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Microsoft reportedly delays Windows 10X indefinitely

There seems to be a renewed focus on Windows 10 instead

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Remember Windows 10X? The new OS teased by Microsoft last 2019? Well, that OS may never see any release this year or in the near future according to the latest report coming from Petri.

The report claims that Microsoft has delayed Windows 10X indefinitely according to people familiar with the company’s plans. The report, however, mentions no reason for the company doing so. But, there are precedents which led credibility to this report.

Just last year, the company changed its vision for the OS to run on single-screen devices first. Originally, the company geared its new OS to run on dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo — also delayed for the time being.

The delay of Windows 10X may help explain why there are little to no developments about it over the recent months.  Instead, the Redmond company seems to be focusing again on Windows 10. Recently, the desktop OS has received visual overhauls and new features to revitalize the user experience. The upcoming Sun Valley update will bring more changes that shall see some Windows 10X features carried over to the regular Windows 10.

Failed attempts and looking into the future

Microsoft has not yet responded to the report, nor has indicated any developments for Windows 10X. However, this won’t be the first time that the company backtracked on its effort to create an OS that is modern and lighter on system resources.

A past attempt includes the Windows 10S, which is basically Windows 10 but with restrictions on running traditional Win32 apps. Another example is the Windows RT, which targeted devices with ARM processors.

The delay of Windows 10X, however, doesn’t mean that Microsoft is shelving its development efforts. Rather, the company could be realigning its efforts to Windows 10, which is more popular than ever. After all, improving its tried-and-tested desktop OS will help to bolster its market position which is now under siege with the resurgence of Apple’s macOS and explosive growth of Google’s ChromeOS.

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macOS Monterey: Features you shouldn’t miss

There’s more than just the new Safari

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Apple’s own operating system underwent many changes over the last 20 years — and it’s more than just changing the naming scheme.

From big cats to prominent places in California, Apple has completely redefined the user experience of every Mac user out there.

Watch our latest video to find out what features you shouldn’t miss in macOS Monterey!

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Lenovo announces two new monitors and the LC50 Modular Webcam

These two complement each other so well

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Lenovo is all for bringing the best possible experience even from a peripheral standpoint. This time around, they want to extend the experience to another important peripheral in any workstation: the webcam. To complement, they’re also releasing two new monitors with their own great features. However, the star of the show is the Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam.

The Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam promises to bring clear audio and video quality fit for video calls and even streaming. It comes with a 1080p sensor that captures video at 30 frames per second, which is pretty standard for FHD webcams. Apart from this, it even comes with dual noise-cancelling microphones and the lens has a 4x digital zoom capacity. Also, it comes with a physical lens shutter when you’re not using it.

Other cool features with this webcam include its built-in tilt capacity and magnetic base. These two tie in well with Lenovo’s two new monitors: the Lenovo L32p-30 and the Lenovo L27m-30. In essence, the LC50 Modular Webcam magnetically attaches to the frame of either the 31.5-inch (L32P-30) or 27-inch (L27m-30) monitor of your choosing.

As for the monitors themselves, the Lenovo L32p-30 monitor sports a 4K resolution with HDR10 support, which is best suited for the next-gen consoles. Meanwhile, the Lenovo L27m-30 comes with a 75Hz refresh rate and TUV Rheinland EyeSafe certification to to relieve eye strain.

Pricing and availability for the LC50 Modular Webcam and the two monitors are as follows:

  • Available in September 2021
    • Lenovo LC50 Modular Webcam (starts at EUR 99)
    • Lenovo L27m-30 Monitor (starts at EUR 299)
  • Available in October 2021
    • Lenovo L32p-30 Monitor (starts at EUR 479)
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Early build of next-gen Windows leaked to the public

Might end up as Windows 11

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It seems like that the next generation of Windows can’t come soon enough. Just recently, an early build of the OS leaked to the public, containing many UI and under-the-hood changes that have been speculated for months.

A lot of publications covering this next-gen Windows have already published their hands-on with the leaked build. The most apparent changes to the next-gen Windows are the ones people will see every day. The taskbar, for a start, is now centered by default, although it can be set to align left in the settings. It also includes new icons for the Start button, search button, and Task View.

The Start menu is radically different too, and it is the same one found on the cancelled Windows 10X. There’s a new button that sits on the taskbar by the way. This toggles the widget panel which is also new for the next-gen Windows. Meanwhile, the Task View gets a revamp. Along with this revamp comes a new window snapping experience — users can now snap according to different configurations.

Overall, the leaked build feature a lot of rounded corners. Microsoft is really gunning for a modern look with their next-gen Windows. Also, gone are the days of straight corners in context menus and buttons. It is worth noting that since this is an early build, some UI elements are still inconsistent with the overall design refresh. The bundled apps, for example, seem to be unchanged though the File Explorer has newer file icons.

There’s a lot more changes coming to the next-gen Windows, though. The out-of-the-box setup experience, for example, is new. And apparently, there’s a new start-up sound to boot too.

Windows 11 is here

One of the biggest things to come out of the build, however, is a direct confirmation that the next-gen Windows will simply be called Windows 11. The teasers for the next-gen Windows posted by Microsoft first hinted about this. Now, the builds directly confirm that indeed, Windows 11 is that next-gen Windows.

To make matters more interesting, Microsoft seemed to acknowledge the leaked build, teasing that there’s more to come:

There’s definitely more to come with the next-gen Windows, and it is definitely interesting what it will look like when Microsoft announces it on June 24. That said, ordinary users shouldn’t wait too long to see the evolution of the beloved OS that has been around for more than a decade.

Source: The Verge, Windows Central

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