In addition to hardware, Microsoft’s Surface event was also about software and the company unveiled a new version of Windows 10 for an entirely new category of computing devices. Called Windows 10X, this new OS is being officially developed for dual-screen and foldable devices.
Concept Courtesy: Zac Bowden
According to people familiar with the development, Windows 10X (Windows Core OS) as a whole is not just for dual-screen and foldable devices. Windows 10X uses an adaptive shell codenamed Santorini and same shell be will be used across different form factors.
- HoloLens 2 – Oasis Shell.
- Surface Hub 2X – Aruba Shell
- Windows 10X – Santorini, an adaptive shell for dual-screen, foldable, laptop, and tablet.
Microsoft is working on a new project codenamed Pegasus to bring Windows 10X’s unique user interface to traditional laptop form factors and different styles of laptops or tablets.
With Project Pegasus, Microsoft could be rebuilding the desktop experience with modern code and the same Windows 10X experience will be tailored for traditional form factors.
In the above-featured image, you can see a concept of the current Windows 10X UI that the firm is testing for traditional laptops and 2-in-1s
Windows 10X or Project Pegasus will not replace the current Windows 10 experience and new user interface will ship only on new devices.
Windows 10X related UI improvements and hints might start surfacing in Insider preview builds next year.