October 2 is hyped to be a big day for Microsoft and the Surface team: the biggest event since the unveiling of the Surface Studio three(!) years ago. Big enough to force me out of my self-imposed retirement.
I never meant my hiatus to be permanent. I’ve thought about writing the occasional update for a while, but it’s still shocking to see that my last post on this site was exactly one year ago, touting a Surface event that we could all agree was a bit of snooze fest.
That follow up coverage never came because I’d gotten way past the point of getting excited by annual incremental hardware updates. Each review I wrote was more difficult than the one before it. Because the truth is it’s nearly impossible to tell one machine or one generation apart from another. Of course the latest generation will be faster, more powerful, better. But the fact is that most of us can do just fine on 3-, 4-, or even 5-year old hardware. (I just retired my Surface Pro 3, which has been docked as my daily desktop for nearly 5-1/2 years, not because it couldn’t handle my daily requirements but because its hard drive began acting unreliably.)
But tomorrow promises to be different: certainly not because of the latest Surface laptop (still pen-less), nor the rumored Surface Pro 7, not even the Surface 7, which may be a very nifty iPad Pro competitor. No, the announcement that most intrigues the enthusiast in me is the dual screen device running a new iteration of Windows 10.
I’m skeptical of the practicality of a two-screen device. How do you draw across the crease? How can you even hold a pen if the device is meant to be held in both hands like an open book? I’m hoping Microsoft has an answer to these and my many other questions.
Check back tomorrow if you’re interested reading my reaction to the products unveiled. It should be a fascinating morning!
As for the future of SurfaceProArtist.com, only time will tell. Thanks for visiting and keeping the faith.