Big changes could be coming as Microsoft prepares Windows 10X

Windows 10X features coming

Microsoft has said little about its plans for Windows 10X,
which was unveiled back in October 2019 for flagship
dual-screen devices. In May 2020, Microsoft said it would bring
10X to single-screen devices first and reports suggested that
the new operating system would
leverage the power of the cloud to run legacy apps.

Windows 10X is a variation of Windows 10 that uses modern
components rather than legacy and it features a simpler user
interface without live tiles or a proper file explorer.

Windows 10X was finalized in December 2020 and it’s now being
serviced with fixes or improvements before heading to the
manufacturers. Microsoft is currently testing Build 20280 for
Windows 10X, which is based on Windows 10 Iron “21H1” update.

If Build 20280 meets the quality standards, it will be released
to the manufacturers in the next few weeks and companies will
start testing their Intel-powered devices for the new OS.

Microsoft is currently planning to launch Windows 10X in Spring
2021 (between March and June). In late 2021 or early 2022,
Microsoft will release the first big update for Windows 10X
with improvements from the Sun Valley update.

Taskbar improvements in Windows 10X

According to internal documentation, Windows 10X could also
change the way taskbar works.

In Windows 10X, taskbar icons are centered by default, unlike
in Windows 10 where they’re aligned to the left. In addition to
the pinned apps, taskbar can also display the app which was
launched recently, similar to Android and iOS.

Windows 10X taskbar

Microsoft also noted that taskbar can display “running
websites”, which can either be in foreground or background.

Other features include:

  • Multiple instances of an app are grouped together under the
    same icon.
  • A new animation to highlight the focus of the taskbar.
  • Extended Ul: Start menu will gently move to the left side
    of the taskbar as you open more apps.
  • Three different taskbar sizes: Small, medium and large.
  • Gesture: You can swipe up anywhere on the Taskbar to launch
    the Start Menu.

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