Since taking over as head of Windows Experience/client in February, Chief Product Officer Panos Panay hasn’t said much about Windows’ future. But today, May 4, Panay is going on record about how he sees Windows evolving, going forward. And Windows 10X, the Windows 10 variant Microsoft officially unveiled last year, is one key to Panay’s vision.
Microsoft officials said last year that Windows10X — which we knew by its earlier “Santorini” and “Lite” codenames — was built to run on new Windows dual-screen devices. But in April, Microsoft changed direction and instead decided to prioritize new single-screen devices as the target for Windows 10X, as my sources told me. Today, in his blog post about the future of Windows, Panay officially acknowledges the single-screen focus for Windows 10X.
Microsoft’s official reason for targeting single-screen devices is the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on users’