In 2019, Microsoft announced the Windows 10X, which Microsoft explains to be “the best of Windows 10 built to enable unique experiences on multi-posture dual-screen PCs.” Now after waiting for almost a year and a half, we finally got our first look at the Windows 10X, and it reminds me of Google’s Chrome OS.
For those who don’t remember, the Windows 10X was designed for dual-screen devices, something like Microsoft’s own Surface Neo. Later the Surface Neo got delayed, and Microsoft pivoted Windows 10X towards single-screen devices, shaping up to be more of a Chrome OS opponent.
Windows 10X or Windows Edge OS
Thanks to Windows Central, we now have our first look at Windows 10X. The first thing to note is that it’s a pre-release build of Windows 10X. Even before, it resembled a lot to Chrome OS, but now it looks more like Chrome OS than Windows. It’s so similar that I feel like calling it Windows Edge OS, pun intended.
With Windows 10X, Microsoft has gotten rid of the good old start menu, now the start button is centered, and the start menu is more like a launcher consisting of apps and recently opened documents. Action center has been simplified too, now shows time and shows quick settings when opened.
Windows 10X comes with a revamped file explorer, designed to access OneDrive. You can also view downloaded files and files stored on your connected USB storage.
Windows 10X comes with support for progressive web apps, and you can download the apps from the Windows Store, but there’s one thing to note that there is no support for legacy Windows apps yet, so you can’t use your go-to windows app which are not there on Windows Store.
The new design is refreshing for sure, and we expect it to see in Windows 10 this year since Microsoft is planning a visual revamp for Windows 10.
Another thing to note is that Windows 10X is not meant for typical desktops, and you won’t be getting an option to switch to Windows 10X from the standard Windows 10. Instead, it will come preinstalled on low-end machines like Chromebooks to make them much more efficient and faster.
PCs with Windows 10X are expected to debut in spring this year, and we expect them to be priced economically considering Windows 10X’s uncanny resemblance to Chrome OS.