These aren't the first voice-assistant headphones. Apple's AirPods are equipped with Siri, while Bose and other companies have shipped headphones with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in. Microsoft said the new headphones will ship later this year for $349.
Microsoft said in its Q4 2018 earnings report that Surface revenue increased 25 percent, largely driven by those products, explaining why the company continues to invest in its Surface portfolio of computers.
On Tuesday Microsoft also introduced Surface All Access, a new way to pay for Surface devices, while also getting Office 365, support and benefits from the Microsoft Store. You can pay $24.99 per month for 24 months to buy the Surface Go and a Type Cover attachable keyboard, for example.
Microsoft said it's starting to take orders for the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 in "select markets," with more availability later. The Surface Headphones will be available in the U.S. and the United Kingdom in time for the holidays.
The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is available starting today. It includes a few nifty features, which early adopters, or as Microsoft calls them, insiders, have been able to try out in recent months ahead of this broader release. You can wait for Microsoft to inform you that the new version is ready for your computer through Windows Update, or you can hit Start and manually start installing the update by typing in "Check for updates" and click that option when it pops up. (If you're using a Windows 10 PC for work, ask your IT administrator when you can have the update.)
Earlier this year Apple included a dark mode as part of the latest version of its desktop operating system, MacOS Mojave. Windows is getting its own spin on a dark theme with this new OS update. It appears in the File Explorer, along with things like the dialog boxes for saving and opening files. If you navigate to Settings > Personalization, you'll be able to switch on this Windows-wide dark theme.
A cloud-powered synced keyboard is also now part of Windows. You can see a history of what you've copied to your clipboard by hitting the keyboard shortcut Win-V. You can even pin things for faster access. And it will be available through all devices that have this new version of Windows.
Microsoft is also making its SwiftKey virtual keyboard part of the core Windows touch keyboard When Microsoft first acquired SwiftKey in 2016, the technology was mainly about providing a better keyboard for Android and iOS devices. SwiftKey uses AI to try to predict the word you're trying to enter as you type or swipe. You can go to the Typing Insights part of Settings to see information about your typing in SwiftKey.
And the Your Phone App lets you access text messages and photos on Android phones right from your Windows 10 PC.
There are several other changes in Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and you can find a full rundown here.