Microsoft has just teased its next big event, but has given little insight into what the company will reveal.
The event is scheduled for October 12, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET. Other than that, there are very few other details, and we’ve reached out to Microsoft for some clarification on what the event is supposed to show. We’ll update this story with any news if and when we hear back from the company.
In the meantime, we can speculate relentlessly about what Microsoft is up to, 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’s probably something Windows-related. And since the image has a distinctly impressionistic vibe, we’d say it will 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.
The latter device is only about a year old, so it’s probably too early for a major device refresh, but something along those lines is definitely possible.
What else can we see at Microsoft’s October event?
Microsoft doesn’t usually do a lot 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 unlikely to show up alone.
One thing we expect to see is another product focused on accessibility, like last year’s Surface Adaptive Kit and this year’s Adaptive Accessories. We expect to see more of that at the October event, and we’re glad to see it. For all Microsoft’s faults, and all major tech companies have them, Microsoft is by far the best tech brand for accessibility.
Additionally, we could see some other peripheral improvements to things like the Surface Pen, HoloLens, and more. Given the new “post-pandemic” professional environment, we can’t rule out a complete refresh of the Surface line, given that many products need to be supplemented with new hardware and other various improvements to varying degrees.
We also can’t sleep on Windows 11 on ARM. Microsoft has started using its own silicon, similar to what Apple did with its M-series chips, and while we doubt Microsoft will introduce its own ARM processors, it’s something that’s been simmering in the background for a while.
That last part has a very high chance at this point, but if Microsoft is going to commit to Windows on ARM, something like this will have to be released eventually. Whether this is the time remains to be seen, but it would be an interesting twist to say the least.
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