KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft previously put an indefinite postponement on Surface Neo
  • Windows 10X features will be seen on the Windows 10 OS
  • The announcement came along with the Windows 10 version 21H1 launch

It's official: Windows 10X is dead. Just weeks after announcing the indefinite postponement of the Surface Neo launch, Microsoft has finally confirmed that it is ditching its latest operating system.

On May 19, Microsoft confirmed that it will no longer bring the Windows 10X to the market in 2021. Apparently, Microsoft never says that a product is dead, instead uses alternative phrases that convey the same, XDA Developers reported.

The announcement made through a blog post came along with the Windows 10 version 21H1 launch with bits similar to the Windows 10 May 2020 update.

The ditched Windows 10X, supposedly a modern version of Windows, was announced in 2019. Microsoft introduced the OS along with two dual-screen devices that Microsoft plans to release.

Back then, the Redmond giant had also announced its plan to release the Surface Duo, a dual-screen android operated smartphone that rolled out in September 2020, and the Surface Neo. Windows 10X was announced as a dual-screen operating system to support the planned Surface Neo, a dual-screen folding device.

However, Microsoft later announced the indefinite postponement of Surface Neo and said the Windows 10X will be redirected to single-screen devices. It was expected to ship low-end education-focused devices and was supposed to be a competitor to the Chrome OS, a light operating system, The Verge reported.

Panos Panay, Windows And Devices Chief Product Owner, later said that the goal was to reach the customers at where they are at with single-screen devices. However, in order to get the Windows 10X, users will have to buy a new set of PC.

Microsoft said that along with the Windows 10X cancellation, users will find a lot of its features in a regular Windows 10 operating system. In fact, the Redmond giant said some of the features already rolled out in the Windows 10 core. People in the Developers Channel as well as the Windows Insider Program already have access to the features.

 A leak even showed some of the Windows 10X elements spotted in the Windows 10 Action Center. Among them are floating menus, rounded corners and swipe gestures.

Enthusiasts may also have to wait until the Windows 10’s Sun Valley update, Microsoft’s planned major UX overhaul to see more of the ditched Windows 10X features rolled out on theirs. Sun Valley update is set to launch this fall.

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