Microsoft's new ultra-thin Surface Slim Pen now has a rechargeable battery

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Microsoft today unveiled a new Surface Slim Pen at its annual hardware event that plugs into the top of the Surface Pro X Type Cover keyboard. When the stylus is docked with the device, it will be wirelessly charged. When the pen is taken out, the Surface will automatically pop up a context menu, allowing the user to start drawing immediately on applications such as Whiteboard.

  The Slim Pen will be sold separately for $144.99, which is $99.99 higher than the previous Surface Pen model.

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 Microsoft also previewed some of the new features in the Office suite in Windows 10, adding the ability to collaboratively edit in Word. The Surface Pen can be used to remove and add text by crossing the lines in the document. You can also use ink to add annotations to Office documents and use ink to enter data in Excel cells to overwrite them to update numbers.

  Data entry inks for Excel for the Web and desktop will be available to Office 365 subscribers in the spring of 2020. Other updates for Office include Ink Replay in Powerpoint, which is now available.

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Adobe also previewed its Fresco painting and illustrations application on Surface Pro X and revealed that other parts of Creative Cloud are coming soon.

  In addition to the Surface Neo and Surface Hub 2S, the Surface Slim Pen will also be compatible with Surface devices above Surface Pro 3. It has its own charging dock and can also be connected via USB-C.

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