Prior to Microsoft's Online Developer Conference, their Chief Product Officer announced the delay of dual Display Devices
On April 9th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Rumor Claims that COVID-19 has Killed Microsoft's Plans to launch their dual display Devices with Windows this year." Today the rumor became fact when Microsoft's Chief Product Officer Panos Panay informed his team of the decision, formally in his company blog."
The coronavirus has changed daily life for people all over the world, and that includes the use of technology. When people are mostly staying in, there’s less need for travel-oriented services like mobile-friendly Airbnb, Google Maps or Uber. And if people are staying home they can take advantage of larger screens and keyboards that allow for faster text input.
With that in mind, Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, wrote in a blog post on Monday: "Customers are using Windows PCs to stay productive, connect and learn in this time. In fact, over 4 trillion minutes are being spent on Windows 10 a month, a 75% increase year on year.
As the world and people’s routines are changing, it is important that we focus on meeting our customers where they are now and helping them get to where they want to be in the future.
The world is a very different place than it was last October when we shared our vision for a new category of dual-screen Windows devices.
As we continue to put customers’ needs at the forefront, we need to focus on meeting customers where they are now. Our customers are leveraging the power of the cloud more than ever, and we believe the time is right to lean into this acceleration in a different way.
We will continue to look for the right moment, in conjunction with our OEM partners, to bring dual-screen devices to market."
Clearly Panos Panay wanted this news out of the way prior to their online version of their 'Build' developer conference that will take place from May 19th to the 21st.