USB-C may not be perfect, but it’s good enough for Apple to switch over to it. Why not Microsoft? Because it’s not good enough for Microsoft, says general manager of Surface Engineering, Pete Kyriacou.
Dieter Bohn called Pete Kyriacou as part of his ongoing series “USB-C is great but also a huge pain for a lot of people,” and Kyriacou admitted that it’s the latter part of that phrase that drove Microsoft’s decision to go with the more usual USB-A and Display Port setup.
“It’s not like we haven’t known about USB-C for a long time,” Kyriacou says. But for Microsoft, the Surface Connect port is still a better solution for both power and docking.
There’s also the issue, for Kyriacou, that people might try to charge their powerful Surface Laptop with an underpowered USB-C charger. If that happens and the laptop runs out of power, “they’re not going to blame the power charger at that point,” he says. “They’re going to look at us. The brand is at stake.” He talks about the cables capabilities some cables support 3 amps, some 5, some Thunderbolt, some not.
Microsoft decided it was better to just opt out of the whole problem for now. “I think it has little ways to go before it goes totally mainstream,” Kyriacou says.
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