The stylus pen delivered with Surface Pro is perhaps the most important accessory for Microsoft’s newest tablet. And while it does a lot of things right, it falters when it comes to supporting pressure sensitivity in a large number of applications.
Andrew already covered the issue in great detail here, but needless to say many users who bought the tablet have already complained about it on Twitter.
Microsoft has been lethal quick to acknowledge the issue and confirmed to ZDNet that it is working on updating the software to make the digital pen work in other programs. In fact, the company explained the issue in great detail:
“Surface Pro uses Windows Inbox Drivers and APIs (application programming interfaces) for the Surface pen, which support advanced features such as pressure sensitivity and eraser functionality. There are a number of apps in the Store that leverage these new Windows APIs and can take advantage of all that the Surface pen has to offer.
The Surface pen does work with Photoshop, which runs on Surface Pro, though advanced features such as pressure sensitivity and eraser functionality may not be available at this time. Microsoft is working with the necessary partners to make advanced features of the Surface pen available across a number of applications in the near future.”
Now whether this update comes in its regular monthly Patch Tuesday series of fixes or as a separate download remains to be seen. If it is the former, then it is reasonable to expect something in March, as this month’s Patch Tuesday is already set to go live in a few hours.
But if it does show up in today’s Patch Tuesday update, you will be the first to know.