Last October, Microsoft’s Panos Panay did something that he’s never done before. He showed off two products a full year before they were to be released. That included a dual-screen PC called the Surface Neo and a dual-screen phone called the Surface Duo. It didn’t work out.
Microsoft announced back in May that Windows 10X was being repurposed for single-screen devices, and dual-screen support was being pushed back indefinitely. Strangely though, the company didn’t update its product listing for the Surface Neo for months, leaving it as saying that it’s shipping this holiday season.
That’s changing today. Everything is exactly the same, where it says, “A groundbreaking new dual-screen device that redefines how you get things done. With two 9” screens, a revolutionary 360° hinge, touch, pen, keyboard, and incredible new Windows experiences, Surface Neo enables you to do more, anywhere.” That sentence used to be followed by, “Coming Holiday 2020.”
Some may have speculated that this PC will actually ship with regular Windows 10, and then have a Windows 10X variant when it’s available. After all, that’s what Lenovo is doing with its ThinkPad X1 Fold. It’s clearly not the case for the Surface Neo though, which was meant to be the hero device for Windows 10X.
The latest rumors are that dual-screen support for Windows 10X now isn’t coming until 2022. Between now and then, it’s not only being targeted at single-screen PCs, but more specifically, it’s being targeted at low-end single-screen PCs.