Microsoft originally planned to create Windows 10X as the new Windows 10 successor operating system for foldable PCs. These include new designs that were starting to appear like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, which was seen at CES 2020. However, Microsoft later decided to bring Windows 10X to single-screen devices as well, citing the increasing usage and the importance of the single screen. PC. We now have our first look at Windows 10X thanks to a Twitter leak.
Here’s your first look at Windows 10X for single screen PCs. Hope to have more to share very soon 🙂 pic.twitter.com/irkbMC5w5n
– Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) January 13, 2021
The leak comes from Twitter user Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) and was first spotted by XDA. The image shows what a new, redesigned Start menu looks like. We can also see a new taskbar which is now center aligned like Apple’s macOS. Shortcuts for Microsoft Edge, Files and Outlook are visible in the new taskbar.
The new Start menu includes shortcuts for productivity tools like a to-do list, calculator, and voice recorder. It will also likely include shortcuts to your most used apps like Edge, Spotify, and others. While apps and websites can be set up in the new Start menu, it looks like it won’t support pinning folders that you need quick access to, at least for now.
Windows 10X | Build 20279.1002 pic.twitter.com/hrQmWm4Sz4
– Aggiornamenti Lumia (@ALumia_Italia) January 13, 2021
Another Twitter user (@ALumia_Italia) leaked what appears to be Windows 10X’s new animation and startup tone. The short clip that shows minimal animation with a new chime is believed to be from Windows 10X version v 20279.1002.
As we get closer to an official Windows 10X reveal, we should start to see more leaks showing different aspects of the update. Microsoft has already started beta testing for Windows 10X, and beta testing tools, along with an emulator image for the new operating system, are available on Microsoft’s website. Windows 10X is expected to ship with new systems starting in 2021.