Microsoft might be about to reveal something special after the company announced details of a new launch event next month. The company has sent out invitations to an event in New York on May 2nd, starting at 9.30am, under the tagline “Learn what’s next”.
The event follows weeks of rumours surrounding what Microsoft has planned for the remainder of 2017, so could this be our first look at a new Surface Pro 5 or Surface Phone?
The hashtag included with the event invitation could provide further clues, with #MicrosoftEDU potentially signifying one of several areas. Sources have told The Verge that the event is unlikely to feature a Surface Pro 5 or Surface Phone, however some new Microsoft hardware is likely to be unveiled.
The “EDU” hashtag suggested education-focused launches, which could mean a new version of the Surface Studio targeted at schools or other higher learning institutions. Another possible launch could be a new Windows 10-powered Chromebook, which have proved popular in schools around the world.
Along with these hardware releases, Microsoft is also thought to be using the event to unveil its new Windows 10 Cloud operating system. Windows 10 Cloud is thought to be targeting the success of Google’s Chrome OS, and should also run Universal Windows Apps.
The software could be ideal for schools, allowing students and teachers alike to store resources and projects in the cloud, allowing for editing and collaboration across a number of different devices.
So if next month’s launch won’t see any new Surface devices, when might we see more new Microsoft hardware? We’re expecting Microsoft to keep to its usual October launch cycle for the Surface Pro 5, as it has done with previous Surface devices.
The last generation device, the Surface Pro 4, was launched back in October 2015, meaning it is ripe for an upgrade. The recent public release of the Windows 10 Creators Update could also influence an earlier release so that Microsoft can show off the power of its Windows 10 software. Source: express