ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley claims that Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay informed his team that the Surface Neo would not ship this year. CNBC corroborates the report, saying the launch of the Surface Neo is not happening in 2020. However, the Surface Duo which runs on Android is still scheduled to launch on time.
The delay would also impact the launch schedule of Windows 10X-powered devices from Dell and Lenovo. Major OEMs had planned to ship Windows 10X devices during the holiday season. Instead, Microsoft may launch Windows 10X on single screen laptops and 2-in-1s this year. This would help Microsoft compete with Apple iPads and Google Chromebooks. It’s being reported that Microsoft is planning to release preview builds of Windows 10x at Build 2020 in May.
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The Surface Neo is Microsoft’s most ambitious device to date. The Neo, which runs on Windows 10X, comes with two 9-inch screens. You can run the same app on both screens or different apps on each. The device’s two screens can open and close like a book. Plus, you can also magnetically attach a keyboard. Neo is also compatible with Surface Pen. The Surace Duo, on the other hand, looks like a phone but is essentially a small dual-screen tablet. The ambitious device runs in Google’s Android mobile OS.
Thanks to the novel coronavirus, Microsoft recently made changes in how it plans to conduct events. Many of its events scheduled to happen between July 2020 and July 2021 will be held in a digital format.
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