Microsoft might not be able to release Windows 10X and its flagship hardware as intended, the Surface Neo, within this calendar year because of the current coronavirus pandemic.
According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, who is Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay told some of his team members that the tech giant will not be delivering the new expected platform and the dual-screen devices it is meant for before the year ends, although she did not say why in particular.
Further, the tech giant have also revealed that it will not allow third-party manufacturers to ship devices running the OS, as well.
Microsoft introduced Windows 10X in 2019, presenting it as a variant of the OS designed for machines with two displays. The company was planning to ship the Surface Neo, its first 10X flagship device, in time for the 2020 holiday season, but that might no longer happen due to the distraction caused by the coronavirus outbreak that has caused a lot of comabies and business to change their normal calendar.
While the delay is most likely a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Foley says Microsoft has also decided to prioritize getting the 10X running on single-screen devices like 2-in-1s before giving the public access to it.
The company is reportedly hoping to ship some of the platform’s features before the OS itself becomes available, though, so it is possible that we might get a taste of the 10X in an upcoming Windows 10 update. We are just hoping, the company did not expressly say that.
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