Microsoft hardware event incoming: here’s what to expect

From all-in-one Surface desktops to tablets and phones, there’s plenty rumoured

Microsoft has quietly sent out invites to members of the press for an event it’s holding on 26 October in New York City. The event is said to be a platform for launching new hardware and more.

The invite itself simply says “Imagine what you’ll do”, seen in reverse from the inside of a Window. A clever way of showing that you can be on the inside of the Windows news perhaps? Oooh.

What can we expect to appear at this event? Little is know but that hasn’t stopped leaks and rumours from filling the blanks.

Microsoft October event: All-in-one Surface Cardinal desktops

Microsoft is expected to show off three new all-in-one desktop PCs running Windows 10, codenamed Cardinal. According to ZDNet the Surface Cardinal line will be PCs that turn a normal desktop into a studio.

These are expected to come in 21, 24 and 27-inch sizes sporting a consumer friendly version of Microsoft’s Surface Hub. That means they are expected to feature Microsoft’s Perceptive Pixel screen tech so they too will be pre-assembled, customised multi-touch, digital-ink enabled collaboration systems.

Microsoft October event: Surface tablets and phone

Microsoft is rumoured to show off an update to its Atom-based Surface 3. What it won’t be updating at the event is its Band wearable which has reportedly been abandoned. Microsoft previously said it has stopped making wearables but is still exploring that space.

What’s not so clear is the state of the Surface Phone. This may get a mention at the event, to keep us hanging in there, but it likely won’t make an appearance until next year.

Microsoft October event: Surface keyboard and mouse

Yup, Microsoft is reportedly going to be unveiling its very own Surface keyboard and mouse. No doubt, after seeing how popular Apple’s sleek wireless mouse and keyboard are, Microsoft will be offering something similar.

Microsoft October event: Windows 10 and gaming

While sources suggest there will almost certainly be some gaming related announcements at the event, a Windows 10 update may be less set in stone.

Rumours suggest we could hear more about the Windows 10 Redstone 2 update since the theme of the event is “the next chapter in the Windows story”. But how much detail we get remains to be seen.

Microsoft October event: OEM devices

Third-party manufacturers are expected to get a big chunk of time at the event where their OEM devices will be shown off.

So expect to see some new laptops and tablets sporting all the latest tech.

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