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Why Microsoft couldn't fully realize its Surface vision until Surface Pro 3

Brad Chacos | May 22, 2014
Surface head Panos Panay bounced around the stage at Microsoft's Surface event on Tuesday, bubbling over with enthusiasm as he detailed the Surface Pro 3's sleekness and power and fancy-pants digitizer pen. And why shouldn't he? The Surface Pro 3 is clearly the Surface that Panay and his crew has dreamed of building ever since Microsoft decided to leap feet-first into the mobile hardware game.

Virtually all aspects of the Surface Pro 3 seem tailored and thoughtful, carefully crafted to marry hardware, software, and cloud in ways that simply weren't possible with the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2. For the first time in the Windows 8 era, the disparate parts the Surface needs to shine are all there.

"This is the tablet that can replace your laptop," Panay said in New York, and finally — finally! — he's right. Not everyone is sold on the hybrid revolution, and time will tell if the still somewhat niche Surface Pro 3 manages more success than its forebears, but the Surface Pro 3 is truly the tablet that Microsoft always wanted the Surface to be.


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