Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay said it would be a dongle for "people who love dongles," and boy howdy was he right. The brick pictured above is NOT an entire docking station. It's the dongle that Microsoft built to add a single USB-C port -- yes just one -- to a tablet, Surface Book or Surface Laptop for data and charging.
You would think that Microsoft would have future-proofed most of its devices with built-in USB-C ports, but you'd be wrong -- the company has generally () stuck with its proprietary magnetic Surface Connect port so far.
(That's not to say that Surface Connect doesn't have benefits. It's magnetic like Apple's old MagSafe connector, meaning your PC won't take a tumble if you trip over the cord.)
USB-C might take over from Surface Connect. Rumors suggest might come with the increasingly universal port.
Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.