Surface Pro fans who are eagerly still waiting for Surface Pro 5 to be launched at Microsoft Build 2017 shouldn’t hope for its release as it isn’t going to happen.
Microsoft has already confirmed that there is no such device like Surface Pro 5 and so Surface Pro 4 is going to remain the flagship Surface Pro device for quite some time. The Microsoft Build 2017 conference begins in Seattle today at 11 AM EST and Redmond will mostly be focusing on Windows 10, Cortana, and its other software.
Microsoft is not expected to make any Surface related announcement at the conference and Surface Pro 5 hopefuls shouldn’t expect anything otherwise they will be let down severely. Any hardware announcement is out of the question for Build 2017 as the company recently announced the Surface Laptop, which is powered by Windows 10 S operating system.
Windows 10 will be one of the major focuses for Microsoft. The OS has already released a major update to Windows 10 this year with the next scheduled for September 2017. So that’s what we are expecting to be shown off at Build 2017. The Creators Update started rolling out April, though Microsoft has warned people not to install this until their device prompts them to do the same. Microsoft gave a first look at the Creators Update in the last Build conference, and according to reports this next build of the OS is codenamed “Redstone 3.”
According to reports, Microsoft will unveil new features like improvements to the Edge browser, Office, the ability to pin contacts to the top, and better power management. Windows UI will also get revamped and images of Project Neon were leaked as well, which show transparent effects will be making a return to the Windows OS.
Bots and artificial intelligence will be another area Microsoft will be concentrating on for Build 2017. The company has been talking about bots at the last Build as well. Artificial intelligence is another focus area for all the big players, from Google to Amazon, and expect Microsoft to talk about this at the Build Conference.
Microsoft is catching up with Google and Amazon, both of which have their own AI-powered home speakers and so Cortana powered speakers could be revealed as well. Microsoft’s device is being developed by Harman Kardon, and the speaker will be called Invoke. Harman Kardon had put up a dedicated webpage for this, but it was taken down later. The smart speaker will have a design like the Amazon Echo, 360-degree audio, and yes it will be powered by Cortana. Plus it will have the ability to make and receive calls through Skype.
Microsoft’s HoloLens is the company’s big project on mixed reality, and we are likely to hear some updates around this. HoloLens platform was made open to developers last year, the device was available for developers to pre-order for around $3000.
We would like to remind our readers again that there will be no Surface Pro 5 at Microsoft Build 2017 and so they shouldn’t get their hopes up. Instead we would recommend to purchase Surface Pro 4 at hefty discounts while you still can as the prices may go up post Microsoft’s announcement that there is no such thing as a Pro 5.