TechGet Ready for Exciting Reveals: Microsoft's March 21 Event Preview

Get Ready for Exciting Reveals: Microsoft’s March 21 Event Preview

Will Shanklin

Microsoft is set ⁤to host an online⁢ event called “Advancing the new era of ​work with Copilot” ⁤on March 21. Speculations suggest that new‍ Surface devices might be revealed, possibly introducing the first AI PC ‍lineup‌ under the brand.⁢ This event marks the second Windows hardware ⁤event and ‍the first primary Surface Pro launch after the departure of former ‍chief product officer Panos Panay, who joined Amazon⁣ last year. Here is​ a preview of what to expect at Microsoft’s ⁣inaugural launch event of 2024.

The event, as per the company’s description, aims to explore “the latest in scaling​ AI in⁢ your environment with Copilot, Windows,‌ and Surface.”⁢ There‍ are‍ differing reports on the‍ specifics of what will be unveiled in late March.

Windows Central suggests that the⁢ highlight of the event will be the introduction of the OLED Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop‌ 6, equipped with upgraded processors promising significant performance improvements over previous models. On the other hand, The Verge reports that the event may focus solely on the business and commercial ⁣variants of these⁤ devices, with more subtle upgrades compared to​ the‍ consumer⁤ versions, which⁤ are expected to follow later in the spring.

Rumors suggest that⁣ the new devices will be‍ powered⁤ by either‌ Intel Core ⁣Ultra or Snapdragon X Elite processors,⁣ featuring ​next-gen neural processors for advanced AI operations. ‍While the Intel-based⁤ models ⁣are projected to launch ‍in⁢ April,⁤ the Arm-based‍ variants are expected to⁢ hit the market a few months‌ later in June, marking ⁤the⁢ first inclusion⁣ of an Arm-based version in the Surface Laptop lineup.

In terms of features, the ⁢rumored updates for the consumer ‍models include a‍ switch ⁢from ⁣LCD to anti-reflective OLED screens⁤ for the Surface⁤ Pro 10, offering enhanced ‍brightness ‌and HDR support. The Surface Laptop ‌6 is⁢ expected to come with slimmer display‍ bezels, ⁤rounded ⁣corners, a haptic touchpad, and an updated port selection ​including two USB-C and ⁢one​ USB-A ‍ports⁣ on the left side.

The ‌commercial and ⁢business-focused models, ⁤which might ‍be the​ main focus ⁤of the upcoming⁢ event, are rumored to offer a built-in Common Access Card‍ (CAC) reader‍ and options for configurations with up to 64GB of RAM.

Image⁤ of a Windows ‌keyboard with a dedicated⁤ Copilot AI key between the left arrow and⁣ Alt keys.

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Whether at the upcoming event or in the future, the new ​consumer-focused Surface Pro and Surface Laptop models are anticipated to ⁣lead Microsoft’s foray‍ into AI PCs running Windows 11. These ⁣devices are expected to be among the first to integrate ​an on-device version of Copilot, alongside ​features like⁣ real-time captioning, translation, gaming enhancements,​ updated Windows Studio Effects, and⁣ an AI ‌Explorer function. Both devices are rumored⁤ to ⁣include a dedicated Copilot key.

One of⁣ the speculated features, AI Explorer, is said⁤ to include a searchable built-in timeline accessible using natural language, akin to the functionality offered⁣ by the third-party Rewind AI app for macOS, allowing users‍ to track their device activities.

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