26 February 2020
When Microsoft unveiled Windows 10X alongside the Surface Neo and Surface Duo, it was assumed that this new Windows version was specifically meant for foldable and dual display devices. But thanks to a new leak that has surfaced online, Microsoft's future plans include expanding the new version to more devices including clamshell laptops.
The leak consists of an internal Microsoft document meant for developers but was made public accidentally. It has been taken down since then but the time gap was enough for tech lovers to grab all the noteworthy details. The biggest finding is undoubtedly the possibility of seeing Windows 10X coming to traditional laptops.
The document talks about a new app launcher that seems like a replacement for the currently used Start Menu on Windows. It feels more like modern phone launchers and focuses on the discoverability aspect. The document describes this as: “Search is seamlessly integrated with web results, available apps, and specific files on your device."
It will also show recommended content that will change dynamically depending on what the user is up to. It will make use of the data related to a user's frequently and most recently used apps, files, and documents to offer recommendations. This will help the user find the relevant app, document or file faster.
Another noteworthy change is the way face authentication will work on Windows 10X. Microsoft mentions once the face unlock makes sure that it is the rightful owner of the device, it will go straight to the desktop interface. It means the user will not have to see the lock screen which is currently the case when you wake up a Windows laptop.
We have seen Microsoft trying something similar with Windows 8 when it wanted to offer a taskbar-less user experience on tradition laptops and desktops. While it was kind of reasonable to do on touchscreen devices, it made no sense on the devices that did not offer touchscreen input support. But if Microsoft is able to achieve its goal in a better way this time around, Windows 10X could become a good competitor to the likes of Google's Chrome OS.