Microsoft might be working on a modular Surface PC and USB Type-C webcam

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a bunch of new Surface devices including Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2, etc. While the event was more or less anticipated, Microsoft took everyone by surprise with the new Surface Headphones.

However, it looks like Microsoft doesn’t plan to stop here. Microsoft Surface Chief Panos Panay told Verge that the company plans to create a complete Surface experience.

Now that the company is designing these products as one company, the tech is evolving where we want it to be… there was an opportunity to complete this thing in a way that I’m passionate about and that the team is passionate about. That “completion” on the headphones side is designed to meet Surface users that engross themselves in music, as many creators do, or even gamers who use headsets for hours. Just like a Surface, there are a few little elements that we can bring to the table that are transformative for your experience in getting things done.

Look at the camera on Surface Hub 2, note it’s a USB-C-based camera, and the idea that we can bring a high fidelity camera to an experience, you can probably guess that’s going to happen. Is it completing an experience or bringing the next level of an experience to something that you wanted, even if it’s not Surface? I’ve been looking at all of that. While I won’t announce a new product, I think that’s important. I really think the completing of experience is our design from Microsoft that’s hardware and software.

– Panos Panay

Panos indicated that the company plans to push the boundaries with Surface and headphones might just be a starting point.

Look at the camera on Surface Hub 2, note it’s a USB-C-based camera, and the idea that we can bring a high fidelity camera to an experience, you can probably guess that’s going to happen. Is it completing an experience or bringing the next level of an experience to something that you wanted, even if it’s not Surface? I’ve been looking at all of that. While I won’t announce a new product, I think that’s important. I really think the completing of experience is our design from Microsoft that’s hardware and software.

– Panos Paney

Panos also hinted that the company might launch a Surface-branded webcam and also a modular Surface Studio. The company did showcase a new Surface Studio so we don’t expect a new one soon but it’s good to know that Microsoft plans to launch a modular Surface Studio similar to Surface Hub 2.

Probably, you look at it and you see what’s the evolution and how do we make it better for our customers. Yeah, there’s still so much more to do, and while I won’t tell you what it is you can put stories together.

– Panos Paney

The interview clearly states that the Surface team doesn’t plan to settle for laptops and PCs. With the new Surface Headphones, Microsoft has pushed the boundaries from manufacturing just devices to manufacturing everything. In my personal opinion, this is an amazing approach, one that will benefit the company in the long run.

Source: The Verge

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