Microsoft isn’t talking about big Windows plans at the Build 2021 event this week. Because the company is planning a separate event for the PC operating system to describe the innovations it is working on. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced at the Build keynote event that he has been “testing the next generation of Windows” in recent months:
“We will soon be sharing one of the most important Windows updates of the past decade to create more economic opportunities for content developers and creators. I’ve been using it myself for the past few months and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows. Our promise to you is this: Today we will create more opportunities for every Windows developer and welcome every creator looking for the most innovative, new, open platform to build, distribute and monetize applications. We look forward to sharing more soon. “
Microsoft has been working on a new app store for Windows for the past few months, in addition to some significant changes to the user interface in the operating system. Nadella seems to be referring to the store changes here, promising to unlock a better economy for developers and creators within Windows.
This will likely include some major changes to the Windows Store and will allow developers to offer any Windows application from the store, including internet browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. Rumors suggested that Microsoft allow third-party trading platforms in apps, so developers can prevent this Microsoft 15 percent cutbacks on apps and 12 percent on games.
It is also interesting that Nadella specifically mentions “new generation Windows”. Microsoft often refers to everything as “Windows 10,” and this new language may indicate that the company is preparing for a more significant change in the Windows brand than just the user interface.
Last week, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10X, an operating system originally designed for dual-screen devices, will not be released. The software maker now brings the best of Windows 10X, a simplified version of Windows, to the major version of Windows 10. We expect some major UI changes in Windows under the code name “Sun Valley”.
Some work, such as new system icons, Explorer improvements, and the end of Windows 95-era icons, started to see test users. In addition, Microsoft focuses on improving the fundamentals of Windows with solutions to the problem of rearranging apps across multiple monitors, the addition of Xbox Auto HDR, and improvements in Bluetooth audio support.
Nadella says we’ll be hearing a lot more about the future of Windows “very soon”. That’s why we expect a Windows-focused announcement or event in the coming weeks.