13 October 2020
Microsoft Surface Neo, the dual device running Windows 10X was first introduced alongside the now official Surface Duo Android device in October last year. But unfortunately, it is yet to be materialized. The device has seen many delays already and its listing is now also removed from Microsoft’s website. The removal of the listing of Microsoft’s one of the ambitious projects does raise a lot of questions. Has the company completely scraped it or Microsoft is rather aiming for a better option here? We currently do not have answers to any of such questions but we would like the company to throw some light on its plans.
Before removing the listing of the Surface Neo from its official website, Microsoft also removed all of the product’s videos from YouTube. It was supposed that Microsoft merely wanted to avoid buyer confusion. And now the removal of the product’s official introduction from the portal brings up some serious concerns.
As spotted by some hawk eyes, if you go to Surface Neo's product page, you will be redirected to Microsoft's Surface homepage.
Before this, rumors have conveyed that Surface Neo had hit a big delay and is unlikely to come before 2022. So, if such rumors are to be believed, keeping a then two-year device on its website would be meaningless. It is possible that Microsoft would rather come up with some better options because the tech behind these devices will be somewhat ripe than what it is now.
In September, Microsoft’s Panos Panay told TheVerge that the Surface Neo is indeed delayed but the company is looking for the right time to bring to the market. He said,
“I wanted the right time to bring that product with the right experience. We believe in that concept and form factor and size. It will be a beautiful complement to Duo with Windows and I’m excited about it. It’s a product that’s near and dear to my heart.”
So, the delay was somewhat predictable but what does the removal from the company’s website suggest?
Currently, the Surface Duo, the Android device with a dual-screen is going through some major troubles. Owners are reporting the product to be extremely buggy. So, it is possible the Microsoft is taking a step back for the release of its another dual-screen device.