Event for hardware Microsoft's October 2019 was full of surprises. Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 are joined by Surface Pro X, a new processor-driven device inside of it.
However, it can be said that the most exciting new features were the Surface Duo and Surface Neo, two screen wrap devices. While the Duo will come with Android, Neo will ship with a modified version of Windows known as Windows 10X.
We heard very little about this new operating system until February 2020, when Microsoft revealed more on how to work on this new feature. Ironically, this includes how it will support older programs called & # 39; Win32 & # 39;
So what exactly is Windows 10X?
It's a new version of Windows specifically designed for two screen devices, though it will work on single-screen devices.
It's not Windows 10, though it sounds and looks like a new version of that operating system.
It's a bit confusing because Windows 10 already supports dual-display, but as you'll see, Windows 10 is not quite ready for the type of portable devices that we're talking about. They are the next generation of mobile PCs, designed to be used in conjunction with an existing desktop PC.
When will Windows 10X be available?
Originally, Windows 10X was expected to surpass Microsoft & # 39; s Surface Neo by the end of 2020, before appearing among third-party manufacturers soon.
However, in response to product delays caused by the coronavirus epidemic, i software It will be available soon for laptop users and PC users.
In the official post, Microsoft's intention is to use Windows 10X on single-screen devices, before its arrival on Surface Neo and on the other two screens. These issues will delay their rollout until 2021.
What's new in Windows 10X?
New user interface
Neo Face is one of those new machines. It has two 9-inch screens, so it's almost like two tables attached to a handle. Except it's more than that.
As well as a pencil, you can use the Neo magnetic keyboard. It can be mounted on one of the screens, leaving a strap around the quarter of the screen visible.
Microsoft calls it "Bar of Wonders", because it can showcase a small version of the program, emoji panel, and storage space that you can use as track track to control the mouse cursor.
When all the screens are visible, you can choose to use a separate application for each one (web browser and Word, for example) or have one application distributed on both screens in a smart way without having to simply import. space.
Rotate it from a standalone stand, turning it into a desktop use tent (where the hinge is on top and you can see one screen or paste the keyboard and the apps automatically adjust to fit, Toggle itself or touch the keyboard / pen.)
New start menu
Windows 10X also has a new launch menu that looks similar to a search engine homepage: a search bar at the top, links to bottom applications, and texts and web pages you've just accessed. Here it starts across the screen of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold:
Five different "shipments"
As you can imagine, developers need to add their own apps to work well on Windows 10X, and that is one of the main reasons why Microsoft was so eager to show Neo 12 months before its launch.
Windows 10X devices can be used in five different ways, so apps should work no matter which user they choose:
On February 11, 2020, developers gained access to the Windows 10X emulator so they could see how their applications would work on the operating system and make them great without having the actual 10X tool in their hands.
The development kit announcement also revealed that the new Edge browser – based on the Chromium platform from Google Chrome – will be part of Windows 10X and built with dual-screen support.
All of the above is the reason why a new and different version of Windows is needed, and why Windows 10X won't be better for Windows 10 users.
You may know that there are already many different versions of Windows 10 – it works on laptops, PCs, tablets (such as Surface Pro 7), Xbox One, Internet of Things, and the Halllens headset.
However, even though they all share some code with one another (known as One Core), there is a new operating system built by Windows 10X.
Although Microsoft has not officially announced this, this is called Windows Core OS, and there is still much to be known.
You don't need antivirus on Windows 10X
The operating system is "read-only" for applications, which means that any malware cannot cause trouble in the system files.
If that sounds familiar, that's how Windows 10S works. But no one liked it because you can start using the apps installed in the Microsoft store. And there was not much to choose from.
Windows 10X does things differently because it lets you install "trusted" applications, using signed code and popular apps, from any source, including a web browser, USB stick, or something else.
Can Windows 10X run older versions of Windows?
Yes .. Unlike Windows 10 S – and the new Surface Pro X, which uses an ARM-based processor – devices running Windows 10X will have an Intel processor and will use the "container" to make Windows programs. .
The container is similar to a enclosed space (or sandbox) where applications have access only to user-provided resources and, as mentioned, have no write access to the application.
In the case of Win32 applications, any application that does not come from a Microsoft store or an application that runs entirely on a web browser (web applications such as Gmail, for example) applies to the "guest" operating system. , screens, keyboard and mouse are granted access via a remote desktop agreement.
In simple terms, it means that older apps are not natively supported and should run on the "Windows Windows" operating system. And if you've ever used a Windows built-in desktop tool to manage one computer from another, it's basically how to get Win32 programs on a Windows 10X device.
Hopefully this method doesn't make it work a little.
There are a few reasons why Win32 applications don't work in the traditional way. First, because they are not supported by the Windows Core operating system, and secondly, because they are not labeled as efficient in the battery. Dual screen devices such as the Neo are very small, which leaves no room for a large battery.
This means that using more Win32 programs that are easily accessible can drain battery faster …
Recovery will take 90 seconds
Unlike Windows 10, Windows 10X will work much like Android and Chrome OS (Chromebook operating system). This allows you to download and install feature updates in less than 90 seconds, says Microsoft.
And that is very much in line with what everyone expects in mobile devices.
Which devices work with Windows 10X?
There is one Surface Neo, but Microsoft has also announced that Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo will produce Hardware that will run Windows 10X and launch in "Fall 2020."
Not all will be clones: there will be different sizes and specifications. We already got a good look at Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold, but it was running on Windows 10 Pro and therefore failed to use Windows 10X to use it when it was available in about eight months.
Lenovo has several test images (such as above) that show what to do with the new operating system.