Here’s Everything Microsoft Announced at Its New York Event

Posted on October 2, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Microsoft, Microsoft Surface, Windows, Windows 10 with 37 Comments

Microsoft just finishing announcing a bunch of new products at its New York event today. The company had a bunch of new Surface hardware, along with some news on software. Here’s everything the company announced today, summarised:

  • Surface Duo: The star of the show. Microsoft introduced two dual-screen devices at the event, and the Surface Duo is probably the most exciting. It’s an Android-powered Surface device that comes with two 5.6-inch screens and expands into an 8.3-inch device when folded. Coming Holiday 2020.
  • Surface Neo: The much-awaited dual-screen Surface device is here. And Microsoft gave our first look at the device, revealing some of the official details of the new device. It’s powered by Windows 10X, features two 9-inch displays that, when unfolded, turn into a 13-inch device. Also coming Holiday 2020.
  • Surface Pro X: Microsoft’s new generation of Surface Pro design is here, and it’s thinner than ever before. The Surface Pro X features an ultra-thin design, combined with a new Surface Slim Pen and a Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard.
  • Surface Laptop 3: Surface Laptop 3 now comes in a larger 15-inch variant, and gives you the option to go with a metal finish instead of Alcantara. Oh, it’s also more powerful than before.
  • Surface Pro 7: Sticking with the classic and frankly outdated design, the Surface Pro 7 promises to offer laptop-class performance with new laptop-class processors from Intel, offering more power than the Pro 6 at the compromise of battery life.
  • Windows 10X: Microsoft’s new version of Windows 10 built for dual-screen and folding screen devices. It offers a stripped-down version of Windows 10 as you know it with the ability to run full desktop apps via a container and improved security.
  • Surface Earbuds: Microsoft’s getting into the earbuds business with its new $249 Surface Earbuds that promise to offer 24 hours of battery life and…Office integration.

And that’s pretty much it. The event was really packed, with lots of exciting announcements, so make sure to check out our full coverage for the individual announcements. We will also have some videos from the event with the new products, so keep an eye out for those, too.

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37 responses to “Here’s Everything Microsoft Announced at Its New York Event”

  1. mebby

    What a list! A great quick compiled overview!

  2. Lordbaal

    Did the presenter took a puff of something before he came out. He was talking so slow, like he was high.

  3. glenn8878

    Announcing products more than a year ahead is a bad idea. It might not happen at all.

  4. Chris Hedlund

    I watched the first 10 minutes of the event and I couldn't watch it anymore. That dude is creepy talking about his daughter on the piano. "Watch how she sways... Watch her feel the music..." Don't be putting your own kid up there like that you creepy bastard...


    WOW! Only 7 comments... That kinda says it all.

    • RobertJasiek

      In reply to TEAMSWITCHER:
      • There are several threads so do not overinterpret.
      • Folding devices are for specialised users. Although they may be impressive, they are not mass-market.
      • Some devices are incremental updates without solving persistent major problems (display reflectance, unimpressive battery life, unreplacable battery, instead astronomic price of refurbished substitute).
      • Some users are given nothing new: Surface Go or Book.
      • Technical details at the event were missing so many remain sceptical until tests.
      • curtisspendlove

        In reply to RobertJasiek:

        I think Surface Book might be a short-lived system. It looks like they might suggest a Surface Laptop instead. ;) (I know, I know...detachable screen.)

        I also thing the Surface Go might have been a stopgap until the ARM devices launched? So maybe the Go transitions into lower flavors of the Pro X?

        (But I haven't studied enough to have a fully fleshed-out thought process on the above items yet.)

        • RobertJasiek

          In reply to curtisspendlove:

          Surface Go should become what iPad is but with Windows. Two variants, another with ARM, won't hurt though. However, Microsoft fails to see the iPad potential...

        • justme

          In reply to curtisspendlove:

          I tend to agree with you on both counts, which makes me sad. Make the Go an i3 with a better battery and it becomes really compelling (for me). I was hoping to see an update of the Book2 - but I think Microsoft will try and steer folks to the Laptop, as you point out.

          • RobertJasiek

            In reply to JustMe:

            Unless Intel comes out with a 10th generation mobile wonder next year, the crucial parameter for more battery life in Surface Go is a larger capacity. Microsoft would have to drop the stand and increase thickness by 0.3mm to provide ca. 45Wh instead of the current 28Wh.

            The stand is a Surface fashion while iPads have the advantage of no stand enabling reasonable battery life. I understand a stand in Surface Pro but Surface Go should go all in on battery life, for which the stand is counter-productive.

            Microsoft's Surface Go vision is productivity first (table-bound, keyboard and mouse used) while Apple's iPad (Air) vision is handholdable first. In particular therefore, currently Surface Go is not an "iPad" yet.

            • curtisspendlove

              In reply to RobertJasiek:

              Microsoft's Surface Go vision is productivity first (table-bound, keyboard and mouse used) while Apple's iPad (Air) vision is handholdable first. In particular therefore, currently Surface Go is not an "iPad" yet.

              Agreed. But I'm not sure if Microsoft cares enough to make "Go" handheld-first. But I actually think the delineation you state makes a lot of sense:

              Surface Pro - productivity-first (more like a computer)

              Surface Go - handheld-first (more like a consumption device)

              The Surface line has a productivity advantage over iPad (at least for computer geeks with "prosumer"--ugh--type productivity needs). But a Surface Go would be great for people who needed basic media consumption / basic productivity such as email, web browsing, etc but prefer non-Apple systems. (I even think it would work decently for those who are brand-agnostic...which I think a lot of people are.)

              I actually like the Surface kickstand part of the brand, but I don't think the Go would be hurt by not having the kickstand integrated. There would be plenty of cases that would fill in the gap; and Microsoft could probably come up with a pretty good case that could build in "kickstand-like" functionality and still look decent.

  6. solomonrex

    "$249 Surface Earbuds that promise to offer 24 hours of battery life and…Office integration."

    That's ... what?

  7. curtisspendlove

    Hmmm...going to have to see more about these things; but overall I do like a lot of what I see. I'm even scratching my chin a bit while looking at the Duo and Neo.

    I'm curious if they do anything with Android that will make it more compelling to me than my iOS devices.

    But I could definitely see the possibility of Duo / Neo taking the place of iPhone / iPad. That makes the Surface Pro in an interesting position in my mind as well. I was figuring on using that as a "laptop" substitute whenever I want to do "real work" (for me, that's coding, etc, which I can't do on my iPad) but I don't need (or am away from) the power of my primary desktop workstation.

    I'm curious to hear more about Windows 10X. (Initially, I really like it running "modern" by default but giving a compatibility layer via containers. This is essentially what interested me about Chromebook/linux.)

    Edit: Also, I see a lot of people asking for a use-case for dual-screens; while I agree that it isn't *quite* the same as simply saying "moar monitors", there *IS* definitely an undercurrent of truth to that. Being able to use more than one screen when you want to is pretty awesome. But...correct me if I'm wrong (haven't been able to watch videos yet) they are essentially "closed" with no display by default; and you have to open it up to see the screens? can kinda compare it to a Nintendo 3DS? (Which, by the way, does have some neat tricks it can do with the additional screen layout.)

  8. sandeepm

    Okay, so WCOS is now on stirrups and it is Android, afterall, since they finally failed to deliver. I am going to buy the Duo the day it is released, with my hard earned money, but really shameful that they will be selling a device with the Windows logo on it but it will be running android. May windowscoreoperatingsystem rest in peace. This mismanagement is eventually going to affect azure also, I am afraid.

    Furthermore, it is going to take them one full more year to create "just another" android folding phone? Holy cow! Hardware does look awesome... only if it were running the new Windows which they are giving up on... this is no longer even a game of chess, let alone a three horse race.

    For now, I guess I will go with MateX as a replacement for my Elite X3... fortunately it is stripped of google... will see in an year if it is worth switching to the surface folding phone running friggin' android (but with a Windows emblem only to remind us of our glorious past)... just like they have the spotify banner on groove music, with no other intent than to piss off Windows adopters.

    • curtisspendlove

      In reply to sandeepm:

      If it's going to run Android apps I think it makes a whole lot more sense to just have the core OS be Android instead of dealing with a Windows variant for the core OS and having to containerize (or emulate or whatever) *most* of the software running on the phone. This way it's fully native. :: shrug ::

      I'm curious when this thing is released. The Duo / Neo have me reconsidering iOS. I doubt I'll switch; but one never knows.

  9. Chris Hedlund

    Is is just me or was that event the most bizarre, awkward, creepy presentation ever? In my opinion, they did every wrong. Sometimes I find the Apple events to be kinda weird (courage!), but this was just plain poorly done...

  10. gibber

    Is the Surface Duo an intermediate step towards a 10X device in the same form factor, or does Microsoft feel that Android is the best long-term choice for this sort of device? I wonder.

  11. dallasnorth40

    Nicely done!

  12. X911ty12

    Exciting stuff

  13. adampeterson

    I'm still searching for a use case for those dual screen devices.

  14. ph-sth

    For the rest of the world, what does "Holiday 2020" mean? Christmas?

  15. FiveKRunn3r

    Interesting that the Verge and MKBHD (others?) got hands-on with these prior to today...

    • curtisspendlove

      In reply to FiveKRunn3r:

      I would imagine if there were a "Did you learn about this from MKBHD" checkbox on after-purchase surveys for a LOT of devices, there would be a LOT of checks in that box.

      I can't stand the Verge's site; so I don't like going there. But it is hard to deny the whole "influencer" role in modern purchase decisions.

  16. chuckop

    I'm all in favor of dual-screen hand-held devices - provided they don't degrade the one-handed use cases. If I have to open it up to make or answer a call, or send a text message, then it'll not be my primary device.

  17. robinvegan87

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