Microsoft set to release refreshed Surface and Surface Pro devices next year

Microsoft is planning to launch refreshed Surface RT and Surface Pro devices within the next year, a presentation slide shown at the firm’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Texas has revealed.

Entitled “FY2014 Biggest Innovation Year Ever!”, the slide outlined the firm’s plans for the rest of 2013 and into 2014, including an “Update to Surface RT” and an “Update to Surface Pro” along with other plans such as new Windows 8.1 devices and a focus Xbox One, Kinect and Skype.

Microsoft’s roadmap slide was presented during a keynote by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner in which the executive gave a brief glimpse at upcoming updates for the company’s consumer businesses.

The presentation slide also hinted that we’re likely to see new accessories and new accessory colours – probably more keyboard choices – for the Surface line at some point in the future.

Unfortunately the slide didn’t provide any information as to when we can expect to see these updates rolled out.

It’s likely that the information on the slide points towards upcoming Intel Haswell processors in Windows 8.1 devices and a second Surface RT tablet this year that will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, as reported by Bloomberg last month.

The Surface RT 2 is rumored to support LTE 4G connectivity as Microsoft looks to add mobile internet capability to its not so popular tablet lineup.

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