Microsoft is indeed holding an event next month as it was presumed, but it turns out that the event might not see launch of Surface Pro 5, but something else – possibly Windows 10 Cloud and a Windows 10 Cloud-powered Surface Book.
That’s going to be a huge disappointment for all those who are waiting eagerly for Surface Pro 5, but if we go by previous reports that the Surface Pro 5 is to be delayed, the latest report does feel correct.
As far as the event is concerned, it is going to happen on May 2 and Microsoft is sending out press invites for the same. While the details about the event are limited, the invite does reveal the #MicrosoftEDU hashtag suggesting that the event isn’t likely about Surface Pro 4 successor, but could be about education. The event will be livestreamed online.
Reports on the web including one from ZDNet claim that Microsoft is planning to announce Windows 10 Cloud in a bid to compete with Google’s Chrome OS that has been making huge headway in the education market.
Google Chromebooks are extremely popular among school and college students in the US. Offering a simple and strip-down experience, Google’s Chrome OS is easy to use, and it powers a number of low-cost notebooks that cost as low as $179. Given the popularity of Google’s Chrome OS, Microsoft could be thinking to release Windows 10 Cloud, with the major focus on productivity and education.
The upcoming platform will run Universal Windows apps and Windows Store apps. Evidently, Windows Cloud will be a simple, “and presumably more secure and manageable” version of Windows 10 that would support upgrades to Windows 10 Pro.
It’s not clear whether the company will also launch a new hardware for Windows Cloud at the event, though there are chances of Microsoft unveiling a Surface 4 tablet aimed at the education market. However, users shouldn’t expect to see a Surface Pro 5 or Surface Book 2. Microsoft’s Surface phone is off the radar, according to media reports.
Microsoft’s education-based event comes just a week before the company’s Build conference in Seattle. The tech giant recently released the Windows 10 Creators update- the major release that brings several new features to the operating system.