Microsoft is no longer in the cards when it comes to Windows 10x. Now reports from insiders indicate that there is a clear change in internal builds – towards an OS that only works with web access and is supposed to compete with Chrome OS.
Windows 10X could end up being something completely different than expected
The information on Windows 10X was already very limited. Microsoft itself previously spoke of a “lighter” Windows, which had been announced as an operating system for innovations such as dual-screen tablets. Microsoft later submitted that they would initially concentrate on devices with a display. As Zac Bowden of Windows Central reports, the internal builds now show another change of direction.
Microsoft has removed the technology for virtualizing Win32 programs in Windows 10X via container, code name VAIL, from the current builds. According to information from insiders, this is “a conscious adjustment”. Microsoft should want to completely reposition the operating system in the market: as a platform that, contrary to previous intentions, tries to serve customers in the low-end area. Web apps are supposed to be the center of attention, so you would compete directly with Google’s Chrome OS.
Win32 apps via the cloud
The Win32 app functionality should therefore not return until the start of the OS next year. Users should rely a lot more on UWP apps and web apps for Edge. Microsoft has therefore decided to take this step because running Win32 apps locally does not match the performance profile of the low-end devices now targeted. With the elimination of VAIL, Microsoft Windows 10X could also operate alongside x86 processors on ARM devices. “However, Microsoft knows that deploying a product called ‘Windows’ without any form of legacy app compatibility is a suicide,” Bowden said. That is why Microsoft is pursuing the intention of bringing such applications to the platform via cloud streaming – with the business service “Windows Virtual Desktop”, the company is already using the corresponding technology.
Microsoft is currently on hold with its plans for the high-end area. The consideration: In the middle of a global pandemic, the launch of such a product category carries great risks. However, the insiders report that with the start on dual-screen devices, VAIL could also celebrate its rebirth in Windows 10X – provided the corresponding performance of the devices.