Microsoft reportedly won’t release its ZDNet.this year — a dual-screen tablet that was slated to come out for the 2020 holiday season. Teams at Microsoft were informed internally on Wednesday that the company wouldn’t deliver the device this year, according to a report from CNET sister site
The Surface Neo was expected to be an important product for Microsoft, bringing Windows 10X — an updated version of the Windows 10 operating system optimized for dual-screen devices — to users for the first time. Of course, in a market quickly filling with, a dual-screen device might not seem like the most innovative product around. But this decision represents due in part, it seems, to the ongoing pandemic.
While the ZDNet report says, “Microsoft also won’t be enabling third-party dual-screen Windows devices to ship with 10X” this year, it doesn’t appear to rule out the release of the, which was announced at the in October.
Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Clarification, 6:40 a.m. PT: The story originally included an unlabeled image of the Surface Duo.