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Microsoft will officially unveil the next generation of Windows on June 24th, but the company's plans prematurely leaked yesterday. We were already relatively confident that the new operating system from Redmond would be called Windows 11, but an early ISO leaked confirming the name and a lot more. Given that Windows 11 is likely to be one of the highest profile software releases of 2021, we were eager to get a taste of what it has to offer (at least in its current state), so we installed it on two of our in-house test laptops. In this case, we chose a Dell XPS 13 9300 complete with a 10th generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 (Ice Lake) processor and 16GB of RAM. We also opted for a Lenovo IdeaPad... Read more...
Is this our very first look at Windows 11? It very well could be if these leaked screenshots from Chinese site Baidu are indeed real. Windows 11 fever is heating up, and these screenshots are likely to fuel those flames. Our first impression from the two leaked images is that Windows 11 looks a lot like Windows 10X. Microsoft canceled Windows 10X -- which was initially designed for dual-screen PCs last month -- but said that many of its features would live on in the mainline Windows operating system. We see a collection of icons centered in the Taskbar along with the redesigned Start menu. Unfortunately, there is no sign of Live Tiles in this early build (which is probably music to the ears of... Read more...
Late last week, we heard rumors that Microsoft would abandon the development of its Windows 10X operating system. Windows 10X was first billed as a lightweight and simplified operating system designed for dual-screen devices. Once Microsoft indefinitely delayed its own Surface Neo dual-screen device, the scope of Windows 10X was reduced to single-screen laptops. Microsoft this week announced that the release of a standalone Windows 10X operating system is now canceled. According to the company, there have been "fundamental changes in customer needs" since the Windows 10 May 2020 Update was released. In May 2020, Microsoft noted: With Windows 10X, we designed for flexibility, and that flexibility... Read more...
Windows 10X, which we have been talking about for quite some time, could have been the “Chrome OS killer,” but Microsoft has seemingly put the kibosh on it for now. Perhaps this is due to a newly invigorated effort into the upcoming “Sun Valley” update or concerns about the market share a ChromeOS competitor would have. Either way, Windows 10X is on hold, and we will have to wait and see what happens soon. Since at least 2019, we have been hearing about a Windows 10 branch called Windows 10X, which was to be used for dual for folding display devices. After that, leaks and snippets of information came out until 2020, where Microsoft went rather quiet about the entire project... Read more...
Although Windows 10X still hasn't been released to the public, there has been a steady stream of information leaked about the operating system in recent months. Windows 10X was supposed to debut on the Surface Neo, but Microsoft delayed the operating system and its dual-screen foldable in May 2020. Reliable Microsoft leaker WalkingCat posted this morning that Windows 10X would launch in March but later backtracked on that statement. However, WalkingCat instead came back with a heavy emphasis on naming for Windows 10X, which is reportedly now referred to as "The New Windows."  We don't know how WalkingCat came across this information, but we have no reason to doubt their sourcing. While... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10X initially designed for dual-screen (and later expanded to single-screen) devices is nearing completion. Microsoft has not yet announced a release date. However, previews of a nearly completed and leaked build have found their way to the web, including a video of the upcoming operating system running on the Surface Pro 7. In our Surface Pro 7 review that we posted last week, it was definitely not running Windows 10X, and instead shipped with Windows 10 Home. Nevertheless, someone did actually get Windows 10X up and running on the single-screen device. Have a look... Have a look... There were some caveats with the unofficial demonstration. The... Read more...
Windows 10X is reportedly targeted to be Microsoft's optimized operating system for dual and single screen mobile devices like Microsoft's Surface Duo or traditional hybrid 2-in-1 laptops. As rumors and features begin to trickle out, so too do images and renders of what the Windows 10X user interface is supposed to look like. We have gotten a glimpse of what Windows 10X will roughly look like in the past, but some new imagery floating about Twitter seems to reaffirm Remond's new mobile device UI. Earlier today, Zac Bowden of Windows Central tweeted out what he called the "first look at Windows 10X for single-screen PCs." It features a redesigned Start Menu that lies in the middle of the screen... Read more...
When someone gets up and walks away from their computer for an extended period of time, they either power it off or it goes into sleep mode. Both options can take quite a bit of time to recover from when you want to get back to work or gaming. Microsoft created the Modern Standby feature to solve this issue, which allowed Windows 10 devices to enter an idle state where they could still connect to the network and do background tasks. Now, that same functionality will be launching with Windows 10X to improve the laptop Windows experience. The Windows 10X OS is one of Microsoft’s best worst-kept secrets in the past year. The goal of Windows 10X is to provide a simple user experience and be... Read more...
Earlier this month, Microsoft officially updated Windows 10 with a refreshed design for the Start Menu in the October Update. It seems that this is not the only refreshed design Microsoft has in store, however. There are now rumors that Microsoft is planning a Windows 10 UI refresh during the latter half of 2021. The project, codenamed "Sun Valley," has been described in internal documentation as "'reinvigorating' and modernizing the Windows desktop experience." Over the last several years, macOS and Linux's flavors have had refreshes in design, whereas Windows has taken a more measured approach. Thankfully, Microsoft agrees with this and seemingly has plans to update the UI. As Windows... Read more...
For those that have been following all of the hoopla surrounding Windows 10X, we've got some more bad news to deliver today. Back in May, Microsoft offered a one-two gut punch to Windows enthusiasts, announcing that the dual-display Surface Neo had been delayed and that Windows 10X would initially only be offered on single-display devices. “These single-screen devices will be the first expression of Windows 10X that we deliver to our customers, and we will continue to look for the right moment, in conjunction with our OEM partners, to bring dual-screen devices to market,” wrote Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay at the time. Today, Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley is reporting... Read more...
The coronavirus/COVID-19 is not just causing immense pain and suffering around the globe due to the heartbreaking loss of life. It has also stunted the development of many projects from well-known companies due to shelter-in-place orders that have been ordered in many states across the U.S. The latest [tech] victims include Microsoft’s highly anticipated Surface Neo and its complementing Windows 10X operating system. In a blog post today, Panos Panay, who now serves as the Chief Product Officer for Windows and Devices, in a roundabout way confirmed the news that we first heard early last month: Surface Neo has been delayed. Panay first revealed that Microsoft is shifting its focus... Read more...
One of the most exciting things that Microsoft has been working on in recent times is its Windows 10X operating system and the new devices it was expected to bring with its launch. A report is going around that Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay has been informing some of his team this week that Microsoft won't be delivering its Surface Neo dual-screen Windows 10X devices during the 2020 calendar year as previously announced. The report also says that Panay went so far as to say that Microsoft wouldn't be allowing any third-party dual-screen Windows devices to ship with the operating system in calendar year 2020. The new priority at Microsoft is to get Windows 10X on single-screen devices... Read more...
Microsoft Surface Neo Now is the time to strike if you have been itching to test out the Windows 10X emulator. Microsoft just released new versions of the Microsoft Emulator and the Windows 10X Emulator Image (Preview). These versions include several updates, but the most interesting is their availability. It is no longer necessary to install the Windows Insider Build to gain access to the Windows 10X emulator. Microsoft Emulator version 1.1.54.0 and Windows 10X Emulator Image 10.0.19578 are now available in the Microsoft Store. Microsoft Emulator version 1.1.54.0 features a few minor changes. The latest version allows users to query the Microsoft Store for new images. Users can also search for... Read more...
Microsoft is working on a modernized File Explorer for Windows 10X, and some images of the alleged File Explorer have now leaked out. The new File Explorer will be preloaded on Windows 10X when it launches later this year, and it can be used for browsing OneDrive or the local storage drives inside a computer. The new File Explorer also allows users to sync files back and forth between the cloud and their local machine. Images seen here are said to be from a very early build of the new File Explorer. Since it's an early build, the user is only able to manage and download files stored on OneDrive. File Explorer doesn't appear ready to support local file management in this incarnation. The assumption... Read more...
Microsoft introduced “Live Tiles” to its desktop operating systems with Windows 8, and it continued with the Windows 10 Start menu in 2015. Live Tiles have proven to be controversial with users and it now appears that Microsoft may soon ditch them. The Windows Insider team recently showed off a potential new Windows 10 Start menu design that would forego Live Tiles and introduce a more streamlined design. Live Tiles were originally intended to allow users to quickly access information. Users can check up on the weather forecast, view emails and messages, and scan news headlines without needing to open an app. However, certain issues have emerged since the release of Live Tiles. Many... Read more...
Microsoft is presumably putting the final touches on Windows 10X, a special version of Windows designed for dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo. Some of Windows 10X's colorful design language will probably land on the regular version of Windows 10 as well. While we wait, there are two ways to bring the Windows 10X experience to your PC. As we outlined earlier this month, one way is to try out the Windows 10X emulator Microsoft recently made available. "We focused on creating an emulator experience that behaves naturally and adapts to the different device postures. This is an early preview of the experience and you will see updates regularly that follow the same standard Insider builds process,"... Read more...
If you gave the Windows 10X emulator a spin, you may have noticed a more colorful experience with dressed up icons and other bits. Apparently the same visual changes are headed to the regular versions of Windows 10. Microsoft is at least testing things out, as the latest preview build in the Windows Insider program looks a bit different than previous builds. This applies to users who are subscribed to the Fast ring. These builds come fast and furious, with Microsoft typically rolling out new preview builds every week, giving Fast ring users the earliest access to new features. The caveat is stability—Microsoft says to "be prepared for issues that might block key activities or might require... Read more...
Back in early October, Microsoft gave us a first taste of its Surface Neo dual display folding PC. In a way, the Surface Neo reveal was the culmination of a decade of anticipation that started when Microsoft's initial Courier concept first leaked. The Surface Neo makes use of two displays that can fold rather than a single, flexible display (a la the ThinkPad X1 Fold). As such, customers will have new and innovative ways to interact with the device, which necessitates the use of the new Windows 10X operating system. Windows 10X is specifically designed to accommodate dual screen and folding displays. For those that want to see what Windows 10X has in store, Microsoft has made available... Read more...
Back at the Surface event in early October, Microsoft unveiled a dual-screen device called Surface Neo, along with a Windows 10X operating system that is being designed from the ground up for it and similar dual-screen and foldable gadgets. Details on the OS are still fairly light, but in a bit of good news, it looks like Windows 10X will support Win32 apps. You can think of Windows 10X (codenamed Santorini) as a sort of light edition of Windows 10. There are currently no plans to bring Windows 10X to existing desktops and laptops. Though that could change in the future, Windows 10X as currently conceived is strictly for a new set of form factors, such as dual-screen devices. The OS could be... Read more...
A big leak has given up lots of details on the upcoming Windows 10X, which was initially thought to be for dual-screen laptops only. According to the leaked details, it appears as if Windows 10X will also come to traditional notebooks as well. Twitter user and frequent Microsoft leaker WalkingCat discovered the documentation online. The documentation of the OS says that local apps and progressive web apps (PWAs) will be handled the same under the new OS. The goal with Windows 10X is to be extremely user-friendly and straightforward, making it as convenient to use as possible and getting out of the way of the experience.  To facilitate that, the OS has a Quick Settings menu that helps a user... Read more...
Late last night, our favorite gadget leaker, Evan Blass, presented us with official renders of three of Microsoft's upcoming Surface devices. Those products included the Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and an unnamed ARM-powered Surface convertible. At the time, Blass also made the following comment, "Not pictured here: dual-screen Surface". That is an obvious reference to the rumored dual screen "Centaurus" device that Microsoft has been working on in its hardware labs. At the time, we wondered if he would leak more information about Centaurus, and he has this morning with the revelation that Microsoft has designated Windows 10X as the newest Windows 10 fork that is designed specifically... Read more...