Microsoft springs a surprise with new laptop launch

At 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, 150 tech journalists queued in the shadow of New York’s iconic Empire State Building.

We were there to gain access to Microsoft’s Windows 10 devices launch which was being held at the former US Post Office building which at one time was used to process over 70% of the country’s mail.

Shortly after 10 o’clock the presentation got under way and for the next 90 minutes the company rolled out the announcement and demonstration of device after device.

Prior to the event the rumour mill had been active.  Leaks had primed us to expect some of the products  – the launch of two or three new Lumia phones,  a new Surface Pro 4., perhaps an update to the Band wearable.  However on at least two occasions expectations were exceded.

The first big hit was a live video game demonstration of the mixed reality Hololens headset.  If the Project X-ray demonstration of robots climbing out of the walls was accurate (and there may have been some enhancement for theatrical purposes) in the near future gamers will be using their own rooms as canvases for gameplay.

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Yet it was the announcement of a laptop that really got the crowd excited.
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Excitement builds for #Windows10devices event this week

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In just three days time Microsoft will reveal a new selection of Windows 10 devices at a special event in New York.

The rumour mill has been grinding away for months, with the smart money predicting the launch of at least two new phones, codenamed Cityman and Talkman. Or perhaps they will be called the Lumia 950 and 950 XL?


Either way, Microsoft remain tight-lipped on the matter, only confirming the announcement in general terms in an e-mail invite to journalists.

If the rumours are true however these will be for first flagship phones announced since the rather lovely Lumia 930 well over a year ago.

While images of alleged the phones like the one above have made their way onto the internet, any guessing about the specifications of the phones remain just that, guesses.

The event will take place at 10 am on Tuesday at the Skylight at Moynihan Station, just a stones throw from the Empire State Building and Madison Square Gardens.

With a rumoured appearance from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the assembled media, including yours truly, are looking forward to seeing what Windows 10 will mean for the next generation of Microsoft mobile devices.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 29: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers a keynote during the 2015 Microsoft Build Conference on April 29, 2015 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual developer conference which runs through May 1. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)


Stay tuned to for updates during the week and follow the hashtag #Windows10devices or the official site for more rumours and reveals.