Microsoft is expected to unveil new Surface-branded hardware this year, including Surface Pro 5 and a Surface Book 2 tablet/laptops. But for the first time since introducing the Surface family of Windows devices, Microsoft may also launch a desktop computer of its own. Rumored to be an all-in-one (AIO) PC, the Surface desktop is expected to compete directly against Apple’s iMac.

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According to The Verge, Microsoft is currently targeting a late October launch event in New York City. That’s when at least one AIO PC should be unveiled. Apple is also going to unveil refreshed Macs in late October, according to recent reports.

German site WinFuture discovered even more evidence that Microsoft is serious about making desktop hardware: a listing for a Surface Ergonomic Keyboard at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The name seems to indicate that Microsoft is making a Surface accessory that would fit a desktop PC rather than a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop. A product image for the keyboard isn’t available.

Microsoft has developed various keyboard accessories for its Surface devices in the past. If it’s launching a Surface AIO this year, it’s likely the computer will have its unique accessories. Apple’s iMac also has various accessories of its own, including mice, keyboards, and trackpads.

Details are scarce on what the Surface AIO will have to offer. But given Microsoft’s history of going after Apple products with its Surface devices, the PC will at least match the iMac’s specs.

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