The Morning After: What to expect from Microsoft’s Surface event

Did you think the big tech events were over for the year? This week it’s Microsoft’s turn and we look forward to lots of surface news. That could include a long-overdue Surface Studio update and even a mini desktop. The first is the Surface Pro 9. It will reportedly use 12th Gen Core i5 and i7 U-series processors (considerably faster than the Pro 8 11th generation parts). Don’t expect the exterior to change much, though. The Surface Pro 9 is likely to look a lot like its predecessor, with a 13-inch 120Hz display and two Thunderbolt 4 ports.

There are some wildcards, like the one mentioned above Volterra Project, a compact desktop for developers building native ARM Windows applications with AI capabilities. It may look like a Mac mini, but it appears to be aimed at developers. We’ve outlined everything else we hope to see right here. The event kicks off on Wednesday, October 12 at 10am ET.

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