The last few weeks have shown us that Microsoft’s Windows 10X should be a great alternative to Chrome OS. It seems to work well with a mouse and keyboard and on laptops with touch screens. Now a pair of new images shows how well it adapts to a mobile form factor.
Twitter user Gustave Monce claims to have managed to get a preview version of Windows 10X running on a Nokia Lumia 950 XL, a device released in 2015. Images shared by Monce show how well the upcoming software adapts to different screen sizes. On the Lumia 950 XL, which has a 5.7-inch display, the Windows 10X taskbar fits nicely at the bottom of the screen, while the Quick Settings panel appears with all the items in place. .
I was able to take two photos, looks like the UI is very adaptable at this resolution. Also personally I think it looks lovely. pic.twitter.com/tqhZ51p5xj
– Gustave Monce (@ gus33000) January 20, 2021
Monce said Windows 10X responds well to the smaller form factor, as the pictures show, but there’s still a lot of work to do from a usability standpoint. Still, if we didn’t know better, we’d say Microsoft was gearing up to come back in smartphones (but we know that couldn’t be further from the truth).
Windows 10X is expected to be a lightweight version of Windows 10. As we’ve seen in previous leaks, it takes a lot of inspiration from Google’s Chrome OS while retaining the soul and design of Windows 10. As something that will likely be targeted among businesses and education customers, Microsoft’s new software could be about to have a breakthrough year.
As we said before, Windows 10X won’t be something you can upgrade your existing machine to. Instead, the software will come preinstalled on newer machines similar to laptops running Chrome OS. If you’ve been tempted by Chromebooks in the past but are part of the Microsoft ecosystem, the launch of Windows 10X is the perfect solution.
Windows 10X devices are slated for release this year, possibly as early as this spring. How cool would it be for Microsoft to allow former Windows Phone owners to download a working version of the software to their device? If only.