Ask Windows Central: What are your predictions and expectations for the Surface event?

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Welcome to the eighth episode of Ask Windows Central, a show where we answer our communities most asked questions around Microsoft, Windows, Surface, Xbox, and the general tech industry. This week's episode features just one question that we've been asked countless times over the last few weeks: What are your expectations for this week's Surface event?

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  • Most definitely Surface Duo 2. Despite No. 1's flaws it was a great experience and look forward to the improvements and additions!!
  • I predict and expect Bleached will whine like a baby with a clogged diaper about any and everything Microsoft has to show. 😭😭😭
  • Zac.. This may be one of the more odd questions, but if Microsoft is currently working on a Surface Duo 3, about what stage would they be at by now? 🤔 🤔 🤔
  • For the next Surface Duo, they'd have already finished designing it. Feature set is likely complete too. At this stage, they're probably prototyping different ways of putting it all together, and beginning to think about the software+hardware integration aspect.
  • Interesting. I would think so, considering it's only 12 short months away. This is what people need to realize when expecting Microsoft to make big additions 4 months before a device comes out. It's too late. It also let's us know how forward thinking manufacturers have to be when designing a device. People laughed at me when the C8 Corvette was revealed, and I said GM was in the beginning stages of creating the C9. It takes 5 years to engineer a car and assembly line. When else do they think they would start? 🤔
  • What's up Rodney? Good to see an OG WP subscriber!
  • What's up!... Oh, I'm doing good. Just pulled out the last few strands of hair I had left dealing with these Duo bugs🐛🐜🐝🦗🐞
  • I hope the do is slightly thinner width for the duo 2, surprisingly not so obtrusive camera bump, better specs, and nicer protective case options if I'm going to shell out the bucks to upgrade from duo 1.
  • You want it to be even thinner? Lol. Well, I guess anything is possible 🙆🏿‍♀️
  • Any news on surface go 3? Perhaps one with arm chip from quallcomm. That would just be nice.edit: Nvm, I should read news before asking questions.
  • I think there's another post about it here. 🤔
  • In all the speculative names for the Book 4, this one was missing: Surface Studio Go.
  • No way. This will be the most powerful Surface device so far. Putting Go in the name would associate it with the lower end "budget" devices in the Surface line.
  • Obviously the final name is Surface Laptop Studio, so this is all academic at this point. However, "Go" just means "more portable." The Surface Laptop Studio is effectively a more portable version of the Surface Studio systems, therefore Surface Studio Go would have also been a reasonable name. Hopefully it's self-evident my comments here are mostly in jest. Just adding the one missing combination of MS product names. I don't care about the name, especially when it's coming from MS. MS is particularly bad about naming in general, probably the worst in the industry, but that doesn't stop me from loving MS products. If MS uses a name for something, that's good evidence that it's a bad name.