Microsoft announces Windows 10X has been cancelled

Microsoft will not continue with the development of the so-called Windows 10X. Microsoft announced the news this week. The results of the developments will not be lost, but will be available as separate updates to Windows 10.

The Windows 10X development was announced in October 2019. The intention was that the new operating system was optimised for devices that work with two screens. These devices are for example the smartphone Surface Duo and Microsoft’s own laptop Surface Neo.

No requirement for Windows 10X

Microsoft took the decision to stop the Windows 10X development after extensive discussions with customers. The final conclusion was that the technology of the Windows 10X operating system can be used much better and more widely. Microsoft therefore believes that the company can reach many more customers. A separate version is therefore not required.

Microsoft announces Windows 10X has been cancelled

How is Microsoft going to integrate new features

An example of this is the roll out of a new tool to make apps safer. It will now be available in the “regular” Windows 10 versions. The 10X system technology will be available in stages for Windows 10.

The company further reports that the update for Windows 10 itself will be available at a later date. This was done on purpose in order to be able to roll out good updates for working from home and security. It is not yet clear to what extent this already contains 10X technology.

Windows 10X was planned to be released in 2021 as a Chrome OS competitor. Microsoft had spent years trying to modernise Windows in an attempt to bring a more lightweight version to market. Windows RT first released alongside the original Surface tablet in 2012, and then Windows 10S arrived in 2017. Both failed to simplify Windows, but Windows 10X had some promising features that will now be integrated into Windows 10 instead.

Microsoft is currently in the process of rolling out its latest 21H1 update for Windows 10, which is a relatively minor update, with a larger update planned for October 2021.

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