Microsoft is making a big bet on a tiny-computer future: Earlier this week, the company announced the Surface Go, a 10-inch, 1.15-pound little detachable that runs full Windows 10. It’s not the first time Microsoft has made a 10-inch tablet, but its previous efforts resulted in underpowered machines; whereas now, Microsoft exec Panos Panay says, “it’s time.”
Lucky for you, WIRED had the exclusive sit-down with Panay ahead of the product’s launch, and we’re playing part of the conversation here, on this week’s Gadget Lab podcast. Hear what he has to say when Lauren asks him if Microsoft will ever make a Surface Phone.
Some notes: Read the backstory on the making of the Surface Go, reported from Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The Surface Go wasn’t the only laptop(ish) news to drop this week: Apple also refreshed its MacBook Pro line, and we’ve got the full story here.
Recommendations this week: Mike recommends Google’s new Podcasts app, which launched last month and is a worthy alternative to Pocket Casts and Overcast. Lauren recommends checking out the work of Janet Iwasa, a molecular biologist and professor at the University of Utah who later learned motion graphics just so she could create visualizations of cellular activity.
Send the Gadget Lab hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes couldn’t join this week’s episode, but she’s at @pardesoteric and will be back next week. Lauren Goode is @laurengoode, and Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.
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