Microsoft Surface CloudBook Could Be It's Answer to Google Chromebook

18 April, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • THE VERGEMicrosoft's event is just weeks away

Microsoft might be about to reveal something special after the company announced details of a new launch event next month.

The rumor mill has always been churning in anticipation of the Surface Pro 5, the elusive Surface Phone, and the next-generation Surface Book, but before any of these beasts hit the market, it seems that Microsoft is preparing some education offerings.

As we reported yesterday, Microsoft is hosting an event in NY on May 2. The Redmond Company has already launched its upcoming May event with the hashtag #MicrosoftEDU which clearly signifies that the tech giant aims to start something big for the educational sector.

At the same event they announced, the company may introduce us to a new product wearing the name Microsoft Surface CloudBook. It's essentially the old Windows RT OS that failed spectacularly a few years back, except now it's built on Windows 10 and runs apps only from the Windows Store, both Win32 apps and Universal Windows Platform Apps.

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Microsoft has chose to dedicate this event to education and creativity which might be based on this week's release of Windows 10 Creators update. This included a "cloudbook" ID, and we could see that the apps have an educational goal. With that presumption comes the rumors that Microsoft will be highlighting its forthcoming Windows 10 Cloud product at the event. But according to Business Insider, sources close to Microsoft have confirmed that the much awaited Surface Pro 5 Tab and even much-awaited Surface Phone are not going to make their debut at this event.

Along with these hardware releases, Microsoft is also thought to be using the event to unveil its new Windows 10 Cloud operating system.

Furthermore, the Microsoft Surface CloudBook will be powered by an ARM chip, and speculations claim that it will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip.

Google now has a big share of the education market thanks to the low-priced Chromebooks it offers in collaboration with various OEMs, as well as the Chrome OS software.


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