Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promised in July that we would have the “widest range of Windows hardware ever available” later this year. But the holiday shopping season is quickly approaching, and so far the company has yet to blow us away.
Some Microsoft watchers thought we would start to see the devices at IFA, Europe’s premier tech show, this morning — but no such luck. Microsoft’s keynote in Berlin instead featured OEM Division Vice President Nick Parker showing off a handful of not-so-interesting PCs and tablets we’ve seen before.
It all just keeps the suspension building for a hardware bonanza the company is supposedly planning for October. Microsoft has yet to make it official, but it’s been widely reported that the company is saving its biggest announcements for one blowout unveiling.
According to The Verge, we’ll see new Lumia handsets, a Surface Pro 4 and Microsoft Band 2 at that event.
That kind of new shiny hardware sounds exactly like what Nadella promised earlier this year and it would certainly help keep the Windows 10 momentum rolling through the upcoming holiday shopping season.
The operating system launch is already off to a good start, as more than 75 million devices are now running Windows 10 after its first month. That’s a faster pickup rate than we’ve seen from any other version of Windows, something that certainly has a lot to do with the fact that the upgrade is free for many users.