After weeks of rumors, Microsoft has finally confirmed it will hold a press event on May 2 in New York City. Invites for the event went out today to select members of the media, and it hints that it will center on new products for the education market.
While the invite itself doesn’t reveal much about what might be shown off in a few weeks, a new story from ZDNet claims that it will center on Windows Cloud, a new version of Windows 10. According to the story, Windows Cloud will only run Universal Windows Platform and Windows Store apps, and not legacy desktop apps.
Windows Cloud, in that respect, is similar to Microsoft’s failed Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 which also could not run older desktop apps. The big difference is that customers will have the option to upgrade Windows Cloud to Windows 10 Pro, which can run older apps in addition to ones from the Windows Store.
ZDNet also claims the May 2 press event will show Windows Cloud running on a new low-cost tablet made by Microsoft. It’s unknown if this product will have a “Surface” name or branding. The article hints that this could be part of a new push by Microsoft to sell its hardware and software to schools, where Chromebooks that use Google’s Chrome OS have been highly successful.
The same report claims Microsoft will likely not reveal the successors to the Surface Book notebook or Surface Pro 4 tablet at this event. Both of those older products were announced over a year ago, although Microsoft did start selling the Surface Book Performance Base edition, with higher end hardware inside, in late 2016.