A leaked Windows 10X build in early January will have allowed developers to run Microsoft’s new operating system on a fun variety of devices. Among them: a Surface Go tablet, an old Lumia smartphone, or even… a MacBook Air under M1 processor (ARM).
Would Microsoft have succeeded in giving birth to a particularly flexible OS? Maybe. In any case, this is what we can deduce from the improvised port of Windows 10X on several devices that are not normally intended to use it: a Surface Go tablet under an Intel x86 processor, a Lumia 950 XL smartphone under ARM Snapdragon 810 processor (Qualcomm) and a MacBook Air equipped with Apple’s new M1 chip. Ports made in just a few days, and from a non-final build that Microsoft had leaked in early January.
Windows 10X, what is it again?
We covered the matter in detail a few months ago, but let’s take a few lines to remind you of what Windows 10X is. The OS was originally presented by Microsoft as a system designed exclusively for devices with two screens or foldable screens. The firm had also unveiled for the first time its OS on a certain Surface Neo (whose development seems since paused).
Windows 10X was initially due to be launched in December 2020, but this niche has not been held by Microsoft, which has postponed the deployment of this new variant of Windows 10 until 2022, also time for the company to rethink its approach. We know that the OS will now be used initially for single screen computers and machines with modest configurations.
Windows 10X is therefore light, especially since Microsoft has cleaned it up by removing certain superfluous features, such as VAIL technology which would have allowed Windows 10X to launch Win32 applications. These few dark cuts will also have allowed Microsoft to make Windows 10X natively compatible with ARM processors… which explains why developers were able to quickly install the OS on a MacBook Air M1 and an old Windows Phone.
Ports … which sometimes imply some limitations
Still, animating Windows 10X on a Lumia 950 XL was not necessarily an easy task. On this smartphone launched in 2015, the OS is functional, but several limitations are current. It the same thing on the Surface Laptop Go. We learn, for example, that Windows 10X has problems with Wi-Fi, the touch screen, and certain drivers, which seems logical for an unfinished OS that has been installed on devices not designed to accommodate it.
The installation of Windows 10X on these different terminals also requires a good knowledge of command-line tools like Cmd or PowerShell, which specifies Windows Latest.
Source: Windows Latest