Cheat sheet: Microsoft Surface Neo (free PDF)

Microsoft is placing a big bet on foldable devices with the announcement of the Windows-powered Surface Neo tablet and the Android-powered Surface Duo phone at an event in New York on October 2, 2019.

The Surface Neo and the Surface Duo are expected to be released in “Holiday 2020,” making Microsoft’s announcement one of the longest lead times for a product launch in the history of the company.

The Surface Neo encompasses a variety of initiatives within Microsoft, including a Windows alternative to the MacBook Touch Bar, and the Windows 10 X variant built to accommodate the different modality provided by a folding-screen device.

TechRepublic’s cheat sheet for the Surface Neo foldable tablet will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

From the cheat sheet


The Surface Neo is Microsoft’s first public attempt at a dual-screen tablet, a modality that has been the subject of research and development both inside and outside Microsoft for a decade. In 2009, a team led by Xbox team co-founder J Allard created the Microsoft Courier tablet, which opened like a book. The Courier tablet project was cancelled in 2011, though it was replaced by the (non-folding) first-generation Surface tablet in 2012, marking Microsoft’s first foray into building computers.

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