Microsoft’s Surface and AI event: all the news and announcements

Microsoft’s Surface and AI event: all the news and announcements

Microsoft is holding a “special event” in New York City on September 21st, where it’s expected to announce new Surface hardware and detail its vision for AI-powered features in Windows, Office, Bing, and more.

The event is happening just days after former Windows and Surface chief Panos Panay publicly announced he’s leaving Microsoft soon. Panay won’t be presenting anymore and is rumored to be joining Amazon instead. It’s likely we’ll see Yusuf Mehdi, head of consumer marketing, instead. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will also make an appearance.

We’re expecting three new Surface devices, including the leaked Surface Laptop Studio 2. The larger announcements will likely be AI-related, including a vision for the future of AI features in Windows, Office, Bing, and other Microsoft products.

We’ll keep you up to date on all the latest Microsoft announcements right here.

  • Microsoft 365 Copilot launches in November

    Photo: Chris Welch / The Verge

    Microsoft’s 365 Copilot AI assistant will be available starting on November 1st for Microsoft 365 customers on certain business and enterprise plans. But the add-on isn’t free: the company announced in July it would be charging a $30 per month premium per user for access to the feature, which almost doubles the total price of a subscription for businesses on some lower-end plans.

    Copilot is like a modern-day Clippy sans anthropomorphic animated paperclip. With it, business users can sum up documents or outsource email creation to their AI helper. It can also create wholly new Word projects using information from other files or offer real-time highlights from Teams meetings. It can even tell you how it did something in Excel after you ask it to visualize data for you or make projections.

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  • Microsoft’s unified Copilot is coming to Windows, Edge, and everywhere else

    Copilot will be “available when you need it and out of the way when you don’t”

    Copilot will be “available when you need it and out of the way when you don’t”

    Photo by Chris Welch, The Verge

    Microsoft today announced a new, unified Copilot experience launching on September 26th. The new “AI companion,” just called Copilot, will be built into Windows 11 and “seamlessly available across all the apps and experiences you use most,” including Office 365, Windows, the Edge browser, and (uh) Bing.

    Yusuf Mehdi, consumer chief marketing officer, called Copilot “a handshake between you and technology — available when you need it and out of the way when you don’t.”

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  • Windows 11’s next big update arrives on September 26th with Copilot, RAR support, and more

    Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

    Microsoft will release its next big Windows 11 update, 23H2, on September 26th. The update will include the new AI-powered Windows Copilot feature, a redesigned File Explorer, a new Ink Anywhere feature for pen users, big improvements to the Paint app, native RAR and 7-zip file support, a new volume mixer, and much more.

    Windows Copilot is the headline feature for the Windows 11 23H2 update, bringing the same Bing Chat feature straight to the Windows 11 desktop. It appears as a sidebar in Windows 11, allowing you to control settings on a PC, launch apps, or simply answer queries. It’s integrated all over the operating system, too: Microsoft executives demoed using Copilot to write text messages using data from your calendar, navigation options in Outlook, and more.

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  • We’re minutes away from Microsoft’s Surface and AI event.

    The room is full. The elevator music is booming. But there’s no pumped Panos Panay this time. It’s Microsoft’s Surface and AI event, and The Verge is covering all the key announcements live. Microsoft isn’t live streaming this one, so make sure you tune into our live blog. It all kicks off at 10AM ET.

  • Microsoft Surface and AI event: live coverage from the keynote

    Illustration of the Microsoft logo

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    Microsoft is ready to talk more about its AI plans at a “special event” in New York City today. We’re expecting to hear about three new Surface devices, with the Surface Laptop Studio 2 the main flagship device that could be part of a bigger AI push for Windows.

    The event comes just days after former Surface and Windows chief Panos Panay announced his resignation from Microsoft. Panay won’t be presenting at the event anymore, and we’re expecting to see Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s head of consumer marketing, instead. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will also appear on stage.

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  • Tom Warren

    Microsoft will lay out its AI vision for Windows and more at special event, leaked memo says

    Illustration of Microsoft’s Windows logo

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

    Microsoft is gearing up to share its “vision for what’s ahead” with AI integration into Windows, Microsoft 365 services, Surface, and more at a special event on Thursday. The event will take place just days after former Windows and Surface chief Panos Panay publicly announced his resignation.

    In an internal memo obtained by The Verge, Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s head of consumer marketing, described Panay as a “champion of our consumer business and our engineering teams.” He also teased that Thursday’s “special event” will build on the existing OpenAI partnership and is “only the beginning” of an AI-powered vision for Microsoft’s key products.

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  • Tom Warren

    What to expect from Microsoft’s ‘special’ Surface and AI event

    Illustration of the Microsoft logo

    Image: Microsoft

    Microsoft is holding a “special event” in New York City later this week where it’s expected to debut three new Surface devices and AI-powered features for Windows, Office, Bing, Surface, and more.

    The event is taking place just days after Panos Panay, Microsoft’s former head of Windows and Surface, resigned in a surprise announcement. We’ll now see how the new leaders of Windows and Surface push ahead with Microsoft’s big AI plans

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  • Tom Warren

    What’s next for Windows and Surface without Panos Panay?

    The Surface Pro 9 in laptop mode seen from beind.

    The Surface Pro 9.

    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

    Panos Panay has always been the force behind Microsoft’s Surface line. He helped bring Surface to life as a secret project more than 10 years ago. He’s presented the new devices onstage at events, showed up at malls to promote Surface hardware, and has steered Microsoft’s Surface tablets to success in the years since.

    Now, he’s leaving in a surprise departure announced just days before Microsoft’s next big Surface event. Panay will no longer be presenting at Microsoft’s showcase on Thursday but will remain at the company for another couple of weeks as part of a transition process. He’s reportedly joining Amazon to replace Dave Limp and lead Amazon’s Echo and Alexa push. Amazon is also holding its own hardware event on Wednesday.

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  • Emma Roth

    Windows and Surface chief Panos Panay is leaving Microsoft

    Panos Panay

    Panos Panay

    Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

    Panos Panay, the chief product officer at Microsoft, leading Windows development and the company’s Surface line, is leaving Microsoft. In an email on Monday, Rajesh Jha, Microsoft’s vice president of experience and devices, told employees: “After nearly 20 years at the company, Panos Panay has decided to leave Microsoft.”

    Panay’s departure from Microsoft is somewhat abrupt. Just last month, Panay mentioned he was excited to appear at Microsoft’s special event that’s set to take place on Thursday, September 21st, where the company is poised to reveal the latest additions to its Surface lineup and “AI innovation.” However, Microsoft spokesperson Frank Shaw tells The Verge Panay will not appear at this week’s event.

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  • Tom Warren

    Microsoft to hold ‘special event’ in New York City on September 21st

    Microsoft logo

    Image: Microsoft

    Microsoft has started sending media invites for a “special event” in New York City next month. “Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 21, 2023, for a special Microsoft event,” reads the invite to members of the press.

    Microsoft typically holds Surface events in September or October, so it’s likely we’re about to see some new hardware next month.

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