Windows 10x FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Windows 10X FAQ

So this site is dedicated to Windows 10x and it’s important that we create a Windows 10x FAQ.

With Frequently Asked Questions, we can start to explain and outline what Windows 10x is and what it is not.

Let’s get started.

The Windows 10x FAQ

What is Windows 10x?

Windows 10X is a new edition of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen devices like Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Neo, but it’s more than that. It’s a new Windows operating system that will actually be coming to laptops and single screen devices soon.

Why was Windows 10X developed?

Windows 10X is being developed to power next generation of computers which are dual-screen and fold-able devices. Existing versions/editions of Windows 10 can’t support all features of these devices, that’s why Windows 10X has been developed. It’ll allow users to utilize all features and functionality of these next generation devices.

How is Windows 10x different from Windows 10?

Windows 10X will run traditional Win32 desktop apps, but it will run them in a container. Windows 10X will also run Univeral Windows Apps (UWP) and Progressive Web Apps (PWA), and it will also run those in containers.

All classic Win32 desktop apps will run in a single, combined container. They remain isolated from your core Windows operating system and can’t cause crashes or security problems. App developers won’t have to make any changes—Win32 apps will “just work” with Windows 10X.

windows 10x containers

Windows 10x containers

There are some limitations that come along with this simplified environment. System tray icons, File Explorer add-ins, desktop startup programs, and “global hooks” for capturing mouse and keyboard actions when an application is in the background aren’t supported. Background tasks might be suspended by the operating system, too.

Will Windows 10x replace Windows 10?

No. Windows 10x is not designed as a replacement but designed to be an alternative Operating System to Windows 10. It will be a different choice or option.

Will Windows 10X be hard to use?

No. It’ll be basically same as current Windows 10 and you’ll get similar UI (user experience) but with some changes specifically designed for dual-screen and folding devices. If you are using Windows 10 at the moment, you should face no problems in trying Windows 10X in future.

How do I upgrade to Windows 10x?

Right now, you don’t. Microsoft is still developing Windows 10x and it’s not clear whether you will be able to upgrade to or from the Operating System. This may change but for now this remains true.

Why didn’t Microsoft develop a brand new OS for next generation devices instead?

Microsoft tried with Windows 10 mobile and Windows RT in past but it was not successful. Developing a brand new operating system from scratch requires lots of time and manpower. The current version of Windows 10 already supports all kind of devices and modifying it to support next generation of devices was a better and more efficient idea.

Why did Microsoft create Windows 10x?

In a nutshell, it was an attempt to make the Windows Operating System a little easier to update and manage for dual screen devices. Microsoft recognized that dual screen laptops and tablets didn’t quite work optimally with Windows 10. Windows 10x has a few enhancements to make use a little easier.

What are some of the features of Windows 10x?

Dual screen support – the OS will be designed with two screens in mind. Facial recognition will be enhanced with Windows Hello. No live tiles, a modern file explorer, enhanced battery life, a new type of Start Menu and more. Learn more here.

What is the Windows 10x release date?

We have no idea. Coming soon though. Microsoft have been very clear that it’s a priority for the company.

Stay tuned for more…

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