In hopes of removing any reticence about investing in accessories, Microsoft has committed to making the fourth-generation Surface Pro compatible with many of the accessories designed for the current version.
Brian Hall, the General Manager for the Surface line, wrote a post for the official Surface Pro Blog that says the “next generation of the ‘Pro’ line of Surface” will be able to use the:
- Surface Pro 3 Type Covers
- The power adapter, Ethernet adapter, and similar accessories designed for the SP3
- The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station
Not to be overlooked in this is Microsoft’s commitment to releasing a fourth-generation Surface Pro, a product the company has never mentioned before. Not surprisingly, no other details on this upcoming device were revealed.
“We’ll have to wait and see about what those [Surface] products may look like or when they might come to market,” Hall noted.
Still, this does put some constraints on the design for Microsoft’s next tablet. The Docking Station wraps around three sides of the device, which means the Surface Pro 4 will have to be quite similar to the current model in size.
And naturally, this product will have to be designed to run Windows 10, which will be released late next year.