What awaits at Microsoft’s highly anticipated Surface and AI event
Microsoft is hosting a “special event” in New York City this week where they will unveil three new Surface devices and AI-powered features for Windows, Office, Bing, and Surface. The event comes shortly after Panos Panay, the former head of Windows and Surface, announced his resignation. The event will take place on Thursday, September 21st at 7AM PT / 10AM ET and will be the first in-person Surface event since the pandemic. While Microsoft won’t be livestreaming the event, The Verge will be live blogging the event as it happens, and Microsoft will post a recording of the event later on their website.
There are rumors that Microsoft will announce three new Surface devices at the event. One of the devices, the Surface Laptop Studio 2, has already leaked and is expected to have improved internal specs and new features like Intel’s 13th Gen processors and Nvidia’s RTX 4060. The Surface Go 4 and Surface Laptop Go 3 are also expected to be announced.
In addition to new devices, Microsoft will unveil new AI-powered features for Windows. This includes the Windows Copilot, an AI “personal assistant,” and other AI-powered features in Windows apps like the Snipping Tool and Photos app. Microsoft is also rumored to be working on AI features for Paint and Photos that will automatically generate images and identify people or objects in photos.
The Surface team has been focusing on AI for years and has incorporated features like Windows Studio Effects to enhance user experience. These features rely on a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) and have only been available on Arm-powered Surface devices. The upcoming Surface Laptop Studio 2 may feature its own NPU, and other chip manufacturers like AMD and Intel are also developing AI capabilities for their processors.
The event will not only focus on Surface and Windows but also on Microsoft’s Copilot plans for Microsoft 365 and Office apps. Copilot will offer AI-powered features to instantly summarize documents, generate emails, and speed up Excel analysis. Microsoft also plans to provide updates on Bing Chat Enterprise, an enterprise version of Bing Chat with commercial data protection.
Overall, Microsoft’s event promises to showcase new Surface devices and exciting AI-powered features for their products.