Google’s bet on Chromebooks – heavily reliant on the excellent ChromeOS – seems to have paid off well. Sometime in 2019, Microsoft had been talking about Windows 10X, a lighter version of Windows that ChromeOS could take over. However, it looks like Microsoft has ditched the idea of preparing an answer for Chromebooks. A report from The Verge says 2021 won’t see the arrival of Windows 10X. It goes on to say that Windows 10X may never come and Microsoft could incorporate some of the features of Windows 10X into Windows 10.
Windows 10X was developed as a direct competitor to ChromeOS. It supposedly had a new, simple user interface, the start menu would have been different, among other things. Microsoft came up with the idea of having a watered-down cloud-based version of Windows. However, it looks like the idea has been put on hold.
It was no surprise that Microsoft was working on a ChromeOS rival, as Chromebooks seem to have really taken off over the past year. “Chromebooks are now a mainstream computing product,” said Brian Lynch, research analyst at Canalys. “While the education sector still makes up the bulk of broadcasts, its popularity with consumers and traditional commercial customers has reached new heights over the past year.”
Chromebook Deliveries even rose 275% in the first quarter of 2021. Lynch of Canalys added in a press release, “Google is now in a strong position to work with its products OEM Partners and the channel to cement a bright future for Chromebooks. A significant boost in messaging and evangelization, coupled with alignment with growth trends such as flexible work arrangements and budget conscious SMBs, will be critical to the longevity of Chromebooks’ success. ”