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Looks like Christmas has come early this year!  After the latest iPhone range announced by Apple, Amazon’s wide range of Alex products that even included a voice-activated microwave, Microsoft unveiled a host of devices ahead of the holiday shopping season.

With a vision to empower people and organizations to achieve more, Microsoft’s tools focus on life experiences as a whole. To manage the emerging digital lifestyle, they have been delivering technology that empowers users rather than overwhelm them. The lineup of announcements includes a new version of its desktop computer, called the Surface Studio 2, and its first pair of smart headphones. It also announced the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2.

Let’s take a brief look at these devices:

#1 Surface Pro 6

Surface Pro 6 is 67% faster than its predecessor with an Intel 8th Gen Quad Core processor. With ultimate portable mobility, this device offers hassle-free connectivity, uncompromising mobility, and exceptional power and performance. With an all day battery, full friction hinge, 12.3” PixelSense Display and multi-screen docking to present content beautifully, Surface Pro 6 is something to watch out for!

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#2 Surface Laptop 2

This ultra-light, fast-charging laptop has been beautifully designed and crafted. It gets supercharged with Intel 8th Gen Quad Core Processor, while offering up to 14.5 hours of battery life with faster and quieter typing. The 13.5” PixelSense Display screen offers an immersive touchscreen for faster, more natural navigation


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#3 Surface Studio 2

As compared to its predecessor, Surface Studio 2 has 50% more graphics performance. With a 28” PixelSense Display, the gadget offers USB-C support and Xbox Wireless built-in gaming-class performance. It includes the latest Surface Pen with tilt sensibility and 4096 levels of pressure.

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#4 Surface Headphones

This is Microsoft’s first premium and smart headphone includes a smarter way to listen, with rich audio and hands-free calling. With adjustable noise cancellation and automatic pause and play, Microsoft is aiming to change the way users listen to music!

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#5 Surface All Access

Surface All Access offers the option of paying monthly for the Surface products and starts at just $24.99 per month for 24 months. This comes with an Office 365 subscription, access to in-store training and top-tier support.

Other Windows 10 & Office 365 Announcements

1. Your Phone App

The Your Phone App helps users access their texts and photos in their Android phone to their PC. This ensures users maintain their focus while working on a PC as pausing a task on their PC to respond to a text or notification on your phone can break focus.

2. Windows Timeline on Phone

To combat the challenging issue of finding files and documents or web pages accessed throughout the day across different devices, Windows Timeline enables a user to scroll back in time and find the files and websites they were using across their devices.

3. To-Do Integration with Outlook.com & Skype

The To-Do integration with Outlook.com, drags tasks into an open slot on a user’s calendar and blocks time to complete it. In Skype, users need to select the message and tap “Create a task” to open the tasks pane.They can then add, edit, and check off tasks. Tasks will be saved and available in Skype, or in the To-Do app.

4. Family Safety for Microsoft Launcher

With Microsoft Launcher installed and a Microsoft family group of accounts set up on a family’s Android devices, parents can stay up to date on their kids’ location to ensure their safety. Parents can check in on kids’ app activity on their Android device, including which apps are accessed and the time spent on each app.

5. Inking in PowerPoint

Powerpoint users can now transform an inked bulleted list into perfectly formatted text. While inking a flow chart or diagram, users can design their slide using ink, and Designer will use AI to recommend slides to choose from.

6. Inking in Word

The Ink Editor, allows users to add a word, split words or add new lines to their document without touching a keyboard. They can edit a Word document from start to finish using their digital pen and touch-enabled device.

7. Embedded 3D Animations

In PowerPoint and Word, dynamically animated movements are built into 3D objects. This makes it effortless to incorporate 3D and animation into a user’s project.
Surface All Access is already available at Microsoft retail stores in the U.S. The rest of the products are expected to launch by the end of this year. To know more, you can visit Microsoft’s official page.

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