For so long Windows 10X, we hardly knew you. Microsoft has confirmed that the reduced version of Windows 10 will not see a formal release this year, as originally planned, nor any year later, as it has been rejected. Or raspat, in fact, because some of the design elements will be introduced in Windows 10 with the next Sun Valley update.
"After a year of exploration and customer conversations, we realized that Windows 10X technology could be useful in more ways and serve more customers than we originally imagined. We concluded that the 10X technology should not just be limited to a subset of customers, "said John Cable of Microsoft in a blog post.
Microsoft introduced Windows 10X in October 2019, presenting it as a custom version of Windows 10 designed specifically for dual-screen devices, such as the Surface Neo. After the pandemic, however, Microsoft pivoted its Windows 10X strategy to single screen laptops.
Now a year later, Microsoft has decided that it makes more sense to stop working with Windows 10X as a standalone operating system.
"Instead of launching a product called Windows 10X in 2021 as we originally wanted, we take advantage of the learnings of our journey so far and accelerate the integration of key 10X technology into other parts of Windows and the company's products." , added Cable. .
Some of these elements have already come to fruition, at least within the Windows Insider program. Things like testing new application container technology and an improved voice mechanism in preview versions of Windows 10 are currently being tested.
This means that some parts of Windows 10X will be released in the Sun Valley update later this year. Sun Valley promises to be the biggest revision of Windows 10 since it was released and will likely arrive in October or November.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has just released its relatively thin 21H1 update for Windows 10, which you can install right now. Or wait a bit to see if something breaks, as Windows updates are sometimes prone to doing so.