Microsoft’s latest (and apparently “last”) computer operating system Windows 10 has been constantly improving and evolving its user experience via regular updates since its release back in 2015. But perhaps the most significant change to it would be in accommodation for mobile devices. This iteration is called Windows 10X, and it is a variant of the Win-10 OS that has been optimized for gadgets that have dual screens like the Microsoft Surface Duo. It has not officially come out yet, since they go with some upcoming devices, but Microsoft has released an emulator for 10X last week so that users can try the “new” OS.
As an emulator, the trial version of Microsoft Windows 10X and its dual-screen interface option is not actually a complete package. But as The Verge tells it, somehow some enterprising programmers have taken the emulated Win-10X image and installed in on actual computers, to see how well it works on existing mobile computing hardware. So far, tech-oriented social media chatter has been discussing the performance of the dual-screen-optimized Windows OS on an earlier Surface Go device and even a MacBook. These gadgets only have a single-screen display, and how Win-10X deals with them is interesting.
When a dual-screen mobile OS like Windows 10X runs on a single-screen device such as a MacBook, it “compensates” by dividing the display on the screen into two halves, with the much-touted ability to run two apps, for instance, one on each half. Apparently the 10X emulation has been packed with more features such as the ability to cast its GUI to outside displays like projectors and TV screens. The same results were found in another programmer’s successful attempt to install the emulation onto a Surface Go. The dual-screen functionality was okay, and so were some of the features except for Wi-Fi and touchscreen support.
The official rollout of Microsoft’s Windows 10X is supposed to be on its next-generation Surface devices with the dual screens. They are the Surface Neo tablet and the Surface Duo smartphone, with the former having 10X preinstalled. The beta version made available on emulator is still in its early stages despite how many functions apparently work, so it is not recommended for actual installation on real mobile devices unless the destination device is potentially “expendable,” and the user knows about PowerShell commands and partitioning hard drives, among others. There is a guide for those interested.
Image courtesy of TechSpot