Microsoft was previously expected to announce the new successors to the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book this Spring at a “Spring hardware launch event”, but a new report suggests that isn’t what’s going to happen.
According to ZDNet’s prolific Microsoft watcher, Mary Jo Foley, conversations with numerous sources have led to the impression that Microsoft isn’t launching successors to the older Surfaces just yet. This means that there will be no Surface Pro 5, nor will they be a Surface Book 2 – this spring at least.
However, there is still strong support for a Windows 10 Surface Event this week, which leads to speculation about what Microsoft has up its sleeve regarding its hardware. Windows 10 Mobile and Hololens powered hardware are right out, and Microsoft typically holds gaming focused events for its Xbox consoles.
We reported earlier about a purported Surface Book 2 which ditched the hinge for a conventional clamshell form factor. It has been theorized that these Surface clamshell PCs aren’t actually Surface Books but instead the very first of Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM devices.
While some assumed that Microsoft’s Windows on ARM would run on phones, the firm explicitly referenced laptops and hybrids in its discussion of the Windows on ARM project. It is worth noting as well that Microsoft typically uses its own Surface to launch new platforms for Windows i.e Windows Ink, Surface Dial etc. In that light, what better way to launch Windows on ARM than with a Surface device.
To add to this intrigue, Microsofties associated with the Surface tram have been making mysterious tweets about the next Surface for a while. It’ll be interesting to see what they cook up.
— Ralf Groene (@ralfgroene) March 12, 2017
Boy, I know surface stuff I can't share. I keep being asked. But I hope you respect I won't. It's just right not to. But it is the sht.
— Brian Hall (@IsForAt) March 26, 2017
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