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What is Windows 10x?

Posted 10 Feb 2021

Back in October 2019, Microsoft announced plans to launch a new operating system called Windows 10X which was designed specifically for use on dual-screen, foldable PCs that are new to the market. Since then, much has changed and Windows 10x is now going to be used on single-screen devices.  

Although the official release date is still yet to be confirmed, a version has leaked online which suggests that the launch date is imminent.

As Microsoft gears up for the launch of Windows 10x, we look at whether this is an operating system that could help business in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex with their IT systems

Image c/o Microsoft

Is Windows 10X an upgrade to Windows 10?

As technology changes so quickly, you may naturally wonder if this means that Windows 10X is an upgrade to Windows 10.

The answer is no.

Instead, it’s a complimentary operating system that was designed to be compatible with upcoming dual-screen and foldable devices. Windows 10X is a more streamlined operating system. The leaked version suggests that it has a revamped user interface, with an updated taskbar. There is also a new notification centre, with redesigned shortcuts, and a simplified file manager.

It’s not designed to be an upgrade or replacement for Windows 10 – especially for users working with traditional desktops or laptops. However, it is meant for low-cost Chromebook-style notebooks and tablets.

“No longer just for dual-screen PCs, Windows 10X is a lightweight version of Windows 10 intended to go head-to-head with Google's Chrome OS.”

Michael Muchmore, PC Mag

Could Windows 10X be a useful tool for businesses?

Until more details are officially announced about the launch of Windows 10X, it’s impossible to give a definitive answer. However, the indications are that the first version suggests that it doesn’t support traditional Windows apps yet. Instead, users are limited to apps from the Microsoft Store and web apps.

In our view, we believe that Windows 10X will be Microsoft’s’ version of the Apple IOS, which is found on iPads and iPhones, or the ChromeOS which is on Android tablets and phones. This means that it’s potentially more relevant for consumers rather than for businesses.

We know that businesses need far more flexibility than a streamlined version, and as such, the majority of businesses in Suffolk, Essex, and Norfolk will need to stay with the Windows 10 operating system. This will give them far more adaptability and opportunities to maximise the effectiveness of their IT systems.

However, that’s not to say that Windows 10X won’t have any business usage. There may be circumstances where employees are working on singular tasks – for example, those working in warehouses with a narrow set of tasks to complete. If they can use an application designed through the Windows Store app, then Windows 10X could be a low-cost alternative to laptops or other devices.

As always, we’ll pay close attention to the capabilities available within Windows 10X. We’ll identify whether it’s appropriate for business usage, and we’ll provide recommendations for clients on the best dual-screened or foldable PCs as they emerge into the market.

Windows 10X could launch in the early part of 2021, and it is expected to be available as a pre-installed operating system on tablets and dual-screened devices released later this year.

To find out more about how we work with businesses across the East of England to proactively identify the right IT system for their needs, please get in touch.

  


by Amy Dawson