For fans of Microsoft, the Build 2021 digital event was one you didn’t want to miss. With many different announcements that has sparked great interest in the tech world. However, Microsoft shied away from discussing its flagship product, Windows 10. However, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased in his Build keynote this week that the company has been testing the “next generation of Windows.”
“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. 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 monetize applications. We look forward to sharing more very soon.”
Microsoft has been working on a new app store for developers, and there appear to be many new improvements on the way, including the ability to offer virtually any app on the store. However, what appears most interesting is the language Nadella used when teasing this next generation of Windows.
Traditionally, Microsoft has referred to it’s operating system as Windows 10. But this new language leaves out the “10” in favor of just calling in Windows. Now we may be reading more into this than is actually there, but it could signal a shift in branding for its operating system.
The company has already announced that 10X will no longer ship and it’s bringing the best features of the product into the main version of Windows 10. In addition, it has been confirmed that some of the legacy icons we still see in Windows are on their way out, with new more modern replacements in the works.
Nadella did confirm that we will be learning more about Windows and what is to come in the upcoming weeks, so for now all we have to do is wait and speculate, and speculate we will. But one thing is clear, changes to Windows are coming.