Microsoft unveiled the Surface lineup eight years ago. The big-bezelled original Surface devices launched with Windows 8 and came in a then at the time new form factor, a convertible 2-in-1. Since the initial Surface launch, Microsoft has refined the Surface 2-in-1 concept through 7 iterations, multiple size spinoffs, and the Surface family expanded to other device categories.
More than pen support, flipping around, or kickstands, the Surface lineup has always been about innovation. Microsoft’s Surface family strives to push stagnant categories forward. The greatest influence of the Surface lineup is likely the influx of 2-in-1s that are now on the market. Once a novel idea, convertibles are now commonplace, and just about every major manufacturer has at least dipped their foot into the form factor.
Memes really do come true, which was evidenced by Apple’s shift to have iPads become more and more like computers. In just a few short years, Apple shifted from the infamous “What’s a computer” ad to its “Your next a computer is not a computer” ad. That shift is a microcosm of the push by Microsoft’s Surface line. 2-in-1s haven’t replaced laptops — and were probably never meant to — but