It’s On! Microsoft Confirms Its October Windows 10 Event

Posted on October 7, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Microsoft Surface, Windows 10, Xbox One with 44 Comments

It's On! Microsoft Confirms Its October Windows 10 Event

As expected, Microsoft will hold a major press conference on October 26, 2016 in New York City. And while details are vague at this point, it’s fair to say that the rumors we’ve heard so far are almost certainly correct.

I’ve received an email invitation to the event, but its a bit vague. So here’s what I’ve heard from my sources.

No Surface Pro 5 or Surface Book 2. As we’ve been saying for some time now, Microsoft will not refresh its flagship Surface tablets until Spring 2017. So we won’t hear anything about these devices at the October event.

No Surface phone. Microsoft is still not sure if it will even try to make a Surface phone, but in any event that device will not be launched this month.

No Band 3. We already know this, but it’s worth repeating: Microsoft Band 3 is not happening. Not this month. Not ever.

New Surface hardware. We’re still expecting Microsoft to announce new Surface hardware at this event, almost certainly various peripherals and possibly the rumored Surface All-In-One as well.

It’s a Windows event. This month’s event is about the next chapter in the Windows 10 story, and so it’s more Windows-focused than Surface-focused. We will almost certainly see some new Windows 10 devices from other PC makers, plus news about Windows 10 on PC, Xbox One and HoloLens. I’m hoping to hear more about the next version of Windows 10 as well.

It will be live streamed. So everyone can see what’s new right away.

I’m not sure yet if I can attend this event live: I’m traveling that day to Las Vegas and changing that will be messy and expensive. But if I don’t go, Brad will at least be there. That said, I’m going to try.

 

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    bassoprofundo Alpha Member #408 - 2 months ago

    This has to be the big Surface Pen Loop 2 launch...

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      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 2 months ago
      In reply to bassoprofundo:

      I'm wearing my iPod socks.

  2. 5 | Reply
    bbold Alpha Member #669 - 2 months ago

    Yay! I was beginning to worry ;) So excited I can't see straight. Which is reasonable since I'm gay. (lol) :o

  3. 4 | Reply
    RickEveleigh Alpha Member #1566 - 2 months ago

    A whole press conference just because that's my birthday! I never knew they cared.

    1. -4 | Reply
      Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 2 months ago
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    OwenM Alpha Member #598 - 2 months ago

    No new Surface devices, but a processor bump up to Kaby Lake for the existing devices would be welcomed

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      Chris_Kez Alpha Member #320 - 2 months ago
      In reply to OwenM:

      "As we’ve been saying for some time now, Microsoft will not refresh its flagship Surface tablets until Spring 2017."

      I seriously doubt they'd refresh SP4 and SB1 with new chips in a few weeks, then release SP5 and SB2 in the Spring.   

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      OwenM Alpha Member #598 - 2 months ago
      In reply to Chris_Kez:

      They have actually done minor mid cycle updates to the CPU before, albeit it quietly and for inventory reason s. I believe refresh in this context simply means they are not announcing any new version of their existing products.

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    timedrifter Alpha Member #998 - 2 months ago

    I'd like to see a small Surface upgrade Kaby Lake and USB-C. Surface Pro 4s :) I wouldnt mind a tick/tock cycle with these machines.

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    Smidgerine Alpha Member #1979 - 2 months ago

    I wonder if there is a spot for a Surface 4 using a Surface Pro body and core-m Kaby Lakes.  I guess probably not, but I'd like it!

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    dstrauss Alpha Member #640 - 2 months ago

    "It will be live streamed. So everyone can see what’s new right away." - why bother - did you happen to notice how many more "no's" there are than "yes'" in that litinay of featured items?

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      VasiS Alpha Member #593 - 2 months ago
      In reply to dstrauss:

      Agree, just to release some accessories or talk about New Windows 10 features that wont be released until late Spring 2017? cmon on, there has to be something bigger, for a live streamed event.

       

      my guess..

      - new HW, in time, for the holidays

      - some big features on Windows10 side that'll clarify why there'll be no new phones in near future.

    2. 0 | Reply
      timedrifter Alpha Member #998 - 2 months ago
      In reply to dstrauss: This does have me concerned.

       

    3. 0 | Reply
      JHeredia Alpha Member #433 - 2 months ago
      In reply to dstrauss:

      Yeah, I've got to be honest, I'm about as excited for this as I was for Google's event this week.  Interesting, but who cares?  Unless they've got a giant "one more thing" in their hardware bunker, the most newsworthy thing they could do is put the final nail in another coffin, like maybe Windows 10 Mobile this time?

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    kitron Alpha Member #1895 - 2 months ago

    I am expecting an Echo or Google Home like device.  I think it is the right time to launch it.

    1. 0 | Reply
      VasiS Alpha Member #593 - 2 months ago
      In reply to kitron:

      I dont think Cortana can compete with Google Home / Echo in its current form. But, they would be on to something if they can atleast tie all the devices (PC, Xbox, phone) together.

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    beanstalk66 Alpha Member #466 - 2 months ago

    Great, how or where can we go to watch the stream?

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    Awhispersecho Alpha Member #1649 - 2 months ago

    "No Surface phone. Microsoft is still not sure if it will even try to make a Surface phone, but in any event that device will not be launched this month"

    That is a perfect example of the problem. They have no clue what to do, what they want to do or what they should do. When the hell do they think a good time would be to decide if they are going to release this or not? Will they decide next year? Maybe in 2018? And then if they finally decide to release it, once again it will be years too late to matter to anyone. Just release the damn thing ir drop Win 10 mobile completely. So tired of this half assed crap from them.

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    ben55124 Alpha Member #1468 - 2 months ago

    Semi-annual media playing app/service rebrand? Windows Media Player > Zune > Xbox Music > Groove > One Tune?

  12. 0 | Reply
    Waethorn Alpha Member #2235 - 2 months ago

    Unless Microsoft is announcing that Windows is going open-source, or that that the company is being bought up, I can only see this as a boring PR strategy to take away from all of the bad press that's been circling Windows since the Anniversary Update debacle(s).  Even John C. Dvorak (ITM, Gitmo slaves!) got words in about this:

    http://www.pcmag.com/commentary/348459/the-massive-windows-10-update-failure

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    EnterMegatron99 Alpha Member #189 - 1 month ago

    Meh...watch the live stream like the rest of us Paul.  Paul Jr. will be there.

  14. 0 | Reply
    FreeJAC Alpha Member #1723 - 1 month ago

    Any Xbox Scorpio info at this Paul?

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    cseafous Alpha Member #610 - 2 months ago

    If they announce an AIO, I will be torn between that and a Surface 2-in-1.  I need a tablet to replace my Surface 2 but I would love to have a Surface desktop.

    Any word about the XBox media device Brad mentioned?  I feel I compelled to keep asking about it.

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    shameermulji Alpha Member #1515 - 2 months ago

    The Verge is pretty adamant there will be a Surface AIO announced at the event:

    http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/7/13207612/microsoft-paint-windows-10-app

    "Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that any potential AIO PC will be aimed at creatives. Microsoft is said to be working on software and hardware that will enhance the use of stylus, touch, and traditional inputs on a full desktop PC."

     

  17. 0 | Reply
    Pierre Masse Alpha Member #1529 - 2 months ago

    It won't be Christmas, but I hope it will be Easter.

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    albatronas - 2 months ago

    I hope they will show us new things. No Surface Pro/book, band, phone..... Probably the new Surface All-In-One. But not cloud...cloud....cloud.... I know that is not the purpose of the event for cloud but I am tired hearing only this from Satya. I hope we will see delightful new things!!! 

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    TraderGary Alpha Member #1255 - 2 months ago

    I'm happy that Microsoft is staying with the current Surface Book for a while since mine is now running totally problem free. ;-)

    1. 0 | Reply
      chriscarstens Alpha Member #874 - 2 months ago
      In reply to TraderGary: Yeah, mine too. It even got the October updates right the FIRST try. 

       

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    davidblouin Alpha Member #303 - 2 months ago

    "No Surface phone. Microsoft is still not sure if it will even try to make a Surface phone, but in any event that device will not be launched this month."

    So obviously no replacement to the Lumia 950 in sight, but what about the 650 or the 550 for the next 12 months ?

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      VasiS Alpha Member #593 - 2 months ago
      In reply to davidblouin:

      There wont be any more low/medium range phones from MS. Many even doubt we'll see high end ones will get released from MS, going by the comments from paul above.

    2. 1 | Reply
      davidblouin Alpha Member #303 - 2 months ago
      In reply to VasiS:
      I was asking fellow commentors's opinion, i don't really care about the windowsphoneisdead.com's owner's opinion ;)
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      shameermulji Alpha Member #1515 - 2 months ago
      In reply to davidblouin:

      Here's what Mary Jo Foley (from ZDNET) says regarding Windows Phone:

      http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-schedules-its-fall-hardware-event-for-october-26/

      "Microsoft officials recently confirmed there will be no new Band device this year, and my sources continue to say no new Microsoft phones of any kind are coming this year, either. If and when anything like a Surface Phone ends up materializing, it will likely be late 2017 or maybe even not until 2018, my contacts have said recently."

      Her contacts within MS are for the most part spot on.

       

    4. 1 | Reply
      davidblouin Alpha Member #303 - 1 month ago
      In reply to shameermulji:

      I was asking fellow commentors's opinion, i don't really care about the windowsphoneisdead.com's owner's lady-friend's opinion ;)

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    dcdevito Alpha Member #220 - 2 months ago

    I understand the AU wasn't the smoothest, but I'm still loving Windows 10 and couldn't be happier being a Mac defector of the last 8 years! Just built a custom rig and thus far it's been the best computer experience to date, no issues here.

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    glenn8878 Alpha Member #2387 - 2 months ago

    A new Surface Pro or Book would be most inviting, but maybe next time. Curious to hear about the peripherals. I won't guess, but anything less than a cam for Hello, Cortana, and Skype would be most disappointing.