Microsoft has made prototypes of portable speakers and microphones that can improve meetings and it looks like we're going to see an end product. A new patent listing made public today and noticed by Windows United, boasts a portable speaker that is similar in size and design to Google & # 39; s Home Mini. Microsoft even refers to Google's device in the patent application, but little else is revealed about the portable speaker.
One of the inventors, Malek Chalabi, is a principal design manager for Microsoft Teams devices, suggesting that this portable speaker will be used for meeting rooms. Microsoft first showed an impressive meeting room of the future at Build last year and the company has prototype devices that enhance meetings in its labs. Another inventor mentioned in the patent is Dustin Brown, who carries out & # 39; industrial design efforts to create and prototype progressive hardware and experiences & # 39; for Microsoft & # 39; s labs.
The portable speaker itself appears to have a fabric around the top, in addition to volume buttons and the ability to make and receive calls and be muted. That further suggests that this is related to Microsoft Teams and meeting rooms, but it is not clear whether this specific device will have the Surface brand. The device also seems to have a removable base, perhaps to charge it and place it around a meeting room.
Microsoft is hosting a Surface hardware event in New York City on October 2 and we can see this specific device next month. Flow suggest rumors that Microsoft will launch an AMD-powered Surface Laptop, an ARM-based Surface and a new Surface Pro with USB-C.
Microsoft can also publicly tease its new dual-screen device during its October event, codenamed & # 39; Centaurus & # 39 ;. The company has been working on Centaurus for over two years and it is designed as the hero device for a wave of new dual-screen tablet / laptop hybrids powered by Windows Core OS, also known as Windows Lite.