Users excited about Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10X and Surface Neo phone will have to wait till next year, according to reports.
Microsoft unveiled the Surface Neo in October, with plans to ship the dual-screen device in 2020. Along with it, the company was also planning on releasing Windows 10X, a version of the operating system designed specifically for foldable devices. With the effects of the pandemic in full swing, it appears Microsoft may be putting both releases on hold to address more pressing issues.
According to Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet’s All About Microsoft writer, sources inside Microsoft said “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. In addition, Microsoft also won’t be enabling third-party dual-screen Windows devices to ship with 10X in calendar 2020.”
Notably, Foley’s sources do not indicate Microsoft is delaying the Surface Duo, the Android-driven sibling to the Neo. If true, this would seem to indicate the bottleneck lies with fine-tuning Windows 10X, rather than a hardware issue.