Feeds

Microsoft to unveil new Surface slabs at September 23 event

Hush-hush invites tease Windows tablets to come

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Microsoft will launch the second generation of its Surface fondleslabs at an invitation-only event to be held in New York City on September 23.

The company teased the event with invites emailed to media on Monday that gave few details, other than making very plain that Surface will be in the limelight. Even the invitation's text is designed to look as if it had been typed onto the screen of a Surface tablet.

At a glance, the slab pictured looks identical to the Surface Pro tablets you can buy today, but that's in keeping with what we think we know about Redmond's future fondleslab plans.

If the whispers we've been hearing are true, Microsoft will be announcing revamped versions of both its Intel-powered Surface Pro slab and the ARM-based version running Windows RT, although the latter will now be known simply as Surface, rather than Surface RT.

On the outside, both tablets are expected to be virtually identical to the earlier generation, except that they are believed to include a two-position kickstand on their displays instead of the last generation's single-position one.

Invitation to Microsoft's Surface event on September 23

What's new with Surface? Microsoft's emailed invitation offers few hints

On the inside, both tablets will receive the typical set of upgrades, including faster processors, more RAM, and longer battery life.

One thing we haven't heard much about lately, on the other hand, is the rumored "Surface Mini" that is expected to ship with a seven-to-nine-inch display. Most Redmond-watchers now seem to feel that such a device will not be on deck for the September event, but you never know.

The new Surface Pro will almost certainly ship with Windows 8.1, which was made available as a download for developers on Monday and will be released to general availability on October 18. Whether the nearly four-week gap between that date and the date of the Surface launch event in New York means the new tablets won't actually ship until later in the year is unclear.

As usual, The Reg will keep you updated with more detail as they appear and we'll have the full scoop on Microsoft's new tablets after the September 23 event. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?
And yes it does need a fat HDD (or SSD, it's cool with either)
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE
Can't face sea of wobbling fondle implements. What happened to lighters, eh?
Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai
It's not the size of your shiny-shiny...
Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek
Is bigger necessarily better for the fruity firm's flagship phone?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?