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Microsoft unveils latest bid to force Windows 10 upgrades

Microsoft unveils latest bid to force Windows 10 upgradesā€

These processors are the best that Intel now has to offer, and because Surface Pro devices have long used the chipmaker's processors, speculations of a Kaby Lake-equipped Surface Pro 5 appear to be quite solid. These speculations came as a result of the recent trailer for the upcoming sci-fi thriller film, Alien: Covenant, where characters in the movie's teaser were shown using a very familiar-looking tablet device.

Now, a new report has suggested that the Surface Pro 5 could be one of the most powerful computing devices ever released thanks to some superfast hardware.

However, that seems unlikely as the next gen hybrid laptop is expected to feature the latest Windows 10 Creators Update which is slated for April release. After Intel's confirmation that their seventh-generation Kaby Lake chip is ready for production, the experts started speculating that Surface Book successor is just a month or two away from being launched.

However, what we didn't know at the time is that Microsoft would take the drastic step of actually shutting down ALL access to Windows Update for Ryzen and Kaby Lake processors running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will be priced at around $1000 for the base model.

As for release date, we're expecting Microsoft to keep to its usual October launch cycle, as it has done with previous Surface devices. It has a USB Type-C support and is expected to come with a robust battery so that it can be used both as a laptop and tablet whereas the Apple's iPad Pro 2 can only be used as a tablet.

The report claims that the main reason for this is that Microsoft is ditching the Surface Book's signature feature - its detachable display. Thus, while the links between the Surface Pro 5 and AMD's Ryzen chips are pretty flimsy at this point, the idea of an AMD-totting SP5 is completely plausible. It will also support VR and come equipped with an improved Surface Pen and a much better graphics card, Channel Pro reports. This message appears when a user attempts to update their OS and a quick look at Microsoft's support page reveals upgrading to Windows 10 is the only resolution.

Meanwhile, although there are those who expect that the Surface Pro 5 will be lunched next month, some believe that the device will arrive in the last quarter of 2017. During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, consumers had anticipated a Surface Pro upgrade, but they were disappointed.



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