The device runs on the next version of Microsoft's operating system, Windows 8.1. In fact, the Surface Pro 2's October 22 sale date is just five days after Microsoft is supposed to release Windows 8.1.
Though the ingenious detachable keyboard covers are one of the best things about the Surface Pro 2, it is a tablet at heart. So, when you're ready for some touch-screen action, just put the keyboard cover aside and tap away.
Speaking of the Type Cover, it's thinner this time around, but with the island-style keys that are shallow and usable. The Type Cover is $129 for the basic version, but MS also showed us a second kind of Type Cover that includes an integrated battery.
The built-in kickstand now adjusts to two different angles, making the screen easier to see from different positions. Microsoft says the new angle is 40 degrees, while the original was about 24 degrees.