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Some major projects within Microsoft that have been announced but are yet to launch are Project Scarlett, Microsoft Surface Pro 7, and the foldable Surface with 9-inch screens.
1. PROJECT SCARLETT — xCLOUD GAME STREAMING
- Project Scarlett is Microsoft’s next generation of Xbox — a video gaming brand that will set a new bar for power, high performance, and speed.
- It will be launched by fall of 2020, alongside Halo Infinite.
- The project will grant developers the power they need to satisfy their creative visions since it will have a custom-designed AMD processor, next-generation solid-state drive (SSD), ray-tracing graphics, and a high band with GDDR6 memory.
- Another purpose of this project is to provide gamers the price points, choice, and flexibility to play the games they want.
- Phil Spencer currently manages this game streaming project. Spencer mentioned that they are not planning for Scarlett to be their last console.
- There is no information from Microsoft regarding the price of Scarlett.
2. MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 7
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is expected to have additional color variants like that of Surface Laptop 2 and a detachable design that is more suitable to use.
- The keyboard of Surface Pro 7 might undergo redesigning. Moreover, its type cover might be thinner compared to the current Surface Pro 6. This change will make the Surface Pro 7 more portable.
- Surface Pro 7 is also expected to follow the trend of having thinner bezels. The barely-there bezels on the surface of this series will make the system appealing and gorgeous.
- Since users were especially disappointed with the speed of Surface Pro 6 256GB SSD, Surface Pro 7 is anticipated to have a faster SSD.
- Surface Pro 7 is presumed to have a tamer GPU, hence cheaper compared to the current version of Surface Book. This would make the gadget more favorable to buy for creatives as well as individuals who like light gaming.
- This product is currently managed by Sonia Dara.
- Surface Pro 7 is expected to have the same price as the Surface Pro 6, which is $899.
3. FOLDABLE SURFACE WITH 9-INCH SCREENS
- This Surface version is expected to have two 9-inch screens with a 4:3 aspect ratio and will run android apps.
- This hybrid device will use Microsoft’s Windows Lite OS, a dual-screen version of Windows designed to compete against Google’s Chrome OS and will be able to run Apple’s iCloud and Android apps.
- The device will also have a special Intel chip that will power the foldable Surface.
- Moreover, the foldable Surface is designed in a way that would change the interface according to the mode being used. For instance, in tablet mode, the gadget will act as one of the screens while in laptop mode, one of the screens would serve as the track pad and keyboard like that in Yoga Book C930.
- It is anticipated to come out early 2020.
- The current product manager for the foldable Surface is Jeff Lin.
- According to Jeff Lin, the foldable Surface will be powered by a new version of Windows 10 called Windows Core OS.
- There are no accurate claims about the price of the foldable Surface. However, Microsoft’s current Surface laptops are priced at around $900 or $1,000. Therefore, it is presumed that the price of this new model could be $1000 or higher.