In order to prioritize Windows 10X development, Microsoft may change the cadence of its Windows 10 feature rollouts during the next year.
While Microsoft didn't announce changes to Windows 10X's schedule, Mary Jo Foley was able to connect with internal sources at Microsoft who revealed a possible change of plan to her.
According to Foley, Microsoft's latest plan calls for 10X to debut on single-screen devices designed primarily for businesses (especially firstline workers) and education in the spring of 2021. And in the spring of 2022, Microsoft is aiming to roll out 10X for additional single screen and dual-screen devices.
Further, the initial release of Windows 10X that follows the new release cadence won't include the mentioned above containerized Win32 app support. Instead, the OS will be restricted to UWP/Store apps and Web apps. Microsoft hasn't given up on running Win32 apps in containers on 10X, but it will be postponed till 2022.
Due to the changed plans, we may see the following release schedule
- Windows 10 20H2, a minor update, comes in fall 2020.
- In the Spring of 2021, instead of rolling out a Windows 10 21H1 feature update, Microsoft will deliver its first 10X operating system release.
- In the fall of 2021, Microsoft will roll out a feature update for regular Windows 10 SKUs. This will be the 21H2 update if Microsoft continue to use with its current naming scheme.
- In the Spring of 2022, Microsoft will roll out an updated version of Windows 10X which will work on both single-screen and dual-screen devices
All the information above hasn't been confirmed officially yet, and comes from internal sources that Mary Jo Foley stays in touch with. Microsoft may deny or change any of it.
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