We have been hearing about Microsoft’s April/Spring event for a while now. The company was initially expected to launch the Surface Phone by April 2017, but then we were only left with the Surface Book 2 and Surface Pro 5. But now, even the Surface Book 2 and possibly the Surface Pro 5 won’t be coming at the Spring event. Instead, Microsoft will reportedly focus on Windows Cloud at the Spring event, which will now be happening in early May.
Microsoft’s upcoming big conference, Build 2017, is also being kicked off on May 10 — which means Redmond will have two big events next month if this report is indeed accurate.
Focusing on Windows Cloud doesn’t necessarily mean Microsoft won’t launch any new hardware — it is still possible we will see the new Surface Pro 5 at the event. However, considering the fact that Windows 10 Cloud is a lightweight version of Windows 10, we won’t be surprised if Microsoft launches the new Surface 4 or even a new line of product at the event. I am assuming we will only see the new Surface Pro 5 at the event which would make sense as it’s reportedly a minor upgrade over the Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pro 5 is expected to come with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors and other improved specs, so it isn’t a major upgrade which is probably why Microsoft will launch it along with Windows Cloud.
Windows Cloud, for those unfamiliar, is a lightweight version of Windows 10 that does not allow users to download and install apps from outside of the Windows Store. Windows Cloud only allows users to download and install apps from the Windows Store, but users will be able to upgrade their OS to a more powerful SKU at a price.
If the Spring event is indeed happening on early May, Redmond will likely send out invites for the event to the press in the coming weeks. We’ll let you know when that happens — in the meantime, make sure to keep an eye on MSPU next month because it will be a really exciting month if you are a Microsoft fan.