The Wall Saint Journal article (Jan. 13, 2019)By the time Microsoft introduced its latest version of its popular PC gaming console, the Surface, the company was already under fire for the lack of diversity in its game and productivity software.
A new report from Microsoft shows that the company is making strides in its diversity efforts.
The company’s Chief Diversity Officer for Product Design, John Prentice, said on Thursday that the new version of the Surface includes a “puppy friendly” option for games, which he said “is a big step forward” for the company.
“The new Surface is a really good representation of the diversity of our product line,” Prentice told the Financial Times in an interview.
The new PC gaming machine is the first to include a puppy-friendly option in its software, he said.
The new version includes the option to play the game, “Puppies and Dogs,” on a “pet friendly” console, with no internet connection required, Prentice said.
He also said the new hardware will have the “world’s best webcam,” a camera that “captures a full 360-degree view.”
The new PC comes with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a $1,499 price tag.
The device is expected to be available this summer for $999.99, according to Microsoft.