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Microsoft has created a digital magazine of two tablets

31 October 2017, 12:45 | Yvette Williams

Microsoft’s Courier concept

Microsoft’s Courier concept

But, with Surface Phone/Windows Mobile out in the smartphone scene, the tech giant might launch a foldable tablet.

The report said the Andromeda device may be called something like Surface Note or Surface Journal, but it won't be an iPhone or Android competitor. However, if it does find its way to the market next year, Microsoft would want to pitch it as its own unique product in a separate market and not one that would compete with tablets, smartphones, or hybrids. Microsoft execs killed off the Surface Mini running Windows RT right before Microsoft was set to announce it.

Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 10 days ago, and the company is gradually rolling out the update just the same way it did with previous Windows 10 updates. Now, as per WindowsCentral, the Redmond-based company is planning to launch a similar device as early as next year. Microsoft may add even more productivity-focused features to the next couple of Windows 10 feature updates.

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To note, the Surface Phone is still expected to run the Windows 10 mobile OS, like the Lumia smartphone series. The purported device, codenamed Andromeda, is likely to run ARM-based chipset and given Microsoft's focus on Windows 10 software, the presence of Windows apps such as OneNote and Edge can not be overlooked. It already works across the Web and devices and has a lot of dedicated fans. Microsoft never got around to actually unveiling the device, but that may soon change. I, myself, hope Microsoft might have a lighter and simpler version of OneNote in the works - the same way that it introduced the simpler and more intelligent Sway as a sidekick to PowerPoint. But that doesn't mean Microsoft is abandoning the mobile market all-together. This will offer great user interface of a foldable display device. The Andromeda would make practical use of digital pen and ink. I'm unable to verify if the device will be able to run Win32 programs. I'm not sure I can go back to a device where a pen is the primary input method, no matter how portable it is - and regardless of all the studies showing handwriting notes helps people remember them far better than typing.

So, what exactly is this Andromeda device and why should you care?

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