Microsoft is currently readying the release of its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets, but the company is also building a number of accessories to match the devices when they debut later this year. Paul Thurrott and Neowin claim that the company is now preparing a Surface Pro docking station. Earlier this year, Microsoft said it didn't plan to create a dock, but the company has clearly changed its mind. The Verge can confirm that the report is accurate, and the accessory should debut alongside the Surface Pro 2.
The Surface Docking Station will only support Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, and is designed to allow users to attach a keyboard and mouse via USB ports. Surface RT and Surface 2 users will not be able to make use of the accessory. There are three USB 2.0 ports at the rear of the Docking Station and a single USB 3.0 port at the side. Like many other docking stations, you can also use the Surface version to connect up a display via mini DisplayPort, or use a wired connection via an ethernet port. The whole Docking Station is said to be a "hulking device" where the Surface Pro slides in at an angle and is held in place by arms at the side that you pull on to release the tablet.
Power Cover and adjustable kickstand also on the way
The upcoming Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets will include a new adjustable kickstand and updated processors, but will largely look the same as the current versions. Microsoft is also building a new Power Cover that includes a battery to charge a Surface Pro, Surface 2, and Surface Pro 2. Both are expected to launch around the same time as Windows 8.1 starts shipping on October 18th.