Microsoft is consolidating teams in Office, Windows, Surface and Perceptive Pixel to work on a unified digital inking strategy and set of technologies.
Whatever Microsoft ends up announcing on May 20 -- whether the long-rumored Surface Mini and/or one or more Intel-based Surface devices -- the pen is expected to play a key role.
Microsoft already supports digital ink and digitizing pens with its Surface Pro devices. According to various sources, the expected ARM-based Surface Mini will be optimized to work with a pen, as well.
BUt the Surface team isn't the only force inside Microsoft working on improving pen and digital ink support. In fact, there is a Cross-Group Inking team working on making pen input better across Windows, Office, Surface and Perceptive Pixel devices.