The world may be looking forward to the launch of Microsoft’s Surface Duo dual-screen Android phone, but many Microsoft executives are actually using a version of the device in their personal lives. From Panos Panay, Satya Nadella and Joe Belfiore. Here’s the men we wrap up with duo Surface and posing on social media.
Panos Panay has posted on several occasions about his Duo Surface. The first was in November 2019, when we saw the Microsoft executive holding AU when he met with the Surface team. Then, in January 2020, we saw Panos release the microsoft quality manager’s office, where we could see not only Duo on the desk, but also Neo.
During the coronavirus pandemic in April, Panos released what we thought were the first photos taken from Duo. Since then, Panos has posted three new images of him using Duo. One was while walking, the other was while his son was taking a family photo, and the most recent was a photo of him on vacation.
With the exception of the first photo of her son, all of Panay’s photos were posted to Instagram. It’s hard to tell if the photos were taken with Duo, but it’s also possible because Panay is in charge of the Surface team.
In second place is Joe Belfiore, who heads Microsoft’s basic product group. Unlike Panos, he has been in obscurity on social media and has not posted much. But on July 24, the executive posted a photo of himself and his family preparing to travel to Disney World. He could be seen holding all kinds of things in his hand, including a kettle, an umbrella, a mask and a hand sanitizer. But more importantly, you can see that he also has a Duo in his hand. Since this tweet was sent from Android, he may have multiple Duos, or he may have used more than one Android phone.
Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s communications director, like Belfiore, posted about his Duo on only two occasions. On Twitter, he showed how he used Duo to use Duo to pull out the menu and scribble it on OneNote. The second photo also shows how he used OneNote in extended mode, spanning two screens, which seems to be one of the best productivity uses for dual-screen devices, and the first time we’ve seen Duo work with the Surface Slim Pen.
Next up is Brad Anderson, vice president of Microsoft 365. On April 8, Anderson posted his message on LinkedIn about preparing for the broadcast. He can be seen lazily sitting in a chair unfolding his Duo.
Then, later on July 9, Anderson released a recording course on Inspire. A week later, on July 15, we saw Anderson holding Duo in his backyard. Then, just a day later, on July 16, Anderson posted a photo of himself sitting on a couch reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Talk to A Stranger.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s social media has been quiet and we can’t find any of the photos of him using Duo. However, we remember a January 2020 photo of him showing Brian Sozzi, editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance, his personal Duo. In a tweet from the photo source, Sozzi said Nadella told him he was “obsessed” with the device. It’s hard to see what Nadella did on Duo, but the photos do confirm that Nadella is also actively using Duo.
You may soon have one too.
Microsoft executives are happy with Surface Duo, and hopefully it will be released soon, and you’ll have one. In fact, Duo recently passed the FCC test, and the report shows that it is now in Microsoft’s “product validation phase.” All this suggests that we may be able to play Duo by the end of the summer, well ahead of the promised 2020 holiday release date.