Published on January 16th, 2021 📆 | 2520 Views ⚑0
Windows 10 X: Features and Improvements
It was disheartening when Microsoft announced that there would not be a new operating system for several years, after launching Windows 10. While Microsoft still is reinforcing windows 10 with patches, increasing optimizations, and weeding out the vulnerabilities, it hasn’t stopped it from working on a few side projects as well. Windows 10X and Microsoft surface Neo are a few products that Microsoft has been working on for quite some time.
Windows 10X wasn’t supposed to release this but we think the Neo project has been moved down the line. Microsoft Surface Neo is rumored to be a split-screen device that converges into a full-fledged laptop. The windows 10X is designed to supplement the software side of dual-screen functionality. They were initially destined to launch together, but the software counterpart has leaked on the internet. It does not mimic Windows 10 and feels like a separate operating system altogether.
What is Windows 10 X?
Windows 10 X is not an update of the Windows 10. That is crystal clear as there is no image file made available by Microsoft until now. It is not an incremental update and is designed for a different purpose. You cannot install windows 10 X on a laptop or a computer, as it isn’t meant to be used on such devices, at present. After a few tries, we were able to run it using an emulator. To get a first time experience of the OS show your curiosity in the comments section, and we will release a step by step guide for it.
So emulator cannot provide the complete experience that the operating system is designed to serve. It has its limitations but is helpful to use. The installation guide is pretty simple and much different from the traditional Windows operating system installation. You are not bombarded with useless features, rather it focuses more on minimalism. After a simple installation, you can log into the operating system. It is crucial to note that widows 10X appears to be a web-based Operating system and can only be logged into using a Microsoft account. Other efforts of logging in via emails were a failure at our end.
There are a few differences that we noticed as soon as the login was successful.
Microsoft makes reliable operating systems but bundles them with useless applications that eat up a lot of space and resources. The start button on Windows 10 expands into a number of live application tiles that feel crammed. Windows 10 X takes a different approach by reducing the taskbar to a fewer set of application icons. The start button is located at the center and opens up the applications menu that is available with the basic installation.
The user interface is so clean that it may appear bleak to some users. There are no live tiles, sluggish animation, or a ton of applications in the app drawer. There is also a search bar at the top that searches anything stored on the machine. The buttons are also tiny yet crisp looking compared to windows 10. The action center opens up to an elaborate menu with tiles that include options that are found on phones and tablets. A few of them include rotation lock, a do not disturb feature, and a few extra gimmicks.
The animations are also fresh looking with different animation types for the tasks menu and the application switcher. It presently docks the application side by side, so you can only use two applications simultaneously on the screen. There is not an option for resizing the applications so it may or may not make it to the final launch.
The edge browser reserves its seat on windows 10 X with a noticeable icon in the center. Windows 10 X is intended to be a web-based Operating system, meaning there is no option to store the files locally. It ships with a files application that can be used to access the files locally, but does not allow you to manually save anything on it. Like Chrome OS, the device that ships with Windows 10 X will either have expandable storage or an onboard one. It saves everything to the One drive and there is currently no way of storing the files locally.
One more thing to notice is that it does not support applications based on the x86 architecture. This makes it difficult to install the applications that you normally use with windows 10. There are a bunch of applications on the Windows Store but the experience is not good with abrupt crashes and indefinite download times. The application, after downloading run without any error.
You run progressive web apps by opening them in the Edge browser and then add them as an application in windows 10 X. The option to run x 86 applications will appear in the future, but that will take time.
The security attributes of a web-based operating system are well known for their stern nature. Like Chrome OS, windows 10 X has robust security mechanisms that keep the user access limited to personal files only. You don’t need to peep into the system files and it doesn’t allow you to do so. This dividing approach keeps malware at bay from the system files. Even if the user partition is compromised the system field remains intact.
Windows 10 X updates quietly in the background. It doesn’t release a humongous size of update or take hours to install on the device. It downloads and installs and requires a restart when the user feels doing so. Windows 10 updates are the worst and we are relieved that it doesn’t pass on those annoying similarities to windows 10 X.
While originally designed for Neo devices, now Microsoft plans it to release with the newer laptops that are not hardware reliant for performance. We can expect windows 10 X to make its way to dual-screen laptops somewhere in the fall or the next year. Still, windows 10 X keeps the good traits of windows 10 while presenting a cleaner interface to work on it.