[PConline 杂谈]It is no secret that Microsoft is developing the Windows 10X system. Recently there has been news that Microsoft will announce the RTM version of Windows 10X in December of this year, and Win10X will be officially launched in the market in January next year. As Microsoft’s blockbuster product of the past few years, while everyone is expecting it, they can’t help but sweat. After all, Microsoft has bumped into the advancement of the operating system in recent years. Whether Win10X will succeed is still unknown.
In fact, Win10X has seen a bouncing ticket since its announcement – Win10X was originally slated to be released with the Surface Neo dual-screen tablet this fall, but it wasn’t implemented as planned for several reasons. Win10X’s bouncing ticket has people a little worried: can it open up a new world? Or will it degenerate into Windows RT, Windows 10S and other products, disappearing from the mainstream consumer’s view? Let’s talk together.
Let me briefly introduce Win10X and its meaning. Although Win10 has made efforts to innovate in many aspects, there are still many opinions to date that this is a semi-finished product, which can be seen in the fragmentation of user interface and components. The reason why Win10 is like this is that the historical issues are too severe – as Microsoft’s positive generation operating system, Win10 carries the mission of being compatible with the previous generation of Windows software ecology, making it the different elements of the past and also The visual senses and operating experience of the system are not harmonious and unified.
Win10 UI is still mixed with different styles
In contrast, the senses that macOS gives people seem to be much more complete. This is of course, after all, Apple can order all software applications to use the interface of the new system, otherwise they will be treated as a crash – today you can’t even run 32-bit applications on iOS and macOS. Microsoft does not dare to push such things in Win10, the lessons of Vista are deep enough after all.
How can we put aside the historical issues of shackles? Win10X may be Microsoft’s answer.
Since the main line of Win10 has to connect the past and the future, it might as well open up a new branch and Win10X was born. It is reported that Microsoft has been actively developing the “Windows Core OS” since 2017 without any remaining issues, and Windows 10X is a derivative of this project.
Compared to the positive generation of Win10, many concepts of Win10X are more advanced or radical. After releasing the historical problems, Win10X can present a new user interface based entirely on the concept of Fluent Design. There are no old-fashioned components like traditional control panels and resource managers. The vision is more unified, the functions are easier to use, and the operation is lighter and safer. The application ecology is also focused on UWP, more modern and closed, and the experience will be more akin to systems like Android, iOS, and even macOS.
The new UI design style will be fully utilized in Win10X and the interface will be redesigned for components such as Explorer
Microsoft plans to launch Win10X on Surface Neo dual-screen devices, but at the same time, Microsoft also plans to launch Win10X for single-screen devices. However, the promotion of Win10X still faces many obstacles and its success or failure is still unknown.
Win10X lacks a device platform
The lack of a hardware provider with market influence is a major dilemma that Win10X faces. Surface Neo, the device of the Queen of Win10X, still disappeared more than a year after its release, even disappearing from its prominent position on the official website. There are even rumors in the industry that Surface Neo has been cut off. While Microsoft plans to open up Win10X to more single-screen devices, and maybe regular PCs can install Win10X in the future, how many devices will this system actually run on? I am afraid the situation is not very optimistic.
Surface Neo, the device of the queen of Win10X, appears to have been cut …
Compared to users of other systems, users of Microsoft systems have always been conservative. In the Win7 era, many users stick to XP, in the Win10 era, Win7 has become the “perfect” system among many users. In fact, compared to Win10, Win10X is inferior in function. Will users really pay for Microsoft’s design philosophy and leave the traditional Windows ecosystem? I remain very skeptical about this.
In other words, Microsoft wants to bring Win10X to the market. It doesn’t have tons of Android devices like Google, nor does it have iOS devices like Apple. Since WP withdrew from the mobile market, Microsoft has been lacking hardware support. Surface and many PCs may not be of bad quality, but the operating system is highly customizable by users and cannot be Win10X’s irrigation channel. Perhaps only the birth of the Surface Neo marvel that explodes the market can make Win10X quickly gain a foothold.
Win10X will exit historical packages
Win10X is a system that leaves the historical pack, but just being lightly loaded doesn’t mean you can fly high. The unique charm of the Windows ecosystem is that you start a game ten years ago and can still play normally without incident, as if this were all so natural. This is unimaginable in the systems of Apple and Google.
The latest version of Win10 can still perfectly run software like Network Ant 20 years ago, which is incredible in the Apple and Android ecosystems
However, Win10X should refrain from this. It is true that the historical package has always made Win10’s development tail hard to miss. Win10’s user interface and functional modules are fragmented, and much of the jar contained within it must be included in the historical package. The crux of the question, however, is whether leaving Win10X, which is a historic package, will also abandon people who have been immersed in the Windows ecosystem for a long time? Maybe Win10X has more complete UI design and interaction logic, but if you can’t play LOL or an industrial computer, Win10X still has a bright future.
The reason Google and Apple’s new systems can throw away a lot of historical baggage with each update is because their systems have never been like Windows and played an important role in all walks of life. Win10X has clearly changed the traditional positioning of Windows, but it has left the basic drive of the traditional Windows ecology and focuses only on the consumer market struggle. On the one hand, it will face the onslaught of Google and Apple, and on the other, it will even face competition from Win10. Can Win10X pave a way? This is not easy.
Win10X’s ecology is still not taking shape
Leaving Win10X from traditional ecology is a tough decision – Microsoft also knows how valuable traditional Win32 software is. Previously, Microsoft wanted to use a new virtualization technology called “VAIL” to realize virtualization support of Win32 applications in Win10X, but according to the latest reports, Microsoft has abandoned this solution and UWP and PWA applications have become Win10X. Ecological support.
Can UWP and PWA support the Win10X ecosystem? PWA is a web application that is relatively lightweight and difficult to be a big task, here I will focus on UWP applications. Compared to traditional Win32 software, UWP applications usually have advantages in user interface, touch control, process management, power consumption, security, and cross-platform. However, they cannot compete with traditional Win32 software at the moment in terms of key features and freedom. as compared to.
UWP applications are more limited
Microsoft cannot force everyone to develop software with new kits like Apple. For compatibility and feature considerations, most Windows software vendors still focus their development on traditional Win32 software. Microsoft WP has been beaten for a long time, after all, the tablet market is too small, there is no rigid demand for cross-platform, and software developers don’t have much motivation to move to UWP.
The defeat on the mobile platform has lost an important foundation for UWP apps and Win stores
To this day, the UWP ecosystem is still half dead. Open Win10 application store, there are not many UWP blockbuster products, UWP applications are still mainly developed by individuals. As a result, the commercial value of UWP applications is not recognized and the UWP ecosystem faces a dilemma that is difficult to break through.
Lessons Learned: Windows 10S, which can only install store apps, is not popular
In the current situation where UWP applications themselves have relatively collapsed, it is difficult to strongly support the application ecology of Win10X. To break this dilemma, Win10X must rely on excellent software and hardware products, enter a market, and let developers pay attention to the commercial value of UWP, just as the iPhone ecosystem grew from zero to a hundred flowers.
Will new forms of Windows hardware like Surface Neo create more demand for UWP applications?
This is not an easy task. Apple’s macOS switch to the ARM ecosystem still needs to rely on Rosetta 2 to be compatible with the existing X86 software for the transition. Good luck with Win10X.
Obviously, Win10X is facing a lot of trouble to be recognized by the market. Microsoft has the courage to abandon the historic package in Win10 and throw away the forward-looking Win10X. But is Microsoft really ready? Not to mention the challenges mentioned above, the quality of Win10X itself is still unknown.
Prior to that, Microsoft had also developed promising products such as Windows RT, Windows 10S and even Windows 10 on ARM, but the actual experience is hard to say. Can Win10X Create Miracles? Apple’s smooth transition to the ARM ecosystem was striking. Let’s wait and see what Microsoft will do.Return to Sohu to see more