Microsoft has modified its release schedule for this year, according to the ZDNet website. According to the report, the company postponed the launch of Surface Neo, a kind of hybrid between tablet and PC with two screens, which was expected to come out in late 2020.
In addition, any other device scheduled to start sales this year using the Windows 10X operating system – including from partner manufacturers with a similar design to the Surface Neo – will no longer happen. The information came from sources linked to Microsoft’s product manager, Panos Panay, who reportedly made the statement internally on Wednesday (8).
The reason for the postponement is the pandemic of the new coronavirus, which has modified the plans of several companies in the sector. However, this is also a chance for the company to adopt another priority: preparing Windows 10X for devices with a single screen, intensifying the dispute against Chromebooks. The company has not commented on the matter, which for now must be treated as a rumor
And the Surface Duo?
Also according to ZDNet, the postponement does not cover the Surface Duo, Microsoft’s long-awaited return to the smartphone market. The two-screen device, which is a kind of smaller version of the Surface Neo, is still due to come out later this year – and has been the subject recently, with the first photo taken with the device’s camera posted by Panay on social media and leaks showing the notification system.