Microsoft will stop actively updating Windows 10 until the end of this year

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According to the source, Microsoft has decided to stop releasing Windows 10 updates by the end of the year. Security updates will of course be released, but there will be no so-called optional updates. Optional updates, also known as updates C and D, are released in the third and fourth weeks of each month and were mainly related to some functionalities of the system.

The reason why Microsoft decided to update Windows 10 less often in the remaining month and a half sounds extremely interesting. The decision is due to “minimal activity” at the company’s headquarters in Redmond – due to the period of holidays and weekends for engineers.

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However, it is possible that Microsoft is reducing the activity of updating Windows 10 by a month and a half due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In the spring, because of it, Microsoft already suspended updates; because they could negatively affect the performance of computers during a difficult period of self-isolation; and just now, during the so-called second wave of COVID-19 in the world, the situation is repeating itself.

Microsoft’s Windows 10X to come in December

ith the advent of ARM-based computers, companies like Microsoft need to find a way to offer a proper software solution for these devices that can take the best of performance. The company is working on a new variant of its latest Windows Operating System that comes with a modular and lightweight approach. We’re talking about Windows 10X which is just a revamped, lighter version of the vanilla Windows 10.

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If you’ve been following Microsoft news; you probably know that the first reports were stating that Windows 10X was a version of the OS with a focus on dual-screen and foldable devices. After all, Microsoft would be entering the dual-screen market this year with the Surface Duo. While the Duo comes with Android, nothing can prevent the company from launching a Windows-powered dual-screen device in the future. Just recently, the company announced that the launch of Windows 10X has been delayed and that it will focus on single-screen devices for the initial release.

Microsoft dropped the Win32 apps support

Today a new report states that Windows 10X will be ready by December 2020. However, there’s a problem if you’ve been waiting for it to run basic Win32 applications, apparently, the new OS will be stuck with the so-called “Metro” apps. According to the report, there will be no support for Win32 apps. Interestingly, Microsoft had promised support for these apps on Windows 10X with virtualization; but this does not seem to be the case. Moreover, it seems that the new OS won’t support VAIL technology. As a result, users will have to use UWP and PWA apps.

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However, there’s still hope for Win32 apps on Windows 10X. As the report states, this is just the initial release of Windows 10X. Microsoft is constantly working on it and will bring support and features for dual-screen devices. In the same way, the company can implement VAIL and Win32 technology in the future.

The Microsoft Surface Neo would be the device to kick the new operating system. As you may expect, it is a dual-screen device. The company delayed the device until 2022. We assume that there are several challenges with devices of this kind; and you can add the COVID-19 effect to the industry. Despite the delay of the device, the company still needs to make 10X available. Hence it is set to release this December. The good side is that until Surface Neo comes, we’ll have a Windows 10X full of features and software optimizations.

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  1. Faheem Ahmad
    November 15, 2020

    What want is to be able to install WINDOWS 10x on our Pc's. Iit should work on all windows 10 compatible devices too, specally if a perison wants a pc just for youtube and light weight tasks

  2. Cyril Dieudonne
    November 15, 2020

    well it's arm based windows. So you won't run it on your PC. At least not your x86 PC.
    Honestly, I don't see the hype around this new shift. I think it's another trick from the industry to sell novelty to customers already over equipped. I mean… Pretty much everyone has a smartphone, a pc desktop or laptop, maybe both, a tablet… but we still get to work, eat, sleep. We still have a mx of 24h in a day.
    For any task that requires average performances, a 5 year old laptop is still as good as 5 years ago. Video editing would need increasing ressources only if we want increasing resolution. But then again, do we all have a 4K TV/Monitor? What for always running to the next upgrade? I work for an IT company and do some freelance aside. I still can perfectly work and make a buck out of my 13" macbook pro from 2010, and what I can't do on it, I do it on a 2 year old Surface Laptop 2.
    I work, edit drone footages, I play (for sure light gaming).

    I don't need another device. So I'm a bad customer. But if the industry shift all the devices to USB-C, I'll have to adapt and buy new devices or new dongles.
    If the industry decides to go all ARM based machines, then sooner or later I'll have to replace all my stuffs in order to be able to continue working.

    Apple made the M1, so you can't upgrade post purchase, Microsoft made the surface laptop hardly upgradable, and till the Surface Laptop 3, was impossible to even open the body unless ready to sacrifice the alcantara.