Windows Weekly 494: The Surface in Studio

Posted on December 1, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, Uncategorized, Windows Weekly with 3 Comments

In this episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss Leo’s new Surface Studio, Microsoft’s bold plans for the Insider Program, and tons of Windows 10, Surface, Office, and Xbox news.

Running time: 1:40:02

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    nbplopes - 2 days ago

    Here is my wish for Christmas to come from Microsoft.

    1) Make Surface Book really really stable and robust. Apple robustness style. Minimal throttling and glitches. I would buy one right now if I had the confidence!!!! I would even buy more than one.

    2) Sell the base the Surface Book base separately. So that later I can upgrade my system if a new GPU comes in ... so on and so forth. Clarify this ASAP. With the new NVIDIA 1000s models at the door ...

    Heck sell the top of the Surface Book as a tablet separately provided that had a battery life greater than 2 hours for tablet like kind of stuff (5 hours with the base as an option would be sweet). That would be the perfect modular laptop.

    3) Sell the Surface Studio screen separately. Heck make the base of such a screen work like a hub where I could simply attach the Surface Book pro and bang instant touch enabled desktop. Imagine working with touch and keyboard in such a big screen, detach the surface book screen from the base and keep on working ... Sci fi stuff.

    4) Support USB-C + Thuthrtbolt on the next Surface Book and this hypothetical Surface Studio screen only. Imagine, connecting single USB-C to the Surface Book and the base of a display such as this, no more cables. It would power the Surface Book and connect the system to the Surface Studio screen only base/hub.

    I think a system like this would be useful to everyone. EVERYONE. The price is of course of the all shebang the only bottleneck. But with such a extensibility at least people could scale in time the investment. Such a screen could sharable at home amongst multiple member and so on. No to mention the office. The older surface book bases could be given to the younger family members while mummy and daddy upgrade, or most probably the other way around ...

    Please, MS please please consider this in the next 2 to 3 years. Don't let it slide into the next decade or so.

    Cheers, from a MS critique.

     PS: With the uncertainty of the above and the current limitations is hard for me to justify the investment of several thousands of dollars/euros over such a thing. As always it looks like it is almost there ... but never is. Nevertheless Kudus for the first version of Surface Studio and Surface Book. Really edgy stuff but round it up quick please.

     

     

     

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      PeteB - 2 days ago
      In reply to nbplopes:

      Keep dreaming.  None of that will ever happen.  MS doesn't care about consumer market despite the few niche Surface vanity projects.

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      nbplopes - 2 days ago
      In reply to PeteB:

      By experience I think you may be correct. Pairing the Surface Book with  display like the Surface Studio looks so obvious that it might never happen.  The same for selling the Surface Book in separate modules base and main unit instead of just in a budle like it is today. 

       Bit like relaying calls and SMS from the phone to the PC looks so obvious that I bet in 5 will still be a thing to come while deciding between Cortana and Skype. 

      As you said Vanity. 

      But hope MS has changed in more profound ways than simply act to contain the competition.