Microsoft 10X, a new variant of Windows 10 designed for 2-in-1 and dual-screen devices, is set to come to all Windows laptops. This according to leaked Microsoft documents.
Leaked documents, first spotted by Twitter user WalkingCat, provide extensive details about Windows 10X. This is more than Microsoft has officially revealed so far. The software giant plans to bring it’s new version of Windows to regular laptops.
The planned move has irked some users, especially with the expected UI changes.
What is Windows 10X?
10X isn’t an entirely new operating system. It’s a custom Windows 10 version, with all the bells and whistles, to support the new cadre of devices.
Windows 10X will have a different UI depending on the device you use according to some reports. It’s a similar concept to how Windows 10 behaves when you convert a regular laptop to a tablet by detaching from the base or flipping back the display.
Windows Hello has also received improvements by the tech giant ; it’s signature multi-factor authentication software. The system will log you in automatically the moment it recognizes you, unlike the current system where you have to pull up a lock curtain to access your desktop.
Other Expected Win 10X Features
Some of the other exciting improvements and features expected in Windows 10X include:
- Changes to the Start Menu – The Windows icon on the bottom-left corner is set to get a new name; Launcher. It’ll focus more on local search giving you access to web results, available apps, and specific files on your device.
According to the leaked documents, “Recommended content is dynamically updated based on your most frequently and recently used apps, files, and websites.”
- Updated File Explorer – File Explorer is finally receiving a much-needed update. The app where you can view and manage files is said to get a touch-friendly modern Universal Windows App (UWP).
- New Action Center – The new action center gives you quick access to important settings and other notifications. While some level of customization is allowed, Wi-Fi, cellular data, Bluetooth, airplane mode, rotation lock, and projection will come with quick default settings in the new OS.
Microsoft has remained tight-lipped about Windows 10X since announcing it earlier this year. However, this is bound to change as the launch date for Windows 10X devices, such as the Surface Neo, draws near.