I spent much of the weekend examining the leaked Windows 10X build, which appears to be a near-final version of Microsoft’s coming Chrome OS competitor. I have questions. Lots of questions.
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Settings is the buggiest part of the leaked Windows 10X build. In some places, it’s identical to Windows 10 Settings, but it’s missing many settings.
In addition to Microsoft Edge, Windows 10X comes with a minimal set of Store apps. Some don’t work. And some key apps are completely missing.
Windows 10X provides what looks like a complete desktop version of the Microsoft Edge web browser with full support for all the normal features.
The Windows 10X taskbar is much simpler than in Windows 10, and the Action Center looks almost identical to the similar UI in Chrome OS.
The Windows 10X desktop and Start interfaces are much simpler than their equivalents in mainstream versions of Windows 10.
Here’s a complete look at the Windows 10X Setup process, which is a simplified and prettier version of Windows Setup from Windows 10.
Just ahead of its launch for commercial PC-like devices, an install image of Windows 10X for single screens has leaked, giving us an early peek at Microsoft’s new OS.
Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has delayed Windows 10X to Spring 2021 and won’t rollout a dual-screen version until 2022.
The rollout of Windows 10 version 2004 was expected to go smoothly, but that hasn’t happened. Now there’s a new problem.
While the rest of Microsoft embraces open source and open standards, Windows app development remains stuck in the proprietary past.
Or, at least that’s the plan, according to a Microsoft blog post that was mysteriously edited to remove this information.
After years of silence and misinformation, Microsoft finally made it official: It is “unifying access” to Win32 and UWP APIs.
In a concise post, Windows chief Panos Panay described coming innovations in Windows. But what did he really say? And not say?
A month ago, we heard that Microsoft was rethinking its plans for Windows 10X. Today, Panos Panay confirmed that change.
Microsoft signals that Windows 10X and its simplified new user interface and container-based architecture is too important to screw up.
Microsoft has reportedly changed its plans for Windows 10X: it's now focusing on getting the new experience on existing single-screen devices, forcing the Surface Neo to be delayed till next year.
The new emulator is still horribly slow and incredibly buggy, making it impossible to accurately assess the system’s ability to run legacy desktop apps.
New versions of the Microsoft Emulator and the Windows 10X emulator image are now available, and you no longer have to be an Insider to use them.
Has Microsoft has solved the Chromebook problem? Does Windows 10X meet the needs of what we used to think of as an EdgeBook?
Like them or not, we can at least agree that the new Windows 10 icons are the most superficial design change that Microsoft could possibly make.
It is perhaps not coincidental that the coming Windows 10X user experience mimics that provided by Office via multiple entry-points.
I was surprised to discover that my biggest blocker in using a Chromebook was workflow related. How does Windows 10X measure up?
For years, Microsoft has been trying, unsuccessfully, to find a way to modernize Windows and the apps that run on it.
Microsoft reveals new Win32 container in Windows 10X, says OS updates will take less than 90 second restarts.
Microsoft is releasing the new Windows 10X emulator today, showing developers how they can start building apps for dual-screen devices. It's also showing off some Windows 10X features.
Today, Microsoft will finally explain how developers can target dual-screen experiences and give us our first real peek at Windows 10X.