Will the new Surface make event tech simpler?


Remember the days when only the toughest of business road warriors had smartphones? Coupled with their nine-ish pound, company-issued laptops, those guys and gals were easy to spot. One glance told us that they a) traveled a lot, b) relied heavily on technology to do their job, and c) rang up a lot of money in chiropractic and massage bills.

Even as Apple’s iPhones and iPads crept into popularity — giving everyone a chance to at least look like a well-seasoned business traveler — they never seemed to fit the corporate event attendee type. Far too many people still needed a laptop, tablet and smartphone to be able to get all of their work done in the way they were accustomed to doing it.

Hello, Microsoft Surface. While we’re not foolish enough to assume that the new Surface will do everything faster and better than the tablets already on the market, we do know that Microsoft creating a great tablet is good for anyone that loves to buy and use new tech.

Just a few weeks ago, we worked with Microsoft to launch Visual Studio in Seattle, and had a bevy of tablets at our disposal. Some were used as display screens, others were used as check-in stations, and even more were used as information kiosks. Problem was, we had to mix and match OSes and product models to be able to do everything we wanted the way it worked best for us, and the Surface’s seeming flexibility would make much of this a lot easier.

For instance, keyboards are always an issue at check in. While laptops definitely work, space and battery life are often a concern, so tablets with their small footprint make an ideal station. Provided that you have a full-size Bluetooth keyboard, which often takes up more usable space than any laptop would.

We’ve also seen wireless keyboards run out of batteries, lose connection unexpectedly, and disappear without a trace.

The new Surface seems to alleviate many of those problems, and we can’t wait to try them out. How would you use them?