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Microsoft Surface dual screen device takes significant step forward

Although there have been no official pictures of the new device, it could look like a scaled up version of the Surface phone rumored last year. (Source: Windows Central)
Sources within Microsoft indicate that the company has joined Asus, HP and Lenovo in creating a laptop/tablet hybrid device and has released teaser images to some staff. The new device will run on Microsoft’s competitor to Chrome and was leaked to coincide with Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference.

According to sources at The Verge, Microsoft looks set to confirm the news we brought you in December that there will be a dual screen 2 in 1 Surface device. It will be a successor to the company’s canned Courier device, which was pulled in 2010. The new project, dubbed "Centaurus", was allegedly discussed at a Microsoft employees' meeting recently and some staffers were able to set their eyes on high quality renders of what the new device will look like. This is a significant step forward as it shows that Microsoft has made significant progress since the rumors of such a device first surfaced in the press last year.

The Courier dual screen concept was shelved in 2010 as Steve Ballmer wanted to focus on the development and release of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, while the Courier was expected to run a custom version. Rumors of Microsoft resurrecting the project have been floating around for a while now, especially with discussion of "Andromeda"– a possible Surface phone. Now it seems Microsoft is ready to give the larger device the go ahead.

Details on Centaurus are hard to come by, given that there has been no official announcement. However, The Verge reported that it is expected that it will run a “Window’s Lite” OS to compete with Google’s Chrome OS. It will be a more streamlined, toned down version of the full Windows 10 OS.  It also seems likely that Intel will provide the processor for the new unit.

Although there is no clear time frame of when this exciting new device will be released but we can expect more official news from Microsoft shortly.

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Hugh Baillie-Lane, 2019-06- 4 (Update: 2019-07- 2)