In October 2019, Microsoft announced the launch of Windows 10X. Presented as a continuation and significant advancement on the existing Windows 10 software, it was not long before industry experts began to notice potential problems. Initially scheduled to release in the Fall of 2020, it was quickly delayed to spring 2021. But as the new deadline came, and passed, without further update, it became clear that something was amiss. Finally, on May 18th, Microsoft announced updates to Windows 10, and at the same time issued a statement that the much-hyped 10X would not be released. So, what happened? And where do we go from here?
Microsoft has not been forthcoming with the exact details of what happened to the planned project. The closest answer we have is that the scope seemingly grew well beyond initial expectations. In a May blog post John Cable, the VP of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery wrote, “Instead of bringing a product called Windows 10X to market in 2021 like we originally intended, we are leveraging learnings from our journey thus far and accelerating the integration of key foundational 10X technology into other parts of Windows and products at the company.”
Lacking a straightforward explanation, industry insiders have been forced to speculate as to what exactly the future entails. What seems most likely is that a combination of factors led to the demise of Windows 10X.
Was it Due to Covid-19?
As with many things recently, Covid was almost certainly a factor. Sales of the existing Microsoft Office 10 skyrocketed as both work and school moved inside the home. With the increased sales, Microsoft was perhaps less interested in moving on from a proven program.
It does seem that Microsoft is indeed using some lessons learned during the development of the ill fated Windows 10X. As a CNET article pointed out, there are some specific advancements that can be attributed to this process:
- Microsoft Defender Application Guard
- Enhanced Voice Typing
- Improved Touch Keyboard Functions
Perhaps as time goes on we will see even more technological advancements attributed to the work Microsoft completed on the now seemingly discontinued project. However, we’ll have to await further announcements to determine what the future has in store. But for now, it seems certain that the widely used Microsoft Office Suite isn’t going anywhere soon.