Windows 10X was announced back in 2019 and finally launched later this year on a new range of 2-in-1 / laptops from Microsoft partners. Unlike Windows 10, Windows 10X would be simple, sleek, faster, and more secure.
For those unfamiliar, Windows 10X was originally designed for dual-screen devices such as the Surface Neo, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, and Intel prototypes. In 2020, Microsoft said plans have changed and the operating system will debut for the first time on single-screen devices in 2021.
Reports suggest that Windows 10X will launch in the spring of 2021
Unlike Windows 10 or Windows 8, Windows 10X does not come with traditional live tiles. In the expired build, Windows 10X uses ChromeOS as static icons for Microsoft Store applications and progressive web applications with Microsoft Edge.
By default, the Start menu will include shortcuts to popular applications and services such as Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Edge, and Settings. The Start menu will only show apps and websites, and you won’t be able to group apps to create a folder. You can right-click on any icon to enter the application settings and attach it to the taskbar.
In addition to the Start menu, there is a new taskbar aligned to the center with three different sizes – small, medium and large. The small size is aimed at desktop computers with mouse support, and the medium or large size looks very comfortable to the touch.
The Action Center also gets a new look in Windows 10X. As you can see in the screenshot below, Windows 10X comes with a floating action center that includes the system tray area.
Unlike Windows 10, the Action Center in Windows 10X puts more emphasis on fast action, which means that the notification area won’t be visible all the time, and the Action Center won’t cover your entire screen.
The new Action Center also comes with new volume controls, power options and battery percentage.
Settings and updates
In Windows 10X, Microsoft completely removed the control panel and offered the same Windows 10 settings app. With the Settings app, you can customize the Action Center, change your desktop wallpaper, activate the transparency effect for the taskbar, and more.
Windows settings also allow you to manage Windows updates that are now separated from OS components, such as drivers and applications. Windows 10X can apply updates in less than 90 seconds, saving the update package to a different partition. When done, the update data is moved to another partition and replaced during the reboot.
Search in Windows
Windows Search is now part of the Start menu and will appear at the top.
Similar to Windows search in Windows 10, Windows 10X will also allow you to search for files in local storage and the cloud.