Microsoft Says Additional Accessories in Development for Surface Pro Tablet

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Microsoft already offers a pair of optional keyboard covers for the Surface Pro tablet, but has also made it clear that more such accessories are on the way.

Microsoft Surface ProAlthough this Windows 8 tablet isn’t going to launch until Saturday, it is on display at many Microsoft retail stores. People examining the device have noticed that there are new connectors along one edge that’s aren’t on its sister model, the Surface RT.

Panos Panay, who is in charge of the Surface at Microsoft, had a Q&A session on this device on Reddit, where he was asked about the reason for these.

Panay answered:

“Wow – I’m pumped you caught that – we haven’t announced what they are for, but they aren’t an accident! At launch we talked about the “accessory spine” and hinted at future peripherals that can click in and do more. Those connectors look like can carry more current than the pogo pins, don’t they?”

Someone also asked if Microsoft intends to release a clip-on keyboard that’s also an external battery.

His answer:

“That would require extending the design of the accessory spine to include some way to transfer higher current between the peripheral and the main battery. Which we did…”

Aside from these hints, Panay did not give specifics on upcoming accessories for the Surface Pro.

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