Microsoft Windows 10X is the latest operating system for dual-screen devices, and it also works with traditional laptops, as first unveiled at the Microsoft Surface launch on October 2 last year. This week, Microsoft released its first simulator for Windows 10X, giving developers early on to learn about the new operating system changes for dual-screen devices and hoping to get developers to optimize their applications ahead of time before the device’s launch later this year.
Key feature innovations for Windows 10X OS were also announced on Microsoft 365 Developer Day:
A quick update:
Unlike Windows 10, the upcoming Windows 10X system will allow consumers to really update their devices quickly. The update will be installed in the background and the user will only need to restart to complete the update process. Microsoft says it can install updates in 90 seconds.
Windows 10X is designed to be secure by default. The entire operating system is read-only, and applications can only access the operating system through a specific API without additional registry access.
Microsoft claims that Windows 10X will deliver consistent performance over time. Even after a few months of use, the device will perform the same as your experience on the first device.
Four applications you expect and trust:
Windows 10X can run all the applications you expect and trust, and it will support UWP, Win32, and PWA applications. Microsoft specifically mentions the ability to install applications through any channel other than the Microsoft Store.
In Windows 10X, all applications run on containers. Running applications on containers ensures that applications do not cover each other or between the operating systems. It also enables application data isolation without changing the application. The new Win32 container enables application compatibility, allowing Windows 10X devices to run all existing 32-bit and 64-bit applications in a fast, secure manner.
There are some limitations to Win32 applications on Windows 10X. For example, a startup task does not start when you log on, the background task may hang, and the system tools and utilities will not be able to see content outside the container.
Windows 10X has a simplified Shell Shell. Most Windows features (such as windows, input, boot, drag-and-drop, clipboards, etc.) work as expected. However, some desktop shell features (such as system taskbar widgets, File Explorer add-ons, namespace extensions) and others don’t work on Windows 10X.
After the release of the official Windows 10X Simulator, we also learned more about this operating system dedicated to collapsible and dual-screen devices through the experience of major media outlets.
“Windows 10X feels like a more modern version of Windows 10 and is ready for future devices,” The Verge said. “
The first change you notice in Windows 10X is the brand new Start menu. It no longer includes live tiles that are common on Windows 8/10 and windows Phone, and has a cleaner design.
The Windows 10X Start menu contains fixed applications and a list of recent documents. The entire look look looks more like the current task launcher, allowing users to search for applications, documents, and even web content, which also supports basic voice input. However, Cortana’s settings were not found in the settings for Windows 10X.
Unlike Windows 10 systems, you can’t let applications float anywhere on your desktop. By default, apps open on a single screen, and you can drag them onto both displays with a mouse or touch to fully stretch and span dual-screen devices.
Let’s say open the Mail app on Windows 10X, where you display all the applicable tools and mail columns on one side, and the content of the message on the other.
Task View, which allows viewing applications running on Windows 10X, is also updated, allowing users to expand the application to a specific monitor.
At the same time, the traditional File Explorer is updated, with a new version that will guide Windows 10X users in the content library and support external devices for file transfer.
Microsoft also uses gestures for multitasking, some of which feel similar to gestures in Windows 10 and Windows 8. In addition to the minimal minimized and close buttons, touch in Windows 10X can sometimes be a little less convenient.
Gestures, users can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Start menu or a list of running apps on the taskbar, as well as the updated Action Center from the taskbar, including quick access to settings such as volume, brightness, Bluetooth, rotation lock, and more.
For security reasons, Windows 10X has adopted a more closed management model, limiting access to some system-level files and application data.
Another new feature of Windows 10X is The Wonder Bar, which is the equivalent of a new user interface that separates Windows 10X from other tablet operating systems. It is in the area above the hard or soft keyboard. By default, applications can access 50 percent of the space, and you can easily access that area using existing APIs.
Applications can use the existing Compact Override Mode to display a mini-interface for some features in the area, and websites will be able to place content in them using the Picture in pop-up window. Windows 10X also automatically inserts applications that display system-wide media controls, such as Spotify, to display controls in them.
Wonder Bar is a laptop area where it can help customers be more productive by providing additional input options to enhance their keyboards, Microsoft said. It also provides customers with a multitasking experience that complements their hand-on-hand tasks through tools, environmental information, and more.
This area will provide text suggestions while typing, which will also allow access to a rich input panel that includes rich content such as emojis, GIFs, and more.
Media mspoweruser commented that WonderBar was the most interesting innovation in Windows 10X systems. “It’s a really interesting part of Windows 10X, but ultimately it depends on whether the developer really applies it.”
Overall, Windows 10X is still in its early days and feels like a better and modern version of Windows 10. Many of the features of Windows 10X need to be further tweaked and polished, but the overall experience is still close to Windows 10. We should see more at the Microsoft Build conference in May.