The next year could be a fascinating year for the surface of Microsoft, according to a new book called Under one surface.
The book by technical journalist Brad Sams immerses himself in the story behind the Surface line and how Microsoft made it one of the best-selling names on the PC market. However, the last chapter of the Sams book is potentially the most interesting, as it sets the roadmap for the future of the surface line.
For one, Sams writes that the fourth quarter of 2019 will bring us a new Surface Pro with small panels, rounded corners and USB-C. In addition, the new Surface Pro could have several new color options.
This is related to a previous report that said Microsoft is working on a thinner casing for a new Surface Pro.
Along with the new Surface Pro, Sams says that we can expect a new portable surface by the end of 2019, possibly with an AMD processor instead of Intel.
In addition, players could see a couple of new inexpensive Xbox One S devices, including a digital only option without a disk drive.
Finally, in the spring of 2019, Sams suggested that Microsoft could celebrate an event to publicize an "environmental computing" device. The device could respond to the presence of a user. Sams writes that the device is designed to address some of the "common frustrations" of using a smartphone, but it will not be a smartphone.
By 2020 Sams says we could see a new Surface Book and Surface Studio with a modular design. We could also see Andromeda, the dual-screen antivirus device from Microsoft, which could be the next attempt by the company in the smartphone market.
In general, it seems that Microsoft has some great plans for the next years of surface. If Sams's predictions are accurate, the Microsoft Surface format could further establish the PC bar.