Microsoft October Event : What to expect

Microsoft is holding a special Windows 10 and Surface event in New York City later this month. The software giant is sending invitations to select press, analysts, and other guests today, Oct. 7, for its Fall hardware showcase. The Fall hardware event also will be live-streamed starting 10 am ET on Oct. 26. The theme of the event this year is news around “the next chapter in the Windows story”. I assume this means there will be news around Windows 10 Redstone 2.

If the company is keeping an yearly update timeline for new Surface Pros, perhaps we’ll see a new model later this month.  Microsoft is also expected to make some Xbox-related announcements at the event, alongside the new Surface hardware but Microsoft’s event isn’t expected to be as large, or involve as much hardware, as its huge amount of announcements last year.

Microsoft’s event invitation mentioned “Imagine what you’ll do” as a tagline, as well as “see what’s next for Windows 10” messaging, which indicates the company will not just focus on hardware. The next major upgrade to Windows 10 would sure be talked about but won’t release until 2017, so it’ll be interesting to learn what the company is actually teasing here.

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Some Surface-branded keyboards and a mouse have started leaking ahead of Microsoft’s event, and many of us are also expecting that Microsoft will be bringing the Surface brand to all-in-one PC desktops. There have been prior rumours of an All-in-one device by Microsoft codenamed Cardinal. The device is thought to be an all-in-one PC that may come in 21-inch, 24-inch, and 27-inch screen sizes. Cardinal could use the same Perceptive Pixel screen tech found in Surface Hub but these are just rumours, we’ll know for sure on October 26 if they’re true.

The Verge claimed the company isn’t planning to update its Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book devices at the autumn event, because it will unveil laptops and devices from OEMs instead.

A Surface Phone is not expected until sometime later, if Microsoft doesn’t ditch the project, and Microsoft officials have already confirmed there’d be no new Band device this year.

Source: Microsoft

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