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Is Microsoft Right About USB Type-C

May 18, 2017 by   | Category: Computing

When Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop last week, it surprised everyone by its lack of a USB Type-C port.

According to general manager of Surface Engineering, Pete Kyriacou, Microsoft seems to think that the technology is not ready for the mainstream.

Kyriacou thinks that there are too many Type-C cables, useless chargers, far too many adapters, and the third-party Type-C docks.

That is why the Surface Laptop features only one USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port, one headphone jack, one Mini DisplayPort connector, and the Surface Connect port.

He said it is all simple and the connect port means that users can “safely” expand their Surface device experience.

Microsoft’s $200 Microsoft Surface Dock adds two Mini DisplayPort connectors, one gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, and one audio out port.

The dock connects to a compatible Surface device via Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect port.

It works with the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book but the Surface Laptop show up eventually.

Cynics might say that limiting a Surface device’s connectivity seems like forcing customers into purchasing the dock, Vole claims it is all about brand stability.

It is better that punters do not get miffed at Microsoft because they are confused about the several types of cables, chargers, and so on.

Microsoft appears to have learnt from Apple that controlling the end-to-end experience is better than being chased by a lynch mob of angry peasants.



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