Microsoft goes on a bender in Andromeda

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2017 - 02:15 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, andromeda, foldable

Microsoft have completely abandoned their mobile line which is why they have announced the new prototype Andromeda foldable mobile device.  The foldable eReader-like device will run Win10 on ARM and will take advantage of Windows Ink to allow users to take accurate notes on the touchscreen.  The device is rumoured to have celluar capabilities so it could replace an executives phone, or at least let them leave the laptop at the office.  Unfortunately the announcement left out the most interesting detail, we do not know if the fold is between two seperate screens or if the Andromeda will feature a folding screen.  Hopefully Windows Central will have an updated post soon.

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"Microsoft isn't building this device for your average consumer. If it ever comes to market, and that's a big if, it isn't going to be an iPhone or Android competitor because as Microsoft has publicly claimed in the past, it's just too late for that."

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October 27, 2017 | 06:12 PM - Posted by Cantina Band Member (not verified)

"Microsoft isn't building this device for your average consumer" - niche product and probably low sales? As for Windows 10 on ARM, Microsoft still have not learned much from Windows RT failure other than trying to improve software compatibility with Win32 emulation and Universal Windows applications. That leaves software developed for x64-bit and most PC games still incompatible. But then I'm sure this device isn't meant for such things as gaming and more intensive computing work. Should be interesting to see Microsoft's target audience and marketing pitch on usage of this Andromeda device. On a side note concerning Windows on ARM, HPE tried with Elite X3 which was a more interesting device and still failed.

October 27, 2017 | 09:40 PM - Posted by Crono (not verified)

Looks like the long awaited Courier had a baby with the rumored Surface Phone

October 28, 2017 | 10:59 AM - Posted by NinjaCat (not verified)

Sounds like the Cantina Band Member is not aware that you can run full Windows 10 with full x86 software support... (That means 32 & 64bit software, although most software is still 32bit.)

October 28, 2017 | 02:43 PM - Posted by Weebus (not verified)

MS hasn't 'announced' anything. This is all based on rumour. I'm sure it's actually being worked on, but MS have not made a statement on this device in any way.

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