Microsoft hosting launch event on May 2 sans Surface Pro 5

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We may have confirmation that Surface Pro 5 exists and that it will be featuring Intel Kaby Lake processor, but it is still not confirmed when the tablet will be released because latest reports indicate that though there is a Microsoft event on May 2, it doesn’t involve a Surface Pro 5.

The Surface Pro 4, which is available at massive discounts, is now over a year old and we desperately need a new Surface Pro to drool over. However, things are not moving as fast as we would inside Microsoft camp. The Windows 10 maker has been sending out invites for a May 2 event and from the looks of it the event education-focused.

The event will be held in New York City at 9.30am ET (7.00pm IST), and Microsoft is expected to announce something in software and hardware. However, reports indicate that a Surface Book successor won’t be unveiled, neither will a new Surface Pro device, or the alleged Surface Phone.

Surface Pro 5 or Surface Phone aren’t on the menu on May 2 claim multiple online news portals. Furthermore, earlier reports claim that the successor to the Surface Book is not yet ready, and won’t be announced at the Spring 2017 hardware event at least. The report adds that at least one new piece of hardware is expected to be unveiled – something that’s likely education focused.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley on the other hand expects Windows 10 Cloud to be announced at the event.

The Surface Book 2 is expected to ditch the 2-in-1 design, and apparently, be a regular laptop with no detachable or 360-degree hinge that can transform the laptop into a tablet, prop it up in tent mode and also be able to use it flat on a table top. Design wise, that’s quite disappointing, but the Surface Book 2 will be cheaper starting at $1,000. It’s rather troublesome to see Microsoft not ready with a Surface Book successor, since the last Surface Book was launched in October 2015, and last year we were treated with a meagre performance based upgrade only.

Microsoft may take this opportunity to reveal the hardware design of the Xbox Project Scorpio scheduled for the E3 event in June, or may just announce a successor to the Surface 3 tablets. Microsoft may alternatively be planning to launch an entirely new Surface category, but clarity on that can only be achieved if Microsoft decides to let some hints out ahead of the event.

If you haven’t bought a Surface Pro 4, now is the time considering that the tablet is available at massive discounts.