Tech News: Microsoft teases announcement of ‘next generation Windows’ ‘very soon’.
Earlier this week, we reported that Windows 10 could see significant user interface (UI) changes during Microsoft’s Build 2021 virtual conference. At yesterday’s event keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company will soon share “one of the most significant Windows updates of the past decade to unlock more business opportunities for developers and creators.” Here are more details.
“We will soon be sharing one of the most significant Windows updates of the last decade to unlock more economic opportunities for developers and creators. I’ve hosted it on my own for the past few months and am incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows. Our promise is this: We will create more opportunities for every Windows developer today and welcome every creator who is looking for the most innovative, new and open platform to build, distribute and monetize applications. We look forward to sharing more very soon. “
This will likely include some significant changes to the Windows Store, allowing developers to submit any Windows application, including browsers like Chrome or Firefox. Rumors have suggested that Microsoft may even allow third-party commerce platforms in apps, so developers could avoid Microsoft’s 15% cut on apps and 12% on games.
Nadella’s specific mention of a “next generation of Windows” is also interesting. Microsoft typically refers to everything as “Windows 10,” and this language could suggest that the company is preparing a more significant change with the Windows brand than just the user interface.
Finally, the keynote led The Verge to speculate that Microsoft may be planning significant UI changes as part of a code-named “Sun Valley” initiative. Some of the work is reportedly underway in the form of new system icons, File Explorer improvements, and fixes for app issues across multiple monitors. Nadella said we should know more “very soon”. Well, we can’t wait!