Microsoft leak reveals Windows 10X will be coming to laptops


Yesterday, Microsoft has accidentally published an internal design document associated with its upcoming Windows 10X OS. Although this document was removed after a couple of minutes, it was spotted by WalkingCat. That document provides some more detail about Microsoft’s plans with Windows 10X.

As you know, Microsoft has released the Windows 10X with its first foldable devices – Surface Neo. At that time, the company revealed that the Windows 10X has been specially made for foldable and dual-screen devices with tweaks to both the Start Menu and taskbar. But now, this leaked document reveals the other side of the company statement.

The leaked document reveals that the Windows 10X is also in production to power traditional clamshell laptop hardware. “For both clamshells and foldable, the taskbar will be the same base model with a series of ‘levers’ which can be pulled to create some alternatives in the model,” explains the document.

In Windows 10X, Microsoft now refers to the Start Menu as the Launcher, which has a stronger emphasis on local search: “Search is seamlessly integrated with web results, available apps, and specific files on your device,” reveals the document. “Recommended content is dynamically updated based on your most frequently and recently used apps, files, and websites.”

In addition to the compatibility, Microsoft is working on some more improvements with the latest Windows 10X. Windows 10X will also improve the Windows Hello facial recognition authentication experience. “When the screen turns on you are immediately brought to a state of authentication; unlike Windows 10 where you first need to dismiss the lock curtain before authenticating,” reveals the Windows 10X document. “Upon waking the device, Windows Hello Face instantly recognizes the user and will immediately transition to their desktop.”

Apart from this, Microsoft also mentioned in its document a “Modern File Explorer.” This might be the modern Universal Windows App (UWP) that has been in production for a long time. And it looks like the company will ship the UWP with Windows 10X. It will likely be touch-friendly and simplified for access to documents stored in Office 365, OneDrive, and other cloud services.

In addition to that, Microsoft is also simplifying the Action Center and quick settings in Windows 10X. This will make it easier to access the quick tools like WiFi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, rotation lock, etc. On the other side, Microsoft is tweaking the Office with the traditional Win32 versions of Office. 

As of now, none of the professionals from Microsoft confirmed anything related to this. As soon as any detail related to Windows 10X gets revealed by the company, we will update you on the same.

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