Feb 14, 2020

Is it finally the dawn of dual screens and foldables?

Microsoft foldables and dual screens

As part of Microsoft Developer Day, Microsoft announced a set of new developer tools to power its dual screen ambitions. With the help of developers, Microsoft hopes to be a leading dual screen platform.

Microsoft is releasing a new OS and new devices. Microsoft released its first emulator for Windows 10X, its new operating system designed exclusively for foldable and dual screen devices. With Windows 10X, developers can make apps that span multiple screens and work together across screens.

Microsoft also released an updated preview SDK for Surface Duo, its new dual screen device that works like a compact foldable tablet. The Surface Duo is a less powerful version of Surface Neo, Microsoft’s other planned dual screen device that will run Windows 10X.

Microsoft is taking it to the browser, too. As Microsoft looks to be a leader in dual screen devices, it's also focusing its efforts on modernizing the world’s most popular browsers. Microsoft revealed that it has proposed a new JavaScript API and a CSS media query so that web developers can make their web apps compatible with dual screen devices. Microsoft intends to contribute its work to Chromium, the engine that powers Chrome, Edge, Opera, and more.

Lastly, Microsoft announced its revamped Edge DevTools that will allow developers to simulate and remotely debug dual screen devices right from Microsoft Edge.

So will dual screens succeed? That depends on how well developers take advantage of dual screen features—and if Microsoft’s new developer tools actually inspire developers to create a rich ecosystem of dual screen apps.

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