Why did Microsoft cancel Windows 10X for Windows 11 when they ended up almost the same?

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Andreytop1gg
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Why did Microsoft cancel Windows 10X for Windows 11 when they ended up almost the same?

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I don't get it, is this like a marketing choice so Windows 11 will be more popular then Windows 10X\Windows Lite?

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Re: Why did Microsoft cancel Windows 10X for Windows 11 when they ended up almost the same?

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The joke is that they didn't really end up the same at all, since they are pretty much two distinct products that just happen to look similar. Aside from the common NT foundation, Windows 10X doesn't have much in common with Windows 11.

Windows 10X is based on Windows Core OS, a modular version of Windows that doesn't include most of the legacy junk present in desktop Windows. Explorer, User/GDI/ComCtl and co. are all gone. There is a new UI stack using DirectX and UWP/WinUI. Legacy Win32 apps run in ContainerOS, a special build of desktop Windows running in a container.

Windows 11 is just desktop Windows with the Windows 10X user interface slapped on top of it.

To answer your question, Microsoft claims to have canceled Windows 10X because they concluded that the technology shouldn't be confined to a subset of customers, so they instead opted to integrate some key features to other products. Now there is only so much they can port, since the whole point of the OS was being legacy free and they can't really port that aspect to desktop Windows.
AlphaBeta, stop brainwashing me immediately!

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Re: Why did Microsoft cancel Windows 10X for Windows 11 when they ended up almost the same?

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So in the end, the real benefit of 10X is lost with 11. All we get out of it is the interface :P

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