The Surface Duo is “officially” due to be released sometime during the Holiday 2020 season, but since Microsoft announced and showcased the foldable back in October 2019, employees testing the product don’t have to worry much about being caught using the device in public.
In fact, Microsoft executives have been actively teasing Surface Duo on their social media channels for some time now, and the frequency of these teases have sparked fresh rumors that a release may be sooner than initially planned.
In any case, while we wait for launch, here is a list of times Microsoft executives gave us a little peek of the Duo in action.
Panos Panay – Chief Product Officer
August 10, 2020: There’s a lot of awesome in this picture. People, sweaters, and Surface Duo.
July 16, 2020: Panos can be seen here starting his morning, lounging with a cup of coffee, Duo in hand, probably catching up on some news on Twitter like everyone else.
July 2, 2020: Here’s Panos pumped to get the Duo released so everyone can experience the wonders of a Surface device that can fit in our pockets.
June 22, 2020: Spending Father’s Day playing Fortnite with 5 of his children.
May 14, 2020: Panos goes on daily walks, but that isn’t an excuse to stop being productive, so he takes his Surface Duo with him too.
Jan 13, 2020: If you walked by your coworkers desk that had at least 9 different Surface-branded products on it, you’d take a picture too.
November 2, 2019: Panos praises the people involved in bringing about successful products as much as the products themselves.
Brad Anderson – Vice President of Microsoft 365
August 3, 2020: Brad casually pulls out the Surface Duo to reference data about how organizations will spend on IT as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 30, 2020: Surface Duo appears to be a chefs best friend. Brad had two recipes open on each screen to the main course and dessert simultaneously.
July 17, 2020: Here’s Brad, reading Malcolm Gladwell’s “Talking with Strangers”. You should check out “Outliers” by the same author as well if you haven’t done so already.
July 16, 2020: Livestreaming from his backyard, talking about Microsoft’s recent announcement with Citrix.
July 10, 2020: Recording new content for Microsoft Inspire 2020. Brad promises “awesome” news. Could it be Surface Duo related?
April 8, 2020: Here is Brad prepping for another one of his LinkedIn livestreams where he’ll go on to talk about working from home during the pandemic, and new developments him and his team have been working on.
April 6, 2020: Multi-tasking is better on two-screens. Brad says so, Panos said so, and we all know it’s true.
Frank X. Shaw – Communications Lead
August 7, 2020: Taking Duo out with him on a hike. Is it safe to assume the Duo is more durable than a certain competing foldable?
July 10, 2020: A quick look at Frank’s Twitter feed, and it’s clear that baking is one of his passions, and the Surface Duo makes for a great companion it seems.
July 10, 2020: Multi-tasking in action. Reading a recipe from OneNote on one screen, while catching up on the latest tech news on the second.
March 5, 2020: Frank’s home office, starring the Surface Studio, Surface Book, and a Surface Duo cameo appearance.
Looking at this list, it’s evident that July has been a busy month, and we’re still only half way through the month as of the time of writing. Should we expect the teases to continue? Is this an indication of an imminent launch? Your guess is as good as mine.
What I know for certain, though, is that the hype is real.
Update: It seems more execs are joining the party. I guess I’ll keep this list updated with the latest teases.
Liat Benzur – CVP, Modern Life & Devices
July 19, 2020: A testament of the Surface Duo’s multitasking capabilities. Keeping 2 kids entertained simultaneously is no easy feat, but one a Duo can achieve.
Joe Belfiore – CVP, Essential Products Group
July 24, 2020: Joe Belfiore runs through a checklist as he heads to DisneyWorld with his family, Surface Duo in hand.
Shipla Ranganathan – CVP, Mobile & Cross Device Experiences
July 28, 2020: Like Frank, Shipla utilizes Surface Duo in the baking process. Having a device with two screens propped up leaves both hands free to bake. That’s the secret to tasty blueberry crumb bars.
Jeff Teper – CVP, Microsoft 365 Collaboration
August 6, 2020: Jeff having a chat with Panos via Microsoft Teams on the Surface Duo. Teams and collaboration was one of the key experiences talked about during the Duo introduction.
Chris Capossela – Chief Marketing Officer
August 7, 2020: Working from home has its perks. Like playing Xbox games while on a Microsoft Teams call.
Satya Nadella – Chief Executive Officer
January 12, 2020: While this one doesn’t come directly from Satya, he definitely doesn’t mind showing off his Surface Duo and its capabilities.
Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP at Google for Android, Chrome, Comms and Photos
August 11, 2020: Hiroshi is a Google SVP who’s joined Surface Duo tease party, so I thought it only fitting to add it to the list. Would it surprise you that Hiroshi used to work at Microsoft?