How Microsoft Plans to Solve the Surface Neo and
Ahead of its developer day, Microsoft shared how it would put those concerns to rest and create a real solution for the Surface Neo and Duo.
At Microsoft 365 Developer Day, Microsoft finally showed us exactly how it would happen. First off, any app regardless of what platform it was made on, should run. That includes old Win32 apps, UWP apps, web apps, and Android apps (on the Duo).
That doesn 8217;t mean, however, that these apps will magically take advantage of the dual-screen form factor and the different postures of these new Surface devices. Microsoft is distributing a series of tools and SDKs to help developers make that happen, as well as build new apps from the ground-up with this form factor in mind.
Essentially, developers could use this to build cross-platform dual-screen apps across both Windows 10X and Android. That 8217;s thanks to its ability to allow developers to create user interfaces in XAML with code-behind in C#. These interfaces are rendered as performant native controls on each platform.
That means developers can build iOS, Android, & Windows apps with just one code and won 8217;t have to re-write the app for a specific platform.
Even better, with a TwoPane View control, and other APIs and tools built into Xamarin.Forms, developers are also able to adjust their apps to dual-screen Windows 10X devices and the Surface Duo automatically.
This should ensure that any apps you download on Windows 10X and on the Surface Duo will work not only in single screen-mode, but also when spanned, rotated, and when using one of the many unique patterns available on these devices.
In addition, that means less-intrusive updates, a more reliable system, and improved battery life.
Developers are able to test this all out today with the new Microsoft Emulator, which should help in the development and testing of apps for Windows 10X and for dual-screen apps on the Surface Duo.
Be it with Android apps on the Surface Duo, Windows 10X apps, web apps, or the UWP, Microsoft seems committed to finding a proper app solution for the Surface Neo and Duo. It could get messy with all these different options, but one thing is for sure: There will be no lack of apps on these new dual-screen devices.标签：