Microsoft is working on Windows 10 X for dual-screen and
foldable devices such as the Surface Neo. The leaked
documentation has previously revealed that Microsoft also plans
to optimize 10X for traditional laptops and the OS has already
been put on an
Earlier this week, Microsoft released Windows 10 X Emulator,
which allows developers and users to experiment with the new
modular operating system. Some developers have managed to run
Windows 10 X Emulator image on real hardware like MacBook,
Lenovo ThinkPad, Surface Go and Dell XPS 13.
As a dev explains, Windows 10X can’t be installed through an
ISO and Microsoft plans to distribute it as a Full Flash Update
(FFU) on supported devices. Since there’s no ISO image, devs
have used Windows 10 X’s Emulator VHD image to write it
directly to a disk and make it work along with injecting DCH
“Only drivers installed by the OEM as part of the initial image
creation of Windows 10X can be used right now. DCH(U) is a
separate concept that is unrelated to that fact. It’s basically
a new driver model Microsoft has been pushed for the past few
years,” Gustave noted.
It’s certainly interesting to see Windows 10 X already running
smoothly on unsupported Windows and macOS laptops. It has the
same UI as the emulator, meaning that these laptops are
actually running a dual-screen optimized version of 10X.
In some cases, UI glitches are visible, but the OS seems to
work fairly well and the animation of apps running in
split-screen mode is also smooth.
Most drivers are usable, including the touchpad, WiFi, and even
gestures on Windows 10X-powered laptops. However, the UI is
clearly not desktop-friendly yet and Windows 10 X also doesn’t
come with the ability to run multiple apps in windowed mode.
This is another proof that Windows 10X could go beyond the
world of foldable devices, but there is obviously work that
still needs to be done.
According to Microsoft, Windows 10’s new version will
support both Win32 and UWP app and the company is also working
on a new modern File Explorer experience.