Microsoft is planning to release details about its PC operating system. During his Build keynote this morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased this announcement, revealing that he has been testing “the next generation of Windows” in the coming days.
In recent months, Microsoft has been working on a new app store for Windows, as well as significant UI changes to the operating system. Nadella appears to be referring to the store changes here, promising a better economy for developers and creators within Windows itself.
Nadella's specific mention of a "next generation of Windows" is also intriguing. Microsoft usually refers to everything as "Windows 10," and this language could indicate that the company is planning a more significant shift in Windows branding than just the user interface.
Microsoft confirmed last week that Windows 10X, the operating system designed specifically for dual-screen devices, will no longer be available. Instead, Microsoft is incorporating the best features of Windows 10X, a simplified version of Windows, into the main version of Windows 10.
Some of that work has already begun, with new system icons, improved File Explorer, and the end of Windows 95-era icons. Microsoft is also working to improve the fundamentals of Windows, including fixes for an issue with rearranging apps on multiple monitors, the addition of the Xbox Auto HDR feature, and enhancements to Bluetooth audio support