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Microsoft Surface 2 is a significant upgrade from the original Surface RT with the new silver Magnesium design, thinner, lighter, and dual-position kickstand. It is now equipped with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip, which is faster, has better power efficiency, and can increase battery life by up to 10 hours of video playback.
You should know more about this device before you make a purchase decision, and here are our comprehensive Microsoft Surface 2 frequently asked questions that should clear up all your queries. We will try to cover all Surface 2 question segments, including display, battery, performance, software, and design.
You can charge your Surface 2 by using the OEM charger that came with your Surface 2 –Plug the charger into the power source and plug the Surface charging connector into the charging port on the right side of Surface 2. It’s a magnet and reversible connector and it’s an official and recommended charging method by Microsoft.
18Can I charge Surface 2 via USB?
No, the USB port on Surface 2 is used for data transfer only.
4 Surface 2 Performance Q&As
19Can Microsoft Surface 2 run Photoshop?
No, it can’t. Surface 2 uses the ARM processor which is unable to run traditional desktop software.
20Can the Surface 2 run games?
Yes, you can. However, you can download and play games available on Windows Store only.
21Can you code or program on Surface 2?
No, it isn’t an ideal device for coding or programming. Most of the programming tools aren’t available for Windows RT. However, there are some code editors available on Windows Store for a basic code-writing assistant.
22Will Surface 2 run Office?
Yes, Surface 2 comes with a free Microsoft Office RT 2013. Office apps will run smoothly on Microsoft Surface 2.
5 Surface 2 Software & Compatibility Q&As
23Does Surface 2 run Windows 10?
No, it doesn’t. The latest update for Surface 2 and Surface RT is Windows 8.1 Update 3 which includes an option to switch between the Start Menu and the Start Screen.
24Can you download apps on Surface 2?
Yes, you can. You can download safe and Microsoft-verified apps and games from Microsoft Store. However, you can’t download and install any apps from elsewhere.
25Does Surface 2 run full Windows?
No, Surface 2 ships with Windows RT 8.1 which works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store only.
26Is Microsoft Office free on Surface 2?
Yes, Surface 2 comes with a Free Microsoft Office RT 2013 including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook RT 2013.
27Does Surface 2 need antivirus?
In most cases, you don’t need a third-party antivirus. Windows 8.1 on Surface 2 has a built-in Windows Defender for virus and threat protection out of the box. And, since Surface 2 runs Windows RT 8.1 operating system, the traditional virus will not even execute at all.
6 Surface 2 Miscellaneous Q&As
28Is Surface 2 a tablet or a laptop?
It’s a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop. It can function as a tablet and also a laptop when connected to a Surface Type Cover 2.
29What is the company that makes Surface 2?
Surface 2 is a product among other Surface-branded products that are made by the Microsoft company.
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