At the Surface Event in New York on October 2, Microsoft teased the Windows 10X for its rumored dual-screen devices like Surface Neo, which will be available in 2020 next year holiday season.
What is Windows 10X?
Windows 10X is a customized version of Windows 10, optimized only for dual-screen devices. It supports all traditional Windows desktop applications and will work the same as they on Windows 10 Professional or Home.
In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft also notified, these desktop applications will run in a container improving the battery life, and the OS is based on Windows Core OS.
Optimized for Dual-Screen Devices
As we mentioned earlier that the OS is optimized only for dual-screen devices like Surface Neo, which means there would be no live tiles. The Start menu will be simple icon-based. Below is a leaked image of the same, which we got earlier this year.
How different is Windows 10X from Windows 10?
In comparison with Windows 10, Windows 10X has some significant changes, which make it unique. One of the such and most significant change is how the applications opened in Windows 10X take advantage of the dual-screen devices.
As and when you launch an application or two applications on one screen of the device, it’s like opening it in Windows 10 using the Snap feature. However, when you drag these applications to the middle edge hinge, the applications will span across both the displays.
Another exciting change is that you can use the device in different postures with the help of Windows 10X, as we saw in the Surface Neo device. When you dock a keyboard on the bottom of the dual-screen, it becomes “Wonderbar” offering quick access to shortcuts, tools, and settings, giving an overall experience similar to Asus Zenbook Pro Duo.
Moreover, 10X will offer all Win32 applications, such as MS Office. Microsoft also mentioned developers wouldn’t have to tweak to function the apps properly on it. It will automatically adapt to dual or single pane modes.
Will Windows 10X replace Windows 10 in the future?
The answer to this is No. As mentioned above, it is only designed for dual display devices. So, it wouldn’t be a replacement for Windows 10 as it won’t be possible to upgrade from Windows 10 to 10X. Furthermore, Windows 10 is going to hit 1 billion active devices.
Microsoft published a post in Windows Blog about Windows 10X but didn’t share much details which you can check here.