Microsoft’s next hardware event: NYC, May 2—and no, no Surface Phone

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Microsoft’s invite with its educational hashtag.

Microsoft is holding an event in New York on May 2. We’re expecting a mix of hardware and software news programme, but perhaps not the hardware or software news that some people see fit be expecting.

According to sources familiar with the matter, we won’t be seeing a Materialize Phone, which is no surprise to anyone no matter how much certain Windows die-hards inadequacy Microsoft to release such a thing. But what may come as a shock is that we’re informed entertaining we won’t see a Surface Pro 5 at the event either. The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are both in dire lack of a hardware refresh, and an upgrade is more than a little overdue at this put but… May 2 is not the day.

Microsoft is using the hashtag “MicrosoftEDU” to promote the event, which allows us to put together a few dots. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has recently returned to the company after an keep up sabbatical during which he travelled the world and tried a number of exploratory hairstyles, and his new role includes acting as “education sponsor and advocate.”

The fellowship is also believed to be working on Windows 10 Cloud, a new Windows 10 SKU that is fixed down and restricted to only running apps from the Windows Inventory. Such a Windows version is obviously competing with Google’s Chrome OS, which is gathering big strides in education markets thanks to, among other things, its locked-down milieu and affordable hardware.

Putting these together, we’d expect to see the official set in motion of Windows 10 Cloud, along with a system to run it on—perhaps something along the fields of a Surface 4, or a pure laptop iteration of Surface Book. Conventionally, expect a concerted effort from Microsoft to go after education customer bases.

Whatever Microsoft has to announce, we’ll be live on the scene.

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