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Microsoft Surface Event: Everything Announced

Microsoft’s Fall 2022 Surface event is just over! It was an event full of three new Surface PCs, a few new accessories, and new apps and services for Microsoft 365 subscribers. Here are all the announcements from the event! The company says many new devices and accessories will begin shipping in “select markets” starting October 25, with pre-orders currently in progress. (opens in new tab)Surface Pro 9 (Image credit: Microsoft) The most billed product at the event was the new Surface Pro 9, which integrates Intel 12th Gen and ARM-based Microsoft SQ3 chips into the same product line. The Surface Pro X is gone, and in its place is the 5G version of the Surface Pro 9. Inside, the Microsoft SQ3 is based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen3 and offers significant performance gains over the Surface Pro X. Neural Processing Units (NPUs) that deliver clever AI effects natively within Windows 11 with 5G capabilities. The NPU allows users to enable camera and microphone effects such as vertical background blur, voice focus and voice sharpening, and automatic camera framing in any app. It is activated at the system-wide level. Inside, you’ll find a 12th-gen U-series processor that delivers up to 50% more performance than the 11th-gen chip in the Surface Pro 8. The Intel Surface Pro 9 is also available in a wider range. A variety of colors, including two new colors named Sapphire and Forest. There’s also a special 10th anniversary edition Surface Pro 9, designed in partnership with Liberty. It features a laser-engraved floral pattern and matching typing cover. It’s an amazing device and a great way to celebrate anniversaries. Pre-orders are now open and prices start at $999. You can learn more about the new Surface Pro 9 here. (Opens in a new tab) The Surface Pro 9 family will be available in either Intel or Arm versions this year, so you should choose the right silicon for the job. Surface Laptop 5 (Image credit: Microsoft) A new version of the Surface Laptop was also announced at the event, but updates here are minimal. It gets the new Sage green color matching the Surface Laptop Go 2 released earlier this year. In terms of design, everything else remains the same. The change is on the inside, driven by the new Intel 12th Gen U-series chips. Additionally, Surface laptops include Thunderbolt 4 support for the first time, and devices are now Secured-Core PC certified as well. Microsoft also touts improved cameras and microphones for better Teams meetings, as they do every year. Interestingly, Microsoft took AMD out of this year’s lineup. Microsoft has included a special “Surface Edition” AMD Ryzen chip option in its Surface laptops since 2019, but the Surface Laptop 5 is the first Surface laptop to not include these options after the Surface Laptop 3. :”We select the right components for every product and customer we envision, with the aim of customer satisfaction. It is a careful process that works closely with our partners to coordinate and perfect the entire experience. This product , we’re excited about Intel’s 12th Gen processors, which are powered by the Intel® Evo™ platform and will help the Surface Laptop 5 achieve the perfect balance of style and performance. The Surface Laptop continues to be our favorite Surface device.” Pre-orders start now and prices start at $999. You can learn more about the new Surface Laptop 5 here. (Opens in a new tab) Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 Surface Laptop 5 has received some upgrades from the previous generation. This time with the new Intel CPUs, Thunderbolt 4 support, and Intel Evo branding, the battery life gets a bit more. Choose from two screen sizes: 13.5 inches and 15 inches. Surface Studio 2+ (Image courtesy of Microsoft) Four years later, Microsoft has finally updated Surface Studio with a new version. Dubbed the Surface Studio 2+, it’s a highly iterative upgrade for the Surface Studio line, featuring the same design as the original Surface Studio released in 2016, but with more robust (still outdated) specs. It uses an Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11370H and NVIDIA RTX 3060 laptop GPU. This offers twice the performance of the older Surface Studio 2 with a 7th Gen chip, all in the same thermal package, which looks great. However, in the documentation these specs are definitely the last generation. Less on the GPU side, but RTX 40XX series GPUs are coming soon. Other improvements to the Surface Studio 2+ include the addition of three Thunderbolt 4 capable USB-C ports on the back and the removal of an SD card reader. The display is now also Dolby Vision certified and the camera and microphone settings have been improved. For team meetings. Only one configuration with 32GB RAM and 1TB storage is available at this time. It’s currently on pre-order and is priced at $4,499. Learn more about Surface Studio 2+ here! (Opens in a new tab) Microsoft Surface Studio 2+ The massive GPU upgrade makes Surface Studio 2+ more appealing this year for content creators and those looking for a forward-looking all-in-one desktop. The Studio 2+ retains Microsoft’s iconic desktop design. Microsoft Audio Dock (Image Credit: Microsoft) The new Microsoft Audio Dock was a rather surprising announcement, a unique take on the classic PC docking experience. Premium audio speakers for music listening and Teams meetings. The back also includes a full-featured docking environment, allowing you to connect your PC to monitors and other peripherals. On the back is HDMI. 2.0 ports, 2 USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports, 1 USB-A 3.2 port. It also supports power pass-through of up to 60W, which helps keep your PC charged when connected to the dock. On the audio side, there’s a 15-watt woofer and two 5-watt tweeters inside. Microsoft says these speakers deliver sound and deep bass that fills multidimensional spaces for music and meetings. There are a few dedicated controls at the top, including a dedicated Teams button, a mute button, and a volume button. This is definitely one of the weirdest accessories from Microsoft this year, but it’s also pretty awesome to see Microsoft investing in audio peripherals outside of headsets. Learn more about the Audio Dock (Opens in a new tab) Enjoy higher fidelity audio and music while connecting additional peripherals and managing messy cables on your desk with Microsoft’s new Audio Dock. The Microsoft Audio Dock integrates a USB hub and pass-through charging and built-in speakers into a simple solution. With the announcement of the Microsoft Presenter+ (image courtesy of Microsoft) Audio Dock, there was a new Teams remote peripheral known as Microsoft Presenter+. What is this? A remote control that lets you control your PowerPoint presentations, point to and highlight items on the screen, and mute/unmute yourself with the click of a button. Works up to 32 feet away and lasts up to 6 days of battery life on a single charge. It also has programmable buttons that are certified for Microsoft Teams and allow you to customize the button’s function within a specific app. It also comes with a neat USB-C charger to hold the remote control when not in use. It’s currently on pre-order and is priced at $79. You can learn more about Microsoft Presenter+ here. Microsoft Adaptive Accessories (Image courtesy of Microsoft) Microsoft Adaptive Accessories was announced earlier this year, so it’s not a new reveal at this event. However, it has been announced that the accessory will be in general availability with the new Surface hardware coming on October 25th. It’s really great. Accessories are very affordable, ranging from $15 to $45. Learn more about Microsoft Adaptive Accessories here!Microsoft Designer (Image credit: Microsoft)Microsoft Designer is a new graphic design app with built-in AI capabilities. Powered by OpenAI’s DALLE-2 technology, users can create unique visuals and graphics by simply entering what they want to see in their project. This is crazy technology, and it makes creative work and projects accessible to more people, including those unfamiliar with graphic and artistic creation. Learn more about this announcement. Microsoft Bing Image Creator (image courtesy of Microsoft) The same AI-based DALL-E 2 technology on OpenAI is also available in Microsoft Bing. Users can create an image by simply entering a few keywords. Microsoft says they are working with OpenAI to ensure that the results generated are not offensive and that the service can continue to evolve over time. Coming in limited preview in the next few months. Learn more about Bing Image Creator. Microsoft Create (image courtesy of Microsoft) Finally, Microsoft wants to highlight many of the apps and services under the Microsoft 365 umbrella. Consumers create content. Using Clipchamp, Designer, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more, the new Microsoft Create website is designed to consolidate all these services into one large, searchable location. Learn more about the new Microsoft Create website
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