Windows 11 has had quite a journey… well before it officially debuted last year. Originally believed to be related to Windows 10X project, Windows 11 is now internally intended as an OS for all form factors, including foldable PCs and dual-screen laptops.
Unfortunately, due to the shift in Microsoft’s strategy, chip shortage and increased interest in laptops, the release of a foldable/dual-screen optimized version of Windows was delayed and later cancelled. Windows 10X is no longer being developed at Microsoft, which means the company isn’t developing a new OS for just foldable PCs.
Instead, Microsoft plans to optimize Windows 11 for foldable and dual-screen PCs. This time it’s not going to be a stripped-back or lightweight version of Windows. As per sources, Microsoft will automatically detect when the device is a foldable PC and apply optimizations to the interface.
This move is going to bring in a few new features and capabilities that would benefit Windows 11 foldable PCs only, including a much more tablet-friendly interface and new snap layouts to favour dual screens with a hinge.
We know that it’s not going to be another version of Windows, unlike Windows 11 or Windows 11 in S, but Windows 11 for foldable is still going to be it’s noticeably different in terms of overall look and layout. Note that the changes won’t all that drastic, but they will be noticeable on foldable.
In addition to several minor Moments updates, Microsoft is planning to launch the Windows 11 version optimized for foldable and dual-screen PCs in the fall of 2023.