Microsoft Hardware Event Slated for October 2nd in NYC

Posted on August 27, 2019 by Brad Sams in Microsoft Consumer Services with 27 Comments

Microsoft has sent out a press invite for a Microsoft event on October 2nd, in NYC. While the invite does not reveal much about the event, it is expected that new hardware will be announced.

What is on the agenda? Look for a refreshed Surface lineup to be shown off and the company may include the “Teams for Life” as well. While we don’t have to wait too much longer to find out, this invite did go out well-ahead of the usual two-week pre-event mark that the company had previously used for shipping invites.

The event is about five weeks out and between now and then, IFA will be held which will give us a solid look at what many other vendors will be shipping for the holiday shopping season. In October, Microsoft will pull back the curtains on its refresh for what they hope will spur holiday retail sales.


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Comments (27)

27 responses to “Microsoft Hardware Event Slated for October 2nd in NYC”

  1. MikeGalos

    Looks like there's no time on the invitation but last year's event, also on October 2nd was from 1PM-3PM Pacific (10AM-Noon Eastern) so I guess that's a good time to block off to see the stream.

    #MicrosoftEvent is the hashtag

  2. simont

    Any idea if Teams for Life would be included in a Office 365 subscription or an extra/separate subscription.

  3. tonytech

    Is that image from the invite? Wondering if the logo means something cryptic ....???

    • philliph

      Probably been said elsewhere, but the full thing says Save the Date so isn't the logo just the date... 10 at the top, 2 bottom right, 1 top left again, 9 both top bottom right combined In reply to tonytech:

  4. justme

    I will be interested to see what Microsoft choose to update. A Surface Go with a better processor and battery life would be interesting, as would an updated Surface Book 2 and fully compliant/functional USB-C. Bezels dont bother me personally, but I know many would like to see them reduced in size.

    • branpurn

      In reply to JustMe:

      I think some amount of bezel is important on a large 2-in-1 device.

      It's best to have something to grab on to without accidentally triggering touch events around the edges of your device.

  5. BigM72

    Given that Brad only mentions "refreshed" Surface plus a new software, I am interpreting this as he has seen and is NDA'd around the new product (the addition to the line-up).

    Question is, is it Centaurus or something else?

    • Chris_Kez

      In reply to BigM72:

      I think If Brad was working under an NDA he wouldn't say anything. I think it is more likely that he is getting information unofficially through contacts at Microsoft.

  6. dontbeevil

    Glad that this article was written by Brad

  7. rmlounsbury

    If the following list is all Microsoft announces I'm sure people would be over the moon:

    Slimmer bezels across Surface devices

    Updated current generation processors

    Fully functional USB-C ports

    Throw in an ARM 8cx (probably the Go 2) and an official Lite OS announcments and folks might lose it.

  8. rmlounsbury

    I did notice the general sentiment from the Windows writer/blogger space on Twitter is that this event is going to be a memorable one. So there must be something of significance coming down the product pipeline.

  9. tbtalbot

    Seeing rumors online for more exotic devices & reasonable things like USB-C..

  10. tbtalbot

    Just in time! Here's my wishes along with history using surface products:

    Surface Pro 7 - ???? ready to try! Hope for more battery, less bezel & keep magnetic power/data port. Does not need to be thinner, would rather have strength & battery life. 4 cores would be nice (not likely) No fan a plus.

    Surface Studio 2- Super awesome experience. That screen is AMAZING.

    Surface Pro 5 - works well, but battery did not last well & had some build issues (current use) Skipped v6.

    Surface Pro 4 - got one for the daughter, still in use & excellent

    Surface Book - nice, but learned I liked the tablet's better. Detached screen not useful

    Surface Pro 3 - first one that satisfied all my requirements. Lasted a long time.

    Surface 2 - quite useful but without much compatibility, great battery life

    Surface - innovative and interesting for the time. Replaced a broken iPad & it surprised me.

  11. simont

    It's going to be interesting to see what Microsoft actually announces compared to what everyone wants and what people expects.

  12. will

    Hopefully this will be streamed and be like the Oct 2015 announcement with the excitement and product demos. With such an advanced notice I think Microsoft wants to start getting buzz going now as well as make sure lots of people can attend.

    • fraXis

      In reply to will:

      I just re-watched the Oct 2015 announcement. Watching it gave me goosebumps again 4 years later. It made me want to go buy a Surface Book again even though I already own one. :-)


    Let's hope these new Surface Devices finally provide Thunderbolt 3. Without it, I can't see them selling well against the competition.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to TEAMSWITCHER:

      Why? Who uses Thunderbolt besides Apple?

      Or do you mean USB 3.1 with a USB-C connector and some amount of extensions?

    • Stooks

      In reply to TEAMSWITCHER:

      I agree they should have T3 ports from a feature/selling point/checkbox checked perspective, but the real usage of these ports are, in my experience, still very uncommon.

      I have a 2017 Macbook Pro and a 2018 T580 both have T3 ports, the Macbook ONLY hast T3 ports. I have never used a native T3 device in these ports. The Macbook has about $200 worth of dongles that I must drag around with it to make the computer usable. The T580 thankfully has many useful ports.

      If I was buying new monitors and the USB-C versions were the same price as the non USB-C monitors then I would actually have a device that I could use on the T3 ports. I do have an external Samsung T5 SSD that did come with both USB-C and USB-A cables. However to make it the most compatible, between computers, I just leave the USB-A cable on the drive. Also since its a SATA SSD the USB-C bus speed wont matter.

  14. faustxd9

    I am excited to see if they do release some updates headphones. I have been thinking about purchasing a pair of earbuds and would love to see what their take is on them.