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Microsoft to Sell USB-C Dongle for Surface Pro and Laptop

The Surface USB-C dongle will release late this year, allowing users to charge and transfer data via the existing Surface Connect port. However, Panay says full support will be there when it's right for their customers.

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When details first began to leak about 's Surface Laptop, people were immediately disappointed by the lack of . It's only become worse since them, the recent Surface Pro also forgoing the port.

However, it seems Microsoft hasn't forgotten about it completely. Surface chief Panos Panay told The Verge of plans to release an adapter:

“I love the technology in Type-C, I believe in Type-C. When Type-C is ready for our customers, to make it easy for them, we'll be there.” Jokingly, he continued, “If you love Type-C, it means you love dongles. We're giving a dongle to people who love dongles.”

New Devices Only

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the dongle will be available for every device. Instead, it will be restricted to the most recent two.

Owners of the or will able to plug a dongle into the Surface Connector port and use that instead. You can charge, transfer data, and more.

For now, it acts as an intelligent middle ground. Microsoft can support its existing customers, who have invested in accessories, while still providing USB-C for those who want it.

Though Microsoft could have chosen to take out the DisplayPort, Panay believes that's not ideal, either. He believes they would be “taking away another port that matters,” and would receive similar criticism.

It looks like users will have to wait until the next generation of Surface devices before USB-C kicks off. Until then, you'll have to deal with an extra dongle, which will release later this year.

How much that accessory will cost is still unknown, as is an exact release date. It's not a perfect solution, but it'll do for now. Here's hoping that Microsoft doesn't charge too much.

SourceThe Verge
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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