Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Tech | By Anita Cain

Try out Windows 10X now with Microsoft's new emulator

Try out Windows 10X now with Microsoft's new emulator

Here's what you need to get it to run if you want to get a feel for Windows 10X ahead of release.

At first glance, the operating system and apps running on this Surface Duo seem to be properly optimized for the dual-screen form factor, and switching from one mode to another is a snappy process.

Microsoft initially took the public wraps off Windows 10X, a variant of Windows 10 initially targeted for dual-screen devices, in October 2019, though leaks about its so-called "Santorini"/"Lite" platforms had been circulating for the last couple of years. In case you missed it the first time around, you can find that clip on our previous post and see how the Duo handles multitasking or dual-screen-ready apps like Outlook. Microsoft's foldable "communication device" (the tech giant is hesitant about calling it a phone since it's so much more than that) is poised to be released this holiday season, but YouTuber Israel Rodriguez, spotted a pre-release unit on Vancouver's Skytrain. Microsoft is releasing a new dual-screen SDK for Xamarin.Forms that makes it easy to build apps across Windows 10X and Android, with a new TwoPaneView control and APIs such as the DualScreenInfo helper class that enables access to important information. On more than one occasion in the video the user has to repeat taps or swipes before the Duo responds to the input. Because of the way the screen folds on its hinge you'll definitely be able to flip a camera around to the back. What are your thoughts on Microsoft's push for dual-screen app development? This starts by maintaining app compatibility and ensuring your existing websites and apps work well on dual-screen devices. And there will also be the Dual Screen accessory for the LG V60 ThinQ. It's a 5.6-inch display with a less traditional aspect ratio, but that's on objective as Microsoft targets businesspeople with the Surface Duo. I've heard that in its own internal testing so far, Microsoft has not found providing Win32 app compatibility to be a slam-dunk.

Microsoft's dual-screened Surface Duo will be officially introduced in October- Take some time to watch the upcoming Surface Duo in action
Microsoft's dual-screened Surface Duo will be officially introduced in October

The Galaxy Z Flip will join Samsung's £1,800 Galaxy Fold smartphone, which was released past year, as well as Motorola's Razr and Huawei's Mate X.

This emulator will be available through the Windows Insider Preview SDK and will be available later today for download. Next up, the photographs expose Microsoft's Outlook app running on both displays side-by-side. Windows 10X testers, start your engines.

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