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Microsoft announces Surface event for October 2nd

Microsoft announces Surface event for October 2nd

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Microsoft is planning to hold a fall press event in New York City next month. The software maker has started sending invites to the media today, asking for a “moment of your time.” The event will start at 4PM ET / 1PM PT on October 2nd, and focus on Microsoft’s latest hardware, software, and services. While there have been rumors of an “Andromeda” dual-screen device, we’re not expecting to see this particular hardware at the event.

Instead, the event will likely include refreshes of Microsoft’s existing Surface hardware. Microsoft has reportedly been working on a big redesign for the Surface Pro, but that design isn’t likely to be ready until next year. Instead, we’re expecting Microsoft to refresh its Surface Pro line and Surface Laptops with the latest Intel processors. It’s also been two years since Microsoft first unveiled its Surface Studio, and this all-in-one PC is definitely overdue a refresh.

An event focused on hardware, software, and services

The fall event will also likely include a focus on Microsoft’s services and hardware across both home and work, and how apps like Your Phone play into that. Microsoft did a similar thing for both the Surface Studio and Surface Laptop launch, with apps and services that went beyond just a hardware unveil. Microsoft is starting to reveal its next Windows 10 update features, codenamed 19H1, so we’ll likely see some of those at the event. We could also get a closer look at the Surface Hub 2.

Microsoft’s press event is scheduled in between both Apple and Google’s own announcements. Apple is holding its own iPhone XS event next week, and Google just announced its Pixel 3 press conference for October 9th. It’s going to be a busy couple of months for the technology giants, and The Verge will be live in New York City covering every moment of Microsoft’s event to bring you the latest news.