Microsoft said that the the first devices that will run on the upcoming Windows 10X OS will have a single device,at least in the beginning, with the company to continue to look for the right moment to bring dual-screen devices to market.
"The world is a very different place than it was last October when we shared our vision for a new category of dual-screen Windows devices. As we continue to put customers’ needs at the forefront, we need to focus on meeting customers where they are now. Our customers are leveraging the power of the cloud more than ever, and we believe the time is right to lean into this acceleration in a different way," said Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows and Devices.
"With Windows 10X, we designed for flexibility, and that flexibility has enabled us to pivot our focus toward single-screen Windows 10X devices that leverage the power of the cloud to help our customers work, learn and play in new ways. These single-screen devices will be the first expression of Windows 10X that we deliver to our customers, and we will continue to look for the right moment, in conjunction with our OEM partners, to bring dual-screen devices to market," Panay added.
Microsoft did not saying exactly when single-screen devices like laptops will support Windows 10X, nor when dual-screen devices will launch with the OS.
Microsoft is reprioritizing Windows 10X for laptops and single-screen devices because of the coronavirus pandemic. The software maker has seen a 75 percent year-over-year increase in the time spent in Windows 10. More people are turning to using their laptops or PCs instead of a smartphone or tablet during the lockdowns we’ve seen worldwide to work or study.
Originally planned for dual-screen hardware like the Surface Neo, Windows 10X includes a more stripped-back, simplified, and modern Windows interface. Microsoft has been working to modernize Windows 10X with some UI and UX changes that improve basics like multitasking, using the Start menu, and quick access to settings.
Microsoft is not discussing a timeline for its release, though, or whether the dual-screen Surface Neo is delayed beyond 2020 as reports have suggested.
It’s not clear exactly what Windows 10X will bring to regular laptops outside of its UX improvements, modernization, and container app technology.
We expect to hear more about the cloud-powered virtualization parts of Windows 10X at the Build developers conference later this month.
Panay also said that the Windows 10 May 2020 update, coming free starting from this month, is going to make some things easier and faster for Microsoft's customers like introducing a more streamlined way to pair Bluetooth devices in Windows. Microsoft promises to bring practical improvements in the bigger things, like an improved tablet experience when you detach your 2-in-1’s keyboard, allowing you to keep the familiarity of your desktop while at the same time optimizing for touch. In addition, with the May 2020 Update Microsoft is bringing “drag and drop” to those who use the Eye Control functionality. Microsoft is even bringing in some fun, like making kamoji available directly in the Windows emoji keyboard. ☜(ﾟヮﾟ☜)