The big news of the week in the Microsoft space so far has been the return to in-person events with Microsoft Ignite. This will be the first time since 2020 that Microsoft has hosted in-person attendees, but there is an underlying secondary topic with the news. Could Microsoft use Ignite 2022 to reveal new Surface devices and even Windows 11 22H2 update?
According to Tom Warren of The Verge, the answer to this question might be yes. Nothing is official yet, but with this year being the 10th anniversary of the first Surface (Surface RT was available for the public to purchase on October 26, 2012), its sources believe that Microsoft could mark the occasion with “new products this fall ”.
The fall season begins in the US on September 22, so an October product launch at Ignite might fit in the timeframe. However, that’s just a wild guess, as Microsoft usually launches new Surface devices at a separate press event in New York. Adding to the doubts is that Paul Thurrott is hear that no press will be invited for Ignite in-person events. It’s also worth bearing in mind that Ignite is loaded with IT-centric news and isn’t really where we typically see consumer news and products. All this despite Microsoft’s interesting tagline on the Ignite webpage mentioning that the conference will feature “the best of the sequel.”
Microsoft, however, has been testing Windows 11 22H2 for a few months now and has moved it to the Release Preview channel for final tweaks. With Tom Waren thinking that Microsoft is planning to ship the 22H2 update at the end of September, it would be great to see new hardware rumored to partner with this software. As a reminder, that includes a possible Surface Go 4, Surface Laptop 5, refreshed Surface Pro X and Surface Pro, and even a Surface Studio 2.
It would also be great to hear Microsoft finally detail any new features in Windows 11 22H2 or supposed changes to how it updates Windows 11. They have been silent on both of these topics. We’ll just have to wait and see, but for now, keep the rumors coming!