Microsoft plans to release a version of its Surface Studio only for the screen in 2020. "Microsoft will finally deliver a Surface screen in 2020," said Brad Sams in Under a surface, a new book detailing the story of Microsoft's surface efforts. Although you can expect a regular PC monitor, in true Surface style, it will have its own twist. Microsoft would change to a modular design, which Surface's chief, Panos Panay, hinted in an interview with The edge recently.
Sams' book reveals the difficulties faced by Microsoft with its Surface hardware, since Surface Area depleted $ 900 million, making it a billion dollar company. All eyes are now turning to 2019 and beyond for Surface, and Sams claims that Microsoft's "compactable" Andromeda device has become a more important form factor. This is probably due to the fact that Microsoft is struggling to justify the device internally, but a larger design could debut next year.
Microsoft has also planned an ambient computer device brand Surface. This could be equipment that further brings Cortana into an office or home environment. Microsoft introduced a wild futuristic meeting room earlier this year with a prototype of hardware designed to automate meetings. A new type of Surface hardware would complete Microsoft's transition to audio with its Surface headphones.
Sams also alludes to growing frustration between Microsoft and Intel. Like other PC makers, Microsoft expects Intel finally sends its 10nm processors. Intel's new chips should be launched in 2019, despite rumors that they have been canceled. Microsoft might consider AMD as an alternative, as Sams notes, an AMD-based Surface Laptop could be on the market by the end of 2019. Microsoft plans to use AMD Picasso chips.
If Microsoft switches to AMD chips, it will be a big warning sign for Intel. Intel would have convinced Microsoft not to choose ARM for Surface Go, and is now facing stiff competition from AMD for desktops and laptops. 2019 will be an interesting year for Surface and Intel.