The Surface Book was perhaps the highlight of Microsoft's hardware announcements this week. The upcoming 2-in-1 laptop is the subject of a one-minute TV commercial that was quietly posted on the official Surface YouTube channel.

The ad shows how the Surface Book could be used in pretty much any kind of profession. Among other things, it shows a composer writing music with the notebook, along with an artist sketching on the touchscreen display with the Surface Pen. There's also a sprinter that's being tracked by cameras that collect data on the run that can be analysed by the Surface Book, and an article is shown using the notebook to display a virtual version of a building that's still under construction.

Hands-on with the Microsoft Surface Book

The Surface Book is scheduled to start shipping on October 26 for the starting price of $1,499, with pre-orders now available at Amazon, Best Buy and the Microsoft Store.

Update: Microsoft has now released a 30-second version of the Surface Book TV ad:

Pre-order Surface Book on Amazon from $1,499

Source: Surface (YouTube)