The other day Microsoft announced it was refreshing its Surface range, alongside the release of some new Surface headphones, proving Microsoft still had bold plans for developing its own hardware. But it seems those plans may stretch beyond tablets, laptops, and even audio products, with Surface chief Panos Panay hinting there may be a lot more interesting releases planned for the future.
Speaking to The Verge, Panay was asked about the Surface Hub 2, the interactive whiteboard that comes with modular design elements designed to suit user needs. Because the Hub is quite a niche product, and not relevant to most people, The Verge asked whether that modular design could be implemented in other products:
“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.”
The Verge notes that Microsoft has previously filed a patent for a modular Surface Studio, the Surface-branded desktop that was released back in 2016. While Panay didn't give anything away, his hints that something modular was in the works, coupled with that patent, suggest that Microsoft may have a modular desktop for use in the near future. Or at least, modular in the sense that it's easier to swap out components than with a traditional desktop PC.
But whatever happens, it's clear Microsoft has no plans to ditch the Surface brand anytime soon. Panay claimed that the odd choice of releasing headphones is for “completing the Surface experience.” That means integrated noise cancelling, automatic mute, plus built-in Cortana and Skype functions. There's also the possibility of a USB-C webcam coming, if that's the sort of thing you're interested in. [The Verge]