Microsoft Surface and AI Event: Expectations and Predictions
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Sep 21, 2023 5:00 PM

Microsoft Surface and AI Event: Expectations and Predictions

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Get the latest news on Microsofts special Surface and AI event unveiling new products and AI-powered features.

Expectations are set high for Microsoft's forthcoming 'special event', a showcase anticipated to unveil three new Surface devices and a suite of AI-powered feature updates spanning software including Windows, Office, and Bing. This event, slated to take place in New York City, comes on the heels of the sudden resignation of Panos Panay, Microsoft's previous head of Windows and Surface. Observers are eager to gauge how the new leadership will forge ahead with the tech giant's substantial AI ambitions.
 

The 'special event' is the first in-person Surface press event in recent times, set for Thursday, September 21st, beginning at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET. Given the buzz surrounding these product announcements, followers of the tech scene are keen to stay updated on the various live coverage options available to them.

Microsoft is gearing up for a special event in New York City. The event will spotlight both hardware and AI-driven innovations across its suite of offerings.

Event Details

  • Date & Time: 7AM PT / 10AM ET on Thursday, September 21st
  • Location: New York City
  • Presenters: Yusuf Mehdi and CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft's Upcoming Special Event: Key Highlights

  • Main Highlights

    • New Surface hardware

    • AI capabilities in Windows 11 and Surface.

Windows AI Copilot:

  • Emphasis on AI in Windows 11 and Microsoft 365.
  • Third-party plugins to enhance AI's abilities with collaborators like Mem, Adobe, Spotify.
  • Windows Copilot to be boosted by third-party plugins.
  • AI-driven Windows 11 update (version 23H2) is upcoming.

Microsoft 365 Copilot:

  • Consumer launch expected next year.

AI and Hardware:

  • Windows' AI to benefit from dedicated hardware.
  • Discussion on the NPU's (neural processing unit) role in AI workloads.
  • New AI features for Photos, Paint, Snipping Tool.

Surface Hardware Launches:

  • Surface Laptop Studio 2

    • 13th Gen Intel Core i7, up to 64GB RAM.

    • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 and 4060 GPUs and an NPU/VPU.

    • No i5 variant.

    • Enhanced ports and a brighter, HDR-supported display.

  • Surface Laptop Go 3

    • 12th Gen Intel Core i5 processors.

    • Starting at 8GB RAM, with a new 512GB storage option.

  • Surface Go 4

    • Intel N200 processor, increased repairability.

    • Starting at 8GB RAM.

  • Surface Hub 2S

    • 11th Gen Intel Core i5-11300H, new OS: 'Teams Rooms on Windows'.

    • Screen rotation feature.

No Launches for:

  • Surface Pro 10, Surface Laptop 6, Surface Duo, Surface Studio AIO.

Speculation:

  • Minor hardware changes, but a significant Surface Laptop Studio 2 release.
  • 4GB RAM models phased out, leading to a price increase.

Possible Surprises:

  • Event might have unexpected announcements.
  • Future of Windows could be addressed.

This event is particularly significant, not just for the new products but also as the first major announcement from Microsoft since the departure of influential figure Panos Panay. As such, it draws attention from all quarters, from Microsoft enthusiasts to industry analysts.

For those interested in following the event live or learning more about the developments in Microsoft's offerings, the original blog post provides links to the event and further reading, providing both context and up-to-the-minute news on Microsoft’s ‘special event’.

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