Windows 10X: First Glimpses of Microsoft's Response to Chrome OS



 Chrome OS overshadows Microsoft and the Redmond firm intends to correct the situation. Windows 10X has apparently been designed specifically for this purpose. In any case, this is what specialist Paul Thurrott reports.

On the consumer side, it's hard to think Chrome OS could be a threat to Windows. Indeed, Chromebooks remain largely in the minority compared to Windows PCs or MacBooks. However, Google has found a particularly flourishing market: that of schools.


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 Chrome OS: a very real threat to Microsoft



By 2014, Google had sold a million Chromebooks to the United States Department of Education alone.

Between 2015 and 2017, the company Neverware, offering to install Chrome OS on old machines, would have allowed more than 1,000 schools in the 50 US states and 21 countries to update their computers to turn them into Chromebooks. Google bought out NeverWare last December.

Microsoft has already tackled Chrome OS with Windows 10S, which was originally named Windows 10 Cloud. However, this approach has not been successful. This version of the OS looked too much like the classic Windows 10 edition, and confused consumers who couldn't install the software they wanted.

Based on Windows Core OS, Windows 10X was originally intended for dual monitor devices. However, after development delays, Microsoft had decided to offer this OS on devices with a single screen such as 2-in-1 PCs or ultrabooks.

For Paul Thurrot, a Microsoft technology specialist who was able to virtualize Windows 10X, “now there is no doubt: the initial version of Windows 10X is nothing more than a Chrome OS clone that allows 'run Microsoft web and store applications'.


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First glimpses of Windows 10X



From the first start, the interface has been greatly simplified with items now centered within the taskbar, including the Start menu. The latter also offers a full screen layout similar to the Chrome OS application launcher. Two sections are presented: “My Apps and Websites” and “Recent”. Moreover, the action center would also be inspired by the Google OS.

Like the very first edition of Windows 8, apps always run full screen. As Thurrott points out, while this might make sense for some of them, it creates a bit of a weird display for others, like the calculator.




 File Explorer has also been greatly simplified. On Chromebooks, storage space is relatively low. The machines generally have a Micro SD card reader and Google puts forward its Drive online. On Windows 10X, only files from OneDrive are available with a few local directories like Downloads, Documents, and Photos. Moreover, when configuring the system, it is necessary to authenticate on a Microsoft account.

Since Windows 10X is mainly designed for web use, Microsoft Edge works normally with the possibility of installing extensions, and of course generating Progressive Web App.


For its part, the Microsoft Store allows you to find purchases previously made with the same Microsoft account. If the user can download them, however, he is not able to install them. Thurrott then suspects that Win32 files are not in the game, at least not in this first version. 

Source : Thurrott

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