Remember how when Microsoft announced the Surface Pro last year, they also unveiled a dongle that would give you a USB-C port? Originally, the company said this accessory would launch later in 2017, but they’ve missed this deadline by a long shot at this point. The Verge took notice of this and reached out to Microsoft to try and get some clarification as to when it may go up for sale. According to a spokesperson, it’s on track to land “later this year.”
A Microsoft spokesperson says the USB-C Surface dongle is “on the roadmap for later this year,” in a statement to The Verge.
In case you’re unfamiliar with this accessory, Microsoft’s USB-C dongle will allow Surface Pro users to connect it to the Surface Connector and use it as an available USB-C port for connecting peripherals and even charging the device itself. The whole reason this item exists, however, is because the company didn’t want to adopt USB-C for its Surface Pro lineup until more people made the switch.
During an interview with The Verge, Microsoft’s Surface chief, Panos Panay, said that when USB-C is ready for his customers, Microsoft would be there. But until then, “we’re giving a dongle to people who love dongles.”
So basically, until Panos Panay thinks Microsoft customers are ready for USB-C, we’ll be using dongles. Remember, this is coming from the same guy who also brought us the Surface Book 2 which has USB-C built into it.
No pricing information surrounding the USB-C dongle has been given just yet, but we’ll let you know when it comes in.