Microsoft's October 2 Surface event to be livestreamed, could rival 2015's historic launch

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October 2. 2019 is shaping up to be a momentous day for Microsoft, likely rivaling 2015's Windows 10 launch. At that event, the company revealed the new Surface Book, an updated Surface Pro, new Windows Phones, the Microsoft Band 2, and showcased its latest OS.

We've already detailed that Surface Book 3, Surface Laptop 3, a refreshed Surface Pro 7 are all likely in the cards, but the rumored "Project Centaurus" is also in play according to reliable sources.

How to watch the Microsoft Surface event live stream on October 2

Microsoft's push into devices with dual, or even foldable displays, has been rumored for years now first with a smaller, pocketable device codenamed "Andromeda". Windows Central first broke that story back in late 2017. But recent whispers have targeted a larger version with dual displays under the "Centaurus" banner. The device will likely fall between an 8-inch and 12-inch PC and is expected to run Intel hardware with a heavy focus on inking.

Besides new hardware though Centaurus is thought to be the first PC to showcase Microsoft's new Windows Lite operating system. Windows Lite is based on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). It is meant to compete with Apple's iPadOS and Google's Chrome OS, ushering in a new age of mobile computing for Redmond.

Earlier today, the Surface comms team tweeted more information about the event, including a new image, time of the announcements, and that it will be broadcasted live. That change bucks the trend of the last few Surface events, which were held privately.

Microsoft's hardware event takes place on October 2 at 10 AM ET in New York City. Windows Central will be in attendance, and Microsoft will livestream it on Twitter.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.