Microsoft has reportedly put Windows 10X on the back burner, delaying the efforts to develop a Chrome OS-killer operating system for single-screen and dual-screen devices, according to sources familiar with the company’s plan.
First announced at the Surface event in October 2019, nearly a year before Surface Duo formal launch, Windows 10X was a new edition of Windows. Since its inception, Windows 10X has been involved with support for more form factors, especially traditional laptops and desktops.
To put it simply, Windows 10X was supposed to be simplified Windows for those who need it. Initially, Microsoft said that Windows 10X is for dual-screen PCs only and Windows 10 would continue to exist for traditional laptops and 2-in-1s.
The company has since shifted to a single-screen approach, and a dual-screen version of the OS was not expected until at least 2022.
It turns out that Microsoft is still not sure how it should position Windows 10X in the market. The people familiar with the company’s plans believe that it would be a lot less appealing to many customers, especially without Win32 apps.
Microsoft has now put Windows 10X on the back burner and it won’t be bringing its new operating system to market anytime soon. It’s also possible that the project will entirely get shelved or evolve into something else.
Microsoft has reportedly shifted its focus away from Chrome OS rival to Windows 10 Sun Valley Update. In the end, the software giant may end up bringing features of Windows 10X to the current version of Windows 10 and cancel the modular operating system.
According to reports, Windows users will get a chance to take Windows 10 Sun Valley Update with Start Menu, Action Center and Taskbar for a spin later this year. Laptops and other devices running the updated operating system should arrive in Q3.
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