Windows 10X seems to be changing multiple features and apps to modernize several UI components to differentiate it from current Windows 10. For example, Windows 10X removed Cortana from the first run experience, which means that when you configure your device for the first time, you get a faster, more direct experience or a new animation wizard.
Windows 10X is likely to be finalized in December and will be considered available to OEM manufacturers later this year or early next year, but the modular operating system will not be available until spring 2021.
Windows 10X comes with multiple default apps, according to a leaked file. These include Microsoft Edge, Office Suite, Microsoft Teams, To-Dos, Photos, Explorers, Cameras, Calculators, Alarms and Clocks, Movies and Tvs, Drawings, Music, Note books, Contacts, Messages, Media Plans, and Learning Centers.
The media planning and learning center apps are actually mobile plans from Windows 10 and Windows 10 tips.
Since Cortana is not an important application within Windows 10X, Microsoft will use the built-in “learning hub” (now known as the Tips app) to highlight a concise explanation of how tasks are performed in the new operating system.
In a new screenshot of the current prompt app release, Microsoft has confirmed that Learning Center has a new UI and more information. Thanks to learning centers, PC manufacturers will not need to create tutorials to help users learn about the new Windows 10X experience. The new app, which will be embedded in the operating system, will help users understand the new improvements in a clean and direct way.
Microsoft also plans to include videos, pictures and animations to showcase the operation of the new 10X feature.
Other pre-installed apps include Weather, Recorder, People, Spotify, Netflix, Snip and Sketch, and up to four OEM apps. For example, if you purchase a Windows 10X device from HP, you can expect it to be pre-installed with HP support tools.
Windows 10X will be limited to apps available through the Microsoft Store, such as UWP and PWA, an operating system designed for lightweight devices with a focus on web applications, and we can expect it to be pre-installed with Office PWA.
Windows 10X will reportedly rely heavily on PWAs and UWPs, a virtualization technology that allows Win32 applications, after Microsoft dropped its support for VAIL.
However, enterprise users will be able to run Win32 applications in disguise using technology built on a Windows virtual desktop that will only work if they have an Internet connection. Simply put, if you want to run a Win32 app, you’ll need to connect to a network service, which is likely to be paid for.
We may see affordable devices with Windows 10X in the spring of 2021 (Q2/Q3) and expect to compete directly with Chromebooks.