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The future of Microsoft Surface: What to expect from the Surface Pro 4

Mark Hachman | March 30, 2015
Just over ten months ago, Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3 in New York City. So what's next?

And I'd also introduce a key hardware tweak: I'd finally slot the Surface stylus inside the chassis, Galaxy Note-style. It's a simple convenience that's long overdue.

New services for the Surface Pro 4

If consumers accept Hello as a way to avoid using passwords - and while some undoubtedly won't, I expect most will - Microsoft can seize that user interest by adding related authentication services. We already know that Microsoft's Cortana assistant will listen attentively for spoken commands. But Hello's ability to identify and verify you have larger implications: Imagine ordering your Surface Pro 4 to "Buy now" while browsing an Amazon page, for example.

Keep in mind that everything I share above is just crystal-ball prognostication. While Windows 10 will be everywhere at Microsoft's Build conference, we don't know for sure what Microsoft's hardware teams have planned.

But Microsoft's announcement of Hello and the addition of the RealSense depth camera in Dell's tablet fills me with confidence that eventually the Surface line will include such a camera. And if you think the Surface Pro 3 embodies what a great tablet should be, then look out - an even better one is coming.

 

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