Microsoft saw a sharp but completely anticipated decline in Surface revenue for its FY21 Q4 results. The company also saw related but much smaller declines with Windows OEM licenses, also driven by supply chain constraints. Still, the company is doing very, very well overall.
With the addition of USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 6, and Intel 10th Gen processors the Surface Laptop 3 13.5 delivers a solid follow up to the Surface Laptop 2. Between the optional Alcantara, ability to get the laptop serviced including SSD upgrades, Instant On, and the hugely improved trackpad Microsoft has created again one of the most enjoyable laptops to use. Find our more in my full review.
The Surface Laptop 3 15 is a slightly larger version of the 13.5-inch model, but it also features an AMD processor and graphics. Unfortunately, it's far from a powerful laptop, and without Alcantara, it feels like an odd addition to the Surface family. Omissions like Wi-Fi 6, an SD card reader, and a more modern display keep us from loving this otherwise gorgeous laptop.
Microsoft has had yet another excellent quarter. Demand for Surface hardware drove a 12% increase compared to last year bringing in $1.5 billion in revenue. The entire More Personal Computing division is also up 19% year-over-year due to strong demand, especially in gaming.
Microsoft's Surface devices line continues to grow, and that line could get even bigger in 2021. Here is what we expect for refreshed Surface devices, ones we'd like to see come to reality, and a few other ideas that could make the Surface lineup even better.
Although the display bezels are a little thick and there's no Dolby Vision support, the new Surface Pro 7 is still the best Surface yet. New Intel 10th Gen processor and Type-C port keep this unique PC at the leading edge of portability. Here's why you should not overlook the Surface Pro 7.