Microsoft Surface Pro 5 & Surface Phone Highly Unlikely To Launch At Microsoft's Upcoming Event; Here's What's More Likely To Make An Appearance Instead [VIDEO]

18 April 2017, 4:15 am EDT By Vinay Patel Mobile & Apps
Microsoft is on the verge of unveiling some new hardware at its spring event on May 2.  ( Andrew Burton/Getty Images )

Tech buffs have been waiting with bated breath for Apple to throw more light on its upcoming devices including the Surface Pro 5, but the company has refrained from divulging any sort of details regarding the highly-anticipated device's release date and other details.

With Microsoft's spring event just around the corner, optimistic fans have been hazarding several guesses regarding the Surface Pro 5's launch, specs, and other details. Some recently surfaced reports have been pointing to the arrival of a revised version of ultraportable/tablet hybrid Surface Pro line.

It's worth noting that the Pro product line has not received hardware updates since late 2015. Plus, Intel's new Kaby Lake processors are available, meaning, this could be the right opportunity for Microsoft to beef up the specs and launch a Surface Pro 5 in the bid to stay in the game.

While it remains to be seen what devices will be unveiled at the company's recently announced spring event that is slated to take place in New York City on May 2, sources close to the matter told Mashable that though the consumer-focused event will feature hardware, the long-rumored Surface Pro 5 convertible is highly unlikely to make an appearance. As if that weren't enough, the unnamed sources also claimed that the equally anticipated Surface Phone is not expected to be unveiled at the event as well.

What seems quite likely to arrive, though, are more products that show off Microsoft's Creator Update, which officially rolled out on Tuesday with a major focus on creativity and 3D. Moreover, the latest version of Windows stresses on the mixed reality technology that runs HoloLens but, surprisingly, there is no hardware to support it until now.

It would be quite interesting to see if Microsoft comes out with a consumer version of HoloLens that works on with a Windows PC. If this comes to fruition, it will be tethered and comparatively cheaper than the $3,000 HoloLens.

Unlike Apple, the Redmond-based tech titan does not depend on hardware sales to keep things rolling. The company has a horde of manufacturers that take care of the hardware side for that; however, it does need to publicize the use of its software and the fascinating solutions it can offer.

Which is where Forbes' contributor Ewan Spence believes the concept of Windows 10 in the cloud should be taken into consideration in any new hardware. The tech firm is currently concentrating on increasing the adoption of its cloud-based services. From the classic Outlook and Office suites to Groove's music subscription and OneDrive's storage, Microsoft's cloud comprises nearly all the traditional bases.

Moreover, accessing it via alternative operating systems including iOS, Android and MacOS is quite easy, but, obviously, it is strongly integrated into Windows 10. Boosting the use of Windows 10 leads to more and more users adopting the cloud.

Lining with this, a new version of Windows 10 recently made an appearance online. The code of the latest Windows 10 Creators Update hints at Windows Cloud. Last month, Windows Blog Italia (via Forbes) acquired screenshots of the OS and renowned Microsoft reporter Paul Thurrott had an opportunity to have some hands-on time with an early build a couple of months ago.

Microsoft has already sent out invites for its consumer product event on Wednesday. The event kicks off 9:30 AM ET, May 2. Stay tuned in here for more Microsoft Surface Pro 5 and Surface Phone related news and updates!

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