Microsoft’s New Type Cover Takes A Step Forward

Type Cover Hero

Lost in the announcement hype of the new Lumias, Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book was the fact that Microsoft introduced a new Type cover. The keyboard, which pairs nicely with the Pro 4 and even the Pro 3, offers improved mechanics and a much larger trackpad.

Considering that I have always felt that the keyboards were the weakest feature for the Surface lineup, mostly because they lacked the confidence of a traditional keyboard, any improvement to the covers is a welcomed addition. And with the new generation of keyboards, Microsoft has improved the Type cover to a level that is a worthy upgrade if you own any of the previous versions.

With this version of the keyboard cover, Microsoft has spaced out the keys, refined the mechanics under the key, increased the size of the trackpad and most importantly, firmed up the cover so it bounces less when typing. The end result is a much improved typing experience that finally gives the Pro series tablet a keyboard that can be used everyday.

Sponsored Content

What is “Inside Microsoft Teams”?

“Inside Microsoft Teams” is a webcast series, now in Season 4 for IT pros hosted by Microsoft Product Manager, Stephen Rose. Stephen & his guests comprised of customers, partners, and real-world experts share best practices of planning, deploying, adopting, managing, and securing Teams. You can watch any episode at your convenience, find resources, blogs, reviews of accessories certified for Teams, bonus clips, and information regarding upcoming live broadcasts. Our next episode, “Polaris Inc., and Microsoft Teams- Reinventing how we work and play” will be airing on Oct. 28th from 10-11am PST.

Type Cover

The keys across the top row have been changed to match that of the Type cover of the Surface 3 which means print screen now has a keyboard shortcut. There is also a new function key on the bottom left side next to the Windows key and a context menu key on the bottom right.

The question that will be asked frequently is if a Surface Pro 3 owner should upgrade to the Pro 4? Seeing as most of the changes are evolutionary for the Pro 4, what I would do is buy the new Type cover, the version that has a built in finger print scanner that supports Windows Hello, and use that with a Pro 3 and save yourself a bit of money. The Type cover I was using did not have the finger print reader built in but it can be purchased for $159.99, a $30 premium over the standard Type cover, at the Microsoft Store.

The new Type cover is quite good in comparison to the previous generation and is worth checking out if you have a Surface Pro.

Related Topics:


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Sign up for a Petri Account

Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Brad Sams has more than a decade of writing and publishing experience under his belt including helping to establish new and seasoned publications From breaking news about upcoming Microsoft products to telling the story of how a billion dollar brand was birthed in his book, Beneath a Surface, Brad is a well-rounded journalist who has established himself as a trusted name in the industry.
External Sharing and Guest User Access in Microsoft 365 and Teams

This eBook will dive into policy considerations you need to make when creating and managing guest user access to your Teams network, as well as the different layers of guest access and the common challenges that accompany a more complicated Microsoft 365 infrastructure.

You will learn:

  • Who should be allowed to be invited as a guest?
  • What type of guests should be able to access files in SharePoint and OneDrive?
  • How should guests be offboarded?
  • How should you determine who has access to sensitive information in your environment?

Sponsored by: