Windows 10X Leak Confirms Microsoft Is Secretly Working On A Major Overhaul For File Explorer

Microsoft is constantly trying to cope up with the new bugs that have been reported by Windows 10 users for the last 5 years. Thankfully, Microsoft’s engineers focused on design issues as well. The Redmond giant redesigned different components of Windows 10 along the way.

However, File Explorer is something that drives most of the feedback from its users. Many Windows 10 users pointed out on different forums that File Explorer remains the most neglected component which definitely needs a design overhaul. People have always demanded the addition of different functionalities already available in third-party apps. But the native File Explorer only received some small refinements including dark mode last year.

There are many UX designers who came up with different Fluent File Explorer concepts over the years. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to go with the legacy version instead.

File Explorer Concept
Credits: Michael West

A Modern File Explorer In Works For Windows 10X

Perhaps Microsoft considered user feedback as a baseline for the redesign. To begin with, Microsoft is bringing an improved search functionality for the File Explorer in the upcoming Windows 10 November 2019 Update. Secondly, a new leaked internal document indicates that a cosmetic overall is finally happening in Windows 10X.

Microsoft explains the redesigned version as a Modern File Explorer that would be introduced in Windows 10X. It remains to be seen if Microsoft engineers plan to reimplement it from scratch. There is a possibility that the legacy File Explorer might get an update. Here’s how Microsoft explained the functionality in the leaked document:

“M365 and Modern File Explorer – Design Coherence for Recommended content and strategy across Santorini [Windows 10X] surfaces +”

Windows 10X Coming In Fall 2020

Interestingly, apart from the new File Explorer, Windows 10X is going to bring a Quick settings experience. Microsoft is also planning to offer a user-friendly way to access Bluetooth, WiFi, and other basic Settings.

Windows 10X Settings
Credits: Zac Bowden

Unfortunately, Microsoft blocked access to the leaked documentation of Windows 10X before we got access to the complete details.

Windows 10X was originally designed for dual-screen PCs. The leaked document further revealed that the OS would be available for other devices such as 2-in-1s, notebooks, and traditional PCs. Windows 10X is due in the fall of 2020.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.