MICROSOFT'S replacement power cords for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 devices have begun to reach customers, and The INQUIRER took delivery of ours today.
Surprisingly, Microsoft has chosen to replace the sleek, shapely matt plastic original with a cable approximately half the length and ordered from an off-brand manufacturer, in our case China's I-Sheng Electric Wire and Cable Company.
The cord is also just that - a cord - so Surface owners will have to continue using their machine's original power brick and magnetic charging attachment. Just in case anybody thought otherwise.
The extraordinarily short length of the cord is presumably to discourage behaviour that resulted in the "tightly wrapped" or "repeatedly bent" cables catching fire in at least 56 separate incidents.
If you need us, we'll be working on the floor right next to the plug socket.
Microsoft is still running the cable replacement scheme, which involves visiting a special website and filling out a form, whereupon your very own white envelope and eBay finest cord will be rushed to your address (within about a week, anyway).
The Surface Pro 4's power cord is, according to Microsoft, entirely unaffected by its predecessor's inclination towards a fiery Apocalypse.
Microsoft's attempts to appease a user base tired of malfunctioning hardware and sneaky forced upgrade tactics haven't stopped with charger replacements either, as the company announced today that it will begin to publish proper patch notes for future Windows 10 updates.
The new policy seems a deliberate attempt to win over the enterprise sector, which still largely can't be bothered wading into Windows 10. µ
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