At its Build in-house exhibition, Microsoft is primarily targeting software developers. A small announcement on the edge of the page is actually a bang: CEO Satya Nadella also revealed that there was one “next generation of windows” will give.
When Windows 10 was unveiled in 2015, it was accompanied by a clear announcement: It was the last Windows, announced the company. While the predecessors were replaced after a few years, Windows 10 should continue to develop. Now one might wonder whether that still applies: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella officially announced yesterday that the group would participate in the “next generation of windows” is working.
The announcement was made during the opening presentation of the in-house exhibition Build and was worth little more than a few subordinate clauses in the almost two-hour long presentation. You want more details first “shortly” betrayed, so the group boss. However, this is hardly surprising: the trade fair primarily does not have normal users, but software developers as its target audience. And in recent years, the focus has not been on Windows, but Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure. But the new Windows announcement was also aimed at them so far: developers and creative minds should be able to work even better with the new system and earn money more easily, promised Nadella.
What’s behind the “next generation”?
Since then, there has been wild speculation about how exactly one should interpret the announcement. It is unlikely to be a completely new system: Microsoft has abandoned the model of selling its software once, viewing Windows and Office as services that are changed over time instead of being reinvented. It shouldn’t be any different with the next generation either. It will probably be a major upgrade of the existing system. Although Microsoft has so far been stingy with official details and has left it at hints, plans to rebuild the system have been leaked in the last few months. And now appear in a new light with the announcement.
The connection between the new income opportunities and Microsoft’s plans to finally completely turn the software shop baptized Microsoft Store upside down is relatively clear. The store introduced with Windows 8 still suffers from numerous problems, at least some of which are homemade. Microsoft has made it unnecessarily difficult for developers to access the store so far. Instead of the widespread .exe files, the developers had to submit their own file format, MSIX, and all updates had to run through the store. In addition, many popular programs such as browsers or third-party launchers such as the popular game platform Steam were not permitted.
This has consequences: Because even popular programs such as Google Chrome, WinRAR or zoom are not available in the store, many users ignore the offer. And make it even less attractive for developers.
The group finally wants to tackle that. Rumors have been going around for a long time that Microsoft wants to open the store further and allow other file formats and other update models. In addition, third-party launchers should also be allowed – without charging a commission for games sold through them. Microsoft had already taken the first steps in this direction last year with its Package Manager, with which users could easily put together software packages for an initial installation on a new system. Should the Microsoft Store become similarly open, it should actually become considerably more attractive for developers and thus also for users.
According to the rumor mill, the system itself should also change significantly. Under the code name “Sun Valley” Accordingly, Microsoft is planning to make the look and the operation fresh again almost six years after the start of Windows 10. You want the system “freshen up”, “reinvent” and “rejuvenate”, quoted “Windows central” Group insider. Some of the changes are to be adopted by Windows 10X: The system, which was specially developed for folding devices such as the Tablet Surface Duo, was discontinued in development in the spring.
After the first rumors about the makeover made the rounds last November, some hidden changes were actually discovered in the spring: In a test version, new optics options could suddenly be switched on via the command line. If this is actually the new version, Windows will look airier and fresher than before with the update. More areas become slightly transparent, the corners of drop-down menus such as the start menu are rounded off. In addition, some of the drop-down menus should no longer be edge to edge, but separated from them above the taskbar “hover”.
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The operation is also reportedly being revised. Accordingly, the taskbar and individual menus should be streamlined and easier to navigate. So should now also be in the taskbar “News and interesting” stay. For this, many of the symbols that are now placed to the right of the clock are now in a “Action menu” hike, according to the report. The functions are also to be expanded: The battery indicator should be able to display particularly power-hungry apps. Gesture control should now also support the gestures known from some laptop trackpads on tablets.
When is it ready?
Microsoft has not yet commented on the timing. It seems relatively clear that the changes are with the version “21H2”, the second of the group’s six-monthly major updates. In recent years, the group has hosted an event in late summer or fall that focused on Windows devices such as the Surface series. You may also use the opportunity this year to show the new Windows.