In a most recent update, Microsoft has accidentally published an internal design document for its upcoming Windows 10X operating system. Spotted by WalkingCat, the document was briefly available online today and provides some more detail about Microsoft’s plans with Windows 10X. Microsoft initially unveiled the Windows 10X, successor of Windows 10, loaded in the company’s new Surface Neo hardware. However, the OS will also run on similar dual-screen devices.
Availability of Windows 10X Across Devices
So far, Microsoft officially confirmed that Windows 10X will be available on foldables and dual-screen devices. The software will come with tweaks to both the Start Menu and taskbar. But it’s clear the company now has ambitions to bring those changes to mainstream laptop hardware. “For both laptops and foldables, the taskbar will be the same base model with a series of ‘levers’ which can be pulled to create some alternatives in the model,” quotes the document.
Changes in The Windows 10X
In Windows 10X, the Start Menu will change to Launcher, with a stronger emphasis on local search. “Search is seamlessly integrated with web results, available apps, and specific files on your device,” reveals the document. “Recommended content is dynamically updated based on your most frequently and recently used apps, files, and websites.” Google Chrome on your Smartphones does this currently.
Windows 10X will also improve the Windows Hello facial recognition authentication experience. “When the screen turns on you are immediately brought to a state of authentication; unlike Windows 10 where you first need to dismiss the lock curtain before authenticating,” reveals the Windows 10X document. “Upon waking the device, Windows Hello Face instantly recognizes the user and will immediately transition to their desktop.”
Additional Features of Win 10X
It is also mentioned that there is a “Modern File Explorer.” The company has long been working on a more modern Universal Windows App (UWP) version of the traditional File Explorer, and it seems that this will finally debut with Windows 10X. We expect for a more touch-friendly, and simplified for access to documents stored in Office 365, OneDrive, and other cloud services.
Simplification of the Action Center (notification center) and quick settings is a yet another feature in Windows 10X. This will promote quicker to access critical device settings, and prioritize showing important ones like battery life. Windows 10X will also support customization here. But Wi-Fi, cell data, Bluetooth, airplane mode, rotation lock, and projection are all default quick settings.