Microsoft Surface 2021 event: Start time and how to watch

Surface Pro X
Surface Pro X (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft will hold a Surface hardware event on September 22, 2021 at 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST).
  • The company is expected to announce the Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2, Surface Book 4, and several other Surface devices.
  • The event will be streamed through Microsoft's website.

Microsoft's Surface hardware event kicks off at 11 a.m. EST (convert to your local time) today, September 22, 2021. The Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2, and Surface Book 4 (which may go by a different name) are all expected to be announced at the event.

Microsoft will stream the event on its website (opens in new tab). We've embedded the video below.

A refreshed Surface Pro X, a Surface Go 3, and a few Surface accessories are also expected at Microsoft's event.

Our senior editor Zac Bowden has broken down what we should expect from the 2021 Surface hardware event. Between leaks and information from sources, quite a bit is known about Microsoft's new hardware, but it's still worth watching the event live. Panos Panay and the Surface team are known for adding "one more thing" to their events.

It's also worth checking out the stream to see the first images of the Surface devices. While fan renders and leaks have given us glimpses of Microsoft's upcoming devices, we haven't seen any official photos or sizzler reels of the hardware.

Of the suspected devices, our readers are most excited about the Surface Duo 2. It looks to be a significant upgrade over the original Surface Duo in both design and specs. The Surface Book 4 also appeals to our readers thanks to its unique form factor. The device is said to be a non-detachable 2-in-1 with powerful internals.

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  • Heres hoping it'll be a smooth broadcast, unlike last time 🙄
  • I don't understand why they refuse to use YouTube if their in house service sucks so bad. If their website was stable and worked flawlessly then okay, but it doesn't. Even Apple uses YouTube now.
  • Clearly, the data from the last broadcast doesn't back this up well, but Microsoft's Stream service powers massive video storage and streaming. It's where all the Teams recordings go and works with Teams broadcast for presentations to millions of people. I actually think it's in Microsoft's long-term interest to keep using it so they find and fix all problems, rather than just giving up and going with YouTube. If it were just for promo videos, I'd agree -- go with YouTube -- but there is a lot more at stake for MS than just the audience for a product announcement.
  • I remember last week's Apple event went live on Apple TV too
  • Maybe your internet connection sucks so much that it might not even work on YouTube
  • It's my favorite part of anything streaming, the CONSTANT BUFFERING. "Here it comes the best feature" *points* (BUFFERING) Devices and internet service monopolies in this country are so frustrating.... X_X
  • That's down to your isp and local contention ratio. The last time I had any issues with constant buffering was on 256 kbps dial up lol.
  • That's why regulations are need to force competition.
  • That's why regulations are need to force competition amongst isps.
  • Afterwords, how about updating with how to watch the recording. Not clips, not pundit voice overs, but MSs recording for replay. They will do that right? Apple's are easy to find. As are Google's.
  • The pre-recorded streams are always on the landing page used to watch the live broadcast.
  • Microsoft has another chance to make a compelling, no-issues presentation of tier vision and projects. Let's hope they knock it out of the park this time.
  • They should just stream it on Mixer
  • Yes, if Microsoft hadn't axed it. This event would have been on Mixer.
  • Better they do it on Youtube
  • He's seriously good a presenter, isn't he... Panos I mean.