As part of its special Surface event in Shanghai today, Microsoft also announced a new Whiteboard on Surface app, and updated Surface Pen (which will no longer be bundled with the main Surface Pro tablet, and must be brought separately), as well as new inking capabilities.
In particular, Microsoft also focused on the ways in which the new Surface Pro and new accessories and apps have been designed to work in conjunction with Microsoft Office.
Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Devices, talked today about how the hardware technology used in both the new Surface Pen and the new Surface Pro are designed to “transform the inking experience” when used in conjunction with Office. Among these new accessories are customisable pen tips that can be used across all Office 365 apps on all compatible devices, as well as support for tilt and shading across all Office 365 apps. The pencil texture and ink effects such as rainbow, galaxy, lava, ocean, gold, and silver will all be coming to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in June for Office Insiders Fast, and then to everyone via the June Office 365 update.
Also announced today is the new Microsoft Whiteboard on Surface app, which enables multi-device inking and simultaneous collaboration across all Surface devices. Whiteboard is currently only available in private preview on Surface Hub, but will be coming to Surface Studio and Surface Pro later in the year.
Writing about today’s event on the Office 365 blog, corporate vice president for the Office team, Kirk Koenigsbauer, said “We showed future inking innovation coming first to the Microsoft Whiteboard app on Windows 10, such as collaborative inking, geometry recognition, table conversion and automatic table shading.”
Sources: Meet the new Surface Pro - Microsoft Devices Blog