There is a place in Microsoft where they like to hurt, torture and use extreme prejudice to eliminate their own devices.
According to Microsoft, in this modern-day dungeon, each room holds a different kind of torture for devices, which undergo dozens of tests. It could be extreme temperatures or being dropped from different heights – all to test how much abuse the devices can take and still be functional. The Surface tablet is one of the latest victims, with hundreds coming off the production line for the specific purpose of sacrifice for the greater good.
While the lab has handled mice, keyboards, headsets, webcams and Xbox consoles, the Surface tablet was Microsoft’s first PC tablet, so they put it through the ringer. It went under water, endured egg-frying heat, and was subjected to countless drops. Its buttons were pushed millions of times, and its kickstand was flipped open and shut again and again.
They kind of don’t tell you what really happens to the Surface under duress, not really, but it is pretty cool to know that they may have job openings. We hope.