Microsoft Fall 2018 Event Live Website (4pm ET, 8pm UTC)

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Microsoft Fall 2018 Event Live Website (4pm ET, 8pm UTC)

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03:54PM EDT – It's about that time of year again. It's time for Microsoft's fall event of 2018, imaginatively titled the 'Oct. 2 Event' and described in advance in just as much detail

03:56PM EDT – Unofficially, of course, Microsoft's upcoming new Surface products are more-or-less the headliner

03:59PM EDT – Frank shaw now starting the show…

04:00PM EDT – Among the items on the docket, Modern Live services and Surface

04:01PM EDT – Now starting with the somewhat general 'Modern Life' segment

04:02PM EDT – All about the 'whole life' and saving time

04:03PM EDT – And a video rolling about a family and how they use technology

04:05PM EDT – 'Three dynamics that shape our product strategy'

04:05PM EDT – First is the new non-9-to-5 work/life balance

04:06PM EDT – Second, a constant battle for our attention

04:06PM EDT – The biggest case-in-point, the modern smartphone

04:06PM EDT – And lastly is a desire for meaning

04:07PM EDT – Microsoft's angle is personal productivity (naturally)

04:08PM EDT – Organizing and developing your whole life

04:08PM EDT – This comes in 5 parts. #1 is Surface

04:09PM EDT – #2 is phone/PC integration and cross-access

04:09PM EDT – #3 is saving time, and organizing your time

04:09PM EDT – (Time to start using Outlook for groceries and family dinners)

04:10PM EDT – #4 is peace of mind, basically meaning security

04:10PM EDT – As well as mitigating interruptions like hacking incidents, etc

04:10PM EDT – #5 is 'unlock your creativity'. 'Everyday AI brought into Office 365, Surface Pen'

04:11PM EDT – Also announcing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, available today

04:12PM EDT – Now time for the chief product officer

04:12PM EDT – 'Why do we make our products? It comes down to one word: people'

04:12PM EDT – 'People who want to do more, create more'

04:13PM EDT – And now talking about 'technology in the background'

04:14PM EDT – He wants to make a point about 'flow', and there's a small video playing of his daughter playing the piano that as an example

04:15PM EDT – All the mechanics of the piano have to mold to her, etc, is what he's saying

04:15PM EDT – 'For people to get into their flow, the technology needs to fade into the backgroud'

04:16PM EDT – (by the way, this is not a non-contentious argument. The sheer existence of PC enthusiasts is somewhat at odds with this idea'

04:17PM EDT – Bringing this around to Surface. 'People who use Surface, love Surface'

04:19PM EDT – Anyway, if you've been paying attention to the marketing angles of modern tech companies, you get the idea

04:20PM EDT – Anecdote heavy and difficult to convey through live Website in both message and meaning

04:20PM EDT – But the concepts at play are really about 'it just works'

04:21PM EDT – And now a video on the new Surface

04:22PM EDT – Microsoft Surface Pro 6

04:22PM EDT – Yes, the black finish is real

04:23PM EDT – And they've stuck a quad-core CPU in there, too

04:24PM EDT – Talking about holistic design, faster performance, better battery life

04:24PM EDT – Comparing directly to iPad Pro and Macbook Pro

04:25PM EDT – And now a video on the Surface laptop

04:26PM EDT – Surface Laptop 2. This is the successor to the Surface-branded conventional form factor laptop

04:27PM EDT – Talking about the keyboard and how the typing experience really defines a laptop when working on the go

04:28PM EDT – Instant On, better battery life, 'AI is throughout the product, you don't need to see it'

04:29PM EDT – 1500:1 contrast, 8th gen Intel quad core, PixelSense touch

04:30PM EDT – Surface Pro i5 starts at $899

04:31PM EDT – Now going into some of the ideas behind the original Surface, in terms of breaking the barrier between tablet and laptop

04:31PM EDT – Leading up to breaking the barrier between the flow between smartphone and PC

04:32PM EDT – (if only Windows phones were still alive)

04:33PM EDT – Switching gears to Windows 10 October 2018 update

04:34PM EDT – Starting with organizing your life, since everyone is busy

04:35PM EDT – Upcoming feature for Outlook: To-do Task sidebar

04:35PM EDT – With calendar integration

04:35PM EDT – Across devices as well

04:36PM EDT – And also talking about the Android Microsoft Launcher

04:36PM EDT – A number of new features in beta available today

04:38PM EDT – Other features, like integrated quick translate

04:38PM EDT – 'Everyday AI'

04:39PM EDT – Your activity is all going to be in the 'Timeline', so you never need to remember where you saved XYZ file. Powered by MS Graph

04:41PM EDT – And now moving onto Windows getting notifications from your phone

04:41PM EDT – It's a Phone app now available in the October Update

04:42PM EDT – Your phone on your PC, in other words

04:43PM EDT – And that includes features like accessing apps (for example, Snapchat, as is being shown in the presentation)

04:45PM EDT – But also means that you can drag-and-drop phone photos into something like PowerPoint

04:46PM EDT – Back to Panos now (the Surface guy)

04:47PM EDT – And now for another product. The Surface Studio

04:48PM EDT – A new Studio 'for more of the high end graphics you need'

04:48PM EDT – Unsurprisingly a video that we can't record (and for an event that is not livestreamed)

04:50PM EDT – Surface Studio 2

04:51PM EDT – And getting Stevie to talk about the technology in it

04:52PM EDT – 192 DPI, 13.5M pixels on 3:2 aspect ratio, DCI-P3 gamut (same as studio 1)

04:52PM EDT – Two new things for the Studio 2: a new oxide transistor color, and new LCD tech (unspecified)

04:53PM EDT – Better aligning the liquid crystal to the polarizer, permitting deeper blacks

04:54PM EDT – So 'creators need more' for graphics. And so Studio 2 introduces Pascal

04:55PM EDT – And 2 TB SSD (a big increase from the Studio 1 SSHD offerings)

04:57PM EDT – And a 6 TFLOPS GPU, which is 1070-ish (officially 6.5 TFLOPS)

04:57PM EDT – Now talking about the Surface Pen

04:58PM EDT – And the AI word again. Automatically converting writing to typed letters

05:00PM EDT – And looking at using the Surface Pen with the Windows 10 Mail app (not to be confused with the Outlook application)

05:02PM EDT – Doodling a handwritten email reply to his daughter

05:02PM EDT – And another Surface product

05:02PM EDT – Surface headphones

05:03PM EDT – With Cortana, call answering, wireless, adjustable sound cancelling

05:06PM EDT – Studio 2 and Headphones will be available this holiday, the others available for preorder now

05:06PM EDT – And Microsoft Surface All Access starting at $24.99/month

05:08PM EDT – And an interlude for a thank you, and a closing video

05:10PM EDT – Overall, the lineup is very much iterative. Evolutionary not revolutionary is the usual schtick to say. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, as the Studio 2 is getting some much needed upgrades in the new graphics card

05:12PM EDT – Otherwise, pricing is another element but that info has been disclosed separately and not covered in the presentatino

05:15PM EDT – Ultimately, the most unusual element, the headphones, are yet to be launched. We'll check those out in the hands-on showcase, which is starting now

05:16PM EDT – On that note, we'll sign off to take a peek, and we'll be sure to let you guys know with the hands-on impressions. Thanks for joining us!

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