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Microsoft road map shows changes on the surface

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Microsoft road map shows changes on the surface
Every year, Microsoft holds its Worldwide Partner Conference, basically a way for executives in Redmond to get out and meet and greet the company's partners. During the keynote address for this year's conference, delivered by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner this week, a road map in the form of a slide was projected to those in attendance. Based on the slide, we should expect to see updated versions of the Microsoft Surface RT and the Microsoft Surface Pro. As you might recall, the former uses an ARM-based processor and runs like a traditional tablet while the latter is more like the desktop machine in your office and runs the same applications.

The road map slide also hinted at new accessories and new colors for the Microsoft Surface line. In addition, during a Reddit AMA in June, a Microsoft team suggested that we could see covers for the tablet that will recharge the phone. There was also some discussion of peripherals to be available in the future, that would click into the tablet to work.

Last month, a published report noted that Microsoft is planning on updating the Surface RT by using Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. There is also some speculation that Microsoft has tested the zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 on Microsoft Surface slates running Windows 8.1. Since that chip supports 4G/LTE connectivity, we could see Microsoft Surface tablets offer support for LTE with the next iteration of the slates.

Microsoft's road map shows that updates are coming to the Surface tablets

source: WPC, TheVerge via Pocketlint

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