Folding devices are all the rage these days. A number of large telephone exchanges are planning to launch folding phones with flexible screens in the next year or so. And in the laptop / tablet, Lenovo already has a series of two displays, while Intel and Asus showed prototypes earlier this year.
Microsoft seems to want to try their hand on a dual screen. Again.
According to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft is working with a double-sided collapsible device code called "Centuarus".
It is said to have an Intel processor and has a customized version of Windows 10 optimized for two monitors. This means, among other things, that apps not only rotate automatically if you switch from portrait to landscape orientation, but if you expand the other screen and set up your device as a laptop, the lower screen can become a virtual keyboard.  The operating system is said to be based on Windows Core OS, which will support Win32 applications … but only if they are packaged as Microsoft Store apps. On the one hand, it seems that there will be a key element to ensure that applications work properly on devices with this new form factor. On the other hand, many developers have been reluctant to distribute their apps in the Microsoft Store, and apps that are no longer actively developed will probably never become Big Apps. A large list of incompatible apps may slow adoption of this new form factor.
Windows Central reports that Microsoft does not plan to officially uncover the device until autumn 2019, so it's a good time for plans to switch between now and then – and this is hardly the first time Microsoft has tricked the idea of releasing a dual screen device.
The company is also rumored to work on a phone size with the two-screen gadget code "Andromeda", as Windows Central says is not going to be ready to launch anytime soon. And it's been almost a decade since Microsoft started … and then stopped the development of the "Courier" screen.