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Surface Neo delay confirmed amid Windows 10X pivot

It looks as if the dual-screen Surface Neo device will be delayed indefinitely.

Microsoft has announced it is refocusing the launch of the Windows 10X – primarily built to serve the new sector – to ensure the demands of customers with single-screen devices are being met.

The company says it will now look for the right moment to launch the dual-screen device, but for now the priorities have shifted to existing hardware.

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In a blog post Windows chief Panos Panay said “we will continue to look for the right moment, in conjunction with our OEM partners, to bring dual-screen devices to market.”

Rough translation? Don’t hold your breath for a Surface Neo launch during the originally planned window of ‘Holiday 2020’.

The reasoning behind the pivot, Panay says, is the dramatic shift in the way Windows users have been working over the last few months, with the vast majority of office workers now doing so from home.

He says the world has changed dramatically since it announced the vision for the dual-screen device, which would run on the Windows 10X operating system that leverages the power of the cloud. However, single-screen device owners need that power more than ever, so they’ll be the first to get Windows 10X.

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The Surface Duo, dual-screen smartphone, was not mentioned specifically though. Since it uses Android as its operating system instead of Windows 10X, its ‘Holiday 2020’ release date is seemingly unaffected.

For the latest information on the Surface Neo and Surface Duo, be sure to keep an eye on Trusted Reviews.

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