The art of creating software isn’t the same as creating hardware, however this didn’t stop Microsoft from trying. As a result today we have the Surface tablet, which is perhaps one of the most beautiful piece of hardware running Windows. During the Microsoft’s Ignite conference, Ralf Groene, senior director of design for Surface shared the process of building hardware for a software company and he even showed some of the early prototypes.
In the presentation, which you can watch above, Microsoft’s Ralf Groene discusses the steps that takes to create the Surface tablet from scratch. The device was made entirely in Redmond and there has been a lot of learning since then – Groene says.
Below you can see the first prototype that was approved and funded to go forward. The person responsible to approve the project was Steven Sinofsky, former head of the Windows development.
While Ralf Groene didn’t share details of a possible Surface Pro 4, but he did offer great insights that we will see more from the Surface team in the future.
Microsoft has made Surface a billion-dollar product and the tablet will continue to evolve as a personal computer that can handle the most basic tasks to the most complicated tasks. It will continue to be a premium device, built from premium materials, and it will continue to be a machine to get the work done, and not just a simple tablet to browse the internet. More importantly it will continue to provide “schoolbagability” – yes, another made up word from Microsoft.