Microsoft originally planned to have a lightweight Windows 10, called Windows 10X. It was announced when the company first revealed its Surface Neo dual screen device. None of them made it for their initial 2020 debut schedule, with the new OS getting pushed to this year. Now, it looks like it won’t be happening at all.
Microsoft confirmed this via its Windows Blog, in a post by John Cable, VP of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery. In it, he said the company has decided that “Windows 10X technology shouldn’t be confined to a subset of customers”. Instead, the company will integrate said tech into other parts of Windows.
Some of these are already in Windows Insider preview builds. These range from enhanced voice typing and a new touch keyboard, to new app container tech in Microsoft Defender Application Guard.
On one hand, this means the regular Windows 10 that everyone is already using will become better, which is good. But on the other, it makes the fate of the Microsoft Surface Neo extremely uncertain. After all, the company first announced the lightweight version of its OS for the mobile device. Now that the standalone version of said OS is not a thing anymore, it remains to be seen if the device made for it will still continue development.