Microsoft announced a bunch of new hardware today at their annual hardware event. Along with the usual Surface lineup, Microsoft also showed the new Surface Neo. Surface Neo is Microsoft’s first Surface-branded dual-screen foldable device. To accommodate for dual-screen, Microsoft also introduced Windows 10X.
Windows 10X is basically based on Windows 10 but is optimized for dual-screen devices. Microsoft expects other manufacturers like Dell, HP and others to follow along and develop dual-screen devices. The good thing is that Windows 10X is based on Windows 10 so it carries the same UI and the experience while adding features optimized for dual-screen. Windows 10X will offer more flexibility and mobility catered to the dual-screen experience which might not be possible with Windows 10. And yes, Windows 10X will support Win32 apps in a container. Microsoft also talked about the new input types including touch and keyboard along with battery optimizations for both the screens.
Windows 10X is designed for new dual-screen PCs and not as an OS upgrade if you already own a PC. We are also continuously investing in improving the Windows 10 experience on desktops and laptops, while Windows 10X will enable a new class of PCs that will complement and co-exist with today’s Windows 10 PCs.
Windows 10X will be available on dual-screen devices starting in the fall of 2020. The dual-screen and foldable devices include both from Microsoft and third-party manufacturers like Dell and HP. The first wave of foldable devices will be powered by Intel processors. If you’re interested then you can head to Windows Blog to read more about Windows 10X.