Where and when to watch the #MicrosoftEDU event on Tuesday, May 2

On May 2 at 9:30 AM ET Microsoft is hosting its big education event in New York City.

Windows Central will be at the event live with our live blog, where you can follow along and join our chat as well.

Here is what you need to know for the May 2 event:

Following the event, we'll be getting hands-on with any new hardware (if announced) and further coverage. Make sure to pay attention to our forums as well for even more community-based discussion.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • nice (6:30 AM PT) i have a 8am class, so i can watch it before go to class
  • All i want is a Surface 4 running Windows Cloud
  • Your school wants you to use a Chromebook or iPad!
  • Actually, no one wants you to use an iPad anymore. Largest drop in education sales of all three companies.
  • I know, i read the stats, thought I'd lighten the mood so someone might not be disappointed if what they want doesn't happen.
  • Hamilton SE Schools, Indiana still require ipads
  • Fingers crossed for Surface Phone!
  • 100 percent not happening on May 2. The whole "EDU" thing should tell you that. This is focused on education i.e. schools.
  • I know, just a hopeless romantic towards the platform. Sending positive vibes for a turn around.
  • Seems MS Phone business is not even in their dreams, simply supporting existing devices just to escape class action lawsuits!
  • EDU stands, obviously, for "Extravagant Delusions Unleashed". Duh.
  • Guess you better uncross then before you sprain something and end up in the doctor's office getting a splint.
  • Thanks for posting the times and links Dan!
  • Thanks Daniel for adding IST!
  • Daniel, the rumored Edge in the future being updated through the Windows Store. This feels coincidential. Do you think this possibility is related to upcoming Windows Cloud OS and that the Edge browser will play a big role for the Cloud OS particularly in the education sector like Chrome is to Chrome OS?
  • I just noticed surface.com has the Microsoft Event image shown just beneath the pictures of the current Surface lineup on the webpage. I wonder if that's a sign that Microsoft will have new hardware in the Surface family. Or just that the existing Surface hardware can be used for Microsoft Education initiative.  
  • I'm hoping tomorrow's event will spawn competitively priced 2-in-1s with inking. Gonna be nice to catch Joe Belfiore!
  • What if the secret fixed clamshell device is a Surface branded Courier? I might literally die if that happened... it has been a decade since they teased that device and i have wanted one ever since.
  • I hope, at worst, you only finguratively die.
  • Am I the only one hoping for a Microsoft Band 3? 🤔
  • Me too. The most accurate GPS sensor so far. My gear s2 3g doesnt come near that. But its not happening. They abandoned the project ;/
  • I think this will be a more software and services oriented event. Microsoft is going to have to differentiate itself from Google and Apple in the .edu market and with Chromebooks being so inexpensive I don't see anything major happening on the hardware side. I think Microsoft is going to focus on ease of use and administration with some type of integrated education software platform. A possible spoiler may be a way to put Windows 10 Cloud on Chromebooks (provided they meet minimum specs) at no cost so existing technology investment doesn't go to waste. This could be the beginning of Windows as a Service where schools license Windows Cloud and associated UWP apps, such as Office, and can install it on whatever computer they want. If a computer breaks the school simply picks out a low-cost replacement, registers it with MS just like Office 365 works now, and the licensed OS and software are automatically installed. For hardware tomorrow I maybe see Microsoft introducing a reference product under the Surface brand that is a convertible format with a permanently attached keyboard like the Lenovo Yoga and a capacitive touch screen that educational institutions can buy for around $300. You'll get inking and drawing for everyone without the added cost of an active digitizer. Efficiency and value are king of the K-12 educational system and Microsoft is going to have to provide an integrated system that upstages the Chromebooks both in capability, manageability, and value if they hope to dethrone Google.
  • Not expecting much. Enjoy NYC Rubino.
  • Hoping a lot. Expecting little, alas.
  • As far as I'm aware UTC & GMT are always the same (13:30). UK is currently observing BST (British Summer Time) which does make it 14:30 locally. Don't mean to sound pedantic, but I know others around the world often convert their times from GMT, and they'd be an hour late currently.
  • That makes 2 of us!
  • Chromebooks will rule the roost as long as Microsoft keeps screwing up the marketing side of education.  My tech department has no clue that basic office is free with an email account.   i Suprised the crap out of them when i ran powerpoint through a chromebook.  Until Microsft can sell their basic services to education, no one will give them the time of day.  Hech most tech departments are run by teachers and principals and they only ise what they are familiar  with and they want it free.
  • As a Technology Director for a school, I disagree with some of your statements; 1) Similar to G Suite (formerly Google Apps), Microsoft does offer a "business" cloud based productivity suite (Office 365). While schools tend to lean towards Google, there are a fair amount of K-12 and higher education Office 365 customers here in NH. When evaluating systems a few years ago, we leaned towards Office 365, but ended up going with G Suite because Google offered a few key features that Microsoft didn't at the time. As long as you own a domain name (or want to use the demo one that they provide for testing), you can use the cloud managed system for free on Mac, Linux, Windows, ChromeOS, mobile apps, etc.. If you want to allow users the ability to download full standalone versions of Office to use on workstations (which can save/open documents from One Drive), you can pay a per-user fee. Check it out here > https://products.office.com/en-us/academic/compare-office-365-education-plans.  2) I've never encountered a technology department that is run by teachers or Principals. They may think that they do, but in most cases they lack the technical knowledge needed to perform basic tasks. Always enough knowledge to break things, but never enough to fix them. 3) Teachers don't care about cost. If they want something, they will ask for it.
  • What? Not on Beam?
  • I can watch it via App in this article yey