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Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Lumia 950: Microsoft's New Hardware Push

Microsoft showcases its Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950 family, Surface Book, and a new Microsoft Band.
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Microsoft this week added a range of new Windows 10 devices to its hardware lineup.

When attendees gathered in New York City for Microsoft's Oct. 6 event, we had a general idea of what to expect: Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Band, Lumia 950, and Lumia 950 XL.

What we were not expecting: the new convertible Surface Book, Microsoft's first laptop and one it claims is the most powerful PC on the market.

"They're getting better at keeping secrets than Apple," joked Gartner analyst Michael Silver.

[Will Windows 10 make it to 20? IT watchers discuss.]

The Surface Book will certainly get people talking. Microsoft's convertible laptop is designed to appeal to those who prefer a sturdier machine for mobile productivity, as opposed to the devices in its original Surface portfolio.

While the new Microsoft laptop was the star of its show, officials also demonstrated a range of exciting additions to its device lineup. The upgraded Microsoft Band, for one, now includes Cortana integration and a barometer for tracking altitude.

We also learned more about the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, both premium smartphones scheduled to roll out this November. The updated Surface Pro 4 is thinner and faster than its predecessor, the Surface Pro 3, with a new Type Cover and Surface Pen.

Microsoft is working to establish itself as a hardware supplier, and it seems its newest devices are putting it on the right track. Read on to see, and learn more about, the devices it unveiled at its event.

(All photos were taken by Kelly Sheridan.)

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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mak63
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mak63,
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10/7/2015 | 10:09:38 PM
Wow
"Surface Pro 4 packs up to 1TB storage and 16GB RAM" and let me add a Core i7 (Skylake), and Wow!

Servers used to have similar specs not long ago.


iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4

Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro


To paraphrase someone on TV: This battle begins right now!
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mejiac,
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10/7/2015 | 11:22:48 AM
Re: Hitting the sweet spot
Wanted to add a comment,

Even tought I don't think Microsoft is going head to head with MacBooks because of the audience, it's definitly giving the Ipad Pro a run for its money. The main appeal (at least in my mind) that the Ipad pro might have for business users is the use of Office Mobile...but with the Microsoft Book (which has a price tag very close to the Ipad Pro) this greatly satisfies that need, plus the fact that users won't need to have a tablet and a laptop separately, but this nice new shiny one.
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mejiac,
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10/7/2015 | 11:19:19 AM
Hitting the sweet spot
Thanks for the article! Great Summary!!

I looked at the Microsoft Book closer and I have to say...not only am I impressed, but I really think Microsoft nailed it. One of the very few complaints I've had with the Surface Pro is it not being ideal for typing in your lap (which is a great need when in conference rooms). Even thought there are other laptop from other manufacturers that do provide a full laptop experience, they are both not as powerful nor have the touchscreen that the Surface Pro has... but the Surface Book definitly addresses.

I think Microsoft has a winner in the business environment (where I think it's focus is given the price tag).

I don't think it's aimed at going head to head with Apple simply because it's audience is very distinct (In my area, those that use MacBook are for specific needs, but you see them having both a Mac and a Windows laptop) 
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