Friday, October 30

Microsoft abandons the Surface Neo project: goodbye to the laptop with two screens

It seems that the laptop with two screens that Microsoft worked on will not see the light, at least for now: the Surface Neo website has been closed. We wrote a lot at the time about Surface Neo, Microsoft’s ambitious plan to offer users a computer with two screens that would completely change their experience with the devices. The large company worked with great ambition on this team, so much so that it was anticipated how Windows 10X would work with the double screen. But something changed the plans of Microsoft and the entire planet: the coronavirus pandemic. Since it emerged, it seems that the news about this project has stopped and the last we have known is that the product has ended up disappearing from the Microsoft website, according to NeoWin. Various reasons are being considered for why this has happened, both social and from the same industry. One of them may be in the price it would have. We have already seen how that of double screen or folding mobiles increases, and with computers a considerable rise could also be expected, but there are more causes. Microsoft Product Director Panos Panay affirms that “the world is very different from what it was in October 2019, when two-screen devices were announced,” according to Hypertextual. And it is a very true point. The economic crisis and the new paradigm in which we find ourselves has caused users to look more for the economic than the premium. From Microsoft, the commercial strategy has been turned towards cheap devices with a single screen that are especially affordable for users. Comfortable computers, focused on work and daily traffic, not two-screen computers that can be more expensive and fragile. Surface Pro X is the new proposal to achieve the best performance in mobility for a 2-in-1 convertible with an ARM processor like the one that your smartphone mounts. Anyway, this has not been surprising news, just a year ago it was shown how the Surface Neo was going to be, but in April the delays began to be notified, the rest has been history. Although we are left in doubt about the progress made by Microsoft in its development and whether it will apply them to other projects. Even so, although Microsoft has stopped the project, temporarily or permanently, we cannot rule out that some other company will venture with this type of equipment. They may not reach as many customers as could be expected a year ago, but surely many users want one and could take full advantage of it.

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