Microsoft Build 2021, an annual conference for developers working with Microsoft products, has just started. During the opening speech, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about some plans for the future of Windows and referred to them as "one of the most important updates for Windows (in) the last decade").
This year, Microsoft hasn't given us much to do about the future of Windows. While An expected update was recently discontinuedThe big plans remain under wraps and the company has made no major announcements. However, the signs point to a major update in the fall. The rumored update should contain major changes to the UX of Windows and is codenamed Sun Valley. Today's teaser on Build tells us more about what to expect in the next few months.
In his speech, Nadella spoke about the importance of Windows and other Microsoft products and said, "With all the possibilities I highlighted today, Windows is implicit. It has never been more important. Windows 10 is made of more than 1.3 billion People used to work, study, connect and play. And it all starts with Windows as a development box. Windows brings all of the developer and collaboration tools in one place. You can choose the hardware you want, work with Linux and Windows, and have a modern terminal . "
The Microsoft CEO continued on about the future of Windows: “And soon we will be releasing one of the most important Windows updates of the last decade to offer developers and developers greater economic opportunities. I've hosted it myself for the past few months and I'm incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows. Our promise to you is: We will create more opportunities for every Windows developer today and we will welcome every developer looking for the most innovative, new, open platform to build, distribute and monetize applications. We look forward to sharing more soon. "
There are some implications here that are consistent with what we already know about the update. A current job advertisement The publication on Microsoft's careers website further confirms these rumors. Apparently the company is looking for a program manager to work with the IXP (Interactive eXperiences Platform) team. The team is responsible for "the central composition, rendering and input platforms on which the Windows user interface and all Windows apps are based (from the Windows Start menu to Office, from Edge to your favorite Windows apps").
Combine that with Microsoft's chief product officer Panos Panay, who says "it's going to be a huge year for Windows" during Ignite 2021, and it seems clear that Windows users will see some exciting changes. It remains to be seen whether all of the above features will be implemented as a Windows 10 update or a completely new version of Windows.
While all we have to do now is rumors and small bits of information, we may find out more soon. Microsoft is likely to have an event for Windows over the next few weeks that will hopefully tell us more about the future of the Sun Valley project and Windows as a whole.