Microsoft just teased its next big event, but gave little idea of what the company will reveal.
The event is scheduled for October 12, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET. Other than that, there’s little else in the way of details, and we’ve reached out to Microsoft for some clarification on what the event will feature. We will update this story with news if and when we hear from the company.
In the meantime, we can speculate relentlessly about what Microsoft has in store, and we even have some clues in the announcement image itself.
The image is a stylized version of the Windows 11 desktop background, so it’s safe to say it probably has something to do with Windows. And since the image has a decidedly impressionistic look, we’d say it’s going to be a new Microsoft Surface device, possibly an update to the Microsoft Surface Studio line, either a new desktop or a refresh of the Surface Laptop Studio.
That last device is only about a year old though, so it’s probably too early to see a major refresh of the device, but something along those lines is certainly possible.
What else can we see at the Microsoft event in October?
Microsoft usually doesn’t do a ton of events (unlike Apple), but when they do they try to squeeze in as much as they can, so if we’re going to see a new Surface device it’s not likely to pop up on its own.
One thing we expect in particular is another product that focuses on accessibility, such as last year’s Surface Adaptive Kit and this year’s Adaptive Accessories. We expect to see more in this direction at the October event, and we’re happy to see that. Despite all of Microsoft’s flaws, and all major tech companies have them, Microsoft is by far the best accessibility technology brand out there.
Other than that, we could see some other peripheral improvements to things like the Surface Pen, HoloLens, and more. Also, given the emerging “post-pandemic” professional environment, we can’t rule out a complete refresh of the Surface range, as many products need to be refreshed to varying degrees with new hardware and other various improvements.
We also can’t sleep on Windows 11 on ARM. Microsoft is working on its own silicon, similar to what Apple has done with its M-series chips, and while we highly doubt Microsoft will introduce its own ARM processors, it’s something bubbling up in the background on a boil for a while. a while slowly.
The latter has a big chance at the moment, but if Microsoft is going to commit to ARM for Windows, something like that will eventually have to be announced. Whether this is that time remains to be seen, but it would be an interesting twist to say the least.
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