Surface Duo is perhaps the most confusing hardware product that Microsoft has ever announced. It doesn’t seem to have a clear purpose, there’s no meaningful audience waiting for it, and it’s not even a particularly unique form factor. What is Microsoft’s real motivation in creating Surface Duo? And what does the future hold for a device, that many believe will quickly disappear from the market?
To get started answering these questions, we turn primarily to Panos Panay. And he doesn’t just run Windows and Surface: Panay is now taking credit for having invented Surface Duo in the first place.