Skip to main content

Windows 10X Will Assist With Folding Screens And Dual Monitors

By February 22, 2020May 9th, 2022Technology News

A lot of people raise a curious eyebrow when they hear the term Windows 10X for the first time. It’s a bit of a niche product, but it is interesting.

In recent years, several smartphone manufacturers have announced that they’d be experimenting with models sporting larger screens. For example, folding smartphones that when unfolded give you much more screen real estate than any of the phones currently available.

It sounds great in theory, but the early models we’ve seen have been decidedly underwhelming.

Microsoft is hoping to change that by offering a scaled down version of Windows that will make it possible for foldable smartphones and dual monitor users to get more mileage out of their equipment.

If this sounds at least vaguely familiar, you’re not imagining. Although Microsoft pulled out of the smartphone OS market, they have made several forays into that segment, including Windows CE. Windows 10X is evidence that the company hasn’t given up completely on the idea of Windows on a smartphone.

Whether it will succeed or not is anyone’s guess. At a recent trade show, the company said that they were planning an initial Holiday 2020 release of the slimmed down OS.

The company’s statement reads in part, as follows:

Your code is important, and our goal is to make going on this journey with us as easy as possible. This starts by maintaining app compatibility and ensuring your existing websites and apps work well on dual-screen devices. Windows 10X is an expression of Windows 10 and for the first time, apps will run in containers to deliver non-intrusive updates and improved system resources for extended battery life.”

If you’re interested in getting a sneak peek at the new OS, the company will be releasing a Windows 10X emulator that can be used to test and develop apps. By the time you read these words, the emulator should be available via the Windows Insider Preview SDK.

At this point, it’s impossible to have an informed opinion about Windows 10X, but it certainly looks intriguing.

Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.