Have Microsoft killed Windows 10X?

Petri are reporting that Microsoft have reportedly abandoned Windows 10X, its lightweight ChromeOS competitor in favour of concentrating on Windows 10.

Windows 10X was announced back in 2019 alongside Windows Neo and Windows Duo – it’s latest foray in to the world of mobile phones, (it’s fair to say that hasn’t gone well if you read the reviews and updates to this promising device).

Surface Neo, a dual-screened device about this size of an A4 pad was a folding PC and would run a new version of Windows 10X. The device and Windows 10X was expected to ship in time for the 2020 holidays. Fast-forward to the middle of 2020, in a world that was essentially shut down due to COVID-19 and Microsoft announced a shift in focus of Windows 10X from the dual-screened devices like Surface Neo to single, low-cost devices, designed to compete with Chromebooks, particularly in education.

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have reportedly told Petri that the plans for Windows 10X have changed again, and it won’t be shipping it this year and Windows 10X as we know it today will never arrive.

Read the full story over at Petri by clicking here.


Microsoft release PowerToys v0.37.0

Microsoft have released the latest version of PowerToys, a collection of utilities for power users to tune and streamline Windows.

There are some great tools available in PowerToys including:

  • ColorPicker: An eye-drop tool which allows you to use an eyedropper (which is accessed by default by pressing Win+Shift+C) to find out the Hex, RGB or HSL colour beneath the eyedropper.
  • FancyZones: Allows you to create window layouts to make multitasking easier.
  • File Explorer add-ons: Allows you to manage Windows Explorer custom handlers, including .svg and .mp files.
  • Image resizer: Allows you to resize images by right-clicking on them.
  • Keyboard Manager: A handy keyboard remapper that’s applied across Windows 10.
  • PowerRenamer: An extension to the Windows shell for advanced bulk renaming using search and replace or regular expressions.
  • PowerToys Run: Accessed by ALT + Space by default, opens a quick launcher.

PowerToys can be downloaded from GitHub.


Microsoft release Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343

Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343. The big deal here are the new icons in File Explorer:

Source: Microsoft

These new icons follow Microsoft’s Fluent Design and as well as icons in File Explorer, new icons have been changed across Windows 10:

Source: Microsoft
Source: Microsoft

Other changes include:

  • Application guard and Windows sandbox changes
  • Windows Administrator Tools renamed to Windows Tools in the Start menu

And numerous fixes.

You can read more about this build on the Windows Blog.


Microsoft announce extended offline access for Microsoft 365

Microsoft have announced that devices running Microsoft 365 apps in areas such as in gas, government and energy can be configured so they only need to access the internet every 180 days. Currently, devices have to contact Microsoft every 30 days.

In a blog post, Matt Philipenko announced that devices can be configured for extended offline use, up to 180 days, through Group Policy.

Additionally, Microsoft have also announced device based subscriptions. Today, licences are assigned to users. Where an organisation’s user base includes information workers, such as manufacturing, retail or hospitality. Licences can be assigned to devices, rather than users, where a shared device is used.

Read the full announcement here.

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Windows 10X demo video

Windows Central has added a great run-through video of Windows 10X, Microsoft’s all-new version of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen small screen, low-cost devices:

Source: Windows Central via YouTube

Windows 10X was originally slated for dual-screen devices but Microsoft pivoted in 2020 and we’ll now see it first in devices designed to compete with Chromebook.

What do you think of Windows 10X? Let us know in the comments.