KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft has confirmed that it won't be focusing on dual-display devices at the moment
  • This was announced by chief product officer Panos Panay
  • The change in focus comes amid the COVID-19 outbreak

A Microsoft executive has announced that the company won't be releasing dual-display devices running on Windows 10X anytime soon.

Almost a month after sources with knowledge on the matter revealed that Microsoft won't be releasing dual-display devices powered by Windows 10X this year, Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay announced that indeed, the company is shifting its focus on to something that's more relevant for the current time – and that isn't a dual-display device.

In a blog, Panay explained that the world is different now than when the company revealed its dual-display devices – the Surface Neo and the Surface Duo. Months after that reveal, the world was severely affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus that spread out from China to the rest of the world.

Since the virus started spreading, people everywhere have been forced to stay in their homes for their own safety. Panay noted that “the world has changed in a way that many of us are still adjusting to.” For one, he himself admits that he is adjusting to working from home, and is learning to collaborate with the company's teams remotely while spending time with his kids.

He said more people now use Windows 10 devices on a daily basis. The CPO claimed that “over 4 trillion minutes are being spent on Windows 10 a month, a 75% increase year on year.” He explained that more people are now relying on the cloud, and are using Windows PC to stay productive, keep connecting with each other, and learn while staying at home.

That said, Panay said that “As we continue to put customers’ needs at the forefront, we need to focus on meeting customers where they are now.”

Panay's words indicated that the company won't be focusing on devices with new form-factors at the moment. It will instead focus on single-screen devices that can help customers take advantage of the cloud in order to help them stay productive, keep connected with each other, learn, and play.

As for the dual-display devices Microsoft already announced, Panay said the company will “look for the right moment” to release its dual-screened devices in the market.

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