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Microsoft to launch Windows 10X on single-screen devices first

Microsoft is taking the current coronavirus situation into consideration for shifting its focus on Windows 10X.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | May 5, 2020 | Updated 13:11 IST

Highlights

  • Windows 10X is coming to single-screen devices.
  • Windows 10X was originally announced for foldable devices.
  • Microsoft has, however, not given a timeline.

At its Surface event last year, Microsoft said its next-generation of products, including two foldables - Surface Neo and Surface Duo, will exclusively run Windows 10X, a version of Windows 10 optimised for portable dual-screen devices. Microsoft is now opening Windows 10X for single-screen devices, which means PCs and laptops could soon be powered by the yet to be released operating system. In fact, the single-screen devices will get Windows 10X before the two foldables, Microsoft has announced.

In a blog post, Microsoft's chief product officer, Panos Panay confirmed Windows 10X will arrive on single-screen devices first. "These single-screen devices will be the first expression of Windows 10X that we deliver to our customers, and we will continue to look for the right moment, in conjunction with our OEM partners, to bring dual-screen devices to market," said Panay. While Microsoft is not projecting any timelines, it is prioritising Windows 10X for laptops and PCs over its foldable devices.

Introduced last year, Microsoft's foldables, Surface Neo and Surface Duo are yet to arrive into markets. Some reports have suggested both devices have been delayed. Microsoft is also not giving any timelines for its upcoming Surface products. Similarly, it is also not known when Windows 10X will debut for commercial use on Microsoft's products first and then on those from OEMs. However, since Microsoft is now shifting its focus to more popular single-screen devices, the development of Windows 10X could be fast-tracked.

Panay has stated the shift in focus was caused by how the world has changed, hinting at the global coronavirus pandemic. "The world is a very different place than it was last October when we shared our vision for a new category of dual-screen Windows devices," he wrote. As people grow to work remotely, the cloud networks of the company see a huge surge. "Our customers are leveraging the power of the cloud more than ever, and we believe the time is right to lean into this acceleration in a different way."

Microsoft's Windows 10 has seen a spike in usage to 75 per cent year-over-year, per the hardware chief. The increase in the time spent on Windows 10-powered devices is mainly seen on devices such as laptops and PCs instead of smartphones and tablets. Hence, Microsoft is reprioritising its Windows 10X without stating when it will be rolled out for devices.

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