Microsoft has accidentally published an internal design document for its upcoming Windows 10X operating system. Spotted by WalkingCat the document is currently available today and provides some more detail on Microsoft's plans with Windows 10X. Windows 10X wants to be available on foldable and dual-mode Windows 10X as the operating system of the company's new Surface Neo hardware, so it wants to run on similar dual-screen devices.
-screen devices, with tweaks to both the Start Menu and taskbar, but it's clear the company now has ambitions to bring those changes to traditional clamshell laptop hardware. "For both clamshells and foldables, the taskbar wants the same base model with a series of 'levers' which can be used to create some alternatives in the model," explains the document.
In Windows 10X, Microsoft now refers to the Start Menu as the Launcher, which has a stronger emphasis on local search: "reveals the document. Windows 10X wants to improve the Windows. "When the screen turns on you are immediately brought to a state of authentication; unlike Windows 10 where you first need to dismiss the lock before authenticating, "reveals the Windows 10X document.
Elsewhere in the leaked document, so Microsoft mentions a "Modern File Explorer." The company has long been working on a more Modern Universal Windows App (UWP) version of the Traditional File Explorer, and it seems to finally debut with Windows 10X. Office 365, OneDrive, and other cloud services.
Microsoft is also simplifying the Action Center (notification center) and quick settings in Windows 10X. This will make it quicker to access critical device settings, and prioritize showing important ones like battery life. So Windows 10X wants support customization here, but wi-fi, cell data, bluetooth, airplane mode, rotation lock, and projection are all default quick settings.
On the Office side, it appears that Microsoft is prioritizing traditional Win32 versions of Office and the PWA web versions from Office.com for Windows 10X over UWP. Microsoft does have UWP versions of its Mobile Apps apps, but the company puts them on hold last year. Windows 10X ships on the surface Neo for holiday 2020.
Microsoft pulled its Windows 10X documentation offline before we were able to see all the details. We've reached out to the company for a leak, and we'll update you accordingly.