Foldable screens and new dual screen devices have become more and more the trend. Manufacturers now want to show themselves as progressive hardware developers. Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10X operating system has long been rumored to be the software giant’s first foray into the dual-screen world we’ll all likely be entering soon. However, new leaks have not only given us our first look at some insider details about Windows 10X, they have also revealed that it may be coming to more traditional Windows devices as well.
Windows 10X omits the Start menu
The well-known Twitter account from Microsoft WalkingCat recently marked a document that was available online for a very short timeThe document revealed that Microsoft wants Windows 10X to be available for “both clamshells and foldables”. This shows that Microsoft plans to release its brand-new operating system on common “clamshell” laptop devices as well.
The leaked document also went through some of the features that would be included in Windows 10X. The first change in Windows 10 will be noticeable even before Windows 10X starts. The new authentication function “Windows Hello Face” is activated automatically, eliminating the need to log in manually via the lock screen. The document stated, “When the device wakes up, Windows Hello Face immediately recognizes the user and immediately switches to their desktop.”
Another important factor of Windows 10X is the replacement of the Start Menu with what Microsoft calls Launcher. Launcher works as an advanced search tool and seamlessly integrates “… web results, available apps and specific files on your device.” The document also claimed that Launcher content is automatically updated based on the apps you use most often.
In addition to a simplified start menu, Windows 10X is also going to simplify the Windows 10 action center, where you would normally receive notifications. It will be faster and easier to access important settings and you can also adjust which settings you can access quickly. However, the document notes that Wi-Fi, cellular data, Bluetooth, airplane mode, rotation lock, and projection are all quick settings by default.
The other notable news coming out of the leaked document is that Microsoft appears to be promoting the regular Win32 versions of the Office apps as well as the Progressive Web App versions you can find at office.com. If you’re concerned about the limited nature of the web versions of the Office apps available online, don’t be. It’s very likely that Microsoft will be working extensively on it leading up to the launch of Windows 10X.
Launch holiday 2020
The big news, then, is that regular device users will likely be able to use Windows 10X as well, and it’s not just exclusive to foldable devices. However, that doesn’t mean the launch of Windows 10X is still not tied to the release of Microsoft’s first foldable device, the Surface Neo. Neo is expected to launch in time for the holiday season next year.