I just finished asking for questions about Windows 8.1 and was reminded that we want questions about Surface and Surface 2 as well.

Now do you have questions about Surface Pro 2 or Surface Pro?

We’re trying to collate all the unanswered questions about the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 or Microsoft Surface 2 tablets that you all may have and put together a Q and A section for y’all.

So, do you have Questions about the new generation of Microsoft Surface tablets?

If you do, use the comments below to list your question and we’ll make sure that it gets answered in a timely manner.


Once again, it doesn’t matter how simple or silly your question may seem to you, there are probably other people wondering about the exact same thing so feel free to ask.

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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  1. will surface pro 2 ever get support for connected standby (instantgo)?

  2. Paulo Aboim Pinto / October 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm /Reply

    The keyboard that I already have from Surface 1 it’s compatible with new Surface

  3. Do the new surfaces have Kinect like gesture controls?

    • Built in? No with the exception of the cooking app that allows you to swipe to move from page to page. I think thats the only app that uses the camera to monitor your movements.

  4. Regarding Surface 2, is it possible to enable the native inking capability of the Tegra processor, or are essential hardware components missing from the Surface 2 design? If it is possible to enable the capability solely with a S/W upgrade, is Microsoft considering this as a potential future upgrade?
    Regarding Surface Pro 2, why did Microsoft select the Marvell Wi-Fi H/W rather than the Intel H/W? Although Microsoft claims significantly better color accuracy for Pro 2 versus Pro (1), owner colorimeter measurements suggest that the color gamut range is almost the same. By what means did Microsoft improve Pro 2 color accuracy? Better screen H/W? Custom calibrated color profile (.cdm) for the screen. In a similar vein, pen tracking accuracy for Pro 2 is claimed to be better; how was this achieved? Can owners expect that either the color accuracy or the pen calibration will age (and drift out of alignment)?

  5. I still can’t decide between the 4GB and the 8GB version. Opening 12 tabs in Chrome hogs 1.8Gb of RAM on my PC and there is another thing called future proofing but you know that $300 difference is definitely not worth it. (128GB SSD is more than enough for me since it has a micro sd slot too.)

  6. how well handles adobe cs6 (photoshop), i heard about some driver issues on the first gen
    Does it handles some pc gaming at low res?

  7. How well does the SP2 handle games? I kindly ask you to install some games like CoD, NFS MW, GTA IV and … .

  8. how long does the battery in the sp2 take to be fully charged from 0?

  9. Slightly off topic, but what is Microsoft doing to improve its online retail sales operation (the “Store”) to reduce the number of preorders that were unilaterally cancelled (by Microsoft) this time around? My understanding is that there were over 4000 such cases.

  10. For owners that plan to keep their Surface tablets for a few years, what is the current Microsoft policy regarding battery replacement? How will it be done, how long will it take, how much will it cost?

  11. When, if ever, will the Microsoft store offer replacement or alternate (hard plastic, rubber tip, etc.) pen nibs for the Surface Pro pen?

  12. Regarding Surface 2, does the existing USB-to-ethernet adapter work with the Surface 2 or not? Microsoft has apparently published conflicting information about this. Since the whole point of Win8 / Win 8.1 revolves around continuous connectivity, having a back-up connectivity mode seems like an important (perhaps essential) consideration.

    Speaking about connectivity in general, when will we see broadband options (LTE, etc.) for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2?

  13. Frank Jaglowitz / October 30, 2013 at 7:18 am /Reply

    Has anyone had a problem with the new Skype app on the Surface Pro 2 ?

    I have a Surface Pro 2 4GB/128 with Win 8,1. The Desktop Skype works fine and the Skype app on my Thinkpad running Win 8 works fine with my Microsoft account.

    The Skype app on my surface spins for a couple of minutes and then displays ” Ooops there was a problem please restart Skype. I called support and we uninstalled and re-installed the apps with no change.

    Their only other suggestion was to refresh the Surface which would mean that all the Desktop programs that I spent the last couple of day installing and configuring would be lost.

    Any other suggestions?

  14. Heck, I wish we could bombard all these sites and developers that haven’t developed Windows and Windows Phones versions of all their apps. Also, it would be nice to send questions and suggestions direct to MS about features in their products.

  15. Simon Belzil-Kakos / October 31, 2013 at 6:17 am /Reply

    anyone else have a yellow tint in the corners of your surface 2 screen?

  16. Why did Microsoft mess up the preorders of the Surface Pro 2? I decided to buy the Sony Vaio Flip instead because of that.

  17. Can SP 2 run FPS games play-ably? What about games like XCOM Enemy Unknow, Diablo III, Guild Wars 2? Not worried about required peripherals, (i can connect what I need) but I really want to know if these games look and play nice on Surface Pro 2.

  18. John Harris Nizomi / November 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm /Reply

    when you’ll sell this in indonesia

  19. When will you have Chrome , Firefox browser for windows 8.1?

  20. I have lost touch screen capability with my surface pro 2. It wasn’t dropped or damaged in any way. Has anyone else had a similar issue and what did you do to fix it?

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