Windows 10X appears to be changing multiple features and apps
for the better, making several UI components modern to
differentiate itself from the current Windows 10.
For example, Windows 10X removes Cortana during the first-run
experience, which means you’ll get a faster and straightforward
experience or animations when you configure the device for the
Windows 10X could be finalized in December and it will be
deemed ready for manufacturers later this year or early next
year, but the modular operating system won’t arrive in the
market before the spring of 2021.
According to one leaked document, Windows 10X comes with
several ‘inbox’ apps, also known as default apps. This includes
Microsoft Edge, Office suite, Microsoft Teams, To Do, Photos,
Explorer, Camera, Calculator, Alarms & Clock, Movies & TV,
Paint, Music, Notepad, People, Messaging, Media Plan and
The two apps – Media Plan and Learning Hub – are actually
Mobile Plans and Windows 10 Tips.
Since Cortana isn’t an important app within Windows 10X,
Microsoft will be using the built-in “Learning Hub” (currently
known as Tips app) to highlight concise explanations of how to
perform tasks in the new operating system.
In a new screenshot posted to the current Tips app, Microsoft
has confirmed that the “Learning Hub” is the same tips app with
new UI and more information.
Thanks to the Learning Hub, PC makers won’t need to create
tutorials to help users learn the new Windows 10X experience.
This new app, which will be baked into the OS, will teach you
about the new aspects in a clean, straightforward way.
Microsoft also plans to include videos, images, and animations
showing the new features of 10X in action.
Other pre-instaled apps include Weather, Voice Recorder,
People, Spotify, Netflix, Snip & Sketch, and up to 4 OEM apps.
For example, if you buy a Windows 10X device from HP, you can
expect it to come pre-installed with HP support tool.
UWP, PWA, and Microsoft Store
Windows 10X will be limited to the apps available via the
Microsoft Store, such as UWP and PWAs. The operating system is
supposed to be lightweight with a strong focus on web apps, so
can you expect it to come pre-installed with Office PWAs.
Windows 10X will be heavily reliant on PWAs and UWPs after
Microsoft reportedly dropped support for VAIL, the
virtualization technology that would have allowed Win32 apps.
Enterprises users will be able to stream Win32 apps using a
technology built on Windows Virtual Desktop, which will work
only when you have an internet connection. In simple terms, if
you want to run a Win32 app, you would need to connect to a web
service, which is likely to be paid.
We might see affordable devices with Windows 10X in the Spring
of 2021 (Q2/Q3) that can compete closely with Chromebooks.