio itself, I'm still hoping against hope that there's a version that's just a monitor - my SP4 has replaced my desktop already, just like Microsoft said it could. All it needs is a decent monitor to connect to that has pen and multi-touch input.

    Also considering price of these things - if there's a monitor only option it'll be a heck of a lot more relatively "affordable" than one that includes a GPU/dock for SP4 or a full PC crammed in the base.

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    JudaZuk Alpha Member #2098 - 1 month ago

    That design does suggest you can't remove the screen but fold it backwards to get a nice drawing table at a perfect angle, perfect for artists, and if good enough remove the need for an expensive wacom products like for instance the Cintiq  http://www.wacom.com/en-se/products/cintiq-27-qhd-touch  But at the same time it would also be a great all-in-one for someone who just wants a big screen and a clean desk. 

    And regarding the 'Dial' name , notice the "remote control" like device for the Wacom tablet, why is that not just an onscreen function, and that kind of looks like a dial in the middle also right? :)   I'm really hoping this is what they will show off this wednesday