Microsofts October 2 event will be about more than just new Surface

first_imgWindows 10 FAQ: How to manage Windows 10 updates Microsoft Surface Studio 2 (32GB RAM, 1TB) at Amazon Microsoft: Flash will die on Windows 10’s new Edge in line with Google Chrome The biggest question in the minds of many of us Microsoft watchers is what, if anything, Microsoft will say about its still unofficially acknowledged “Windows Lite” OS, which is expected to be a ChromeOS competitor. Microsoft has been building a dual-screen PC, codenamed “Centaurus,” which could be one of a number of different Microsoft and third-party devices to run Lite OS. Microsoft recently showed off advanced renders of Centaurus at an internal meeting, but my contacts say the device is still quite a way from being commercialized (if it ever is). Sources say Centaurus would be a 2020 product, at best, but Microsoft could opt to show off an early prototype or render of it at its fall event. Maybe we’ll even catch a glimpse of the Surface Hub 2X, the souped-up version of the Surface Hub due in 2020. Just for the record (and because I’m a dream killer), I’ll be very surprised if Microsoft does show off Centaurus or talk about Lite OS at this event. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (8GB RAM, 256GB, Black) at Amazon NEXT Windows 10 not working after latest upgrade? Here are the bugs to look out for (TechRepublic) Microsoft resurrects PowerToys for Windows 10 (CNET) Microsoft Surface Go (4GB RAM, 128GB) at Amazon Must-see offers The Best Antivirus of 2019 to Protect Windows 10 (CNET) 1 – 5 of 13center_img Surface Pro: The evolution of Microsoft’s… SEE FULL GALLERY Buying a Windows laptop? Five must-have features for my next notebook After issuing a “Save the Date” for its fall hardware event a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft is sharing a bit more information about the upcoming launch. On Sept. 12, Microsoft sent out the official invitations for its Oct. 2 event in Manhattan, which will kick off at 10 am ET. (This year’s fall event event will be live streamed.) The Microsoft fall event, like last year’s (which also was on Oct. 2), is going to be about both devices and “experiences.” That means Microsoft officials likely will talk about services and scenarios built around its coming devices — which makes sense given that, these days, Microsoft develops Surface hardware alongside Microsoft 365 software and services. Update: I have good reason to believe that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be at this year’s fall event; he was not at the fall event in 2018.(Coincidentally or maybe not, Amazon is holding a devices and services event on Sept. 25, when new Alexa-centric devices are expected.)I’ve heard, as I’ve noted previously, that we might see a several new Surfaces, possibly including a new Intel-based Surface Pro two-in-one with a more powerful processor and USB-C; an AMD-based Surface Laptop (and possibly a new Intel-based Surface Laptop, as well); and a new ARM-based (Qualcomm 8cx) Surface 2-in-1 device. There’s some speculation as to whether Microsoft also could introduce a new Surface-branded portable speaker at the event. It seems as if this device would be more business-focused and built around Microsoft’s Teams group-chat service based on some hints in a recent patent filing. As one of my readers speculated, maybe such a device also could be used with “Teams for Life,” an as-yet-unannounced (but expected) version of Teams that Microsoft could offer for families. I’d think if and when Teams for Life becomes available, it could be a cornerstone for Microsoft’s expected Microsoft 365 Consumer subscription bundle. Facebook, Microsoft: We’ll pay out $10m for tech to spot deepfake videos Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (8GB RAM, 128GB, Platinum) at Amazon PREV Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (8GB RAM, 128GB, Platinum) at Amazon How to sign into your Microsoft Account website without a password (TechRepublic) In nostalgic move, Microsoft brings back PowerToys for Windows 10 Microsoft Microsoft buys cloud-migration specialist Moverelast_img read more