Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Microsoft goes on a bender in Andromeda

Microsoft reportedly working on Courier-like device for taking digital ... Microsoft may be working on a foldable Surface
Cecilia Poole | 31 October, 2017, 00:42

While Windows on smartphones is no more, Microsoft is hoping to create a new category-defining mobile device that's aimed at an entirely new demographic, and that puts pen and digital inking at the forefront of the experience.

Sources tell Windows Central that the device will launch in 2018 at the earliest, which seems incredibly soon. Both of these projects play an important part in Microsoft's next rumored mobile device, which appears to be commonly referred to as "Andromeda" on the web.

AdDuplex's reports show that the update is now running on 5.3% of all Windows 10 PCs and the original Creators Update is powering 74.6% of the systems.

Microsoft designers have been mulling the possibilities of these kinds of devices for several years, as evidenced by the company's "envisioning" videos from earlier this decade. The update for Microsoft To-Do is available for download on the Microsoft Store for all Windows 10 devices. However, it is suspected that it could be a pen-based foldable PC with phone capabilities, which is in line with Microsoft CEO's statement past year, saying that, while the company is not done with the mobile phone market, its next mobile device will not look like the smartphones of today.

Apparently, Microsoft is working on a Courier version that might actually make it to stores.

According to recent reports, the Redmond-based company is working on a device supposedly codenamed "Andromeda", which is a foldable tablet to run on Windows 10.

There are a number of other Microsoft apps and services beyond the obvious email and calendaring, that could make sense on a foldable mobile device.

Further, the report mentions Microsoft will be emphasizing mainly on its digital ink features which will sync with OneNote as well. In short, Andromeda is a digital pocket notebook.

I'm curious: What would make a foldable mobile device interesting to you, readers? The main selling point of this device will be centred on pen input and ink.

While I am intrigued by the concept of a mini-mobile device, I do wonder whether my current way of working makes it a non-starter for me.

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