Microsoft launched the Windows 10X back in October 2019. In its blog, it mentioned that all the PCs with dual screens will benefit from the newly launched OS. Now, we get a first of the OS that is working well on the Surface Neo.
Windows 10X: UI
The talking point of any operating system is its user interface. And from the first looks, it sure feels that it has been created from scratch. Start Menu in Windows 10X is no more, instead, Microsoft replaced it with a quick launcher that feels snappy. The taskbar is relocated to the center but it remains hidden so as to give the user full-screen user experience. Moreover, the system tray has been ditched in favor of the Action Center.
For those who liked that Windows 10 was heavily customizable, the 10X is too. In fact, Microsoft gives some built-in tools to customize the taskbar and launcher. Those running the Windows 10X in an emulator say that the UI is light and smooth.
Windows 10X: User Experience
Let’s cut to the chase. There are plenty of UI elements that improve the overall user experience. But the highlight is a feature called ‘Spanning.’ It simply makes room for tasks on the second screen once you select an app on one side of the screen.
Talking about the animations, it does feel smooth. The UI feels buttery smooth while going through multiple tasks. Microsoft has added cool new animation effects. Say you open an app from the taskbar. You will get to see the ribbon effect.
Other elements that improve the user experience are the taskbar, gestures for the launcher, and moving apps from one window to another.
Windows 10X Features:
Coming to the features of Windows 10X, there have been some addition as well as subtraction. Unfortunately, there isn’t any native antivirus on Windows 10X. The list includes the unavailability of legacy components natively, absence of Registry or PowerShell tool.
The File Explorer is not the same as the one found on Windows 10. And that’s bad. Some core features are missing. For instance, the good old Quick Access or ListView is absent and you can’t pin folders to the sidebar. Hopefully, improvements will be made in future updates.
The Action Centre has been entirely overhauled on Windows 10X. It’s now a mini-window panel that lets you turn on/off some controls. The Action Centre has embraced Microsoft’s new Fluent Design language. There’s also a notification box that shows you any media that is playing. So, you can start, pause, change the tracks.
Then there’s the Compose Mode that switches the mobile-looking UI to a laptop UI in real-time. This means that you’ll move from tablet and touchscreen-friendly UI to a traditional laptop UI that has the on-screen keyboard on the second part of the screen.
Once the OS is officially launched, only then critics across the world can comment on how much of an improvement it is over the Windows 10. Did you like the features so far? Could you ditch the regular Windows 10 for Windows 10X? Let us know in the comments below.