Microsoft is holding its Build 2021 event and, although Satya Nadella, the company’s leader, has not given many details of future developments, he has said that one of the most significant Windows updates of the last decade is coming.
The fact that the CEO talked about Windows and not specifically Windows 10 has raised suspicions that he might announce something that no one is expecting. Microsoft usually 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.
In any case, it is believed that Nadella was talking about Windows 10 Sun Valley, which is already known to want to arrive with a lot of new features. Recall that Windows 10X was supposed to come out this year before being canceled and since then the expectation has been focused on Windows 10 Sun Valley.
On the other hand, Redmond is not advancing its big plans with its operating system because the company is preparing to detail what’s coming for its PC operating system in a separate meeting. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did reveal that he has been testing “the next generation of Windows” over the past few months.
According to the CEO’s statements, “we will soon share” the update that is intended to provide greater economic opportunities for developers and creators. According to Nadella, “our promise is this: we will create more opportunities for all current Windows developers and welcome new creators” as the platform prepares to be open for creating and distributing and monetizing applications”.
New app store for Windows is on the way
In addition, Microsoft has been working on a new Windows app store in recent months, along with some significant changes to the operating system’s user interface, according to Nadella.
As The Verge recalls, this could include some significant changes to the Windows Store, allowing developers to submit any Windows app, also in third-party browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.
There are rumors that Microsoft could even allow third-party commerce platforms on apps so that developers can avoid Microsoft’s 15% commission on apps and 12% on games.
Changes already expected in Windows 10
Just yesterday, Windows Latest posted that Microsoft is gearing up for some “radical” changes to the design of Windows 10, “according to a series of uncovered job postings.”
The job posting was published by the US company’s Interactive Experience Platform team, which is responsible for the user experience of Windows and its apps. And it explained, “we are now on a multi-year journey to revolutionize the Windows user experience platform by delivering the best interactive experiences, showcasing cutting-edge hardware.”
Not many details have been shared about “Sun Valley” so far but it is known that the new visual appearance will have rounded edges, Windows 10X-like features, and colored folders beyond the traditional yellow ones.