Windows 10 to get features, UX improvements from modular OS


Microsoft’s modular and web-first OS ‘Windows 10X’ is expected to launch in the spring of 2021 on new hardware. As we know, some of the operating system’s features could be heading to Windows 10 and Microsoft has already started working on a new panel that will change how copying and pasting works.

With Windows 10 Build 20185, Microsoft added a new panel that allows you to access the clipboard history, insert GIFs, emojis, and even kaomoji.

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In addition, Microsoft is also working on other changes, including Windows 10X touch keyboard and improved ‘first run’ experience.

Windows 10X keyboard for Windows 10

In addition to a new Start menu and Action Center, Windows 10X also comes with a new touch keyboard.

GIFs and emojis are integrated right into the UI of the touch keyboard so that you don’t need to tap on a dedicated emoji or GIF icons to insert the animated contents.

There’s a new search box in the top right corner that will allow you to quickly insert emojis or GIFs by searching for a specific emoji or GIF. It also comes with the Fluent Design and a feature called “Clipboard history” that will list of items that you have copied to the clipboard.

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This new keyboard and other planned changes could finally improve the experience of Windows 10 on tablets and 2-in-1 products.

First-run experience

With Windows 10X, Microsoft has also redesigned the out of box experience with a modern feel and look. Windows Setup process, Microsoft account login screen, language, region, and other pages have a new look.

On traditional Windows 10, Microsoft isn’t very clear about what changes an update has introduced, but the post-update experience will soon become a lot clearer.

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Windows 10 Build 20190 includes the new post-update experience and Microsoft is also working on a new ‘first-run’ experience. In fact, the new first-run experience could look a lot like Windows 10X, according to the references spotted in the preview builds.

“Welcome to Windows 10X, selfhosters! In a future build, this is where you’ll see an intro to your new device. In the meantime, have fun self-hosting,” one of the internal files in Build 20195 reads.

This suggests that Microsoft could be working on a new first-run or OOBE (out of the box experience), but we don’t know if and when these improvements will arrive in the production builds.

Other improvements

In preview builds, Microsoft is also internally testing features that will arrive with Windows Core OS (Windows 10X) next year. This includes a new Bluetooth flyout menu and voice typing experience:

  • BluetoothFlyout_WCOSCDG
  • NewDevicesFlowConnectUI_WCOSCDG
  • FluencySettingsWCOS
  • PenButtonCustomizationOnWCOS
  • VoiceTypingCorrectionUXCandUIOnWCOS


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