Microsoft’s Surface Go is now available in the US and Canada, and will be launched in additional markets later this month.
The latest in the suite of Surface devices is smaller, lighter and cheaper than previous iterations.
“Surface Go marks an important inflection point in our Surface journey,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, in a blog post. “From the first tablet that could replace your laptop that pioneered the 2:1 category, to laptops that rival desktops, desktops that transform your desk into a Studio, and Surface Hub, which can make any space a collaborative space, Surface has always been about empowering you to be more productive and creative.
“And yet, a lot has changed since we shipped our first Surface – not only in how technology and device categories have advanced, but in how work and life have blended. We all have the same 24 hours, but the way we move through the day is different. There is less structure or expectation of the types of tasks and activities we accomplish throughout our day. We may fit in a workout or personal errand in the middle of the work day, and we are just as likely to be productive in a coffee shop, on an airplane, in an office, or from our couch at the end of our day.”
Mehdi says that Surface devices are great for work and are proven to save users more time compared to when they use an Apple device. “According to a study we commissioned from Prowess, people using Surface devices consistently perform tasks faster, more easily, and in fewer steps than those using Apple devices,” he said. “When a 200-employee company uses Surface Pro instead of iPad Pro for teaming, they save more than 72 workdays per year. In a separate study, Forrester Consulting noted that when highly mobile workers use Microsoft 365 and a Surface Pro LTE device, they see 9 hours a week in productivity gains.