Windows 10X: Here are the best new features and improvements

Windows 10X new features

After several months of silence, Windows 10X is finally done
and
Microsoft has finalized the RTM candidate, which is now
heading to the manufacturers.

We’re unofficially in the final countdown to the launch of
Windows 10X, which is expected to arrive in early 2021 with
devices from Microsoft’s partners, including HP, Dell, Lenovo
and others.

If you’re planning to invest in Microsoft’s next operating
system, here are some of the best features you should know
before making the switch.

A new setup screen

Windows 10X OOBE

The interface of the new first setup screen would be clean,
neat and quiet (Cortana won’t nag you in between the setup, but
this could change in future).

Start Menu ‘Launcher’

In Windows 10X, the biggest change is the new Start Menu
experience. According to internal documents, Start Menu is set
to be dropped and replaced by a static app launcher simply
called ‘launcher’.

Windows 10X Start Menu

Start Menu will ditch the live tiles and use static Fluent
Design-enabled icons. Start Menu will retain the blur and other
Fluent Design effects, and the layout would be slightly wider
than the Start Menu shown in the above screenshot.

Action Center

Windows 10X comes with a brand new Action Center with quick
access to settings and notifications. The overall approach of
the Action Center remains unchanged, but it will get a visual
makeover in the new operating system.

Windows 10X Action Center

Action Center in 10X will ship with the same set of quick
actions (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, flight mode, location, etc) and a
new feature to adjust the volume of the device. Of course, you
can still customize these toggles from the Settings.

Dynamic wallpaper

With Windows 10X, Microsoft is set to introduce some extra
visual improvements for the desktop with a new feature called
‘dynamic wallpapers’. The dynamic wallpapers will come
pre-installed with Windows 10X and these wallpapers will change
their appearance to reflect the time of the day.

For example, if it’s late night in your region, Windows 10X
will turn off the light for the wallpapers and it would be a
nifty addition for users that want to jazz up their desktop on
a regular basis.

The dynamic wallpaper will also include dynamic clouds, dynamic
sun and dynamic stars.

It’s unclear if these dynamic elements will be adjusted
randomly or linked to the weather (selected by Windows based on
your location).

Security

Windows 10X is going to be the most secure version of Windows,
thanks to the new ‘containers’ approach. With containers,
Microsoft says it will separate the operating system from other
bits of software, such as your drivers, app or malware.

Your apps, browsers and malware (if any) will be run in
containers and Windows 10X or your data won’t be affected.

Faster Windows Updates

Unlike the Windows 10 that we use currently, Windows 10X will
be able to download and apply the updates instantly. In fact,
your device will restart in less than a minute and a half (90
seconds).

Windows 10X downloads the new bits of the software update in a
separate hidden partition in the background. When you click on
the ‘restart’ button, Windows 10X switches to the partition
which has the new updated version of the operating system.

The process is fast because download and installation happen in
the background, and a reboot is only required to switch the
partition.

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