What about Windows 10 X?

I recently explained why it’s very unlikely that there will be a Windows 11.  Expect Windows to just keep updating the Windows 10 OS at no charge, much in the way that Apple updates Mac OS.  But a recent announcement by Microsoft prompted a reader question:

“You spoke about will there be a windows 11. No. But look at what there will be: Windows 10X.”

There will be a new form of Windows but you won’t be able to update your laptop or desktop to it.  Windows 10 X is a new operating system specially designed to work with new dual-screen Windows devices like the upcoming Surface Neo.  It’s scheduled to launch in the fall of 2020. Other manufacturers also have plans to introduce dual-screened devices in 2020.  This is not to be confused with a PC using dual monitors.  These new devices have two working touch screens.


Expect this OS to be touch-friendly and skip the traditional desktop look. It’s another try at a touch and mobile-friendly OS much like the ill-fated Windows RT. But hopefully, Microsoft has learned its lesson from that debacle and will offer a full-powered user-friendly product.  Remember, this product is still in the development stage and is intended to run on an entirely new class of PCs.

That doesn’t mean that some features of Windows 10X might not get incorporated into Windows 10 for traditional PCs.  But this OS won’t be an upgrade available for current PCs running Windows 10, it’s intended exclusively for these new dual-screen devices.

But it will be very interesting to see what happens.  I’m especially interested in the Surface Duo which will run both Windows 10X and Android and also allow you to make calls.


One thought on “What about Windows 10 X?

  1. These new options look great and lead me to ask a question based on a current need – that doesn’t include waiting for this new MS dual screen option. May I please pose my question here?

    I have been reviewing small pcs, including apple products, as well as larger tablets for ease of portability as a travel option and 2 options coming out on top appear to be:

    Apple – iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) with Wi-Fi + Cellular – 512 GB – Silver with separate keyboard purchase


    Microsoft – Surface Pro X – 13″ Touch Screen – Microsoft® SQ1™ – 8GB Memory – 128GB Solid State Drive – WiFi + 4G LTE – Matte Black 13 in touch screen. keyboard separate purchase.

    I leaned toward the iPad Pro, however, based on discussion of my needs, the store rep (non-commissioned) introduced me to the MS Surface Pro. A good option due to portability, touch screen and keyboard and lighter and easier handling when traveling. It also seems to have more computing power, which is especially good for photo editing.

    Evidently, this new MS Surface Pro X has more computing power than the Apple iPad Pro.

    My concern: I need computing power and storage for lots of pictures including a photoshop-type app. When traveling, this would be my “pc.”

    I currently use: hp pavilion, intel core i7, 8th generation. I have a desktop 5 TB external drive as one backup storage source.

    As my ‘go-to’ expert, what else would you suggest I consider. My understanding is that MS purportedly plans to keep this newer model updated as Apple does now with its products. A head-to-head competitor. I don’t want to be stuck in 2 years when MS retires this in favor of some other new option.


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