Microsoft is likely to abandon Windows 10X, the operating system concept that would serve as an optimized and optimized rival for computers such as Chrome OS, according to a recent report.
«Microsoft will not launch Windows 10X this year and the operating system as you know it today will probably never arrive,» Brad Sams wrote in a article in Petri.com last week. Quoting «people familiar with the company’s plans,» Sams added, «The company has moved resources to Windows 10, and 10X is on the back for now.»
Sams’ account was not a big surprise. Earlier, reports about Windows 10X stated that the operating system will be released in the spring of 2021; in fact, its debut was to take the place normally dedicated to updating Windows 10 features in the first half of the year. This dropped when Microsoft earlier this year announced plans to launch Windows 10 21H1 according to the regular schedule.
10X message changer
Into the ad Microsoft Windows 10X enabled 2019 , the operating system was rated as «the best in Windows 10 built to allow unique experiences on dual-screen multi-station computers.» In simple terms, this meant that 10X would power a new category of hybrid laptop hardware with a dual-screen tablet that Microsoft and its partners (Lenovo, Dells, HP) would make. But Microsoft’s entry, dubbed the Surface Neo, was later scratched.
Then, a year ago, Windows 10X turned into an operating system for single-screen devices that, at least according to Microsoft’s concise description, looked a lot like Chromebook’s competitors. «We need to focus on meeting customers where they are now,» said Panos Panay, who had been named director of the Windows and Microsoft device group three months earlier. «Our customers value the power of the cloud more than ever, and we think it’s the right time to capitalize on this acceleration in a different way.»
Another year later, Microsoft, according to Sams, also built Windows 10X, if not definitively, certainly for an extended period. What the. . Hell?
Trying to explain Microsoft’s reasons
Microsoft is unlikely to answer this question. And even if he does, the justification will not be a complete story. That’s how the company works.
We’ve classified the likely reasons for Windows 10X downsizing or downsizing, or whatever you want to call it.
The usual problem with Windows. Microsoft has tried to shrink Windows before, to shrink it, to shrink it, to shrink it, to deflate it. The attempts were unsuccessful.
- 2012: Windows RT. Launched with Windows 8, RT was intended for devices with a 32-bit ARM architecture. But by excluding traditional x86 applications that made Windows, well, Windows, RT created an unforced error of massive proportions. Ironically, the operating system, although in fact long dead, will be accepted by Microsoft for another year and a half, until January 10, 2023 .
- 2017: Windows S. Very Similar to Windows RT, if something goes wrong, we try again, Windows S tried to create a derived operating system that bans Windows x86 applications and instead relies exclusively on Windows Store applications. Originally designed Being «inspired by students and teachers, optimized for simplicity, security and superior performance» and therefore geared towards the educational market, where Chromebooks performed better, it wasn’t long before Windows S was downgraded to a » way ”by Microsoft. marketing and presented as a hand of God and for business. Since then, the company has essentially stopped talking about Windows S. Officially, S is still alive.
- 2019: Windows 10X. Microsoft is promoting the new concept. But it doesn’t go as far as RT or S, because it’s abandoned before users get their hands on it.
Clearly, Microsoft is having trouble producing a weak operating system; the three strikes prove it. However, it is not clear why this is so. One assumption: Microsoft’s ban on traditional Win32 applications, of which there are thousands, and the replacement of Windows Store applications, which are generally unsatisfactory.
It’s not broken. I’m not going to fix anything. Perhaps Microsoft has decided that a greater emphasis on something that it was not Windows 10 was not worth the effort you once thought necessary, with the 10 bounce received from the COVID pandemic.
Coronavirus and the resulting accidents, the latter leading to distance learning and distance education, triggered an increase in sales of new PCs with Windows 10, while families dressed (ideally) in the equipment of each member with a device. Industry research firms have seen massive year-over-year increases in PC deliveries (Gartner set the increase at 32% for the March quarter) and in the latest earnings call, Microsoft placed revenue from Windows OEM not Pro ( Windows 10 Home sales to computer manufacturers) at + 44% compared to the first calendar quarter of 2020.
With such earnings, what rush was there to fill the revenue landscape with something that hasn’t been tested, such as Windows 10X? Nothing, apparently.
Windows is not the tail of the Microsoft dog. The most recent income statement illustrates Windows’ place in the company’s hierarchy. The portion of the company that includes Windows, called «More Personal Computing,» accounted for 31% of total revenue, placing it third among the three divisions. So there are better places than Windows where Microsoft could invest resources, such as ‘Smart Cloud’, which generated 36% of all revenue.