Today, Microsoft introduced some exciting new products and services, with major upgrades to its Surface devices and loads of AI features added to its lineup of services.
During last year's fall event, Microsoft introduced a lineup that included the Surface Laptop 5, Surface Pro 9, Surface Studio 2+, and a duo of Surface accessories designed to elevate the hybrid meeting experience.
Keen to know what the technology giant has been cooking in the past months? This article takes a dive into its latest products and services released today at the Microsoft Surface Event 2023.
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#1 – Adding DALL-E 3 to Bing Chat
OpenAI's DALL-E 3 image generator is coming to Bing Chat, its AI-powered chat service, allowing users to craft images directly within a chat conversation.
This DALL-E 3 integration is set to launch for ChatGPT's enterprise users in October. It will empower individuals to generate images with just a few sentences of text input. While Microsoft has confirmed this for enterprise users, they haven't provided a specific release date for DALL-E 3 on Bing yet.
#2 – Microsoft Powerful Surface Laptop Studio 2
The Surface Laptop Studio 2 is here – touted as the "most powerful" Surface ever produced by the company, boasting an Intel 13th Gen i7 H class processor, Nvidia's RTX 4050 or 4060 GPU, and a whopping 64GB of RAM. Notably, it introduces an enhanced touchpad, which Microsoft dubs the "most inclusive" touchpad yet.
Starting at a price of $1,999, the Surface Laptop Studio 2 is now available for preorders, with the official release date set for October 3, 2023.
#3 – New Surface Laptop Go 3
The third-generation model of the Surface Laptop Go series is hitting the market on October 3, boasting an impressive "up to 15 hours of battery life" and starting at a price of $799.
It's important to note that the Surface Laptop Go 3 is different from the non-laptop Surface Go, which is a smaller and less powerful version of the popular Surface tablet line. The Surface Laptop Go 3 features a 12.4-inch display and is designed to be an affordable and lightweight option for those who admire the Surface style but don't need a supercharged machine.
#4 – Microsoft Surface Go 4
Now with a much-needed performance boost, the Surface Go 4, the latest iteration of Microsoft's affordable 2-in-1 laptop series, has more power than ever before. It has upgraded from the two-core Intel Pentium processor in the Surface Go 3 to a more robust four-core Intel N200 chip.
While the Go 4 offers some minor performance enhancements compared to its predecessor, it won't be sold to regular consumers, as Microsoft has a specific focus on businesses and frontline workers for this device.
Another notable improvement is that the Surface Go 4 will now exclusively come with 8GB of LPDDR5 memory. This change is particularly welcome since 4GB of RAM can struggle with today's multitasking demands.
Storage options for the Surface Go 4 will start at 64GB, with additional choices of 128GB and 256GB available. The Surface Go 4 will be released on October 3rd, with prices starting from $579 for the 64GB storage model.
#5 – Microsoft Surface Hub 3
The all-in-one collaborative touchscreen device, the Surface Hub 3 now has support for smart rotation and portrait mode setting it apart from its predecessor, the Surface Hub 3. This means users can physically turn the screen to a vertical orientation, and the layout adjusts automatically.
Available in two sizes, 50 and 85 inches, the Surface Hub 3 is designed for conference rooms, serving as a replacement for traditional TVs and monitors. Running on Microsoft Teams for Windows, it offers a consistent meeting experience across different spaces, allowing seamless transitions between rooms. Microsoft also hints at future integration with the AI-powered Copilot for added functionality.
#6 – Windows 11 is coming with Copilot and more
A new Windows 11 update arriving on September 26 will come loaded with exciting new features, including the highly-anticipated AI-driven Windows Copilot, a revamped File Explorer, and built-in support for RAR and 7-zip formats.
Moreover, Microsoft is enhancing control with a new Windows volume mixer, allowing users to manage app volumes individually. The company also introduced a Dynamic Lighting feature, empowering you to fine-tune the lighting on your PC's components to your liking.
#7 – Microsoft services and apps are coming with Copilot
Microsoft is taking a step towards a more integrated experience by combining Copilot, its AI-powered assistant. This tool will become effortlessly accessible across Microsoft's suite of applications and services, including Windows 11, Microsoft 365, and Edge.
Through this update, Copilot will effectively blend information from the web, your work-related data, and your ongoing computer activities to offer more insightful assistance.
Starting November 1, Microsoft is introducing Copilot to its suite of 365 applications, allowing users to use it for tasks such as document summarization, efficient email composition, document rewrites, and much more. This feature will be accessible to subscribers on specific business and enterprise plans for an additional $30 per month.
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