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What is Windows 10X and how does it differ?



  Microsoft's Surface Neo device.

Windows 10X is a new edition of Windows 10 for dual-display devices, such as Microsoft's upcoming Surface Neo, which will be available for the upcoming Christmas season of 2020. It provides a custom interface for these devices.

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At its Surface event, Microsoft said Windows 10X "supports the breadth of Windows applications," meaning that all traditional Windows desktop applications work just as they would on Windows 10 Home or Windows Professional. This is not a completely new operating system – it just seems to be a customized version of Windows 10 with a user interface designed for those devices.

Optimized for two-screen devices

Windows 10X has a "designed and optimized user interface" for dual-screen devices such as Surface Neo, "said Microsoft.

The Surface Neo is a dual-screen device with a hinge – like a laptop, but when the keyboard area has been replaced by a screen. Alternatively, there are two tablets that are connected by a hinge. If you remember Microsoft's canceled Courier concept, it's very similar.

No more live tiles

Part of optimizing the operating system for two-screen devices seems to be removing live tiles. There's a new Start menu with a simplified, icon-based application and a website starter. This seems to be the leaked launch menu from the beginning of this year.

Optimization of the dual-screen interface

 Microsoft's Surface Neo device with attached keyboard and visible Wunderbar.

When you launch a startup app, it starts on one side of the device. This is similar to the Windows 10 snap feature. Apps open on one screen (or one side of the device), not on both screens. You can drag and drop the window of an application to the center of the screen to "split" the application across both screens. Microsoft says it not only extends the app to both screens, but also "tweaked" the app's interface so the app can intelligently use both screens.

Microsoft also revealed that Windows "recognizes the keyboard", which is placed on one side of the display, revealing the "Wonderful", a kind of charged version of Apple's MacBook touchbar, the buttons, a trackpad and even a large screen area offers on which you can play videos. Microsoft said this is something Neo does, but it is probably part of Windows 10X and one of the many new interface tricks added for these devices.