Microsoft October 26 Event: Time, Live Video Stream And What To Expect

Posted: Oct 25 2016, 1:36pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 26 2016, 12:56am CDT, in News | Technology News

 

Microsoft October 26 Event: Time, Live Video Stream and what to Expect
 

The holiday season starts in about four weeks. This means tech companies certainly need to get their products in the market. Google and Apple have given their launches and now its Microsoft’s turn.

The Microsoft event is scheduled for Wednesday 26 October. Many rumors have surfaced as to what the company may reveal this week. A surface Pro 5 isn’t in the list but we have made a guess of the likeliest bets here.

Surface

The Microsoft Surface Line did not see a very happening start but later they became something of a blockbuster. The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book sales have nearly made the division a billion-dollar business for Microsoft.

Therefore it comes as no surprise that Microsoft is adding another device in its burgeoning hardware line-up. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has predicted Microsoft will use this event to showcase a new product named as Cardinal. This device will operate as an all-in-one PC. We do not know how this will be operational in the real world.

However, Windows Central has given a theory that it will be like a huge tablet-like device and will be able to be used as display or as a desk. Foley thinks the Cardinal will be sold in many different screen sizes which would range from 21 inches and will go up till 27. The device could also be marketed as a scaled-down version of Surface Hub.

It would have a gigantic touch display for those who require more than just a whiteboard. The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Hub both allow precise input and thus Cintiq comparison does make sense. The fans of the existing Surface devices will probably be facing disappointment this Wednesday. Rumors are that Surface Pro 5 or the second generation Surface Book will not be at the event.

The two devices will get their personalized flashy launch in early 2017 just in time for a spring or summer ship date. That being said, it is also possible that Microsoft may include a spec bump in to the existing models so that Intel’s Lake seventh generation Core Processor can be given space. It would be a huge surprise if Microsoft used this event to present to the world the long-rumored Surface Phone.

Microsoft is working on everything but has certainly given up on mobile phones at this point. The Lumia follow-up release has been rumored to be pushed back to 2018. We still wonder if it will be ever released at all. As per the Smartphone world is going about, Microsoft should stop wasting its time and money on Lumia. The device has a tiny chance of stealing from a iOS and Android dominated market.

Windows 10

We expect Windows 10 to be the focal point in the Wednesday event. It would be fair to say this is the glue which holds Microsoft’s hardware lineup together. It does also look like Microsoft won’t have anything too earth-shattering to give to us in the event. Windows Central and ZDNet both think that most of the event will be focused on the Redstone 2 update to windows 10 which is expected to come out next year.

This update gives minor improvements in the operating system. These improvements include enhancements to the camera app and a superior support for Windows Ink. These features may become headline features if the Surface-all-in-one is more targeted towards creative professionals. Microsoft may use the event to remind its customers that it is now open for Windows apps to come to Windows 10.

In September VentureBeat reported that Win32 apps and games are now making their way in to the store because of the Microsoft Desktop App convertor. This tool can use old Win32 programs and repackage them for the Windows Universal Platform. One thing that is most certain is that no serious discussion of Microsoft Office will be heard at the event.

This is because Microsoft plans to put a separate keynote which will be dedicated solely for Microsoft Office. After this week, Microsoft will be hosting a media event in Manhattan which will explore how Office can empower to attain more.

Other Devices

Windows Central thinks Microsoft is working to create something which will compete against Amazon’s Echo and Google Home. This device will be called Home Hub and will be able to work with smart appliances. It will also be able to control your calendar and most interestingly answer search queries.

The evidence though is very minute but it does make sense for Microsoft to unveil such a product. Currently voice-based interfaces are all the rage and Echo has been out from some months. Then another factor in consideration is that Microsoft has recently spent much time and money lately to develop a speech recognition engine.

If the company does not reverse its course we can certainly cancel any expectation of wearables at this show. Microsoft gave up on its fitness-tracking band this October. We did see the Band 3 to appear in some leaks but it’s apparently on ice. We haven’t heard much on a follow-up device so it seems that Microsoft won’t be doing much on wrists for a while.

We also do not expect to hear much on the Xbox and HoloLens. There should be much talk on the potential of these two but there is no suggestion of any new hardware.

Other Companies

Last year Microsoft hosted a late fall event and it was a showcase for all the things the company was working on. This included HoloLens, wearables and even phones. Microsoft does produce hardware by itself now but still does rely on many hundreds of device partners to spread its magic. Mary Jo Foley thinks that Microsoft as a subtle mea culpa, will dedicate some of the event time to frenemies of the hardware world.

Microsoft Event Time and online Video Stream

The Microsoft "Imagine what you'll do" event begins at 10am ET. You can watch the live stream on the microsoft.com site here.

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