Windows 10X was originally meant for dual-screen Intel-powered
devices, such as the
Surface Neo and
Intel Tiger Rapid. That was certainly Microsoft’s original
plan, but Panos Panay has already confirmed that the tech giant
now intends to bring the operating system to traditional
The latest report from the rumour mill is that
Windows 10X might be on track for release between March and
June. We also recently heard that Windows 10X could be
unofficially installed on existing hardware, which includes the
Apple M1, Surface Go and even Lumia smartphone.
Windows 10X has now been installed successfully on a Surface
Pro 7 by a developer who goes by username ADeltaX.
The developer pulled off this feat after porting the existing
drivers to Windows 10X and then enabled support for essential
features, such as Windows Hello and camera.
The developer installed the version of Windows 10X that was
recently leaked online and there are some rough edges, but it
appears to be running smoothly. As you can see in the video
below, Windows 10X will support UWP and PWA apps only, and
Microsoft is also introducing new touch gestures.
Windows 10X appears to be faster than Windows 10 and it works
better on touch hardware too, thanks to the fluid touch
gestures and animations.
It’s certainly interesting to see Windows 10X already running
on a Surface Pro 7, and it looks like the operating system
could be installed on any device, including Lenovo ThinkPad.
It’s clear that the OS wouldn’t be limited to any particular
configuration, at least unofficially.
However, there’ll be some challenges. For example, drivers for
some essential features, including the touchpad and camera
might not function correctly on all devices.
Remember that Windows 10X won’t be offered for download on
existing devices, which means it’ll ship with new devices only.