What you need to know
- PicsArt developers and leaders discuss optimizing PicsArt for the Surface Neo in a leaked video.
- The video is likely set to run as part of Microsoft's Developer day.
- A motion graphics designer featured in the video says that it's nice to have two screens on the go like when she's in the office.
Updated February 11, 2020: This article has been updated to reflect that Microsoft showed the video during Microsoft Developer day.
A leaked video showcases PicsArt working on the Surface Neo. PicsArt worked with Microsoft to optimize its app for the Surface Neo's dual-screen setup, including separting components of the app to spread across the device's two separate screens. Well-known leaker WalkingCat shared the video on Twitter. Microsoft also shared the video as part of Microsoft's Developer day, which focuses on optimizing apps and content across dual-screen devices.
The video features designers, developers, and members of the PicsArt team discussing how the Surface Neo provides a unique experience for PicsArt. Peter Butler, PicsArt's director of product management and platform says that "adapting the PicsArt app from single to dual-screen is a lot easier than [they] thought."
Lilit Batikyan, PicsArt's product manager states that the "Surface Neo is a game-changer."
Microsoft partnered with PicsArt on the Surface Neo and Adobe with the Surface Duo to build up the dual-screen experience on the upcoming Surface devices. The Surface Neo and Surface Duo represent new form factors. Rather than creating a folding device with a single folding display, Microsoft created the Surface Neo and Surface Duo to promote and improve multitasking using two screens side by side.
Make sure to check out all of our coverage from Microsoft's Developer day. The day focuses largely on dual-screen devices, including the Surface Neo, Surface Duo, and the Windows 10X operating system.
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I have to say, the Neo looks so freaking awesome. That style of device is probably not going to be mine any time soon but it sure looks amazing. Here's hoping all of this pans out.
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