The spirit of Microsoft’s notebook-like Courier tablet is alive as well. The Verge has learned that Microsoft has begun previewing a dual-screen version of the Surface to employees, codenamed Centaurus. The device could be released within the next six months.
Microsoft has been building a new dual-screen device, codenamed Centaurus, for around two years, and it’s designed to be the hero device for a wave of new dual-screen tablet / laptop hybrids. Windows Central first reported on the Centaurus codename back in December, and we understand it’s more similar to Microsoft’s Courier tablet concept than the company’s previous Andromeda effort. Microsoft was working on a smaller “pocketable” Surface device codenamed Andromeda, but the company has halted its work in favor of pushing for something larger (Centaurus).
There is speculation that Centaurus will be the first device to run Windows Lite, a slimmer operating system inspired by ChromeOS. It’ll look unmistakably like Windows but feature a modular shell.
Centaurus will also be one of the first Windows Lite devices if Microsoft proceeds to launch the device. Microsoft is preparing a new lightweight version of Windows for dual-screen devices and Chromebook competitors. “Windows Lite,” as it’s codenamed internally, is a more stripped-down version of Windows that is initially being prioritized for dual-screen devices like Centaurus.