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Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft unveiled updates to its Surface line, including laptops, convertible tablets and an improved versions of its Android-based dual screen Surface Duo.

Why it matters: The new devices come ahead of Windows 11's official launch on Oct. 5.

Details: The new hardware lineup includes:

  • Surface Laptop Studio: Microsoft has swapped the detachable screen approach on its high-end laptop, opting instead for a screen that tilts. It's a big device at 4.4 pounds, but offers versatility along with a 14.4-inch display and starts at $1,599.99
  • Surface Pro 8: The company's signature tablet adds a larger, faster-refreshing display to the company's now-familiar design and starts at $1,099.
  • Surface Pro X: This year's model of the device, which uses an ARM chip instead of an Intel-based processor, is being offered in both WiFi only and LTE versions, with a lower $899 starting price. The big question mark will be how improved the software experience is, with Microsoft promising greater compatibility.
  • Surface Go 3: The entry-level device looks similar to past devices but adds the new operating system and faster processors.The WiFi-only models start at $399, with LTE versions coming.
  • Surface Duo 2: Microsoft's Android-based, dual-screen device adds better cameras and 5G along with its dual 5.8-inch displays.

Plus: Microsoft also debuted a mouse made partly from ocean plastics as well as an adaptability kit to make its Surface devices more accessible.

  • We'll have more on the new devices in tomorrow's Axios Login newsletter. To subscribe to our free daily tech newsletter, click here.

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Xbox Game Pass subscriptions miss Microsoft’s target

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Subscriber growth for Microsoft’s signature gaming service, Xbox Game Pass, was slower than the company hoped for in the past year, according to a new financial filing.

Why it matters: Xbox Game Pass is often touted as the best deal in gaming and its subscriber count is a shorthand measure of Microsoft’s gaming success.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

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Texas state Rep. Matt Krause (R), chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality, or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.