Microsoft Surface to feature digital ink stylus support

June 19th, 2012

Microsoft has just taken the wraps off of their new tablet being called Microsoft Surface. Along with an impressively thin 9mm thin chassis, a built-in keyboard “smart case” and more they’ve also just shared a little bit about their plans with stylus support and digital ink.

The distance between the screen (digitizer) and the stylus is only .7mm thick, and allows for it to be highly accurate, making you feel like the ballpoint of a pen is actually writing on the “surface”. Surface will see the proximity of a stylus and stop recognizing hand inputs.

The keyboard cover is sheer genius — whether or not you believe that text entry is a key part of the next generation of computing devices, there’s no arguing that it’s a part, and that typing on glass is suboptimal. The built-in kickstand: simple, cool, integrated.

The Surface Windows 8 Pro has  the full version of Windows 8, which means in addition to running tablet apps it can run regular old Windows apps, like Office or Photoshop. It’s pretty much a very thin laptop with a touchscreen. It’ll also have a nicer 1080p display, a stylus and a USB port.

Microsoft the sleeping giant has awakened. For the first time someone may truly worry Apple in the tablet market as no one else has to date.