Windows 10 X is Microsoft’s first new operating system for dual-screen devices, and it is also reported that it could also be used on traditional laptops. Windows 10 X was first announced at the Surface event on October 2, and Microsoft initially planned to release Windows 10X on devices such as Surface Neo and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold before launching laptops running a modular operating system. At CES 2020, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold was found to have pre-installed an earlier version of Windows 10 X, and the user interface development focus is now focused on sliding gestures.
As with Windows 8, you can swipe in from the bottom right corner to open Action Center, swipe down to close the app, or trigger the Start menu by swiping up.
These gestures may look weird on non-touch-screen devices, but Windows 10 X gestures can support the trackpad, which works in a similar way, and Microsoft may also provide gesture-enabled keyboard shortcuts.
Unfortunately, Windows 10 X currently only allows users to run one touch gesture app at a time, which means that multiple applications cannot be controlled with gestures in window mode for the time being, but this may change because of rumors that Microsoft will enable window mode support before delivering Windows 10 X to consumers.
Details of Microsoft’s new approach to running win32 desktop applications in Windows 10 X, similar to virtual machines, are also unknown. It has previously been reported that Microsoft will adopt a new approach to running desktop applications on “containers” similar to virtual machines, so it will be easier to manage such applications on less powerful computers, and Microsoft plans to use containers to allow users to run Win32 applications from the cloud instead of on-premises storage in a virtual environment.
Windows 10 X is still very incomplete and lacks some basic features, but it’s expected to bring us more good news this year.