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All you need to know about Microsoft's #Windows10devices event this Tuesday

We've joked about this site going into berserker mode for this week, and there is a good reason for that. Microsoft is set to kickoff a rather momentous launch tomorrow on Tuesday, October 6 in New York City.

Microsoft has done press events before, but never like this one. Indeed, this day is very similar to the type of event Apple holds yearly to announce new iPhones and updates to their Mac products line. In fact, this is the first time, to our knowledge, that Microsoft has managed to line up so much of their hardware for a single launch.

In preparation for Tuesday, we're compiling an FAQ on what you need to know!

When is the Microsoft event?

Tuesday, October 6 in New York City

What time is it?

10 am Eastern (7 am PDT; 2 pm GMT; 7:30 pm in India). You can click this handy link to find the time for your specific timezone!

How long is it?

No time has been set, but we expect it to be at least 90 minutes.

Can we watch it live online via streaming?

Yes! You can watch it online here at Windows Central in our live blog embed or at (opens in new tab). You can also use the Xbox Live Events interactive app aka XLEi on your Xbox One.

Will Windows Central be in New York too?

Yes! Myself (Editor in chief Daniel Rubino) and Mark Guim (videographer, writer) will be in the audience with the rest of the media.Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

We'll also get hands-on with the new devices after the event and have meetings setup. Meanwhile, our crack team of staff will be posting news related to the event all day.

Are you doing a live blog?

Yes! You can find the placeholder page here We'll have the embed for the Microsoft stream, our live blog and a community chat room for you to hang out in during the event. Bookmark it!

Where can I find all of your news on this event for that day?

Glad you asked! Right here: Bookmark it and share!

What is Microsoft announcing?

Of course, Microsoft is just saying Windows 10 devices but due to all the leaks, we have a pretty good idea of what is coming. I have already written an extensive 'what to expect' article with full details found here:

What to expect from Microsoft's Windows 10 devices event in NYC

However, for brevity, this is what we think is coming:

  • Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones
  • Windows 10 Mobile updates and availability
  • Surface Pro 4
  • New larger Surface device at 14-inches
  • Microsoft Band 2
  • New accessories: Treasure Tag, new Skype speaker, etc.
  • Surprise announcement – Possibly related to HoloLens
  • Windows 10 – Next iteration of the OS; Windows 10 on Xbox One, new apps

Cool, where can we talk more about this stuff?

If you can't wait until Tuesday jump into our forums where people are debating, discussing and predicting what Microsoft will do! Everything from the pricing of the Lumia 950 to the effectiveness of the new iris scanner and what the Surface Pro 4 should look like are being talked about. Jump in!

All you need to know topic and news pages

  • Lumia 950
  • Lumia 950 XL
  • Surface Pro 4
  • Surface XL
  • Microsoft Band 2

Where can I get that cool wallpaper in the lead photo?

You can find it right here! Microsoft created it as an inside nod to Windows Insiders. You can get that story here.

Needless to say, we will be super busy on Tuesday, and we're super excited to see what Microsoft reveals. Remember to bookmark and share these various pages with others and we'll see you Tuesday morning live from New York!

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • w00t! I'm so excited for this event... and at a nice time for me (10pm), so I don't have to stay up all night to watch it
  • There you have it folks! Finally! I never want to see this question posed again:
    Q: 'Wen in India?'
    A: '7:30pm in India'
  • Even with this added info, it won't stop that eternal question though. Sigh in Indian.
  • FYI Indian isn't a language xD
  • really, who cares...
  • Yeah, credit where credit's due: thanks Dan for providing GMT right in the body of the post. It makes it so much easier to quickly identify if we can watch it live or not. And the link to a simple converter is a bonus! Nice to see people noticing it too, rather than only complaining when it's not there :-)
  • Thanks for saying that. We are a rowdy bunch but deep down we are grateful for this site and all they do.
  • Indians love Microsoft
  • Indians hate smart asses like wpn00b!!!
  • Indeed it's nice of Dan to provide that link. Alternatively, incase you need it for other things (where a link might not be provided), you can go into 'alarm and clocks' app, add the location of the event there, then tap on it, it will tell you the hour difference between your local time and the location of interest.
  • GMT is wrong though, it's 3pm not 2pm.
  • Thanks for the information.  But it is already there in the article.  Smart ass.
  • Absolutely. Cannot explain how good I felt when I saw the IST on this article along with GMT.
  • I heard you can install all google play store apps on 10 rumor.
  • Under 2 days to go, I just hope my router doesn't crap out in excitement... lol.
  • Will there be other OEMs or is exclusively Microsoft
  • Just Microsoft.
  • Unless we witness a surprise visit from Apple!!
  • Thanks. That's too bad.
    Would've liked to hear what Samsung, HTC and LG are up to with new phones.
  • Daniel, can you take me with you?
  • When you get the 950XL in your migthy hands please describe if it feels premium :-D
  • Eagerly waiting many things we are going to get. Any idea to someone about surface phone. Are we are going to see anything about surface phone.
  • We have stated everything that is to be there / we are expecting. Surface phone, or whatever it is, not until at least May 2016, so no.
  • Dan, we've got a typo on the "Cool, Where can we talk about this stuff" sub heading
  • Can we see now the google apps on W10M in this event after the settlement btwn Microsoft and Google?
  • Assume no and you will be pleasantly surprised if there is. Assume yes and you will be disappointed if there isn't. Up to you ;)
  • Hard to control my excitement... so many new stuff coming! XD Glad it's 7:30 pm IST, I'll be home. With popcorns, of course :D
  • I'm super excited... 7:30pm Trichy, TN
  • that feeling of sensing the announcement of my next phone (950XL)
  • I'm hoping that creating the one Windows devices blog instead of having them separate for phones, surface, etc, means that the surprise will be a surface phone. I also know there is not a chance in hell of that happening
  • The chance of that is like 0.0000000000001%
  • So there's a chance? Sweet!!!
  • Got a calender invite when I signed up for the live stream. It reserves time from 10:00 to 12:30.
  • Interesting, which timezone?
  • Eastern time. They made the invite for 2.5 hours.
  • I see, probably 30 minutes to hr to set up - people to take their seats / last minute checks and 20 minutes of entertainment? With a Q&A session afterwards if the set up time is 30-45 minutes.  
  • Possible. The last time the event started right on time though. I guess we will find out on Tuesday. Took the day off, just in case, to have enough time to drool over all the new stuff :)
  • I hope they stream the Q&A and I couldn't follow the event last time - watched it on-demand as my router's WiFi crapped out thus had to reflash the firmware. However prepared for that have a switch and everything is wired lol.
  • Clash of Clans, New Facebook and Messenger Universal for Windows 10 or the COC will be announced in ClashCon in October 24th.
  • Would be excellent to finally have a feature filled Facebook app though..... One can only hope
  • How do you know?
  • I wish I could go into a deep sleep and wake up Tuesday morning for the event lol. Time is moving soooo slow
  • Lol Daniel answered "wen in India" and "can I haz wallpaper". Very proactive there
  • Yeah, he even listed GMT this time. Pretty sure someone will still ask those questions haha.
  • lol years of practice
  • 2pm GMT! THAT'S TOO EARLY! I'm gonna miss it. Nooooooooo!
  • You can always like, watch it after dood
  • @aerosmillie, well you could always watch-it on demand afterwards and try to refrain from reading any of the articles on Windows Central :P.
  • That almost sounds like advocating for torture. There would be no force on the planet keeping me off WC on Tuesday lol.
  • LOL! I so hope you meant Windows Central otherwise a trip to the doctor would be advisable :P.
  • "Refrain" is the key word :-D
  • I know a while back you said the xl may not come to at&t... Any chance since then you've heard to the contrary?
  • From what I'm hearing the radio may support all lte bands which is great because I'm through being tethered to a single carrier.
  • I wanna pay on a monthly installment, not $800 all at once if at&t doesn't carry it through official channels
  • Windows 10 release date for phones....that's what we need....
  • I trust it to you ;>
  • Kudos for GMT. I am so stoked for Tuesday.
  • Exactly, I'm suddenly feeling sick I might have to leave work at 1:30 to go to the doctor.
  • Kudos for IST too
  • Everyone. Don't forget to take daylight saving time into account. 2 pm GMT is 3 pm in London, 4 pm in western Europe.
  • Thanks for reminding me. Should be able to watch it now.
  • Funny timing actually. On Monday afternoon, the announcement for my new job will go out. An on Tuesday, which is technically my first day on the new job, I'm already off to watch the event.
  • Congrats for your new job
  • Thanks!
  • About the only thing left to find out about the phones are minor details, like when and how much ;)
  • And exactly how the iris scanner and continuum will work. Oh and improvements made on the cameras... Shall I go on ;)
  • & carrier quirks eg. Frequencies, suretap support( cdn. equivalent to softcard)
  • Yo its nice that we got the IST time. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Badly waiting for lumia 950.... Hope it comes soon to the market at least by the end of October.... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hope so too but knowing how MS normally works.... count on Nov. I soo badly want it to be released the week after AKA Apple style.
  • lets how much tumbleweed rolls by before people actually get their hands on these bad boys...
  • I am personally in Eastern Time Zone. But it makes me happy to see you guys mentioning Indian time too. I've previously said this too that this is the best site to cover MS news from Indian local perspective as well as Western perspective. And you guys are much better in covering news of MS in Indian perspectve than our local tech news. Kudos guys. Keep it up.  
  • personally is a word that we dont really need in the world .....  you can say every sentence using it without it and not change the meaning :-)
  • The slight curved display looks good
  • I think thats just lighting
  • Yes it does except it is just the lights :-D You'll get a flat display. The positive though is you can make display protection stick :-D  
  • This!! What's the point in getting a screen protector of it only covers 3/4 of the screen.
  • YES! My thoughts exactly. 
  • Too much excitement. I might come soon. :P
  • I understand that we Indians always asked for the time conversion in the articles. And I am also glad that time is given in GMT. However, it will be very nice that you provide the time and zone provided in the invites(any future invites included) along with GMT. Even though I am happy to see IST in the article, it is going to be unfair for all other country citizens. PS: Because you provided IST, you took away my question "wen in India". Now I need to think of another :-P
  • I think they are going by traffic. And I believe they get huge traffic from India. May be most after US hence it is not unfair to anyone if they are trying to personalize content for one of thei larger audience. ANd they have given GMT, local time and PDT as well. But yes I agree with your post script. hahaha :D
  • Traffic doesn't count. It would still be unfair as all countries have Windows enthusiasts and mentioning only one country. I should not whine as this is an unfair advantage to me, but I am just pointing that GMT would suffice all those who have at the very least installed Windows XP ;-)
  • Right now Daniel and team are having discussion and they are saying "You just ca not make Indians happy. Can You?" hahahah....:D :D  I like that they have given IST. My point of view.
  • The leaks have partially ruined this event for me, but I'll still be watching the live stream with a sense of excitement. Hoping for some pleasant surprises with regard to the 950 series camera and windows 10 software functionality. Hopefully some cool features that haven't been utilized in any of the insider preview builds.
  • Hahaha india time is also mentioned so that no one would ask when in india? Am i right dan?
  • Hahaha.
  • Damn my lecture that's at the same time. 
  • It should be treasure tag not treasure tab ......Daniel :P
  • Can't wait for the event. Only my wife is kinda scared of it, knowing that this event means that I'll likely throw about 3 grand at Microsoft in the months following the event. :)
  • Im gonna resist all I can. I keep telling myself that I have a working Microsoft band, and a working surface pro 1. I dont NEED to upgrade both. I also have a working 640xl but I can't resist the 950xl. I know myself too well...
  • No resistance here. There is no way I'll not go with a 950 XL. And that of course is only complete with a Band 2, wouldn't you think? And the SP 4, well, my SP 3 is still going strong, but 14 inches just sound too good... And, no, that's not what my wife said lol
  • Surface pro 1??? You NEED the upgrade! The 3 really did take it to another level! I can't wait to to what the 4 can do.
  • But but but its a perfectly fine working sexy piece of equipment. Trust me this entire past year has been one big tease with the surface 3 being in stores. If at&t had the 4gb ram one and not the measly 2gb, I'd have a surface 3 by now
  • Lucky you then, they will have the SF Pro 4 with enough RAM :-D
  • Lol, in that case she has reason to worry!
  • Indeed. Lol. I guess she will find something expensive for herself soon to make sure I don't have to feel too bad for her.
  • Haha, I guess you could get two of each? :P Then again you might end up with one of the SP4's lodged into your cranium or something lol.    
  • Lol
  • Vulcan stoked!!
  • Your team is on crack?
  • I am f***ing excited
  • There might be some surprises. So be prepared!
  • Really hope so too. Everyone was like meh in Feb BAM HOLOLENSE!!!!! :-D
  • Indian time too? what about Tahitian / Fiji time? /s Damn the Indians are really muscling there way through these days. From taking American jobs to India to being taking into account for live blogging....damn. /s
  • You are an a**hole, ain't you?
  • In case you didn't pick up on it, the /s at the end means sarcasm. Lighten up there Mr. Summerov or stop reading if u can't comprehend web sarcasm.
  • What a lonely plonker
  • Yeah...I'd like to be that plonker and plonk some sense back into you.
  • Adding a sarcasm disclaimer doesn't make your point any more relevant here. From a fellow American.
  • Jobless American!!! LOL!!
  • I swear I read an article saying more or less the same thing not long ago. Why the duplicates?
    You joked next week? Shouldn't there be better placement of "next week"? Maybe at the end of the sentence. And Whoohoo!... GMT in the article.
  • "I swear I read an article saying more or less the same thing not long ago."
    Find that article, cause you're wrong.
  • You assholes, I have to get up and get ready for work at 10 AM ET (9 AM CT). I'm going to miss so much between getting ready and driving to work...
  • Watch it on demand afterwards?...
  • I can't do that during work, but I can most certainly spend my break checking articles for content. No point in watching after that.
  • Well, maybe not read any articles during the day :P
  • Oh, I'm not about that life. I want to know the news ASAP. I prefer to watch it live, but if I can't, I'll settle for reading. Otherwise, I have to come home and use up an hour of my post-work day catching up on said news before I can start getting into Internet fights over it.