Windows 10X was originally intended to be launched on dual-screen devices such as the Surface Neo before it arrived on laptops later. In May this past May, Microsoft announced a “pivot” to “focus on single-screen Windows 10X devices” amidst the work-from-home stream. Some major similarities with Chrome OS
The Verge’s Tom Warren this evening shared a couple of videos on Twitter showcasing the Windows 10X build against her. ZDNet As reported in July, the operating system is expected to launch in the spring and target. “For business mainly (Especially the first callers) and education. ”Considering the time, what was shown today is likely the initial version delivered.
Let̵7;s see how the Windows 10X home screen consists of a taskbar and wallpaper. It’s not clear if files, folders, and apps can be pinned to the desktop, but Chrome OS doesn’t have that capability either. This is easier to help maintain syncing across devices and no files in more than one location. Meanwhile, apps that are open or pinned to the taskbar are centered like Chromebooks, instead of left-to-right on Windows 10.
The first item below will open a full screen launcher that starts with a channel. “Search the web or your device” for comparison. One in Chrome OS will prompt the user. “Find devices, apps, settings, web …”
Followed by a grid with both “Apps and Webs” in the past likely consisted of the rumored Universal Windows Platform app 10X (via File Windows Central) To not support legacy Win32 software while Progressive Web Apps are the category behind From this launcher, Microsoft, like Google with an Android app, doesn’t discriminate the app style.
Only 15 apps are displayed at a time, with a “Show All” button in the upper-right corner. The “Recent” section below shows files and is more dedicated than the carousel that Chrome OS has to highlight documents, tabs, and apps or apps. Two items
At the same time tapping the time in the lower right corner will open “Quick settings” users can make changes without leaving this panel, while one slider for adjusting the volume, like Chrome OS, can be minimized to show only key settings at the moment. Your profile picture will also appear here.
Another important similarity to the Chromebook experience is the display of “notifications” on the card above Quick Settings with “Clear All” at the top right.
Aside from the visual similarity, the most important part of Windows 10X might be the setup process. In this build, Warren notes how a Microsoft account and Internet access are required for registration. This is not unlike Chrome OS, which requires a Google account too much though. “Browse as Guest” is always available – so your bookmarks, apps, files and settings are synced across devices.
Along with reliance on online apps this route, Microsoft is taking Windows, further proving that Google had the right idea with Chrome OS, Google’s core back in 2009, with the first consumer devices coming in two years. Next, cloud-centric operating systems will be the future.
The last decade has shown that editing online documents, cloud photo / video storage, streaming games and web apps are enough to meet most people’s needs. As part of this new reality, applications and services are not locked to one platform. Rather, it works online on any operating system that has a browser. This helps make real computer hardware a commodity and is very affordable.
Microsoft is now following a similar approach to offering cheaper devices that compete better with Chromebooks. Even though “Windows 10” is still in “Windows 10X,” it’s clear that the cloud is the core experience driver. Meanwhile, the visual similarity to Chrome OS, not Windows – more or less proves that people are so familiar and satisfied with the web format that they can use past interface paradigms for something simpler. very
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