Microsoft Surface Launching October 12th: What You Can Click

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Microsoft’s expected fall launch now has an official date: October 12th. This is the same day the company did Ignite IT Pro . Conference Launches and the day after Meta maintains an extension Hardware event focused on Meta Connect.

On September 21, Microsoft published an event placeholder page in microsoft.com/event (Thanks to The Walking Cat for the link.) On that page it simply says “Watch the live stream to see what’s next” with a watercolor version of the Windows wallpaper. The event begins at 10 a.m. ET.

Microsoft’s October 12 event is widely expected to serve as a launch pad for a number of updated Surface-branded products — but not for anything metaverse/AR/VR related, as far as we Microsoft watchers have heard at this point. Many sites expect Microsoft to bring out the new Surface Laptop 5, its large screen Surface Studio 3 all-in-one desktop, and the Surface Pro 9 family of 2-in-1 convertibles. There was a report that Microsoft could launch Surface brand gaming laptop At the event, which, in theory, doesn’t seem so farfetched given how hard Microsoft will push for Xbox game services. (But for now, most company watchers don’t seem to give these rumors much credence.)

The theme for the fall’s Surface launch appears to be for Microsoft to bet increasingly on Arm for some of its devices. as such Windows Central first mentioned, Surface Pro 9 may include Intel and Arm based modelswhich would be an inaccurate statement of position about how much Microsoft is willing to believe its Windows-on-Arm operating system is.

Speaking of Arm, Microsoft may also use the October 12 event to announce the availability Project Volterra devices which was first revealed at its Build conference in May. Project Volterra is an Arm-based desktop computer that Microsoft positions as a developer workstation particularly suited to AI computing because it features an integrated Qualcomm Neural Processing Unit (NPU).

While unveiling Project Volterra earlier this year, Microsoft officials highlighted what they call a “co-development pattern for building AI experiences that span the cloud and the edge,” which they dubbed the “Hybrid Loop.” This capability will be demonstrated through the ONNX runtime and Azure Machine Learning, along with a prototype AI toolchain to enable developers to target CPUs, GPUs, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), and NPUs.

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Over the past year or so, Microsoft has been ramping up its work on Windows on Arm (WoA). For more than five years, Microsoft has been working on making WOA a commercially viable alternative to Windows over Intel but it has had Little to show for her. Since Apple went into Arm with its own silicon, it appears that Microsoft officials decided to double down on the company’s Arm PC business by porting more of its own software originally to Arm.

However, Microsoft – at least for the time being – is dependent on Qualcomm offers better ARM chips for PC to the market. And that’s something that’s not likely to happen until late 2023 (or possibly later, given Arm’s latest lawsuit against Qualcomm.