Leaks of Microsoft’s Windows 10X for single screen PCs reveal a simplified OS with an emphasis on simplicity.
Introduction of the dual-screen Surface Neo has been delayed since a prototype was unveiled in 2019 and Microsoft subsequently positioned its new OS for use on low-cost devices that will compete with Google’s Chromebook.
Windows 10X features a new Action Center and Start Menu. Gone are the lengthy displays of system display icons. The old System Tray has been removed from the Task Bar and instead, the Action Center shows the time and a list of commonly used functions such as volume, bluetooth, audio device selection and wi-fi.
Devices using Windows 10X will automatically synch with Microsoft’s OneDrive accounts, so users will have copies of their documents, music and photos secured in the cloud.
All files will be synched, except for downloaded files. Windows 10X will require users to create a OneDrive account if they don’t already have one. Connections to local accounts will not be accommodated.
The search function, now built into the Star Menu, appears to be faster than previous versions.
Apps such as the Registry Editor, Group Policy Editor, Control Panel, Windows Run and Task Manager have been removed.
A handy new gesture has been introduced. The three-finger swipe, along with snap-assist function, allows users to swiftly connect two apps side by side. There is no need to position and resize the apps, it’s done automatically and instantly.
Windows 10X cannot be purchased separately. It will come pre-installed on new PCs specifically built for the new OS. These computers are expected to be low-cost models targeted for educational or corporate use.
The first models featuring Windows 10X are expected from Microsoft partners Dell and Lenovo, as early as this spring.