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After iPad and MacBook Pro, Microsoft is taking on the iMac with new kind of Surface

Microsoft Surface 2016: Book AIO

Microsoft surprised fans last year with a great MacBook Pro alternative, a high-end 2-in-1 Surface Book laptop that nobody saw coming. The Surface Book line joined the regular Surface models to better compete against Apple’ MacBooks and iPads. A report that flew under the radar last week claims that Microsoft is working on the next generation of Surface-branded devices. Among them, there’s an iMac-killer as well, which would become the company’s first Surface desktop.

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According to sources from the supply chain who spoke to Digitimes, Microsoft pushed the release of the second-generation Surface Book to 2017 following shipping delays of Intel’s Kaby Lake CPUs.

But Microsoft is apparently going forward with making an all-in-one computer under the Surface brand that will be released in the third quarter of 2016 at the earliest. The device is going to compete against similar Windows-based products made by Microsoft’s partners, but it will also take on Apple’s iMac.

Currently, Lenovo and Apple are the top two all-in-one PC vendors, Digitimes notes, with global all-in-one sales expected to drop from 14 million in 2015 to 12.6 million this year.

Actual details about the Surface all-in-one are not yet available, but considering the bar that Microsoft set for itself with the Surface Book, we’re definitely curious to see Microsoft’s vision for a high-end iMac rival.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.