All the new features of Microsoft’s Windows 10 X

Windows 10X featured

Windows 10 X is a new edition of Windows 10 designed for
dual-screen devices and it’s also
coming to traditional laptops at some point. Windows 10 X
will come with a number of exclusives features and it will also
offer a customized interface for all core components of
Microsoft’s desktop OS.

Although Microsoft is planning to bring Windows 10 X to
traditional laptop form factors, there won’t be an official way
of installing the OS on an existing Windows 10 device. The
software giant isn’t planning to provide it in ISO format, but
it’ll be possible through third-party tools.

With Windows 10 X, Microsoft is scrapping Live Tiles, the large
icons with interactive information from the Windows Phone days.
The new OS comes in a more simplified look and it has icons,
and Microsoft is calling it ‘Launcher’.

The Launcher has icon-based apps and websites, and a search
bar.

What’s new in Windows 10 X

Here’s everything new and improved in Windows 10 X.

Gestures

Like Windows 8, Windows 10 X will also have gestures. For
example, you’ll be able to swipe from the right side to open
Action Center and swipe from the bottom of the screen to open
the Start menu.

The gestures will also work on laptops via the touchpad.

Action Center

There’s also a new Action Center in Windows 10 X and it puts
more emphasis on quick actions. The Action Center expands in
size when there are new notifications and it’s designed in such
a way that you can quickly find the setting toggle without
opening the settings app.

Action Center on 10X

Microsoft has also added brightness and volume sliders. You can
also view the battery percentage and as well as access the
power options.

Compose mode

Surface Neo wonderbar

As you can see in the above screenshot of Action Center,
there’s a new quick action called ‘Compose mode’.

The Compose Mode allows you to switch taskbar to a more
traditional taskbar. On Surface Neo-like devices, it enables
productivity-friendly experience and allows users to use the
keyboard accessory, touchpad and emoji panel.

Set up experience

Windows 10 X also offers a new set up experience with a modern
look and feel. Like Android and other mobile OSes, the 10X will
also walk you through the device setup and help you select the
correct sign-in, language, regions, update, privacy and other
settings.

Microsoft has finally removed Cortana from the new set up
experience.

Dynamic wallpaper

Mojave desktop

Windows 10 X also comes with dynamic wallpapers support and
it would change content depending on your device’s time or your
geolocation.

For example, Microsoft plans to offer a mountain-view wallpaper
and it would change its content during sunrise, afternoon,
sunset, and night.

Apps

The following apps will be pre-installed on Windows 10 X:

  • Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Store.
  • Mail & Calendar.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • Groove Music and Movies app.
  • Microsoft Teams, Whiteboard, To-Do, Microsoft Photos.
  • Sticky Notes, MS Paint, People, Notepad.
  • Spotify, Netflix.
  • Windows Camera, Windows Calculator, Alarms & Clock, Voice
    Recorder.
  • Weather, Solitaire.
  • Notepad.
  • 4 OEM apps.

Lockscreen

Windows 10X Lockscreen

Microsoft is updating the lockscreen with a new model that
brings up the lockscreen with authentication options. You no
longer need to dismiss the lock before authentication.

By default, new lockscreen lets you log in via Windows Hello
facial recognition, PIN or password.

Taskbar

Windows 10X taskbar

The OS will be adaptable to the device it’s being used on,
which means there be a traditional taskbar interface on laptops
and touch-friendly interface on foldable devices.

You’ll be able to have a left-aligned taskbar on a traditional
laptop and center-aligned on a dual-screen device.

Microsoft will also let you change the position of taskbar
icons on all devices.

Windows 10 X release date

Windows 10 X will be released in the holidays 2020 and the
operating system will be finalized alongside 20H2 in
October/November 2020.

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