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What we expect from Microsoft's massive device launch: new Surfaces, Lumias, and Band

Mark Hachman | Oct. 6, 2015
But we have a hunch that the software is going to be the real star (or goat) of the launch.

New Xbox experience?

It's not a phone nor a tablet, but Xbox is another Microsoft platform due for an update. Microsoft recently asked a small group of people to try out what it’s calling the New Xbox Experience, part of the Windows 10-ish revamp of the console’s OS, including backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games.  

xbox one experience preview
A screenshot of what the new Xbox Experience will look like.

Microsoft has promised to roll this revamp out this fall; I’m part of the small group of people who have been invited to join, although, as of the time I’m writing this, I haven’t received the build yet. It's possible we'll get a peek at what's up today.

A big deal

Microsoft spent about $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia’s devices business about two years ago. This week, we’ll see if it’s money well spent.

Anyone who’s followed Microsoft’s hardware business, however, knows that the company can (and will) weather huge losses without long-term consequences. Two years ago, Microsoft wrote down $900 million in inventory after the Surface RT tanked. But Microsoft stuck with it, and the Surface Pro 3 now represents one of the company’s unqualified successes. We could see the same sort of resurgence in Windows phones, although I’d argue that challenge is considerably greater. We'll keep you posted on the day-of as news arises, and stay tuned for hands-on with any new devices or software that arise. 

 

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