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What to expect from Microsoft’s May 2 event

DECCAN CHRONICLE / AFP
Published May 1, 2017, 10:29 am IST
Updated May 1, 2017, 10:29 am IST
The company is expected to present its new-gen tablet, the Surface Pro 5 at the event.
(Representational image)
 (Representational image)

The tech world is eagerly waiting for Microsoft to take the wraps off its next-gen tablet, the Surface Pro 5. The Redmond-based giant may cater to the expectations of the former by introducing it at the hardware/software launch event scheduled to take place tomorrow.

Several on-going rumors have indicated that the tablet could pack the latest-gen Intel processors (Kaby Lake), quality performance and battery life.

 

Many even expect the company to unveil the Surface Phone smartphones and Surface Book 2 PC, however; that seems highly unlikely.

Nonetheless, the company might just present the Surface 4, a low-cost device tailored to users on tight budgets. The tablet may be the first device to run Windows 10 Cloud, a pared-down and partially cloud-based version of Microsoft’s famous operating system. The concept is similar to Chrome OS, used in Google’s low-cost Chromebook PCs popular with students.

The Cloud OS aims to provide a lightweight operating system for the least powerful computers on the market. As the name suggests, the system is focused on cloud computing, which is useful for PCs that don't have much storage space. Users can, for example, use Microsoft programs already available in the cloud, such as MS Office, rather than installing them directly on their computer.

Microsoft has more than the May 2 event in store this spring, as the Microsoft Build developers' conference opens a few days later, running May 10 to 12 in Seattle.

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