Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

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All the Google apps that come preinstalled on Surface Duo
Google + Microsoft

All the Google apps that come preinstalled on Surface Duo

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The Surface Duo is Microsoft's first Android-based smartphone, and it has worked closely with Google to bundle the Play Store and its respective services on the device so that customers can access their favorite Android apps from the biggest Android app store out there. Google requires all phones that come preinstalled with the Play Store to also bundle its own suite of productivity apps and services.

The new Surface Duo doesn't have NFC support, here's why
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The new Surface Duo doesn't have NFC support, here's why

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Microsoft's new Surface Duo smartphone is available now for preorder, and begins shipping to customers in the U.S. starting September 10. It's a new form factor for Microsoft, bringing together the best of Surface with a new, dual-screen form factor powered by Android. Microsoft calls it a Surface, but it's also very much a phone, even though it's missing features like NFC. Here's why that's the case.

Windows 10 is getting a new touch keyboard experience
Video demo

Windows 10 is getting a new touch keyboard experience

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One of Windows 10's biggest criticisms has often been that it's just not a very good experience when using it with touch. This goes in stark contrast to Windows 8.1, which was much more touch friendly at the expensive of being more difficult to use with a mouse and keyboard. Microsoft hasn't yet been able to find a nice balance between the two, but that might soon begin to change as Microsoft prepares a new touch keyboard experience.

Microsoft is bringing more Windows OS development teams under Panos Panay
More reorgs

Microsoft is bringing more Windows OS development teams under Panos Panay

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According to a new report Microsoft is further reorganizing the teams that work on Windows and Azure internally in a big way, with Azure's Core OS and Intelligent Edge teams joining the Windows + Devices division that was formed earlier this year under Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay. Windows development has previously been shared between Azure and Windows, but today's reorg seems to be bringing more of the Azure side under Panos Panay instead.