After several delays, Microsoft has finally confirmed, on Tuesday (18), the cancellation of Windows 10X. The company will not launch the operating system focusing on lighter and more streamlined features, which would originally come installed on new dual-screen devices such as Surface Neo.
Now, Microsoft plans to take the best parts to Windows 10. “Instead of bringing a product called Windows 10X to the market in 2021 as we originally intended, we are leveraging the learnings of our journey so far and accelerating the integration of 10X technology in other parts of Windows and company products,” said John Cable, head of Windows maintenance and delivery.
Some parts of this integration have already begun to appear in the form of a new application container technology, better voice typing and a modernized touch keyboard for Windows 10.
Now, the company claims it will continue to “invest in areas where 10X technology” makes sense for software and hardware in the future. Therefore, the Surface Neo device should hardly appear now.
The new Microsoft operating system would arrive in 2021 as a competitor of Chrome OS, after the company spent years trying to modernize Windows to take a lighter version to the market. Neither Windows RT, 2012 nor Windows 10 S, 2017, managed to simplify the system.
Another major update is scheduled for October. This will be important, as it includes major visual changes in the form of new system icons, replacing many that persist since the Windows XP era, and file explorer improvements.
The company also works on other important features and additions. It should fix the application reorganization issue on multiple monitors, add the Xbox Auto HDR feature and also improve Bluetooth audio support.