Microsoft is developing a new version of Windows 10 that is designed exclusively for dual-screen and foldable devices. Windows 10X, also known as “Santorini,” is an ambitious effort by Microsoft to redesign Windows 10 for apps that don’t even exist — like versatile tablets that turn into laptop-like tasks— like devices like the Surface phone.
Despite everything else leaking out at the Surface case this morning, Microsoft was still able to save one large surprise at the end of the day. The company’s going back to the phones. Not only that, it introduces the foldable. Although, as with the Neo, the Duo doesn’t effectively have a foldable screen like the Galaxy Fold. Instead, there are two linked displays, more similar to the ZTE Axon M.
More than seven years ago, Microsoft developed the initial Surface tablet and hybrid computer. It altered from something strange and poorly performed into the Windows flagship device in the years to come. Microsoft is now ready to attempt something fresh and courageous again.
On this one, Microsoft is working with Google. Rather than porting or forking Windows 10 (launched for the Neo by Windows 10 X), here the company is using Android. Panos Panay, Product Manager, pointed out that the device is “not a phone, it’s a surface.” Panos, why can’t it be both?
Like the Neo, the product will not be due until next year’s holidays.
This provides the business time to get it in developers ‘ hands to generate distinctive applications for the dual-screen experience, among other things.
Announcing it now also implies that in the meantime the business has no need to worry about leaks.
At the time, of course, there are still more issues than responses. And as with the other device it announces with a lead time worth more than a year, I would anticipate that a lot of elements will change here (including, potentially, the name). Also, in the manner of specifics here Microsoft disclosed less than it did with the Neo.
If the product actually comes on the market, it will be interesting to see how users embrace a more standard foldable version (insofar as any foldables are standard, of course). The dual-screen verses the foldable have some benefits, including the capacity folding in both directions all the way around.