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(Pocket-lint) - Microsoft has significantly delayed the release of Windows 10X and the dual-screen devices meant to run the operating system.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, who has a great track record when it comes to leaking all things Microsoft, has claimed Windows 10X might not arrive until next year.

Keep in mind Microsoft announced in May that it would take extra time during the pandemic to develop Windows 10X so that it could also run on single-screen devices, and now, as a result, Windows 10X won't launch later this year like originally planned. The first single-screen devices running Windows 10X for both education and business uses are now expected to debut next spring. Dual-screen devices running Windows 10X will follow in 2022.

We have a Surface Neo first-look here. It's supposed to be the first dual-screen device to run the software, so it's likely been pushed back to 2022, too.

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The Verge separately has claimed Microsoft is running into issues getting Win32 apps to work right on Windows 10X. Various compatibility issues have reportedly led to this launch delay. Windows 10X, an upcoming variant of Windows 10, is supposed to solve basic problems with the main OS, including the ability to seamlessly use any app across separate screens, while still being efficient enough to spare the battery life for mobile devices.

Microsoft came up with this stripped-down, modular version of Windows in order to provide its users a greater degree of control on foldable devices.

You can learn more about the Windows 10X OS here

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on 20 July 2020.