Microsoft Surface Event Live: Event begins; Surface Go 4, Laptop Go 3, more to launch

Microsoft Surface Event 2023 Live Updates: In a few hours, Microsoft will hold its first in-person event since 2019. The Microsoft Surface event is the company’s special annual event where it announces its hardware and software offerings. This year’s event is being held in New York. The individual event will begin at 10:00 AM ET (7:30 PM IST)

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Microsoft event: Satya Nadella launches Copilot to the public

Microsoft’s CEO said, “Today we’re announcing Copilot, our vision for your everyday AI companion.

Highlighting his vision, he said that CoPilot will be built into all major Microsoft products like Bing, Windows, Office, and others, according to TechRadar.

“We believe Copilot will fundamentally change our relationship with technology,” Nadella said.

Microsoft Surface event: Satya Nadella on breakthroughs in AI

In his speech, the Microsoft CEO highlighted two specific breakthroughs in AI – a new natural interface and reasoning engine, according to Tom Guide. These two changes have enabled computers to understand people, places and things.

And Microsoft wants to add Co-Pilot to the mix to act as an assistant for all the user’s business or personal needs.

Microsoft Event 2023: Surface event begins

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has taken the stage. According to Tom’s Guide, the event begins with Nadella speaking about the company’s AI ventures and various initiatives planned for 2023.

Microsoft Bing, an AI chatbot, deserves special mention as it was one of the earliest AI products to be launched publicly and integrated with the Bing search engine.

Are Microsoft product chiefs headed to Amazon?

According to a Bloomberg report, former Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay is leading Amazon after serving the company for nearly two decades.

He is rumored to be running the division responsible for the voice-activated Alexa assistant and Echo smart speakers, according to people familiar with the situation.

Panay’s move marks the latest senior executive swap between the two companies. Two years ago, Microsoft hired Charlie Bell, a senior cloud executive from Amazon, to run its cybersecurity efforts. This initially raised the possibility that Amazon might file a lawsuit because Bell had signed an agreement barring it from teaming up with a rival. But the two companies reached an agreement that allowed Bell to take this step.

Microsoft event: Before the Surface event, Microsoft’s chief product officer left the company

Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay is stepping down after nearly two decades at the company, according to an AP report. This information was received from a staff memo on Monday.

“Under Panos’ leadership, the team built the iconic Surface brand with beloved products,” said Rajesh Jha, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices group, in a message to employees.

“After 19 incredible years at Microsoft, I’ve decided to turn the page and write the next chapter,” X, formerly of Panay on Twitter, said in a social media post. He did not say what his next venture would be. But according to rumors it is expected to be Amazon.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 event: What about its memory and battery life?

The report also suggests that Microsoft can give you up to 64GB of memory in this new laptop, which is double that of the previous version. Plus, you’ll have the option to use a microSD card and a USB Type-A connector.

When it comes to battery life, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 is rumored to have a 58Wh battery that can last up to 19 hours on a single charge. It is getting some new color options, but the exterior design mostly remains the same.

The leak suggests that the product should be available from October 3, with a starting price of EUR 2,249 (roughly Rs. 2 lakh) for the base model.

Microsoft Surface Event: Power and graphics options in Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2

Those interested in purchasing the Surface Laptop Studio 2 can choose between two processors: the Core i7-13700H and the Core i7-13800H. These processors with 14 cores and 20 threads are quite powerful. If you’re interested in graphics, you can choose between the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 or the RTX 4060. But if you don’t need a fancy graphics card, you can go for the base model, which comes with Intel’s integrated Iris Xe GPU.

Microsoft Surface Event 2023: Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 display and hardware leaked

But before the big event, a report from German blog gives us a glimpse of what the Surface Laptop Studio 2 will pack. This new computer will have a 14.4-inch screen, which is the same as the previous version, and will look extra smooth with a 120Hz refresh rate and 2400 x 1600 resolution.

Microsoft Surface Event: What About the Surface Laptop Go 3?

There will be no major changes in Surface Laptop Go 3. The images leaked by WinFuture show that its design is almost similar to its predecessor. Expect a minor spec bump, especially with Intel’s 12th Gen CPUs, like the Intel Core i5-1235U. The display and 8GB of RAM will remain the same, which is likely to result in a price increase of around $780.

Microsoft Event 2023: AI, Microsoft services and more

Beyond the hardware, we expect Microsoft to discuss upcoming enhancements to Windows 11 and other Microsoft services like Excel, Outlook, and Word. Expect the emphasis on “AI” to build on Microsoft’s earlier efforts like Bing and ChatGPT.

Microsoft is experimenting with larger language learning models (LLMs) in apps and services and chatbots powered by its own data. For example, Windows 11 CoPilot is being tested by early adopters in the Windows Preview program and may receive a final release window during this event.

Microsoft is also introducing a new chip design called “Meteor Lake”, which consists of separate slices of silicon for the CPU, GPU, and VPU (a specialized processing unit for AI tasks). This chip design is expected to bring subtle but significant AI improvements to Windows laptops later this year.

Microsoft Event 2023: Surface Duo no longer supported

While Microsoft is planning to unveil several new devices at the Surface event, it recently withdrew support for the Surface Duo – a device launched just 3 years ago. On September 12, the tech giant announced that from now on, there will be no more major software updates, and Android 12L will be the final version. Upon the launch of the Surface Duo, Microsoft promised up to three years of Android updates and security fixes, and it seems to be sticking to its promise, but surprisingly the device has only received two major updates so far , which is lower than what most Android devices get.

Microsoft Event 2023: Surface Go 4 will get many upgrades

Apart from laptops, Microsoft is also focusing heavily on tablets this year in the form of the Surface Go 4. Like the Surface Laptop Go line, the Surface Go tablet offers an entry-level option with a lightweight design. The Surface Go 4 is expected to retain the form factor of the Go 3 while focusing on internal upgrades. A common complaint about the Go 3 was its poor battery life and poor performance due to the Intel Core i3-10100Y processor. Microsoft could address this by offering two variants: Intel-based and ARM-based, similar to the Surface Pro 9. Thanks to cost-efficient ARM integration, the Surface Go 4 could potentially feature 5G connectivity and better battery life.

Microsoft Event 2023: Know what can come with Surface Studio 2

There is an exciting rumor about the new Surface Laptop Studio 2. A leak from German blog WinFuture suggests that Microsoft will offer this laptop with better components and additional ports. The Studio 2 will retain its innovative sliding screen design and gain new ports like a USB-A port and a microSD card reader. Under the hood, it is expected to pack a 13th-generation Intel Core i7-13800H hybrid CPU and an Nvidia RTX 4050 or RTX 4060 GPU. As Tom’s Guide reports, these enhancements promise better multitasking performance and better ray tracing support.

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