Multiple sources have told me that Microsoft plans to overhaul the software and hardware before releasing the device. At this time, the software and hardware do not create a compelling solution that would move the needle for Microsoft and more importantly the Surface brand which is why when it came to the â€˜go, no go’ decision earlier this year, it was not given the green light.
What you need to know about Andromeda is that the project is still alive inside of Microsoft but that it will not be released anytime soon. The company will re-work the hardware and software, see if it will move the needle, and if not, re-work again, until they find the right formula. Microsoft will not ship a project simply because the first phase is done, they are trying to get this right so that they don’t have another Lumia/Surface RT project on their hands.
There’s just not enough UWP applications at this point in time to support such a device.
And you know what? I don’t want UWP to succeed. I am sick and tired of OS vendors demanding that devs rewrite their applications for their special little snowflake API, because it wastes the dev’s time in an era dev time is scarce. Dear Microsoft, just create an API based on something that already exists and already has apps, like the Android API or whatever portion of it you can support. Basically do what a little OS called QDOS did, which was mostly compatible with the CP/M API and hence allowed devs to port their apps easily. Ask the company that bought the OS and evolved it into MS-DOS how they did it.
Edited 2018-07-13 23:20 UTC