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Microsoft releases tools to let devs start building for its upcoming dual-screen devices


Added 01-22-20 04:04:03pm EST - “As we learned back in October, Microsoft has been cracking away at not one, but two dual screen devices: Surface Duo, and Surface Neo. While a developer kit for the Android-powered Duo has been made available immediately, the company…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Microsoft releases tools to let devs start building for its upcoming dual-screen devices”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As we learned back in October, Microsoft has been cracking away at not one, but two dual screen devices: Surface Duo, and Surface Neo. Surface Duo will run Android, while the Surface Neo will run on a special fork of Windows 10 dubbed "Windows 10 X".

This morning the company is pulling back the curtain a bit, debuting its first batch of dual-screen developer tools and shedding some light on how apps can utilize that second screen.

While a developer kit for the Android-powered Duo has been made available immediately, the company says dev tools for the Windows-powered Neo will arrive in "the coming weeks", with a target date of February 11th.

While simply stretching an app to fill both screens is one approach, Microsoft offered up a few alternative "pattern ideas" to better utilize the form factor:

Meanwhile, Microsoft is also starting to build out web standards for dual-screen devices — APIs for developers to easily detect dual-screen devices, for example, allowing them to adapt their web apps accordingly. The company says preview builds of Microsoft Edge with early dual-screen APIs should start shipping "soon".

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