Microsoft is not speaking this week about their major Windows plans for Build 2021, since the company is planning to detail what’s going on on separately for their PC operating system. During his Build keynote this morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased this announcement, revealing that he has been testing “the next generation of Windows” for the past few months.
He also added that, the company is planning “one of the most significant updates of Windows of the past decade,”. Though Nadella did not provide information, Microsoft planned to “very soon” unveil the new release. “I’ve been using it over the past several months and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows,” he said.
“Soon we will share one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade to unlock greater economic opportunity for developers and creators. I’ve been self-hosting it over the past several months, and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows. Our promise to you is this: we will create more opportunity for every Windows developer today and welcome every creator who is looking for the most innovative, new, open platform to build and distribute and monetize applications. We look forward to sharing more very soon.” - CEO Satya's speech
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Except for Nadella’s earlier pledge that the company will “double down” on Windows and PCs, we don’t know anything about the next generation of Windows applications. According to rumors, the latest version, code-named Cobalt, will include enhancements to the user interface (dubbed Sun Valley) that will “reinvigorate” and modernize its appearance. The last time Microsoft made a significant visual update was with Windows 10, which was launched in 2015.
With new system icons, File Explorer changes, and the end of Windows 95-era icons, some of the work has already begun. Microsoft is also focused on strengthening Windows’ fundamental foundations, with fixes for a problem with rearranging apps on multiple displays, the inclusion of the Xbox Auto HDR feature, and Bluetooth audio support improvements.
We’ll hear more about the future of Windows “very soon,” according to Nadella, so expect an announcement or event in the coming weeks.
Revamped Microsoft Store
In recent months, Microsoft has been working on a new app store for Windows, as well as major UI updates to the operating system. With a pledge to unlock a better economy for developers and creators inside Windows, Nadella seems to be referring to the store changes. This will almost certainly entail major improvements to the Windows Store, including the ability for developers to apply any Windows programme, including browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Microsoft could also allow third-party commerce platforms in apps, according to rumours, so developers can escape Microsoft’s own 15% cut on apps and 12% cut on games.
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