Microsoft announced a slew of new products Tuesday, Oct. 6, in New York City, including two new phones, a high-end tablet, the company's first laptop and a developer kit for the MSFT virtual reality platform.
Lumia 950 and 950 XL
Microsoft’s Lumia 950 and 950 XL have very competitive specifications, going directly after other flagship phones on the market, like the Apple iPhone 6S and Samsung's Galaxy S6. For a detailed comparison, check out this article.
Surface Pro 4
The new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is also looking to steal market share from the heavyweights, especially Apple. Microsoft claims its latest "laptop replacement" is 30 percent faster than the Surface Pro 3 and 50 percent faster than the MacBook Air. It also introduced a new stylus, with a battery life of one year. More info here.
Despite a stated desire to replace the laptop, Microsoft also announced the Surface Book -- its first laptop. Like the rest of the Surface line, the screen of the Book detaches to act like a regular tablet. But underneath, the Surface book runs an Intel Skylake processor, which Microsoft claims make it the fastest 13-inch laptop ever. More here.
Microsoft Band 2
The sequel to the Microsoft Band has a curved screen, can estimate oxygen consumption and judges your golf swing, but it faces stiff competition from the likes of Jawbone, Fitbit and Apple.
Microsoft also revealed a HoloLens developer kit. The $3,000 virtual reality glasses will be available for developers in the first quarter of 2016. It remains to be seen what will be created, but as a hint of things to come, Microsoft brought a player on stage to seamlessly battle animated monsters emerging from a real-world wall.