Microsoft could again delay dual-screen PCs like the Surface Neo due to changes in the development of the next generation Windows 10X operating system.
After earlier confirmation of a shift in development that focuses on Windows 10X experiences with a screen, new rumors suggest that the release for dual-screen versions of Windows 10X will be in the spring of 2022, according to a ZDNet report was postponed.
Microsoft won't officially comment on the matter, but seasoned Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley, citing internal sources, believes the move will allow Microsoft to debut Windows 10X on single-screen devices in spring 2021. These experiences will apparently not be for consumers. but for companies. The dual-screen version of Windows 10X will not be available until spring 2022, a full year later.
The move could also mean that the latest updates for Windows 10 are no longer available twice a year, so Microsoft can prioritize Windows 10X. Instead, Foley suggests that Microsoft may introduce a Windows 10 update schedule once a year so that development teams can focus on both Windows 10 and Windows 10X.
"I'm hearing from my sources. If this is correct, it would mean that Microsoft will release versions of Windows 10X in the first half of spring / spring and new Windows 10 feature updates in the second half of autumn / fall," said Foley.
The situation would create a complicated mess of updates in the future. For example, users would get the (regular) Windows 10 20H2 update this fall, which has been confirmed as a minor update. Then the spring brings the Windows 10X operating system version with one screen.
Foley continues to expect Microsoft to release a special update for regular Windows in the fall of 2021 and then release an updated version of Windows 10X for devices with one or two screens. There is also the possibility that some elements of Windows 10X can also be used for regular Windows 10.
Although Windows 10X has been tested in an emulator by developers and consumers, there are still many puzzles. Microsoft once said that the Windows 10 version would support Win32 apps like Google Chrome in containers, but this plan has changed, according to a report from Windows Central.
The first version of Windows 10X may not support these apps, but instead runs only the universal Windows platform and web applications downloaded from the Microsoft Store and the Internet, similar to Windows 10 in S mode. This would make Windows 10X more of a Chrome OS competitor targeting lower-end devices.
However, it seems that the move could come because the company is optimizing the virtualization experience by working on a cloud PC virtualization service known as a cloud PC that "offers business customers a modern, resilient, cloud-based Windows experience "Foley.