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Surface Neo may be delayed until 2022 as Microsoft shifts Windows 10X plans

The dual-screen Microsoft Surface Neo touch-based laptop won’t arrive until 2022, according to a new report claiming Microsoft is pushing back the launch of its Windows 10X software until next year.

The tenured ZDnet reporter Mary Jo Foley’s sources say Microsoft is now planning to launch Windows 10X for single-screen devices in the spring of next year, with dual-screen devices planned for the first half of 2022.

Windows 10X, which is also commonly referred to Windows 10 Lite, promises a simpler interface with apps separated out from the main operating system. Instead traditional apps will run in a container, separately from the opening system. It promises faster access to updates with improved battery life and, thanks to those isolated apps, improved security.

Microsoft had originally planned to latch the Surface Neo, which has a secondary screen above the traditional keyboard, before the end of 2020, but a delay until 2022 would be massively significant. The report fits with previous comments from Microsoft on a Windows 10X pivot amid a dramatic shift in people working from home.

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