Microsoft’s press event in New York City is almost here, and that means there are plenty of rumors to be excited about. The company announced the event earlier this month, only giving details like the place, date and time.
All-in-One Surface PC
Microsoft is working on a brand new Surface PC, but this time, it’s getting rid of the kickstand and keyboard case. The new Surface PC will be an all-in-one desktop rather than a touchscreen laptop. The new Surface PC is expected to include a large display that will lay flat on a desk. You can expect to see touchscreen and stylus support, and the ability to create 3D objects with Microsoft’s new Surface hardware. Microsoft is also expected to unveil new Surface PC accessories, including a keyboard and mouse that leaked in FCC filings.
Create 3D objects
Earlier this month, details on Microsoft’s paint app for Windows 10 started leaking, and an early version of the app was available for anyone to download. Microsoft’s new Paint app is designed to be a Universal Windows app with pen-and tout-friendly features, and the option to create 3D objects. The 3D objects feature will be the main focus of the app.
HoloLens and Xbox
We’re not sure if we’ll hear about Microsoft’s headset, but we’re confident the company is looking to create their own HoloLens headsets. Microsoft has only teased us so far but hasn’t shown us how its 3D holograms will improve the Windows 10 experience on a PC. Though Microsoft is getting ready to release Project Scorpio console next year, we’re not sure what updates on Scorpio will be unveiled at Microsoft’s October 26th event.
Windows 10 2017 Features
Microsoft has been developing the next major update for Windows 10. Codenamed ‘Redstone 2’, this next major update is rumored to launch in Spring 2017 and will focus on productivity improvements for the desktop, and will bring new features and enhancements to Windows 10 Mobile users. As you may already know, Windows Anniversary Update (codenamed Redstone 1) rolled out in August. The update brought some big changes to the operating system including updates to Cortana, the artificially intelligent assistant, and Windows Ink, the workspace dedicated to styluses. According to ZDNet, Microsoft’s Redstone 2 will include improvements to Windows Ink, camera app and Linux subsystem.
HomeHub - Amazon Echo competitor?
Microsoft also has some “smart connected device,” which will be similar to the Amazon Echo which is expected to be unveiled at its October 26th event. There aren’t too many details right now, but the device related to a Windows 10 feature called “HomeHub.” Microsoft’s Amazon Echo competitor would be powered by Cortana instead of Amazon’s Alexa. You’ll be able to ask questions, set reminders and give it commands for household appliances. Other features include the ability to store files directly on the device, such as music, video, and documents, allowing them to be streamed to any device in the household.