Microsoft’s next hardware event: NYC, May 2—and no, no Surface Phone

Microsoft’s invitation with its educational hashtag.

Microsoft is holding an event in New York on May 2. We’re expecting a mix of hardware and software news, but perhaps not the hardware or software news that some people will be expecting.

According to sources familiar with the matter, we won’t be seeing a Surface Phone, which is no surprise to anyone no matter how much certain Windows die-hards want Microsoft to release such a thing. But what may come as a shock is that we’re hearing that we won’t see a Surface Pro 5 at the event either. The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are both in dire need of a hardware refresh, and an upgrade is more than a little overdue at this point but… May 2 is not the day.

Microsoft is using the hashtag “MicrosoftEDU” to promote the event, which allows us to connect a few dots. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has recently returned to the company after an extended sabbatical during which he travelled the world and tried a number of experimental hairstyles, and his new role includes acting as “education sponsor and advocate.”

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