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While we are waiting for some updates regarding the Surface Book and the Microsoft Surface Pro, the tech giant seems to have other plans.

After weeks of rumors over Microsoft's plans, the company finally confirmed the event when it sent out press invites via email on Wednesday, April 12. The interview for Mashable emerged just one day before Microsoft announced its upcoming May event focused on education, and it frequently hinted at Chromebooks and Chrome.

Sources have told The Verge that the event is unlikely to feature a Surface Pro 5 or Surface Phone, however some new Microsoft hardware is likely to be unveiled. Speculations suggest that the tech giant might use the May event to reveal the hardware design of the upcoming Xbox Project Scorpio ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.

Despite its name, Windows Cloud has very little to do with cloud storage.

However, Microsoft is still expected to unveil at least one piece of new hardware, though it is not likely to be the successor of the Surface Book. It's essentially the old Windows RT OS that failed spectacularly a few years back, except now it's built on Windows 10 and runs apps only from the Windows Store, both Win32 apps and Universal Windows Platform Apps. Windows RT wasn't targeted at the education market, but it still served as a valuable lesson.

When Microsoft announced that it will be hosting an event on May 2, everyone thought it might unveil the Microsoft Surface 2 or Surface Pro 5.

As we reported yesterday, Microsoft is hosting an event in NY on May 2.

If Microsoft is indeed working on a low-priced Cloud Book aimed for educational use, the company might opt for an ARM processor considering that the Windows-maker has already announced that the full Win 10 operating system will run on ARM with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC being pegged as the most favored candidate for Windows 10 ARM machines.

Another possible launch could be a new Windows 10-powered Chromebook, which have proved popular in schools around the world.

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