When the end of July rolls around, Windows 10 will celebrate its sixth birthday and, while the operating system has received a number of updates and improvements, it is still Windows 10.
Truth be told that’s not all that surprising as Microsoft has said many times that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows and that it would simply be updated as time marched on.
However, Microsoft chief executive officer, Satya Nadella, teased a “significant update” for the operating system would be unveiled soon.
“Soon we will share one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade to unlock greater economic opportunity for developers and creators. I’ve been self-hosting it over the past several months, and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows,” Nadella said during Build 2021.
“Our promise to you is this, we will create more opportunity for every Windows developer today and welcome every creator who is looking for the most innovative, new, open platform to build and distribute and monetise applications. We look forward to sharing more very soon,” the CEO added.
That’s about as vague as it gets if we’re honest but the CEO did go on to talk about how everything from cloud platforms to the apps that run on them and even the devices being used are changing. One particularly noteworthy mention was, “devices will work harmoniously together” which doesn’t quite describe Windows right now.
While the Your Phone application can create some harmony between your smartphone and your PC the application is rather limited and, if we’re honest, it’s more of an annoyance than a help.
There’s also the fact that, as The Verge so helpfully points out, Microsoft generally refers to Windows as Windows 10 and while we hesitate to say that the “next generation of Windows” means more than just clever marketing spin, it is noteworthy.
Microsoft has been updating Windows 10 in a number of ways. The Microsoft Store is being updated, icons are getting a long overdue make over and there are a number of improvements under the hood.
There’s also the matter of Windows 10X which was canned just last week.
At the time we thought nothing of what vice president for program management, Windows servicing and delivery, John Cable said as we expected some parts of Windows 10X would be consumed by Windows 10.
Now with Nadella’s keynote in mind, Cable’s statement stands in a new light and we have to wonder what Microsoft is planning.
Have some mobile friendly features been added to Windows 10? Will Windows 10 work on smartphones and tablets? We can speculate for ages but it’s just speculation until we know more.
We guess we’ll just have to wait for more news from Microsoft but we’re holding thumbs for massive improvements to Windows and maybe even feature parity with Apple’s macOS. Hey, we can dream right?
You can rewatch the first day of Microsoft Build 2021 below.