Microsoft has officially confirmed that development of Windows 10X, its Chrome OS competitor for single-screen and dual-screen devices, has been halted.
Earlier this week Microsoft indirectly confirmed that the new Windows 10X operating system, which will be introduced later this year on a new range of 2-in-1 devices / notebooks from Microsoft partners, has been discontinued.
Windows 10X was announced for dual-screen PCs in 2019, and Microsoft had promised that this new, lightweight operating system would be simple, elegant, and faster than the current generation of Windows.
After the pandemic, Microsoft’s new priority was to get Windows 10X working on the single-screen devices.
Earlier this year, a report found that Windows 10X was on its way to launching on single-frame devices in the spring of 2021. However, it appears that plans have now changed and Windows 10X development has stopped.
Windows 10X features for Windows 10
Microsoft has now shifted its focus to the Windows 10 Sun Valley Update, which enables sharp corners for rounded corners, Windows 95 icons for flowing icons, and a new Start menu.
The company also confirmed that Windows 10X features will be available with Sun Valley and other upcoming feature updates for Windows 10.
In a blog post, Microsoft stated that the technology developed for Windows 10X could be helpful to more users and that it does not make sense to limit innovations to selected customers.
“We have come to the conclusion that 10X technology shouldn’t be limited to just a subset of customers,” said the company.
“Rather than launch a product called Windows 10X in 2021, as we originally intended, we are leveraging lessons learned from our journey to date and accelerating the integration of key 10X core technology with other parts of Windows and the company’s products.” so Microsoft in one blog entry.
Windows 10X features are already showing in the preview builds. For example, Windows 10’s new app container technology for services like Microsoft Defender Application Guard and Sandbox is based on technologies previously developed for Windows 10X.
Windows 10 also offers an enhanced voice typing experience that was previously only available in Windows 10X.
“Our teams continue to invest in areas where 10X technology helps meet our customers’ needs and assess technology experiences in terms of both software and hardware that will be useful to our customers in the future,” explained Microsoft.
Following this announcement, the future of Windows 10X is uncertain and may never see the light of day.
In fact, Microsoft can optimize Windows 10, which we currently use for dual-screen devices like Surface Neo, and Windows 10X-like products will never launch.