A recent leak confirms that Windows 10X will be available for laptops and other traditional PC form factors. The leak also shows a more sophisticated version of the system's Chrome OS-like interface that Brad and I and others had seen in the past.
The leak is from The Walking Cat on Twitter which has discovered a publicly accessible Azure website for the upcoming system. It was quickly removed from Microsoft, but not before a few enthusiastic websites took a look.
Among the titbits are:
Support for laptops. "For both clamshells and folding modules, the taskbar is the same basic model with a set of" levers "that can be dragged to create some alternatives in the model," the leaked document states. As promised.
Launcher replaces the Start menu. We've been saying live tiles are on the way for some time, but apparently Microsoft also renames the Start menu and replaces it with something called a launcher. That sounds very much like Chrome OS terminology. "Launcher helps users quickly start and resume tasks," the documentary says. "Search is seamlessly integrated with web results, available apps, and specific files on your device. The content hierarchy next houses your default raster app, which can be customized and customized to suit individual needs and preferences. The launcher opens and accelerates the use of muscle memory over time. Lastly, the recommended content is dynamically updated based on your most-used and recently-used apps, files, and websites. Return to your personal workflow without having to start over. "
The home screen remains. Strangely enough, the document also mentions "start" at least once. This refers to a startup screen.
Improved Windows Hello. "When the screen is turned on, you're immediately put in an authentication state," the document says, "unlike Windows 10, where you need to close the lockout curtain before you authenticate." When the device wakes up, Windows Hello Face immediately recognizes the user and immediately switches to their desktop. "As it turns out, this is also the case with Pixel 4.
Modern File Explorer. It is not clear why Microsoft has not yet replaced the old file explorer in Windows 10, but it eventually happens in Windows 10X, which uses the "modern file explorer".
Optimized for local apps and PWAs. The documentation was specifically called "Local Apps and PWAs," but I'm sure that all Windows 10 app models (including UWP) are supported in some way. For example, we've heard that desktop applications run in containers, but I do not think this documentation has confirmed that.
Simplified system tray. Windows 10X provides a simplified version of the taskbar in which the document confirmed support for laptops.
Quick Settings. Quick settings, which are currently available in the Action Center pane in Windows 10, provide "a fast and intuitive way for users to access their frequently-used settings," the documentation says. "Nowadays, settings exist on multiple interfaces and there is no clear and consistent way for users to access the settings that are most important to them."
Much nonsense marketing mumbo-jumbo. The documentation recalls earlier marketing materials for Windows Phone 7 and found that Windows 10X is "guided by principles," "inspired by humans," "effortless and magical" and other nonsense. "We have studied our past to inform our future," it says. "Santorini [the latest Windows 10X codename] addresses consumer needs and adapts to the way people interact with them."
Thanks to MSPowerUser, who removes the document as much as possible has, before it disappeared.