Microsoft’s Stevie Bathiche Details The Technology Behind Touch Cover 2

Microsoft today posted a new video showing the technology behind Touch Cover 2. Microsoft Distinguished scientist Stevie Bathiche from the Surface team shows off the enhancements to Touch Cover 2. The Touch Cover just got better this time. You now have illuminated keys and the Touch Cover 2 is thinner and lighter. Also the pressure-sensitive nature has been hugely improved as well.

Lightweight, razor-thin keyboard and cover

Innovative, 2.5 mm thin, pressure-sensitive keyboard responds to the touch of your fingertips. Twice as fast as onscreen typing. Smart enough to know when you are deliberately pressing a key, or just resting your hands. Doubles as a protective cover.


The keyboard is illuminated in low light, making it easy for you to use after the family (or the stranger sitting next to you in seat 37A) goes to sleep.


Smooth material repels moisture and dirt. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth.

Magnetic connection

Click in Touch Cover in an instant using a proprietary magnetic connection. To remove, simply pull Touch Cover away. There are no buttons or locks to get in the way.

Windows shortcuts

Navigate Windows easily with Windows shortcut keys. Built-in trackpad gives you the touchscreen experience, without ever having to take your hands off the keyboard.

Smart on/off

When Touch Cover is folded back like a magazine, keystrokes are automatically disabled to prevent accidental data input. To return to typing mode, just flip Touch Cover back into keyboard position. Close Touch Cover to shut off the display, preserving battery life and protecting your screen when you’re on the move.

You order it from Microsoft Store here.

  • GG002

    I wish I had the money to buy both TypeCover 2 and TouchCover 2! But unfortunately I only have money for one, so I went for TypeCover 2, since it’s become thinner and now has colour (and backlight)

    • jack frost

      I did the same thing.

    • hysonmb

      I went for the TouchCover 2. I might be the only one but it’s actually easier for me to type on the TouchCover than TypeCover.

      • GG002

        I’d really like to have bought TouchCover2, because of its thinness, but for me, being a 200-250 characters per minute typist, I was afraid that even the new TouchCover2 wouldn’t be enough. I appreciate my TouchCover1, but I really had to have the clicking sound turned on to type fast, and that pissed everyone off.

        • blackhawk556

          Do you have a video of you typing that quickly??

          • GG002

            It’s not That quick.. I easily type a document of around 2000 words in an hour, which is about 33 words per minute (or about six characters per word, which totals 200 characters per minute), which is about average for an experienced adult. A pro can type up to 80 words a minute.

  • SategB

    Lightweight, razor thin, twice: Thinner, Lighter, Faster (T.L.F.) is not innovative… or at least that is what some posters here has been telling me!

    • Ray

      Well, at least TouchCover1 is innovative in this sense.

  • blackhawk556

    Panay was telling us at a meet up that this guy is super brilliant. One of the smartest in the world. I wonder how serious he really was about that last part.

  • reKitab

    Not to mention the iBlade…oops!

    • Ben A

      don’t metion anything with Apple on it.