Microsoft May 23 Event Is Not About Surface Pro 5

Posted: May 8 2017, 7:40am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Microsoft May 23 Event is Not About Surface Pro 5
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There is no Surface Pro 5, says Panos Panay.

Microsoft has announced a hardware event to take place in Shanghai on May 23. One of the rumored products Microsoft could have unveiled at the event is a Surface Pro 5. Panos Panay, corporate vice president for Surface Computing at Microsoft shot down that balloon in a new interview with CNET.

"There's no such thing as a Pro 5," said Panay. "When it's meaningful and the change is right, we'll put it on market, Meaningful change isn't necessarily a hardware change, which is what a lot of people look for. They're like, 'Where's the latest processor?' That's not what I mean. I'm looking for an experiential change that makes a huge difference in product line," he explains.

What will Microsoft unveil on May 23. It will be something in the Surface line-up. Our guess is that Microsoft will just unveil the Surface Pro 4 with new Intel generation chips. Microsoft is not going to Shanghai to unveil something huge like the Surface Phone.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a podcast that the company is working on a phone, but it will be different from how phones look today. This has a similar sentiment as Panay's statement. The mission of Microsoft's Surface hardware line is to innovate and bring a new experience for users that does not exist on the market.

The Surface Phone could be the first smartphone with augmented reality built-in, or some other future user interface functionality. When Microsoft will be ready with the Surface Phone is unclear. It is coming eventually.

Microsoft fans should not put too much hope into Microsoft's May 23 event. Nothing big will be unveiled.

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