Microsoft’s Build is generally a spring tech conference that appeals to nerds and developers. However, CEO Satya Nadella dropped a surprise in his brief keynote this year, where he spoke about developer and cloud news. He briefly mentioned Windows 10 updates but there was a reason behind it. He specified that there would be “most significant” updates to Windows and called it “the next generation of Windows” and said that updates would be shared very soon.
Nadella said that the company would share one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade, soon. He said that it would unlock more economic opportunities for both creators and developers. He spoke of his personal involvement in the project and said that he had been “self-hosting” it from a few months and that he was “incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows.”
He said that Microsoft’s promise is that they would create more opportunity for every Windows developer and would welcome every creator who has been looking for the most innovative, new and open platform to build, distribute and monetize applications. He said that they looked forward to sharing more very soon.
Many have been speculating on what the “next generation of Windows” means as Nadella did not say the next update as that is what is generally said by Microsoft at Build conferences, when it references Windows.
The project code named “Sun Valley” is being touted as a project that has
- a design refresh
- new features
- rounding off corners on buttons, app windows and shell elements
- making legacy interfaces more consistent with modern ones
- cleaning parts of the operating system
- creating a leaner and simpler user experience
The User Interface (UI) effort in the project title Sun Valley is said to debut in 2021. After its cobalt release, Microsoft has been looking to reinforce its desktop and this project is said to be the starting point. CEO, Satya Nadella has piqued curiosity by mentioning a “next generation of Windows” and many are waiting for Microsoft to share its updates “very soon.”
Author: Brian Smale and Microsoft