Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

On the 14th, Microsoft launched Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 in Beijing for the domestic commercial market, and announced that the Surface Pro X will be available during next year’s Spring Festival. On-site, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay and Senior Vice President of Greater China, Alain Crozier, chairman and chief executive of Greater China, presented the Surface Neo and Duo devices released in early October for their first public appearance in China.

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

The Surface Duo phone on live display also opens the Weibo International and WeChat interfaces, no different from other Android phones.

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

Optimised version of Outlook for Android displays the mailing list and body in a split-screen display.

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

The system desktop is fainte to recognize the icons of Weibo and WeChat.

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

As for the Surface Neo dual-screen PC, the UWP-based Mail app is clearly visible on the Windows 10 X taskbar on the interface, wonderbar above the bottom physical keyboard (displayee, GIFs, and more on the chat interface).

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

Another angle to the Mail app.

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

Under the desktop, above the second screen with the keyboard, you can act as a task switching (alt-tab).

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

As with the U.S. launch, both devices are simply taken by Panos, can’t be touched up close, or seen the Windows 10 X Explorer that everyone’s always wanted to see (it’s said to have been redesigned; the existing images on the web are fake).

(The above picture was taken by Phoenix Net Technology, The Science and Technology Dog Jiango, sun Bin 1990, @Microsoft Faith Center)

The live media can play with other low-level devices, such as Surface Laptop 3;

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

Surface earbuds (you see it’s big and round for Buds);

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

and surface Pro X, by far the thinnest border.

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

The LTE version of the device is 4G rather than 5G, and Microsoft confirmed at an event in Berlin at the end of October that even the Neo and Duo, released by the end of next year, will be 4G, with no timetable for the current 5G version (hopefully we won’t wait too long as we do on the USB-C interface).

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

Surface Pro X uses an SQ1 processor developed by Microsoft and Qualcomm (the engineering machine does not show models) for up to 2 trillion floating-point operations per second, while the battery lasts up to 13 hours.

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

With a body thickness of just 5.33mm and a weight of 774g, it is Microsoft’s thinnest 2-in-1 laptop ever.

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

The Surface Pro X has a 33% narrowed screen frame and a 13-inch PixelSense touch screen in a 12-inch body;

Microsoft's Chief Product Officer shows Surface Neo and Duo for the first time

Here’s the right thing to say about the press conference. This release of Microsoft Surface Commercial products for the manufacturing, retail, financial, medical and other industries, tailored to integrate Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 Business, and Dynamics 365 solutions. Mainly, is to solve the enterprise customers in the security, efficiency, service three aspects of the worries.

Security: Surface Commercial supports firmware-grade remote operation features, provides a custom Unified Extended Firmware Interface (UEFI) with Windows AutoPilot, Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM), Microsoft Intune and other administrative features are matched, allowing IT administrators to enable BitLocker, TPM chip control user data access, and use Microsoft Defender’s Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) features to complement Microsoft 365 services (available separately). It also provides richer security and management capabilities through the Enterprise Mobility and Security Suite (EMS).

Depending on the needs of commercial customers, the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 are designed with removable SSDs to ensure the safe storage of sensitive data when needed, by physical removal.

Efficiency: Office 365 is optimized for its own Surface family, from web messages to transcription of Word documents, handwriting in Excel, Word handwriting, dictation, voice annotation, and more, all of which were presented at a launch event in early October. Surface Commercial devices are basically equipped with dual-field Studio Mics microphones, which are primarily used for video conferencing.

Services: Microsoft has launched a range of business-free value-added services for Surface Commercial. Pre-sale with Microsoft experts or partner customization solutions, after-sales “997” (Monday to Sunday 9-21) technical support hotline, Surface Pro 7 and Laptop 3 commercial version of the three-year limited warranty, Surface Pro X with a two-year limited warranty, users can purchase an additional four-year extension repair or unexpected warranty.

‘As Panos said at the October launch and today’s event, Surface Neo and Duo were announced a year ahead of schedule because Microsoft wanted developers, Corporate customers and game makers want to understand the specific play of dual-screen devices, and create a sufficiently attractive ecology.

Although the news has been a month and a half, but “a month and a half for the IT industry is not particularly long time”, is still looking forward to the industry to submit more feedback on the dual-screen scenario. He believes that just as Hololens was launched without any application ecology, it will slowly be found later that some of Hololens’s enterprises have developed their own applications, so the equipment is made first, with the assistance of corporate customers and partners, the completion of ecology is entirely expected.

The Surface Pro X’s Use of The Windows 10 on ARM system, which allows it to run only 32-bit x86 apps as a virtual machine, is a problem that limits the machine’s scenario. But given that the Surface product line is currently rich enough, he believes that business customers can choose between the lightweight, long-running Pro X or the more compatible Pro, Laptop, and Go options they need.

As coo for COO in China, he attaches great importance to the commercial deployment and application of Surface, and he has a dedicated task force in Microsoft China that promotes Surface products to enterprise users, combining Microsoft’s extensive cloud-based experience in China. Enterprise customers get the most out of Surface hardware and a variety of products and services like Windows, Office, Dynamics, and Azure.

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