There is no gainsaying the fact that 2015 is already dead and buried behind us, but individuals and business organizations are using the experiences of the year to plan ahead for 2016 so as to maximize the gains achieved in the coming year.
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In this light, we shall be offering some insights into what Microsoft may have up its sleeve for 2016 and you may have to put yourself in the position where you determine how these revelations or technological developments affect you as they unfold during the new year.
Inside sources reveal Microsoft will begin in January to accept applications for its HoloLens developer kits, and by the time it starts getting round by the first quarter of 2016, each developer and average individual will know how this technology affects his life or career.
Microsoft’s Surface may also be updated to keep with the competition in the market. To this end, both the non-pro and pro versions may receive some updates to keep their specs relevance and enhance user experience in the new year. This means the company might take this time to look into the Windows Hello sensors.
The Surface Book and Pro 4 might also be upgraded some bit by the time 2016 runs to the middle of the year, but what the updates and enhancements might be remain unknown.
There are rumors that Microsoft intends to come out with a Surface phone. While this cannot be independently confirmed, it will be interesting to see how a proposed Surface smartphone would affect the sales of the Lumia 950 XL and vice versa.
There are also talks that Microsoft may come out with a lightweight Xbox One slim style device for 2016, and that the device may put Apple TV on its toes, but then market analysts and product consumers are waiting to see how this is going to happen, or if it is ever going to happen.
On the software scene, it is expected that Microsoft will release two main software in 2016 – and this might be Redstone for Windows 10 and certain updates for Edge which might include better Cortana experience, SMS from a desktop if the user possesses a windows phone, improved File Explorer and other things.
It is also possible for the company to update its server to Windows Server 2016 and improve upon its Visual Studio offerings.
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Considering the fact that Microsoft acquired a record 20 companies in 2015, it is not unlikely that this will be a repeat performance in 2016. To this end, the company will surely up its cloud platform services and also pull out some surprises that will sure surprise both consumers and competitors in the new year.