Windows 10X Gallery: Desktop and Start

Posted on January 17, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10X with 5 Comments

The Windows 10X desktop and Start interfaces are much simpler than their equivalents in mainstream versions of Windows 10.

You can’t put any files on the desktop, and when you right-click, there is only one option.

My apps and websites expanded to show all items

Task View

Alt + Tab (Windows Flip)

Launching a document from Start…

… in this case launches Excel Online


More Snap

Start Search

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Windows 10X Gallery: Desktop and Start”

  1. sherlockholmes

    I would love to get my hands on this to test it on an older HP NetBook.

  2. bart

    PWA's seem to make so much sense on this device. Microsoft and Google need to figure out how to teach the general public these apps exist.

  3. hrlngrv

    When one right-clicks on the Chrome OS desktop, the options include autohiding the Shelf (launcher-taskbar-tray) and changing its position (bottom, top, left, right). Presumably this means the Windows 10X taskbar can't autohide and can only be at the bottom of the screen. FWLIW, my Chrome OS Shelf is on the left, so this would be a con for me.

  4. JustinMSalvato

    Is it likely, like when we got our hands on Windows 8 Developer Preview, that not all the features are baked in yet (right-click options, no desktop icons)? Or as you say, this is to compete with ChromeOS and match its functionality?

    If so, I really do hope they don't call this a version of Windows..

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