Microsoft’s foldable Surface runs Windows 10 X and desktop apps

Surface X
Image Courtesy: Harry

We first heard about dual-screen
Surface Centaurus with Windows Core OS in late 2018 and
Microsoft reportedly showed it to some of their employees at a
internal event earlier this year.

We have already seen many
Microsoft patents about the company’s rumoured foldable
device, which pretty much revealed what the company is
developing behind the closed doors.

Surface Centaurus is said to be the next big thing at
tomorrow’s hardware event and Microsoft is also expected to
announce a new operating system internally codenamed Windows
Core OS / Windows Lite OS.

According to a new report by Evan Blass, ‘Windows 10 X’ may be
a final name for Microsoft’s Windows Core OS, a stripped-down
and modular version of Windows for new form factors.

We don’t know the abbreviation of X in Windows 10 X, but it’s
unlikely to be pronounced ‘ten’.

Since Windows 10X is being prepared for dual-screen and
foldable devices, it’s also possible that the ‘X’ refers to 360
degrees folding/rotation. Another unconfirmed report suggests
that Microsoft is working on ‘Surface X’ which could be the
marketing name of the Surface Centarus.

Desktop apps

The same report confirmed Win32 programs would be available on
Windows Core OS (now called Windows 10 X) via containers, which
means Microsoft is working on local emulation to support older

It’s worth noting that LinkedIn job lisiting also confirmed
that Microsoft’s modular operating system will be able to run
classic Win32 apps (.exe) like Google Chrome through emulation.

What you should expect

WCOS concept
Image Courtesy: Niels Laute


At Computex, Microsoft talked about something it calls Modern
OS and it does not appear to be traditional Windows 10.

If Modern OS project is associated with Windows 10 X, you can
expect it to be modular, secure by default, always connected,
includes experiences that are powered by AI, and people can
operate it with the mouse, keyboard, pen, voice or touch.

Surface Centaurus with Windows 10 X is said to be announced

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