Microsoft Surface Earbuds reportedly set to launch on May 6

Surface Earbuds
Surface Earbuds (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Surface Earbuds will launch on May 6, 2020 according to a new report.
  • The Surface Earbuds work with Office 365 and support gestures for navigating music and other content.
  • Microsoft's website already lists the Surface Earbuds for $250 (opens in new tab), though no release date is listed at this time.

Microsoft's Surface Earbuds will come out on May 6, 2020, according to a new report from WinFuture. The German site points to the European retail sector as a source for the Surface Earbud's release date. WinFuture reports that the new earbuds from Microsoft will launch in many European contries on May 6, 2020.

Microsoft first revealed the Surface Earbuds at its October hardware event last year, but Microsoft's Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, announced that the earbuds would be delayed until spring 2020.

WinFuture also reports that the Surface Earbuds will launch at €199. This lines up fairly well with the U.S. pricing of $250 that's on the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab). Prices outside the U.S. aren't always exact conversions of U.S. prices. There's also a chance that the U.S. pricing could change from what's currently listed.

While the May 6 release date isn't confirmed officially, it lines up well with the current timeline we've heard for Surface hardware. The Surface Earbuds recently passed through the FCC and Microsoft's Brad Anderson showed off a pair recently on Twitter, so it seems likely that their release is around the corner.

The Surface Earbuds combine the functionality of everyday earbuds with productivity features. They work with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams, and support features like voice dictation and translation. They have Omnisonic speakers, haptic swipe gesture support, and a dual-mic array to pick up audio. Combined with their case that charges with USB-C, the Surface Earbuds get 24 hours of playback.

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19 Comments
  • I really hope Microsoft has taken a look at what the competition is doing and realized they need to launch at $199 instead of $249. Without noise cancellation or dual drivers I can't see the justification for the $250 price tag.
  • Personally, I'd say $200 is also too high, given they literally don't present anything special over stuff in the $100-150 range. They aren't designed for exercise, don't have ANC, and aren't especially high-end with their sound quality (at least, based on what the Surface Headphones offer). These seem like they're at a terrible price point against even the AirPod Pros. Who are these for, other than people unwilling to buy from a company that isn't Microsoft?
  • You're paying for the touch gestures and Office intergration. Also we don't know what they sound like yet or what "omnisonic" drivers even mean.
  • I'll get them as soon as they're out.
  • You can buy much better ones today. No way these are competitive at that price point. Unless Microsoft really surprises everyone, there is 0 reason to buy these.
  • Do they have a virtual launch event coming up?
  • I need to see these in person. Not sure how I feel about having pizza pans in my ears.
  • Its the way I feel If I had sticks pointing out of my ears, but since its Apple its cool. I suppose folks can get used to anything tho. I will need these to sound really good. Omnisonic speakers don't have the best reputation for sound in home theatre circles.
  • I agree. I've never been a fan of that style either.
  • Yeah but they're functional - they're for the touch gestures that integrate with Office. That's the selling point. That's why the price point is so high.
  • This would be the right time to relaunch Kinect so that people can make sport & fitness at home
  • I would love to buy these if they were just a bit smaller and the case was slim enough to fit in my pocket. I'm so tired of Apple getting everything right and Microsoft meeting them half way.
  • A Wednesday launch seems really strange. Also, if they're aiming for that, then hopefully it's a sign for an event in a week or two. I think it would be even weirder if they tried to toss some wildly overpriced earphones to the masses with no announcement or marketing. It didn't work for the Band.
  • this is pricing them right out of the market at $250. They need to be no higher than $200 if they expect to get any market share with these. Nothing high-end about these unless they are hiding specs from everyone till launch.
  • I really don't see the advantage over my Jabra 65t. I'd rather spend that on Surface Headphones
  • Besides the battery life the Surface cans are great.
  • I really want a pair of these, but the first question that I need answered before jumping in is whether I can connect to multiple devices simultaneously. I use a Plantronics headset at work, and it allows me to listen to music and attend conference calls on my PC, and at the same time if my phone rings, it breaks in. I need this. It would be extra-special nice if I could pair to a couple other PCs, and even iPad, and be able to use the device to select which one is connected, without having to go through pairing each time.
  • no offense but these look ugly AF. They should do something like the galaxy buds.
  • 2 expensive IMO. EOM