Microsoft revealed its long-rumored “Surfaces phone” which aimed out to be… an Android device. For all the reports that Microsoft will be back in the phone industry, it is not the mobile Windows platform, but preferably going with the world’s most universal mobile operating system, address of archrival Google.
Surface Duo-like devices will eventually supplant modern-day smartphones and Microsoft assumes that Android is the best OS for this product.
Microsoft has operated with Google to produce a customized Android experience to dual-screen Surface Duo and as well as the Google Play Store app ecosystem.
Surface Duo is an Android mobile device but not because customers aren’t involved in Windows-powered smartphones. According to Microsoft’s Panos Panay, Android is the most suitable operating system for a device like Surface Duo and the company doesn’t desire to create a competitive solution to win Android customers.
The upcoming Surface Duo phone will surely come with a full set of Office apps, and Microsoft also has a general partnership with Samsung to have Word, Excel and other Microsoft apps preinstalled on its phones.
If you can’t strike them, succeed them from within, it seems to be the new Microsoft policy, and the point that it lately exceeded Google in market capitalization explains that it moves away from mobile and the progressive bet on Office and the cloud, was a smart managerial judgment.
“Best OS for this product is Android,” according to Panos Panay, the CPO for the Microsoft Devices group.
On one hand, it appears like Microsoft has confirmed just how difficult it is to battle with Android – which is currently the most-used operating system on the planet – a holding Microsoft’s own Windows OS managed to have. The breakdown of Windows 10 Mobile and the Windows phones that operated the software was apparent a humbling experience that the company is in no hurry to replicate.