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Microsoft Surface Neo reportedly won't be released in 2020

In a delay appearing to stem from the COVID-19 crisis, no new Windows 10X devices will be released this year.

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Microsoft reportedly won't release its Surface Neo this year -- a dual-screen tablet with a magnetically attachable keyboard that was slated to come out for the 2020 holiday season. Teams at Microsoft were informed internally on Wednesday that the company wouldn't deliver the device this year, according to a report from CNET sister site ZDNet

The Surface Neo was expected to be an important product for Microsoft, bringing Windows 10X -- an updated version of the Windows 10 operating system optimized for dual-screen devices -- to users for the first time. Of course, in a market quickly filling with foldable, bendable and rollable screens, a dual-screen device might not seem like the most innovative product around. But this decision represents yet another delay due in part, it seems, to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

While the ZDNet report says, "Microsoft also won't be enabling third-party dual-screen Windows devices to ship with 10X" this year, it doesn't appear to rule out the release of the Surface Duo, Microsoft's dual-screen Android phone, which was announced at the same Surface launch event in October.

Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Clarification, 6:40 a.m. PT: The story originally included an unlabeled image of the Surface Duo.

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