Windows 10X, a special version of Windows 10, was originally designed for foldable PCs such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold. However, due to COVID-19’s increasing demand for traditional laptops and PCs, Windows shifted its focus to bringing Windows 10X to single-screen PCs. Thanks to a new leak, we can first look at what it will look like.
Windows Central’s On Wednesday, Zac Bowden shared a screenshot of what is claimed to be Windows 10X for PCs with a monitor. The image appears to show the software’s Start menu and a center-aligned taskbar with large icons that look very touch-friendly. The taskbar also contains shortcuts to Microsoft Edge, Files, Outlook, and spaces.
Here̵7;s your first look at Windows 10X for PCs with a monitor. I should hopefully have more to share very soon 🙂 pic.twitter.com/irkbMC5w5n
– Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) January 13, 2021
Meanwhile, the Start menu includes all kinds of shortcuts, from useful productivity tools to services like Microsoft Teams, Skype and Spotify. The latter is not a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app, so it could be a Progressive Web App (PWA) that was attached. The Start menu does not appear to support folders, but it displays apps and websites according to the screen.
Windows 10X | Build 20279.1002 pic.twitter.com/hrQmWm4Sz4
– Lumia Updates (@ALumia_Italia) January 13, 2021
In addition to the image shared by Bowden, Alumia Italia shared what is supposedly Windows 10X’s launch animation. The animation apparently comes from Windows 10X | Build 20279.1002. Several leaks have been promised, so we could soon get a much better idea of what Windows 10X will look like on PCs with a monitor.
The advent of Windows 10X can shake up business and education circles and offer access to Microsoft’s most well-known services, while including things like instant-on and access to UWP apps and PWAs. The first devices equipped with Windows 10X will reportedly arrive in the spring of 2021, so it may not be long before we see the software run in full.
For now, we are keeping an eye on the leaks that are likely to come in the coming days and weeks.