What you need to know
- Developers managed to get Windows 10X running on several unsupported devices.
- So far, Windows 10X has been seen on a Surface Pro 7, Lumia 950 XL, and a MacBook Air.
- Windows 10X will not officially ship to current devices running Windows 10.
A test video has since come out showing Windows 10X on the Surface Pro 7.
A near-final build of Windows 10X recently leaked online, and developers appear to be having fun with it. People have managed to get Windows 10X to run in some form or another on the Surface Pro 7, Lumia 950 XL, and even a MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 chip, though the latter appears to be through virtualization. We haven't gotten our hands on any of these devices, but it appears that they all have Windows 10X on them in at least some way.
Windows 10X is Microsoft's modern version of Windows. It has a fresh look built from the ground up, including a new Start Menu, a new Action Center, and a new Taskbar. Our senior editor Zac Bowden recently went hands-on with Windows 10X. His video gives us the best look of what the operating system will look like in action, but some developers decided to go in a different direction.
Several developers recently shared images on Twitter showing off Windows 10X on unsupported hardware. Windows 10X won't officially ship to current devices, but that didn't stop people from putting it on a Surface Pro 7, Lumia 950 XL, and a MacBook Air.
Twitter user "ADeltaX" shared three images of the Surface Pro 7 running Windows 10X. It appears that the device runs the new version of Windows, though it's hard to tell what limitations it has from just these images. It does seem that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work.
Twitter user Gustave Monce has a reputation for getting the Lumia 950 XL to run things it was never meant to. Those efforts continue with Windows 10X appearing on the old phone. The port seems to be in early stages and we only have a single screenshot at this point.
Lastly, Twitter user "imbushuo" showed off Windows 10X on a what appears to be a MacBook Air, though it seems that Windows 10X is running in virtualization.
Before you get your hopes up, you won't be able to get Windows 10X to spice up your old PC, at least not officially. These developers managed to get things running in some shape or form, but Microsoft doesn't plan to ship Windows 10X to any current devices.
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