Is "Centaurus" Another Dual Screen Foldable Device From Microsoft?

Joanna Estrada
December 4, 2018

Even though Microsoft is reportedly focusing its efforts on a larger dual-screen tablet, this doesn't mean that the pocketable "Andromeda" device has been put back on a shelf. Following which, Zac Bowden, a senior reporter at Windows Central, tweeted that the "larger Andromeda" certainly is not Andromeda, but a different project altogether.

Essentially, the latter concept is of a dual-screen phone or "pocketable" computer, whereas Centaurus will be a much bigger full-sized tablet with two screens (something Microsoft has mulled launching in the distant past in the form of the Courier - nearly a decade ago, in fact).

In the book, he talks about a Surface Pro tablet, with a USB-C port coming in Q4 2019; a Surface Laptop running on an AMD processor; an "ambient computing" device that can sense and respond to user presence, etc. According to Windows Central, Microsoft is well aware that a larger version that can provide a familiar desktop experience could have more chances to succeed in the market.

As we've seen with Windows Phone, an OS without a strong ecosystem of third-party apps is pretty much dead on arrival, and the same thing could well happen with the first wave of Windows Core OS devices.

This device as we told earlier codenamed as Centaurus, follows the same trend of spatial references to the tech giant Microsoft's internal denominations and can be presented as early as on 2019.

These statements are in line with other indications published on the Internet, which focus on the similarity of Centaurus to the Andromeda project.

Microsoft's current worry with Andromeda, Windows Central reckons, is that the software side of the equation for the device isn't ready yet. However, Centaurus also runs Windows Core OS, which requires any Win32 apps to be packaged as Windows apps, but will be able to adapt better to two-screen or combined-display tasks. As the success of the Surface range was simply due to its innovative factor, creating a niche that has become a new segment in the market.

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