Windows 10X, which is Microsoft’s new operating system for
Chromebook-like lightweight devices, might not be released to
the general computing public until almost the second half of
Microsoft was looking at the ‘Spring 2021’ (March-May) launch
timeframe for Windows 10X, but the software giant has
delayed the release, and a possible reason for this is because
multiple stability issues still need to be patched.
A fresh build of Windows 10X is now scheduled to be finalized
in Spring of 2021 with quality improvements and the general
availability of the operating system has been pushed back to
the second half of 2021.
It’s worth noting that the release date of Windows 10X isn’t
confirmed yet and may still change – but this is the current
schedule at Microsoft, at least internally.
Windows 10X was first
announced in October 2019 and it was originally supposed to
launch with dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo.
Windows 10X for dual-screen and
Surface Neo have been delayed indefinitely, and the
“modular” operating system is now expected to land on
Windows 10X limitations
Unfortunately, Windows 10X is still likely to ship with several
restrictions. For example, some (most advanced) apps will not
work as Windows 10X won’t ship with “VAIL”, which is a new
technology required to run Win32 apps through virtualization.
Likewise, not all Windows Store apps are going to work on
Windows 10X. Only UWP and web apps will be supported. For
now, you can only download and install UWP apps from the
Microsoft Store and Progressive Web Apps through the Microsoft
It’s also worth noting that the company’s lightweight OS is not
for everyone and it won’t be marketed as a replacement for your
current Windows device.
For general consumers, Microsoft is said to be working on the
next generation of Windows with
significant improvements for Action Center, Taskbar, Start
Menu and more.