• Windows 10X coming to a laptop near you – some day

    It’s official. Windows honcho Panos Panay just posted an update to Microsoft’s gameplan for Windows 10X, the Chromebook challenger due later this year on foldable devices.

    Oh. Wait a sec. No, the foldable devices are out.

    No. Wait another sec. It might not arrive this year.

    Panay starts with a recap of the Win10 version 2004 release we’re expecting later this month:

    In this update, we are going to make some things easier and faster for our customers like introducing a more streamlined way to pair Bluetooth devices in Windows… We are bringing practical improvements in the bigger things, like an improved tablet experience when you detach your 2-in-1’s keyboard, allowing you to keep the familiarity of your desktop while at the same time optimizing for touch. As always, we are continuing our focus on empowering everyone with Windows, and with the May 2020 Update we are bringing “drag and drop” to those who use our Eye Control functionality*. We are even bringing in some fun, like making kamoji available directly in the Windows emoji keyboard. ☜(゚ヮ゚☜)

    Which is great if you really want to streamline Bluetooth pairing, need a better experience when you detach your 2-in-1’s keyboard, use drag ‘n drop for Eye Control, and you’re suffering from a dearth of kamoji. Be still my beating heart. Add to that great advances for Windows under Linux, Notepad, and Cortana getting kicked to the Office curb, and we have a whole lot of cool stuff to look forward to later this month.

    With the marketing blurb out of the way, we get to the crux of the matter:

    With Windows 10X, we designed for flexibility, and that flexibility has enabled us to pivot our focus toward single-screen Windows 10X devices that leverage the power of the cloud to help our customers work, learn and play in new ways. These single-screen devices will be the first expression of Windows 10X that we deliver to our customers, and we will continue to look for the right moment, in conjunction with our OEM partners, to bring dual-screen devices to market.

    So dual-screen phones/tablets aren’t in the near future. Nevermind. I wasn’t really that interested anyway.

    It would be nice if we could get an operating system that challenges ChromeOS for stability and ease of use, but still runs Windows programs. That’s the promise. Let’s see if we get it.