Microsoft Surface Duo Has This Feature That Consumers Might Not Like

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. speaks to attendees during the launch event of the Galaxy Note 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
The Redmond-based tech giant recently announced the Microsoft Surface Duo, indicating its comeback to the smartphone industry. (Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

The tech community was surprised when Microsoft recently announced the Microsoft Surface Duo. Many are delighted that the Redmond-based tech giant is now back in the smartphone business. Interestingly, the upcoming flagship smartphone runs on Android, and after the hype has slowly died down, there are a lot of questions that the Surface Duo has to answer, which could turn the interest of the consumers away from it.

The Microsoft Surface Duo is scheduled to be released on December 2020, and the company's reason for the early launch is for the developers to be on-board influence its distinct form factor to develop new experiences. The Redmond-based tech giant aims that the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo will enable users to become more productive. And, one of the strategies of the company to boost the flagship smartphone is to boast Office support on the upcoming device, which they always do on its devices.

However, during the unveiling, the company only showed Outlook and highlighted how the user would be able to have the list of emails on one display and the email you want to read on another display of Microsoft Surface Duo. The reveal video boasts off more scenarios like a PowerPoint slide from the Outlook app while the other display shows an initiated video call. The video also shows the customary apps like YouTube and Google Maps.

Rumors have it that the Microsoft Surface Duo will need four or five months to be ready for APIs and developer devices. It is worth noting, however, that despite being the largest software company in the entire world, the Redmond-based tech giant was not able to gather developer support for Windows Mobile. Additionally, with the Microsoft Surface Duo and Microsoft Surface Neo, the company now has a couple of operating systems for their dual-screen devices-Android and Windows 10X.

This, obviously, begs a plethora of questions for developers. This includes which operating system will they develop the apps for, should it be for Windows 10 X, for Android, or for both Android and Windows 10X? Microsoft could not convince developers to back a single mobile platform through Windows Mobile and now they are asking developers to support a couple of platforms.

The Redmond-based tech giant has a lot of things to polish before it finally releases the Microsoft Surface Duo to the public. They should make it right this time to win back the trust of the consumers. Also, they are not the only company producing and a device like this running on Android. And, with the hype the Microsoft Surface Duo is currently having, let us just hope the company will not spoil it when the flagship smartphone officially releases in December.

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