Microsoft has just teased its next major event but has given little insight into what the company is going to reveal.
The event is scheduled for October 12, 2022, at 10 AM ET Beyond that, there’s little in the way of details, and we’ve reached out to Microsoft for some clarification on what the event is set to showcase. We’ll update this story with any news when we hear back from the company.
Meanwhile, we can make wild guesses about what Microsoft has in store, and we have some clues in the announcement image as well.
The image is a stylized version of the Windows 11 desktop background, so it’s safe to say it’s probably something Windows related. And since the image has a decidedly impressionistic feel, we’d say it’s going to be a new Microsoft Surface device, perhaps an update to the Microsoft Surface Studio line, either a new desktop or a refresh of the Surface Laptop Studio.
This latter device is only a year old though, so it’s probably too soon to see a major refresh of the device, but something along those lines is certainly possible.
What else can we see at Microsoft’s October event?
Microsoft doesn’t usually hold many events (unlike Apple), but when they do, they try to squeeze in as much as possible, so if we’re going to see a new Surface device, it’s unlikely to show up on its own.
One thing, in particular, we’re seeing is another accessibility-focused product, like last year’s Surface Adaptive Kit and this year’s Adaptive Accessories. We expect to see more along these lines at the October event, and we’re glad to see it. For all of Microsoft’s faults, and all major tech companies have them, Microsoft is the best tech brand for accessibility out there.
Apart from that, we can see some other peripheral improvements in the Surface Pen, HoloLens and more. Given the emerging “post-pandemic” professional environment, we can’t rule out a complete refresh of the Surface lineup, given that many products are in varying degrees in need of a touch-up with new hardware and various other improvements.
We can’t even sleep on Windows 11 on ARM. Microsoft is moving away from its own silicon, similar to what Apple has done with its M-series chips, and while we highly doubt Microsoft is going to launch its own ARM processors, it’s something that’s been bubbling in the background for a while to slowly boil over. .
That last bit is very long odds at the moment, but if Microsoft is going to commit to Windows on ARM, something like this will eventually be announced. Whether this is the time remains to be seen, but it will be an interesting twist to say the least.
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