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Windows 10 could be braced for a massive speed boost, but there’s a catch


Ever wish Windows 10 would stop bombarding you with new updates that take far too long than they should to download and install? Well, it seems Microsoft is working on a solution, the only catch is that’ll it’ll only be available for Windows 10X, a forked version of the operating system designed for foldables and dual-screen devices. Microsoft announced Windows 10X back in October at its Surface event in New York City, but yesterday it spilled a few more details about the forthcoming operating system.

As noted by The Verge, Microsoft has apparently “re-engineered” Windows 10X from the ground-up to ensure new updates are downloaded and installed at a breakneck pace.

In fact, the Redmond tech giant is claiming Windows 10X should be able to download a new update and reboot with it installed in less than 90 seconds. If true, that would present Microsoft fans with a marked improvement over how the update process currently works on Windows 10 that can have you glancing at your watch even if you’re running a powerful rig.

The turbocharged update speeds for Windows 10X are apparently thanks to the fact the operating system is separate from drivers and apps, something that isn’t the case with standard Windows 10.

Of course, we’ll have to wait until Windows 10X releases in full before we’re able to put it head-to-head with the regular version of Windows 10. So stay tuned to for update and performance comparisons.

Microsoft is developing its own dual-screen hardware for Windows 10X. Dubbed the Surface Neo, the device is envisioned to be an all-in-one productivity suite that can be used in a variety of form factors depending on the circumstance. Want to unfold it and attach a Bluetooth keyboard when you get to the office? No problem. Want to unwind on the commute home by watching your favourite TV show on Netflix? Simply put the device in your desired orientation and get binging!

Microsoft has already confirmed ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo are also working on Windows 10X devices, although the exact details of these are unknown.

Outlining its vision for Windows 10X, Microsoft said: “Windows 10X is the best of Windows 10 built to enable unique experiences on multi-posture dual-screen PCs. We have taken the Windows 10 that customers know and love and built Windows 10X in a way that marries the familiar with the new.

“People are expecting more flexibility from their PCs—they want performant, highly flexible, fully capable and compatible devices that are at the same time delivered in a simple, sleek and, increasingly, mobile form factor. This new hardware requires an expression of Windows 10 that evolves to meet this opportunity. This is Windows 10X.”

Windows 10X will come pre-installed on dual-screen and foldable devices. It’s expected the first batch of these will release in the second half of this year.

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