The new Microsoft Surface Duo brings Android as operating system. It is a new return of the company to the mobile device market after its unsuccessful attempt to impose the Nokia with Windows. However, Satya Nadella's company does not give up on continuing to use Windows.
The main novelty is thatand he did it in collaboration with Google, and that it is a folding terminal with two screens.
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The new Microsoft Surface Duo. This is what we know
The smartphone is designed as a device with two displays, each of 5,6 respectively. The two are joined by a system of hinges which make possible a rotation of up to 360 degrees. This will allow the user to use them in different configurations. One of the screens can take over the keyboard function, transforming the equipment into a mini laptop.
The first result of the collaboration between Redmond and Mountain View is that two applications can be run at the same time. I guess it will be one on each screen.
The operating system of origin of these devices it will be Android Pie 9, of course modified to suit the characteristics of the hardware. And, I guess, that instead of Chrome, Calendar and Gmail will come with Edge and Outlook. If I wanted, Microsoft could have its own app store. In the official Google store there are 150 applications signed by different sectors of the company. Together they add up to 500 million downloads.
And speaking of the hardware, the processor will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and at the moment it does not have a front camera. Although this could change in the future.
If you want, you can prepare the letter for the Three Kings, but you will have to wait a long time because the market launch It will be in December 2020.
Forget Windows with the Linux kernel
It is enough to see the other announcements of the event to realize that Microsoft can use another operating system if its customers ask for it, but He is not going to resign just like that in those sectors where he leads.
At the presentation ceremony, another dual-screen device was unveiled. The Surface Neo tablet. What is the operating system of the Surface Neo? Windows 10x
It's about Windows 10, in a more modular way, optimized for dual screen and foldable devices.
And I can assure you that the foundation of Windows 10X is not the Linux kernel. It's Windows Core OS (WCOS)
Windows Core OS is the result of Microsoft's efforts to standardize a set of building blocks in Windows to work on different types of devices. WCOS is a combination of parts of OneCore OS, the UWP / Web and Win32 application packages, and the C-Shell compiler.
And, in case you have any questions. Microsoft executives assured that any new Windows dual-screen and foldable device manufactured by Microsoft partners such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus and others They will also run Windows 10X.
It would be weird for Microsoft to use the base of their operating system for mobile devices and dump them on the desktop. Above all because Windows Core OS will also run on HoloLens 2 and Surface Hub 2X.
HoloLens 2 is a virtul reality device that allows you to interact with Microsoft cloud services. Surface Hub 2X is smart equipment for conference rooms.
What about desktop computers?
The truth is, Microsoft wants desktop users to go to the cloud. Some users commented on the disappearance of the option to use a local account (whose data is saved on the computer) and it was made mandatory to use the Microsoft account that requires online verification.
On the other hand, and I can attest to this, Windows 10 starts to use the One Drive cloud storage service for documents by default in case you have a subscription.
On the other hand, it is allowing users from all over the world try the Windows virtual desktop for free. This desktop enables users to virtualize Windows 7 and 10 applications, Office 365 ProPlus, and other third-party applications by running them remotely on Azure virtual machines.
For this, in addition to a Microsoft account, you need a client that is available for Windows, Android, Mac, iOS and HTML 5.