After years of potential existence and then rapprochement with reality, Microsoft finally unveiled the mythical Surface phone – even though you do not want to call it a phone – the Surface Duo. Unlike its bigger brother, the Neo, this device does not run on Windows 10X. It does not work on Windows at all, and that has upset some.
A petition on Change.org was launched to persuade the giant of Redmond to reconsider its attitude towards the duo and offer a Windows 10X-based variant, in addition to the Android-based current iteration. The introductory part of the petition states:
The recently announced Surface Duo, running ONLY Android, does not meet the needs of many Windows UWP developers and Microsoft fans. We want a Surface Duo device that runs the new Windows 10x operating system and emulates the Android apps.
Although the wording on the stage was somewhat vague, it seems that the duo is indeed powered by Android – albeit an adapted version -. as Panos Panay said in an interview recently. The managing director said that Google's operating system is what the company will use for "mobile devices," and that "everything is beyond Windows." It is unclear where the company draws the line between mobile and non-mobile devices, as one of the core ideas of the Surface line has been mobility since its revision in 2012.
As for the petition, one of the reasons is Microsoft's promise to use its UWP initiative to create a single codebase to run an app on any device, including devices like the duo. The idea is that running emulated Android apps on Windows would do the same as the current strategy without breaking the promise made with the Universal Windows Platform debut.
The petition has a total of 40 signatures.
Many thanks to Ransom Peer for the tip!
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