Microsoft just teased its next major event, but it offered little clue as to what the company will reveal.
The event is scheduled for October 12, 2022 at 10 AM ET. On top of that, there are very few other details, and we’ve reached out to Microsoft to get some clarification on what will be shown at the event. We will update this story with any news if and when we hear back from the company.
In the meantime, we can ruthlessly speculate on what Microsoft has in store, and we have some clues in the ad image itself.
The image is a simplified version of the Windows 11 desktop background, so it’s safe to say it’s likely something Windows related. And since the image is decidedly impressionistic, we’d say it will be a new Microsoft Surface, perhaps an update to the Microsoft Surface Studio line, either a new desktop or an update to the Surface Laptop Studio.
This latest device is only about a year old, so it’s too early to see a major update to the device, but something along those lines is definitely possible.
What else might we see at Microsoft’s event in October?
Microsoft doesn’t usually do many events (unlike Apple), but when they do, they try to squeeze as hard as they can, so if we’re going to see a new Surface, it’s not likely to show up on its own.
One thing, in particular, 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 along these lines at the October event, and we’re excited to see it. For all the Microsoft bugs, and all the big tech companies have them, Microsoft is the best accessibility tech brand out there.
Other than that, we could see some other peripheral improvements for things like the Surface Pen, HoloLens, and more. Given the emerging ‘post-pandemic’ professional environment, we can’t rule out a full update of the Surface range either, as many products of varying degrees need to be improved with new hardware and various other improvements.
We also can’t sleep on Windows 11 on ARM. Microsoft is slinging its own silicon away, similar to what Apple did with its M-series chips, and while we highly doubt Microsoft will introduce its own ARM processors, something that’s been showing up in the background has been on a slow boil for some time now.
That last part has pretty long odds at this point, but if Microsoft were to stick with Windows on ARM, something like this would be announced eventually. It remains to be seen if this is the time, but it will be an interesting development, to say the least.
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