Windows 10X was originally intended to debut on dual-screen devices (such as Surface Neo) before being used in laptops. In May last year, Microsoft announced a “hub” to “focus on single-screen Windows 10X devices” in the wave of “working from home”. The “near-final version” of Windows 10X has now been leaked, and it reveals some key similarities with Chrome OS.
Marginal Tom Warren shared a pair of videos showing the Windows 10X version on Twitter this evening.each ZDNet The operating system pointed out in a report in July last year that the operating system should be launched in the spring and targeted “mainly for enterprises (especially frontline workers) and education.”
We first see that the Windows 10X home screen is composed of taskbar and wallpaper. It is not clear whether it is possible to pin files, folders and applications to the desktop, but Chrome OS also lacks this feature. This method is simpler, can help maintain cross-device synchronization, and files will not be placed in multiple locations. At the same time, open or pinned applications on the taskbar (for example, on a Chromebook) are located in the center, instead of filling from left to right on Windows 10.
The first item below will open a full-screen launcher that begins with the “Search the network or your device” field. For comparison, one on Chrome OS prompts the user to “search your device, apps, settings, network…”
Next is a grid that contains both “applications and websites”. The former is presumably composed of Universal Windows platform applications, rumored to be 10X Windows Central), instead of native support for older versions of Win32 software, progressive web applications belong to the latter. From this launcher, Microsoft (like Google with Android apps) does not distinguish the nature of the apps.
Only 15 apps are displayed at a time, with a “show all” button in the upper right corner. The “Recent” section below this file shows the file, and is more dedicated than the Chrome OS highlighting one or two documents, the carousel of labels and applications.
At the same time, clicking on the time in the lower right corner will open the “Quick Settings”. Arranged in a grid, users can make changes without leaving this panel, and there is only one slider to adjust the volume. Like Chrome OS, it can be reduced to show only key preferences, and your profile image will also be displayed here.
Another key similarity to the Chromebook experience is how to display “Notifications” in the card above the “Quick Settings” and “Clear All” in the upper right.
Apart from the similarity in appearance, the most important part of Windows 10X may be the setup process. Starting with this version, Warren pointed out that registration requires a Microsoft account and Internet access. This is not much different from Chrome OS, which requires the use of a Google account (although “guest browsing” is always available) to keep bookmarks, applications, files, and settings in sync between devices.
Coupled with the reliance on online applications, Microsoft’s adoption of the Windows approach further proves that Google’s idea of Chrome OS is correct. As early as 2009, Google’s core philosophy was to launch the first consumer devices in two years, and the future trend was cloud-centric operating systems.
The past decade has shown that online document editing, cloud-based photo/video storage, game streaming, and web applications are sufficient for most people’s needs. As part of this new reality, applications and services will not be locked on a platform, but can be run online through a browser. This allows actual computer hardware to be commercialized and reasonably priced.
Microsoft is now following the same path, offering cheap devices that better compete with Chromebooks. Although “Windows 10” is still in “Windows 10X”, it is clear that the cloud is the main experience driver. At the same time, the visual similarity with Chrome OS (rather than Windows) more or less proves that people are familiar and familiar with the Web model, so that the past interface paradigm can be eliminated in a simpler way.
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