18 May 2021
Microsoft has reportedly decided to scrap Windows 10X development. The report is coming from an online publication Petri citing sources familiar with the company's plans. The ambitious project is dead as things are now and the team now focusing on making the mainstream Windows 10 better.
Windows 10X was announced during the fall of 2019 alongside non-conventional devices Surface Duo and Surface Neo. The new operating system was said to be a lightweight and modern take with a special focus on foldable and dual-screen devices. This is the reason it was set for a commercial debut with the Surface Neo but the plans were changed down the line. Microsoft announced that it would arrive first on single-screen devices with a possible release sometime during H2 2021.
It seems like the plans have changed once again as Microsoft has ended Windows 10X development completely. The sources are confirmed that it will not launch this year and are skeptical about it launching ever in the future. Microsoft is said to have shifted its focus back to Windows 10 and put the specialized version in the back seat.
There is no doubt that Windows 10X was supposed to be a thing for Microsoft. It was even seen as a competitor to Google's Chrome OS. However, it is not the first we are seeing the Redmond-based tech giant try and fail in modernizing Windows operating system. Its previous attempts include Windows RT (from the time of Windows 8) and Windows 10S.
Microsoft is now said to be working on a major visual overhaul for Windows 10. The upcoming major update is referred to as "Sun Valley" and is expected to debut during the second half of the year. It will feature some of the things that were originally planned for Windows 10X. These are expected to include UI changes and app containers but we will have to until the official announcement.