Yesterday saw Microsoft host another Surface hardware event and miss another opportunity to adopt USB Type-C. When we break down the specific devices Microsoft announce yesterday, it is confusing why the company continues to ignore the Type-C port.
Last month, I wrote about the possibility of Microsoft introducing USB Type-C on new Surface hardware. With the launch of the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop yesterday, Microsoft once again disappointed with no Type-C support.
However, on the Surface Headphones introduced yesterday, there is a USB-C port for charging. The Surface Studio that was announced yesterday also has USB-C, as does the Surface Go launched earlier this year.
In terms of the Surface Laptop 2, the lack of USB Type-C is especially unfortunate. Not least because Microsoft has originally planned to have a port on the original Surface Laptop. Instead, went for USB Type-A and a Mini DisplayPort instead.
Microsoft's strange relationship with USB-C continued as the company embraced the connection in a limited capacity. That came with the promise of a Surface USB-C dongle, which was announced in 2017. Sadly, the dongle has never be released and has been delayed until at least the end of this year.
The company's argument that USB Type-C is too fragmented seems outdated, as does the policy of continuing to avoid including ports on the Surface Pro and Laptop. Fragmentation is now a weak reason. Most Android devices released in the last few years have USB-C, as do most of the best Bluetooth headphones.
It seems reasonable to presume USB Type-C will become a universal charging standard, it is certainly almost there. Microsoft is once again dragging its feet in hardware. Even Apple has embraced USB-C on its MacBook. Admittedly, the iPhone and iPad are still on Lightning ports, but even Cupertino is progressing faster than Microsoft.
The document was first filed in 2016 and describes a single, seamless, thin housing. Microsoft outlines the housing as having a “uniform thickness along the entire length and proving both protection for wire termination and strain relief for the cable.”