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Microsoft plans New York launch event in May, and here’s what could happen

Microsoft plans New York launch event in May, and here’s what could happenMicrosoft just sent out invitations for a May 2 event in New York City, and some possible announcements are already leaking out to the tech press.

Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet reports that the event will likely focus on education, hence the #MicrosoftEDU tag on the invitation, rather the release of a Surface Phone or the next generation Surface Pro device.

Microsoft may introduce the rumored Windows Cloud operating system, which, despite the name, has little to do with cloud computing. Foley reports it is more like a Windows 10 lite version that is built to run only Universal Windows Platform and Windows Store apps, similar to Chrome OS.

Still, observers expect to see some kind of hardware announcement. Tom Warren of The Verge speculates that Microsoft could introduce the next generation of the student-friendly Surface 3, or take the opportunity to show off its Project Scorpio gaming system prior to E3 in June.

Microsoft declined to comment on the agenda for its New York event.

Last fall in New York City, Microsoft introduced the Windows 10 Creators Update, the Surface Studio and Dial, and an updated Surface Book. Microsoft began rolling out the Creators Update this week, and officially ended support for Windows Vista.

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