Surface Phone Rumors: Microsoft Working on the Device, Codenames it as 'Andromeda'

31 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
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So what we could be looking at is a foldable tablet that can double up as a smartphone, but Microsoft isn't looking at this as a smartphone replacement, the report notes. However, it is suspected that it could be a pen-based foldable PC with phone capabilities, which is in line with Microsoft CEO's statement previous year, saying that, while the company is not done with the mobile phone market, its next mobile device will not look like the smartphones of today. Eight years later, Microsoft could soon be making the Courier a reality. Microsoft execs killed off the Surface Mini running Windows RT right before Microsoft was set to announce it. The notebook app itself is designed in a way that mimics writing in a real notebook, with virtual pages that spread across the foldable device. Instead, Microsoft is trying to create a new product category.

Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 10 days ago, and the company is gradually rolling out the update just the same way it did with previous Windows 10 updates.

It's no secret that Microsoft terminated Windows Mobile.

Although Microsoft's mobile efforts in regards to Windows 10 Mobile are dead, the company isn't pulling out of mobile altogether. And Windows 10 S, Microsoft's edition of Windows that can run Microsoft Store apps only, is going to be able to run on ARM, last we heard. It already works across the Web and devices and has a lot of dedicated fans.

There are a number of other Microsoft apps and services beyond the obvious email and calendaring, that could make sense on a foldable mobile device.

Given the company's Windows Phone is dying and the tablet market is getting more competitive with products such as Apple iPad Pro and Samsung's extra-large Galaxy Note 8, which kind of doubles up as a note-taking tablet, Microsoft's purported note-taking device could bring about a new line of hardware.

For years, I used paper notebooks and non-digital pens to take notes.

I'm curious: What would make a foldable mobile device interesting to you, readers? I'm unable to verify if the device will be able to run Win32 programs.

I'm told the device puts pen and inking at the very forefront, with some prototypes opening up into a notebook app that's tied to OneNote, with support for your usual inking options via Windows Ink.



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