Microsoft Promises Delayed Surface USB-C Adapter for 2018

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Editor's Note: this article was updated at 9am Eastern, with what appears to be a leaked image of the adapter.

If you own a Surface Pro or Surface Laptop, we hope you haven't been holding your breath for Microsoft's official USB Type-C adapter. 


While Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay said that this adapter would arrive in 2017The Verge reported yesterday that a Microsoft spokesperson claimed this dongle is "on the roadmap for later this year." The adapter will convert the proprietary Surface Connector port to a reversible Type-C port, for those with more-recent accessories. 

We hope that any laptops Microsoft releases this year will include the Type-C port, as its Surface Book 2 includes the port.

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Previously, Panay explained the lack of Type-C ports by stating "The last thing I want is to take away the port they need today and tomorrow and the next day to achieve a technology milestone where I then put a barrier in front of my customers." This statement was a clear, albeit indirect, slam on most recent MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, which offer Type-C ports, and no others. 

A leaked image of the Microsoft Surface Type-C adapter — tweeted by @hoxod — shows a quite-bulky brick, that looks more like a part of a laptop power adapter than a port converter.

While USB 3.0 to USB Type-C adapters already exist (available in packs of two on Amazon for as low as $8.99), none come from vendors as well-known or reputable as Microsoft. 

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  • Nicholas Johnson Says:

    Instead of being vague about the USB-A male to USB-C female adapters, why not just freaking say "legacy adapters with the USB Type-C receptacle are expressly prohibited by the standard"? Despite the common belief among writers that people don't care about technical details, they are actually a whole lot more direct, and useful. Your comment leaves people going "I wonder why nobody makes these adapters". My way answers that question before it is even asked.

    Universal Serial Bus Type-C Cable and Connector Specification Revision 1.1 (April 3, 2015), section 2.2, page 20

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