Redmond’s team appears to have changed plans for Windows 10X. The operating system was presented last fall as intended for dual-screen and folding screen devices (starting with Surface Neo), only to be confirmed for traditional laptops. Now Microsoft adjusts the pull again: the platform will arrive at first on low-cost PCs and will lack support for Win32 applications.
Windows 10X like Chrome OS?
Space for the execution of more complex programs via the cloud by leveraging a technology similar to that already used in the enterprise for Windows Virtual Desktop, based on the Azure infrastructure. This is what sources remain anonymous today through the pages of the Windows Central site. In short, something not too different from what was the Google concept for Chrome OS from the first moment.
Among the applications on which Microsoft will work in priority to ensure smooth operation in this mode are those of the Office package, Skype, and Teams for remote collaboration.
This does not mean that support for Surface Neo and other high-end devices will not come later. However, the company seems to have decided to postpone its debut due to the current situation, still too uncertain for reasons related to the health and economic crisis.
So when will we see the launch of the first PCs with Windows 10X? In all probability around the middle of 2021. Perhaps the Surface Go 3 already protagonist of some rumors will be one of these. Nor can it be excluded that some of the innovations put in the pipeline and intended for the operating system will first be integrated into Windows 10: they will be added to the other changes for the platform interface already expected, starting with those relating to the Start menu.