Windows 10X was suspended. Microsoft has been trying to build a lighter version of Windows for over 10 years. However, the company failed to do so. Windows 10X, the latest initiative, would instead have been shelved to improve Windows 10.
Petri stated that Windows 10X is not coming out this year and the OS will probably never come out as it is. Microsoft originally planned to release Windows 10X, a lighter and simplified version of Windows, featuring new dual-screen devices such as the Surface Neo. This was something planned before the pandemic happened. Instead, Microsoft has decided to prioritize Windows 10X for single screen laptops.
The change was for positioning Windows 10X more like a competitor to Chrome OS. Windows 10X including a simplified interface, an updated Start menu without Live Tiles, improvements for multitasking and a dedicated app section for performance and security. Microsoft’s overall goal with Windows 10X was to create a simplified, simplified, and modern cloud-powered version of Windows.
Microsoft has always viewed Chromebooks as a major threat to businesses and schools, but last year the demand for regular Windows laptops has skyrocketed. Despite the global shortage of chips, the PC market did not slow down during the epidemic. Microsoft has seen Windows revenues increase. Windows OEM sales increased 10 percent in the last quarter as a result of strong consumer demand for PCs. Non-business Windows OEM sales also increased 44 percent.
What innovations come with the Windows 10 update instead of Windows 10X?
According to Microsoft, there are currently 1.3 billion active Windows 10 devices. This is a large number of existing devices, and it seems Microsoft is now focusing on improving the basics of Windows rather than introducing a new variant. Microsoft is gradually improving the Windows 10 user interface with new system icons, improvements to File Explorer, and even removing Windows 95-era icons.
All of these visual changes are part of a larger study code-named Sun Valley. Microsoft has yet to formally flesh out these studies, but a vacancy that surfaced earlier this year hinted at “an extensive visual overhaul of Windows.” We expect a lot of visual changes in the Windows 10 21H2 update, which will be released in October.
Microsoft is focused on further improving the operating system for those who depend on Windows in their daily work. The software maker finally solves the problem of reordering across multiple monitors, added the Xbox Auto HDR function, and even improve the Bluetooth audio support.
We see that after more than a decade of trying to simplify Windows, Microsoft has decided to go back to basics. We first saw Windows RT in 2012. Then Windows 10 S came out in 2017. Both couldn’t simplify Windows, but there will no doubt be some interesting changes in Windows 10X that will migrate to Windows 10.