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  • Farewell, Neo, we hardly knew ye

    Posted on April 9th, 2020 at 07:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    (Now-nixed Neo on the right; Duo on the left. Thx for the correction WildBill!)

    Those of you waiting with bated breath for the arrival of Microsoft’s announced Surface Neo will have to bate a little longer.

    Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet has the inside scoop:

    My contacts say that Chief Product Officer Panos Panay informed some of his team internally today, April 8, that Microsoft wouldn’t be delivering its own Surface Neo dual-screen 10X devices this calendar year.

    So if you’ve been setting aside the shekels for a new dual-screen Windows machine around Christmas time, you can use the money for something else. I, for one, will hardly notice the difference.

    There’s something larger afoot here, besides the postponement of a device that I think about 0.00001% of the Windows universe will actually use. Microsoft’s stopped using the absurd smoke screen about Windows 10X (nee Windows Lite) being for dual-screen devices only. We may get a Windows-based Chromebook competitor sooner rather than later if Win10X isn’t locked into the concept of dual-screen.

    I use the term “competitor” lightly, of course. It’ll take years for MS to make a little Windows that actually, you know, works.