Leak Windows 10X Reviews New Launcher, Taskbar and Lock Screen

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A new Windows 10X leak has exposed some of the features from Microsoft’s newest foldable and dual-screen operating system.

Similarly to Surface Neo and Surface Neo, Microsoft revealed on October 2 that Windows 10X would be designed to Surface Neo-like form factors but not much more information has been released.

While we are well aware that Windows 10X is to launch with both foldable and dual-screen devices, a new internal leaked document reveals that Windows 10X can also be used on “clamshells,” laptop or two-in-1 phones.

“The taskbar will be the same design with a range of’ levers’ for both clamshells and foldables,” the leaked paper reads.

This means that Windows 10X will potentially also appear in conventional notebooks, but it will not ship to existing devices as a software update, at least for the time being.

Here is everything else that the Windows 10X report revealed:



A Launcher is provided for Windows 10X and not the standard Live Start menu.

The Launcher is designed to help users quickly start and resume tasks. In comparison to the Start menu, the launcher has app shortcuts, recommended content and a search bar at the bottom.

App shorts can be personalized, while the suggested software includes most widely used and accessed applications, websites and documents.



Windows 10X also includes a taskbar so that you can start apps that are pinned on the taskbar and switch between them. The document states that the new taskbar of Windows 10X will have’ apps grouped under the same icon,’ which can simply refer to several instances of the app.

The taskbar also has Start menu, Task View / Task Switcher and Quick Action (new Action Center name) besides App icons.

Apps pre-installed

Windows 10X-operating devices are equipped with Microsoft apps including Edge, Photos, Mail & Calendar, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, To-Do, OneDrive, Modern File Explorer and other OEMs. HP can, for instance, ship its Windows 10X computer with HP support and audio applications.

Lock Screen


Finally, the OS will provide updated lock screens and significant improvements to the face recognition experience of Windows Hello.

It is expected that Windows 10X will end in the second half of 2020.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.