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Microsoft Looks to Rewrite History on Its Phone Business

CEO Nadella takes another run at smartphones, seeking to avoid repeat of previous disasters

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Microsoft's Dual-Screen Future

Now that Microsoft has restored some of its former glory, the company is going for an even more unlikely comeback: rewriting the history of its much-maligned phone business.

Three years after retreating from the smartphone business, Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off the Surface Duo, a dual-screened handheld computing device coming in time for Christmas 2020. Yes, it makes phone calls and sends texts, even if Microsoft doesn’t seem to want to call it a phone (or a comeback).