Rumored in 2008 and formally canceled two years later, Courier is one of the big "What If" space of consumer devices. Somewhere there is an alternate timetable as the dual-screen brochure computer pre-emits the dual-tablet / PC boom.
In this universe, however, the dual-screen computer was more curious. The experience of a few companies like Lenovo has tried the form factor of limited success. At this morning's Surface event in New York City, Microsoft finally managed to set its flag.
The giant software company acquired Surface with a dual screen and rumors at the event. The good news is that it is real and that it will actually come to the market. The bad news is that, after years of anticipation, it still takes time. The device is not due to arrive until close to the 2020 holiday season.
Why long lead time? Simple: The company wanted to avoid any additional leaks. Microsoft Being largely transparent in the fact that it takes a lot of work to clarify the details of the shape factor. She knows that consumers are looking for some kind of miracle device that can provide bigger screen, lower footprint and longer battery life and she thinks a dual screen product might break that code.
But much of next year will require tests in the real world, and it is necessary to accept that the spill is inevitable, so it expels some air from those tires by announcing its intentions on its own terms. It also announces that a handful of the best manufacturers will create devices for the new shape factor, including HP, Dell, Lenovo and ASUS. As with the tablet category, Microsoft will compete with them on its Surface devices.
The new form factor will require a ramified version of Windows 10 – especially Windows 10X. Like versions designed for operating systems on HoloLens, Xbox and other Surface products, 10X has the same basic technologies as Windows 10 (including pen and mouse insertion) with some new hardware changes. This means that there is a more typical way for things like the taskbar, which can appear on either or both screens. However, Microsoft is quick to indicate that the version will be present on these devices only.
We expect there will be some difference between pricing on devices, along with things like screen size. Each company will take a unique approach to this category. As Microsoft says, it will allow the market to vote. In other words, the best app will ultimately be decided by consumer purchases.
Based on the brief demo, the Microsoft app is really impressive. Although the second screen is almost certain to be awful to type, there is a foldable keyboard overlaying on top. The magnetic keyboard can slide up and down as well, with space at the bottom of the trackpad or something similar to the touch bar on the top, "Wonderbar".
Wirelessly charge the keyboard and connect to it via Bluetooth. As a nice added feature, you can actually pull it out and use it separately from the product. Currently, the product is a thin 5.3 mm thin when opened, which is partially accomplished, with some custom silicone created.
The screens are both nine inches. Obviously, the company didn't really offer a foldable screen similar to the Samsung device, so there's a little bezel between the two, which means there's a limited flow between the two. There is also a fairly large bezel on the top and bottom. Of course, as this product lasts for a year, there will likely be a lot of changes in the coming year and change.
The name of the array may also change. Currently, Microsoft is providing developers Neo with the hands of developers to help create custom two-screen applications.