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Microsoft’s customizable PC could arrive in 2020 with new Surface Monitor

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Although Microsoft’s second-generation Surface Studio is just beginning to ship, the company may be planning a bigger, more radical refresh come 2020.

According to Thurrott writer Brad Sams in his new book, Beneath A Surface, Microsoft will release a stand-alone Surface Studio monitor with modular functionality that could potentially deliver easy at-home upgrade options.

Sams’ mention of a modular design isn’t entirely out of left field for Microsoft, as Surface chief Panos Panay previously hinted of such a concept.

What we didn’t know was how soon it will arrive or what components could be upgraded with this new design.

Space-saving modular PCs aren’t entirely new, however, and Intel also showed off its vision of a modular PC with its Compute Card as an evolution of the company’s previous Compute Stick.

Given that Microsoft based its first- and second-generation Surface Studio on an all-in-one desktop design, there is very little in the way that users can upgrade.

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