02-09-2014 10:20 PM
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  1. someoneinwa's Avatar
    Keeping in mind that Microsoft has said Surface is designed to show off the best of the company's design skills as well as its services, here is what I'd like to see this fall in Surface 3. I've carried my Surface 2 every day since launch and, unlike the first generation unit, no nagging design or service issues have developed to take the pleasure out of using it. It is a wonderful device. But, that said, we expect tech devices to make improvements each year and here is what I'd like to see. I didn't include the addition of LTE because we've already been told that it's coming. These are in my order of importance:

    1. Keep everything the Surface 2 currently offers. The current package of a great device and services (Office, SkyDrive, Skype) is outstanding.
    2. Beef up the screen pixel density.The reason to do this is basically because everyone expects it.
    3. Add a digitizer. Whether WaCom or something else. Surface 2 users among my colleagues want to take notes via pen in One Note.
    4. Improve the audio output more and add a one year Xbox Music pass as a service.
    5. Make it lighter and thinner. I think there is still room to squeeze while keeping the full size USB port with some reconfiguration. Again, because everyone expects it.
    6. Add a 128GB model
    stnm likes this.
    01-25-2014 11:57 PM
  2. sahib lopez's Avatar
    Keeping in mind that Microsoft has said Surface is designed to show off the best of the company's design skills as well as its services, here is what I'd like to see this fall in Surface 3. I've carried my Surface 2 every day since launch and, unlike the first generation unit, no nagging design or service issues have developed to take the pleasure out of using it. It is a wonderful device. But, that said, we expect tech devices to make improvements each year and here is what I'd like to see. I didn't include the addition of LTE because we've already been told that it's coming. These are in my order of importance:

    1. Keep everything the Surface 2 currently offers. The current package of a great device and services (Office, SkyDrive, Skype) is outstanding.
    2. Beef up the screen pixel density.The reason to do this is basically because everyone expects it.
    3. Add a digitizer. Whether WaCom or something else. Surface 2 users among my colleagues want to take notes via pen in One Note.
    4. Improve the audio output more and add a one year Xbox Music pass as a service.
    5. Make it lighter and thinner. I think there is still room to squeeze while keeping the full size USB port with some reconfiguration. Again, because everyone expects it.
    6. Add a 128GB model
    number 5 makes me laugh a little ....I think of apple then anything is thinner and lighter but I agree with your points
    01-26-2014 12:04 AM
  3. benrp's Avatar
    I do agree, I would add perhaps adopt the screen tech from the Lumia 2520, if possible improve battery life too.
    01-26-2014 02:10 AM
  4. etphoto's Avatar
    Keeping in mind that Microsoft has said Surface is designed to show off the best of the company's design skills as well as its services, here is what I'd like to see this fall in Surface 3. I've carried my Surface 2 every day since launch and, unlike the first generation unit, no nagging design or service issues have developed to take the pleasure out of using it. It is a wonderful device. But, that said, we expect tech devices to make improvements each year and here is what I'd like to see. I didn't include the addition of LTE because we've already been told that it's coming. These are in my order of importance:

    1. Keep everything the Surface 2 currently offers. The current package of a great device and services (Office, SkyDrive, Skype) is outstanding.
    2. Beef up the screen pixel density.The reason to do this is basically because everyone expects it.
    3. Add a digitizer. Whether WaCom or something else. Surface 2 users among my colleagues want to take notes via pen in One Note.
    4. Improve the audio output more and add a one year Xbox Music pass as a service.
    5. Make it lighter and thinner. I think there is still room to squeeze while keeping the full size USB port with some reconfiguration. Again, because everyone expects it.
    6. Add a 128GB model
    The only improvement I'd like to see is additional USB slots. One isn't enough for me.
    psudotechzealot likes this.
    01-26-2014 06:15 AM
  5. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    1. Actually come into existence (don't kill off the ARM-based Surface devices)
    2. Higher build quality than the Surface 2
    3. Higher resolution/quality capacitive touch sensor (stylus use)
    01-27-2014 03:24 PM
  6. psudotechzealot's Avatar
    1. 2k screen
    2. Two USB 3.0 ports
    3. 4 GB of RAM.
    4. Only 64 or 128 GB options.
    5. A full HDMI port.
    01-28-2014 05:36 AM
  7. fdruid's Avatar
    The thing is that these things everyone is pitching for use more battery. I would mainly wish for it to have an even better battery. It's what improves most the experience of use with a portable device.

    I don't mind the resolution, and though performance improvements are always welcome, I prefer that they are not at the expense of battery life.

    Also, IMHO "because everyone expects it" is a poor reason to upgrade devices and it's a bit of Apple's device "evolution" mentality. As in "it has to be lighter, thinner and with more resolution, but otherwise exactly the same".

    Full HDMI port would be nice, but then again it's not essential.
    01-28-2014 05:49 AM
  8. dcuk7's Avatar
    Decent speakers. That is all.
    01-28-2014 03:45 PM
  9. msweig's Avatar
    Agree with the better speakers comment. Skype with a loud toddler is difficult, since you can't hear the people on the other end of the call.

    I'd also like it if the dang thing would quit freezing up and requiring a restart about 1/3 of the time that I open it (and it seems to occur most frequently when I haven't used it in hours).

    Disagree with the screen resolution. Not sure why it would be needed with such a small screen. I'd rather have the longer battery life.
    01-28-2014 03:57 PM
  10. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    For me, in order of priority:

    1. Longer battery life (especially when using the browser)
    2. Pen Support
    3. Relatively flawless updates...please...
    stnm likes this.
    01-29-2014 04:17 PM
  11. bilzkh's Avatar
    This is for the Surface world in general.

    Surface 3 should be the entry level full Windows 8.x tablet-PC. I want it powered by a Core i3 and equipped with an active digitizer. At $499 this would be a solid device to push to the mainstream market against not only the iPad, but potentially even the MacBook Air. LTE should be an option.

    Surface Pro should have more CPU (Core i5/i7) and RAM (4GB/8GB/12GB) options.

    Surface 'Slate' should be a pure Windows RT/Metro device (no desktop). I'm really banking on Windows Phone apps and games running on Windows/RT. At $299 (starting) this could be a solid 8-inch entry-level offering. Ideally, we'd see it with an active digitizer as well as option for LTE,
    01-29-2014 07:25 PM
  12. mclark2112's Avatar
    I really like my Surface 2, but I would never complain about it being lighter. My iPad Air is the perfect weight for its size, in my opinion. Love the Touch 2 Keyboard, and the 2 position stand. I even love the color. Love the UI.

    Pen support would be great, but that would probably mean an x86 processor (can't see anyone working too hard to port drivers for one device).

    Would also like to see a different aspect ratio, maybe not 4:3, but something closer to that, something wouldn't feel so ridiculous in portrait mode.

    Lose the desktop completely.

    Allow drawing in OneNote!!!!!!!
    01-30-2014 02:57 PM
  13. Dewg's Avatar
    GPS
    4G support
    Access to 3rd party browsers in Metro
    01-30-2014 07:06 PM
  14. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    GPS
    4G support
    Access to 3rd party browsers in Metro
    1st and 2nd option are coming for the current Surface 2. The surface pro 2 can do the 3rd option for browsers that support it, like chrome.
    01-30-2014 07:11 PM
  15. Dan Strong1's Avatar
    I've just upgraded to 2 from Surface RT. Probably the best upgrade to a device ive ever done. As a device I can think of nothing for an upgrade to hardware. Maybe a second USB slot but not fussed really. The resolution is perfect for me.

    I would say battery life is my main thing now id like to see from the next one, and of course more speed. The ssd read speed seems quite low, so make that faster for apps launching. Maybe 802.11ac.

    Most things i want are Windows updates really, not really problems with the Surface.
    stnm likes this.
    01-31-2014 07:15 AM
  16. Paolo Cardelli's Avatar
    I don't want any Surface 3, hardware-wise Surface 2 RT is perfect for me.
    Now all I need is from software side.
    It's Windows 8.2 RT or Windows 9 RT that totally kills the old Desktop side of things, so:

    Metro Office Suite;
    All important settings in Settings Charms and all the "geeks" stuff left behind in background with no way to modify it;
    More Optimization for the Tablet experience -> Faster Performance, more Unity, less Clutter.

    What I need is also a big growth of the entire Windows Store ecosystem.
    I'd really like to see a total fusion between Windows Phone and Windows RT, taking the best of both worlds, with much more and much better apps variety, and all inside my Surface 2.

    I can't imagine asking more right now
    01-31-2014 09:50 AM
  17. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    I'll add one more thing: I want either additional browsers (preference for Firefox) for plugin support OR IE (metro and desktop) should allow for plugin. I also want MS to support an authentic academic reference software/ app!!!!!!!
    v0lum3 likes this.
    01-31-2014 02:07 PM
  18. Cruncher04's Avatar
    It's Windows 8.2 RT or Windows 9 RT that totally kills the old Desktop side of things, so
    Why do you want the desktop side to be killed? I use it very often and i have no desire to switch to a touch office for productivity, because with mouse/keyboard nothing is better than desktop office.
    There is nothing wrong with having touch office in addition, but please leave the choice to the user and do not wish for the desktop to be removed. All things taken into account, it is certain that touch office will be significantly dumbed down when it eventually appears.
    In addition there are more useful tools associated to the desktop as for instance PowerShell, all the developer tools support for IE inclusive java script profiling etc.
    01-31-2014 03:29 PM
  19. mclark2112's Avatar
    Allow drawing in OneNote!!!!!!!
    Strike that, I just found out that I can draw in OneNote on my Surface 2!!! It is now just the iPad that doesn't allow this.
    02-03-2014 12:58 PM
  20. NickJC's Avatar
    For the Surface 3 I would like to see it improve in apps. Is cross coding suppose to improve between Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Phone 8.1? I would also like to see Metro/Modern UI office applications, control panel and file explorer. I think Windows RT should drop the desktop if everything in converted to the new design language.
    02-03-2014 01:19 PM
  21. Poirots Progeny's Avatar
    I would love to see the touch and type keyboards to have a hinge, or something, that can attach to the surface pro and make it more of a laptop format, so not requiring the kickstand for use on the knees.

    I just think the clamshell format is just so much more useful. I'm finding that i use the surface to type on a desk a lot more.

    Otherwise in rather happy. Some streamlining of the os, easier access to the wifi settings and i am good to go! ;)
    02-03-2014 01:21 PM
  22. Cruncher04's Avatar
    I'd really like to see a total fusion between Windows Phone and Windows RT, taking the best of both worlds, with much more and much better apps variety, and all inside my Surface 2.
    Playing devils advocate i say, be careful what you wish. Currently Windows RT is Windows compiled for ARM. So by this very fact the development of features goes in lockstep with Windows. This means as soon as a new feature is implemented, it is readily available for RT, as it uses the same sources. For this reason even the preview version of Windows RT8.1 was available the same day as the Windows 8.1 preview matching its brother feature by feature.
    If you are trying to couple Windows RT sources to Windows Phone sources to any larger extend, you immediatly loose the property described above. In addition you make RT dependent on Windows Phone development cylcle, while Windows development runs ahead. In addition in between Windows and Windows Phone you open up a third (and separate) development branch, which would put a huge maintenance effort on Microsoft.

    I assume what you really want is integrating the Windows Phone runtime environment into Windows, such that you gain app compatibility. A fusion like you describe it above is certainly the worst thing that could happen. There is not a single feature Windows (RT) would gain from fusion except app compatibility, which can be achieved much more conveniently by unifiying the runtime environment (and store), while still keeping RT as the ARM compiled build of Windows.
    kristalsoldier likes this.
    02-03-2014 03:17 PM
  23. weaverly's Avatar
    I believe Firefox is working on a metro app. On desktop and Pro devices, if you are using Aurora channel of Firefox, it has an impressive metro mode. I assume their metro app will be comparable to that.

    Posted via the WPC App for Android!
    02-04-2014 10:30 AM
  24. v0lum3's Avatar
    Unfortunalty it seems that MS has restricted the Windows Store, so that you can't download another browser to Win RT. At least that's what Mozilla writes on their Aurora page! :(
    02-05-2014 03:35 PM
  25. ajst222's Avatar
    1. Actually come into existence (don't kill off the ARM-based Surface devices)
    2. Higher build quality than the Surface 2
    3. Higher resolution/quality capacitive touch sensor (stylus use)
    Higher build quality??? Jeez you just have some REALLY high standards haha. I think it has the best build and design of any tablet.

    Posted via the WPC App for Android on my BlackBerry
    02-08-2014 07:20 AM
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