Microsoft finalizes Windows 10X update ahead of Spring 2021 launch

Windows 10X RTM candidate

After a year of teasing and months of complete silence, Windows
10X is finally done and is ready to release to manufacturing
(RTM), which means it will be making its way to new laptops
early next year.

Initially, Windows 10X was expected to launch with Surface Neo
(a dual-screen device from Microsoft), but it will now launch
on single-screen products first with some limitations.

Microsoft has now internally finalized Windows 10X with Build
202XX (the last two digits are likely to change). Don’t get too
excited though, because only those who buy a new product will
be able to try Windows 10X.

Machines preloaded with Windows 10X will actually hit the
stores in Spring 2021 (April-June). In other words, you won’t
be able to deploy Microsoft’s highly-anticipated OS on your
current device unless you’re willing to create a bootable image
unofficially without any support from the company.

Windows 10X Start screen

For now, Windows 10X Build 202XX is only available to Microsoft
employees and the tech giant will begin validating the new
operating system’s distribution and upgrade processes early
next year.

As the final version of Windows 10 will release to users next
year, Microsoft sources believe that the core features in the
operating system are unchanged. This means the 10X still comes
with a fresh Start Menu experience without live titles, a new
Action Center with focus on notifications, faster Windows
Update, and other features.

Windows 10X is a lightweight version of the Windows operating
system and it’s based on Windows Core OS. The current version
of Windows 10X lacks native support for the desktop apps, but
reports have suggested that a
Cloud PC service will help users stream their Win32 apps
over an Azure-based remote connection.

It’s also worth noting Windows 10X is not supposed to replace
traditional computers and it has been optimized for devices
with limited memory to compete with Google’s Chrome OS in the
education niche.

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