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The coronavirus/COVID-19 is not just causing immense pain and suffering around the globe due to the heartbreaking loss of life. It has also stunted the development of many projects from well-known companies due to shelter-in-place orders that have been ordered in many states across the U.S. The latest [tech] victims include Microsoft’s highly anticipated Surface Neo and its complementing Windows 10X operating system. In a blog post today, Panos Panay, who now serves as the Chief Product Officer for Windows and Devices, in a roundabout way confirmed the news that we first heard early last month: Surface Neo has been delayed. Panay first revealed that Microsoft is shifting its focus... Read more...
There's a shuffling of the ranks in the Microsoft's executive leadership. The leadership changes involve two familiar faces for those that regularly follow Microsoft news: Joe Belfiore and Panos Panay. Joe Belfiore up until this point has been the point man for the Windows Experience, which includes Windows client operating systems. Before that, he was the most vocal champion of the now defunct Windows 10 Mobile operating system. Belfiore along with Ales Holecek will now lead the Office Experience Group according to ZDNet.  According to the report, which references an internal Microsoft memo that was sent out to employees today, Belfiore will also retain his position as the... Read more...
Microsoft recently unveiled its Surface Earbuds for a while, and fans were looking forward to the devices. Microsoft has a webpage live for the Surface Earbuds, and the site gives up all the details on hardware and shows what they will look like when they land. However, Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay announced this week that the product has been delayed. Panay explained via Twitter that making new products is about getting all the details right, which takes time. He went on to say that sometimes that takes more "time than we planned on." Panay says to provide the best possible experience for fans and customers, Surface Earbuds will now launch globally in the Spring of 2020. Product-making... Read more...
Microsoft has an event set for Octoberwhere it is set to unveil a new (or thoroughly refreshed) family of Surface computing hardware. The company sent out invites late last month for the event, and now Surface Chief Panos Panay is hyping up the big reveal on Twitter. According to sources for The Verge, the event will be more than just about hardware, and will also focus on new experiences. We have the feeling that this is in reference to Windows Lite, which is a cut-down version of Windows 10 that will be going head-to-head with Google's Chrome OS.  This October 2nd we're showing the world what's next for Surface & Microsoft...and we're doing it live. Tune in at https://t.co/gL1bQ1Wmas... Read more...
We now have an official date for Microsoft's Surface event, and it will be held just over a month from now on October 2nd in New York City. Although the invite that Microsoft sent out to the press makes no mention of what devices will be on the docket during the event, we have a pretty good idea about what might be shown off. For starters, Microsoft has been hinting at and teasing a dual-screen Surface device for what seems like forever. Surface Chief Panos Panay has called it his pet project, and the device is being developed under the codename Centaurus. The Surface team reportedly showed off working prototypes of Centaurus to Microsoft employees earlier this year, and it could be... Read more...
There have been rumors floating around of a dual-screen Surface device from Microsoft from well over a year. It's a rumor that just won't die, and even Surface chief Panos Panay has hinted at the possibility of the device with tweets and commentary on the form-factor. Today, there's a new report claiming that a dual-screen Surface device is indeed on the way and that it will have dual 9-inch displays with a 4:3 aspect ratio (keeping in line with other Surface hardware). This information comes from Jeff Lin, who serves as the Associate Director of Consumer Electronics for HIS Markit. According to Lin, the dual-screen Surface device, which has allegedly been developed under... Read more...
Could Microsoft be preparing for an influx of mobile devices with dual or folding displays running Windows 10? That appears to be the case according to a new report issued Tuesday morning.  According to sources within Microsoft that spoke with The Verge, the company is committing a lot of resources not only into supporting future devices that will incorporate innovative display form-factors, but also will be producing its own first-party Surface hardware that will include some of the same design trends. Microsoft has long been rumored to be developing a dual-screen device codenamed Andromeda that will be marketed under the Surface brand. Surface chief Panos Panay has... Read more...
If you've been following Microsoft's PC hardware efforts over the past few years, then you know that the company initially had a rough start with its Surface convertibles. However, the Surface family has recently started gaining traction and has expanded to includes laptops and even an all-in-one desktop PC. While some investors have looked at Microsoft's hardware ambitions with a skeptical eye as its fortunes in "the cloud" have grown, Surface Chief Panos Panay maintains that hardware remains central to the company's mission. "It's not just a core part of our strategy and at the centre of Microsoft, it's also a core part of how we build products at Microsoft," said Panay in an interview... Read more...
We've seen patent drawings, we've seen renders based on those drawings, and we've heard plenty of inside information coming out of Redmond with regards to a dual-screen Surface device. Codenamed Andromeda, the device is supposed to truly bring a full Windows 10 experience into a foldable form-factor that can fit into your pocket. In an interview with The Verge, Panay said that there needs to be a market for such a device, and that Microsoft is working on the feasibility of bringing it to production. “It’s absolutely my baby,” said Panay. “We will invent and we will create when products are right. We can’t bring new categories into the... Read more...
If you're hoping to someday lay your hands on a true Surface Phone -- a successor to the now defunct Lumia product line but with more swanky hardware -- it appears as though that ship has already sailed. In a recent interview, Surface Chief Panos Panay reiterated that there are absolutely no plans in store for a traditional Surface smartphone that would go up against the likes of the Apple iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy family of smartphones. Panay made the comments in an interview with Wired, stating, "I wouldn't say that it includes a Surface Phone. I think you have to think about where is that unmet need when you're thinking about your product road-map." However, even though the... Read more...
Remember the Courier concept from many moons ago? Many were disappointed when Microsoft decided not to proceed with that innovative design concept, but the company apparently never gave up on the idea of a dual screen mobile device. Microsoft is rumored to be working on a new dual screen device under the codename Andromeda, and Surface chief Panos Panay lent some credence to those reports with a tweet this week. In the tweet, Panay shows an image of what appears to be two displays side-by-side in a "book-style" picture frame format. Given the text of the tweet, the displays are manufactured by LG Display, which is a common supplier of panels for smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and monitors... Read more...
After apparently getting its signals crossed, Microsoft has finally settled on an official launch date for the Surface Pro with LTE. Microsoft Surface Chief Panos Panay made the announcement this week at the Future Decoded event, stating that the long-awaited tablet will be available on December 1st. If you recall, this date was first revealed by Surface Pro program manager Tim Golik back in late September. The launch date reveal by Golik was apparently provided by mistake, and Microsoft later issued a statement, claiming, "The Surface Pro with LTE will be available later this year. We will have more to share regarding specific timing and market availability in coming months." Things took an... Read more...
We've always been impressed with Microsoft's Surface family of products (well, if you discount Surface RT). Products like the Surface Pro -- which HotHardware reviewed earlier this morning -- have excellent build quality, stellar performance and excellent battery life. However, there have been rumors floating around that Microsoft has grown tired of the Surface family, and could soon be looking to bail entirely from first-party computing hardware. Microsoft Surface Chief Panos Panay is looking to throw some cold water on the hot Surface rumors, telling Business Insider that "It's so far from the truth". He also went on to claim that recent comments made by those in the PC industry are simply... Read more...
If you were hoping to get your hands on an "all-new" Surface Pro 5 any time soon, Microsoft’s Surface chief is throwing some cold water on those plans. In an interview last week, Panos Panay dropped a bombshell, stating, “There's no such thing as a Pro 5." Panay went on to say that whenever the company could bring a “meaningful change” to the Surface Pro formula, it would unleash a true next generation product onto the market. "I'm looking for an experiential change that makes a huge difference in product line.” Microsoft wants to bring profound changes like a monumental increase in battery life, or perhaps a dramatic reduction in device weight. But what about those that have a Surface Pro... Read more...
Could it be the end of the line for Microsoft’s (and formerly Nokia’s) Lumia brand of smartphones? According to a new report, the upcoming Lumia 650 will be the last smartphone to wear the Lumia branding. The Lumia 650 will reportedly be unveiled on February 1st, and there will likely be little fanfare whatsoever for what could be the end of the Lumia line. Microsoft is expected to announce the smartphone via low-key blog posting, which sounds about right considering that the Lumia 650 doesn’t look like much of an improvement over last year’s Lumia 640.Microsoft Lumia 650 [Image Source: Evan Blass] The rumored specs of the Lumia 650 (RM-1152) include: 5-inch 720p displayQuad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon... Read more...
110 million devices are running Windows 10, just eight weeks after its initial introduction. Our last official update from Microsoft – 75 million installs -- came nearly one month into its release and recent third-party reports showed Windows 10 tracking at 100 million installs. So 110 million is a nice, lofty figure and puts Microsoft well on its goal towards reaching one billion machines within the next two to three years. And to highlight Windows 10 and all of its greatness, Microsoft is announcing new hardware to complement the operating system courtesy of the Surface Pro 4. It’s almost as if Microsoft was reading our wish list for the tablet, as it has incorporated sixth generation Skylake-based... Read more...
When Microsoft took a $900 million writedown on unsold Surface inventory, it seemed like the writing was on the wall. At the time, Microsoft found itself at a fork in the road -- either abandon what looked like a failed experiment, or hold strong to its long term vision for what Surface could be. Microsoft opted for the latter, taking lessons it learned early on to help turn things around. Panos Panay, corporate vice president for Surface Computing at Microsoft, spoke with CNN Money about those lessons and the "humbling" experience of having to write down in the general neighborhood of a billion dollars for a product that just wouldn't sell. "When you look at that write down in that moment, you... Read more...