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For one thing, Microsoft might be working on an AMD-powered Surface Laptop. This wouldn't be surprising given that AMD has made big strides with its Ryzen processors, and the new Laptop would be based on the Picasso architecture.

The AMD-based Surface Laptop is slated for the fourth quarter of 2019, as is a redesigned Surface Pro. This will be the first major redesign of the tablet since the Surface Pro 3, and it's been rumored for some time.

But another, more substantial hardware release for Microsoft could be Andromeda, which according to the book, is now slated for late 2019 as well. Unfortunately, it's not the pocketable LTE device that many had dreamed of though, at least for the time being. It's larger than what was initially rumored, and that original device has been scrapped for the time being.

On to 2020, Microsoft will be bringing the modular concept that it is using with the Surface Hub 2 to the Surface Studio. That means that the next Surface Studio could be the Surface monitor that many have been asking for. This is a huge shift for the all-in-one PC, which isn't very upgradeable at all in its current form.

And of course, there's Surface Book. According to Sams, this isn't slated to be refreshed until the first quarter of 2019, but for good reason. Microsoft is working on a new hinge design, so it seems likely that the infamous gap will finally be gone.
 

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Good to see AMD making big strides again. I've always been an AMD fan since I started building computers. I've been very impressed with what they have been doing with their Ryzen chips and I will more than likely be using a Ryzen chip in my next build (y)
 

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A lot of this is driven by the fact that Intel really hosed everyone with Meltdown. Migrations are taking place, slowly - away from Intel. This won't stop with major firms like Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple, it will extend into certain specific govt. contracts as well. Intel is getting hammered in some govt. circles right now and are largely being viewed as high threat surface devices with appropriate precautions being put into place until migration to a different manufacturer.
 

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A lot of this is driven by the fact that Intel really hosed everyone with Meltdown. Migrations are taking place, slowly - away from Intel. This won't stop with major firms like Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Apple, it will extend into certain specific govt. contracts as well. Intel is getting hammered in some govt. circles right now and are largely being viewed as high threat surface devices with appropriate precautions being put into place until migration to a different manufacturer.
Intel has taken flak for not revealing the exploits to U.S. government officials. That being said, the relationship between the U.S. and Intel is as strong as ever. Intel is so embedded in everything from U.S. handhelds to satellites that the U.S. is never going to allow anything to happen to Intel nor migrate to AMD. If people don't realize it, Intel is an object of national U.S. security.

AMD is not better in that it is susceptible to Spectre, the worst of the two between Meltdown and Spectre. It's not as if AMD is fundamentally more secure than Intel. No one can make that claim because both are equally prone to vulnerabilities in that they both use code, and code is susceptible to vulnerabilities.

However, I find this all rather amusing when the vast majority of the devices destined for military and agency use are either manufactured or contain components from China where implants are placed right on the factory floor. Probabilistically, that is a greater threat than an Intel Spectre or Meltdown exploit given the fact that patches have been made - not to mention the mitigations put into place by Google, Microsoft and others that would harden systems even further against unpatched Meltdown or Spectre systems.
 

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Like Slyguy said, the number of vulnerabilities that people find in Intel CPUs just shows that there's no end to the amazing screw ups. Their entire architecture is screwed up. While AMD is not the safest either, Microsoft seems to be going the safe and cheap route. Low stress, Ryzen uses far less power than previous AMD chips and the integrated GPU is actually useful for something.