The tagline, ‘A moment of your time,’ has some speculating about a smartwatch. But expect a look at upcoming Windows capabilities, Surface hardware updates, and possibly new hardware.
Microsoft today sent invitations to an Oct. 2 event in New York City.
The company held a similar event last year to debut new Surface hardware and show off features coming to Windows 10. Since this year’s invitation reads simply “A moment of your time,” some have speculated that the company may be coming out with a smartwatch. That seems unlikely, given Microsoft’s recent emphasis on business cloud services and a move away from consumer products.
The Windows fan contingent is all abuzz about Andromeda, which—according to a leaked email and some patents—is a foldable, small Surface device that may be a phone or a tablet. But we’ll most likely see updates to existing Surface devices.
The Surface Laptop hasn’t been updated since May 2017, while the large, high-definition Surface Studio first arrived in October 2016. Microsoft already announced that a Surface Hub 2 will arrive in 2019, but details were scant, so we may get a look at it next month.
The next Windows 10 feature update, officially named the October 2018 Update, should feature prominently at the event, as it’s pretty much feature-ready, according to the latest Windows Insider preview builds. Features include the Your Phone app, which will let the operating system interact with Android and iOS smartphones, including photo and message support. Also look for a File Explorer dark mode, Cloud Clipboard for copying and pasting between devices, a better screenshot tool, updated Notepad, and new Windows Security features.
Not making it in the October update is the previously announced Sets feature, which lets you house multiple apps in a single tabbed window. It’s not unusual for Microsoft to talk about a feature, only to have it skip the next version. This happened with Timeline, which finally made it into the April 2018 Update.
Whatever is announced at the event, hardware or software, PCMag will be there to fill you in on all the details.