Except that it wasnât and Microsoft didnât.
The choice to leave USB-C off its flagship product puts Microsoft at odds with an industry that is rapidly swapping out micro USB, USB 3.0 and even beloved power adapters in favor of the newer and more flexible port option.
âI believe there was a headline that said, âMicrosoft doesnât believe in Type C.â Actually, thatâs not accurate. I believe in Type C, for sure, but right now I believe in our customers more,â said Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Devices Panos Panay.Â
Panay was walking me through the new Surface Pro, the long-awaited follow-up to the popular Surface Pro 4. It includes many updates (800 new parts) and design enhancements, but USB-C isnât one of them.
âWe looked hard at [USB-C],â he said, but later added, âItâs not that itâs not great. Itâs not that people donât use it, but itâs not ready for these products yet. Itâs not ready for our customers.â
‘Itâs not that itâs not great. Itâs not that people donât use it, but itâs not ready for these products yet. Itâs not ready for our customers.’
Panay described USB-C as being in its âinfant stateâ and said that it would be another three to four years before it truly catches on.
For Microsoft, it wasnât an easy choice. âWe spent iteration after iteration, thought after thought. We donât take these decisions lightly. We donât wake up one day and say, âPeople are using Type-C, oh my…