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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.

  • Surface Neo and Duo – coming a year from now

    Posted on October 2nd, 2019 at 10:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just finished watching the Surface presentation. Most of it was ho-hum, well anticipated (thanks, Evan!), and kind of repetitive. The Surface Pro X (with an ARM chip) is moderately interesting. Mary Jo Foley has details, availability and pricing on ZDNet.

    But then the presentation ended with a bang. Microsoft is finally bringing out the almost-decade-old concept of a mobile machine with side-by-side screens, called Andromeda, er, Surface Neo. Along with Surface Neo, we’ll also get a tweaked version of Win10 called Windows 10 Lite, er, Windows Core OS, uh, Windows 10 X, that supports two interacting side-by-side screens with a hinge in the middle.

    Details are scarce, but Paul Thurrott has a speculative article about Win10X (paywalled). No, Win10X isn’t the son of Win10 in S Mode. (No, Windows 10 X does not run on Surface Pro X. What, you expected any different? UPDATE: The Surface Pro X also isn’t compatible with TypeCovers.)

    That’s kind of cool, albeit a year out. What’s really interesting is the Android phone that Microsoft’s going to deliver in about a year: the Surface Duo. Yes, that’s right: It’s an Android phone, er, device with two side-by-side, interacting and folding screens with a hinge in the middle. Details in Wired.

    As folks get their hands on working prototypes, we’ll have lots more coverage. For now, sit tight. We’ll have lots to discuss as the details hit the fan.