Check out these early Microsoft Surface concepts

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Microsoft is a company that prides itself on research. I’m always amazed by the amount of testing and creativity that we see whenever someone takes a look inside Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. With Microsoft Surface there has perhaps never been as much research thrown into a single product. Microsoft was taking a big risk to make their own Windows device, and they needed to keep it under tight wraps. There were likely dozens of designs and concepts done before they finally arrived on what we have today. Tom Warren from The Verge was lucky enough to take a look at some of these early creations and share them with the rest of us.

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This is an early concept of how Surface would work with a kickstand and touch cover. Notice the kickstand is being held with a piece of string.

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Here is the concept next to the real thing. Very similar.

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Microsoft was testing many Touch Covers. Here is a flat plastic model without and key ridges.

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They also tested different styles for the tablet itself, including one with a tapered back.

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Another keyboard concept that never came to be.

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3D printed models of the tablet.

It’s really cool to see all the thought that went into creating Surface. We’re really happy with the design they chose. What about you? Is there anything here you would have preferred?


  • Billscarnage

    The tapered back would have been easier on the hands, but that kick stand is still the winner. They really should pull an Apple and patent that.

  • Is it me or does that tapered edge model look like it was designed by Nokia?

  • Surface 2: tapered edge and adjustable kickstand angle?

  • Breakingillusions

    why because its yellow lol

  • slichenmyer

    The design is great! I’m am proud of them for not using the shiny design because that is what many companies would automatically do . The hardware also matches the simple, very digital looking software.