There will never be Windows 11, unless Microsoft suddenly changes course after spending the past five years installing Windows 10 on more than 1.3 billion active devices a month (Microsoft's latest official figure). Either way, Windows 10 will continue to evolve. To that end, several job listings suggest that some major changes are aimed at Windows 10, beyond the upcoming Sun Valley update.
Microsoft’s operating system currently follows a service model, with fortnightly updates that add new features and capabilities. Some are bigger than others. For example, the May 10, 2021 update of Windows 2021, which has just been released, is relatively small, with only a small handful of features and bug fixes. However, the 21H2 update with the code name Sun Valley, which will arrive later this year, is the biggest revision of Windows 10 to date, with a completely updated look and feel.
But that might just be the beginning. The people of Windows Latest saw several job listings published in recent months that speak of a "multi-year journey" to drastically alter Windows 10.
"We are now on a journey of several years to revolutionize the Windows UX platform by offering the best interactive experiences, showcasing cutting-edge hardware," says one of the to-do lists.
Another listing, which has since been removed, described the multi-year trip as an attempt to "reimagine" Windows 10, while another reference to the "radical" design change is directed to the SO.
"Your work will influence and shape the appearance of Windows: you will help us change the world," says another list.
None of the listings go into the specific details of what all these changes could entail, perhaps because Microsoft has not yet fully understood them, hence the call for program managers and other jobs that will be directly responsible for setting up Windows properly. 10 future.
Change can be scary, a feeling that is sometimes justified. Remember Windows 8? Microsoft's attempt to sink a Metro user interface that supports tablets in the throat was bitterly resentful, leading to Windows 8.1 and then Windows 10.
However, for Microsoft’s credit, most changes to Windows 10 have not been inconsistent. Buggy updates often break things down, sure, but the overall feel and function of Windows 10 has remained constant, with some welcome improvements along the way. Like GPU monitoring in Task Manager and a rebuilt Edge browser which is actually pretty good (side note: RIP Internet Explorer).
Therefore, I will continue to be cautiously optimistic so that Windows 10 of 2022 and beyond does not go bad. Except for the change to Linux or the * shudders * that make the leap to a Mac, prudent optimism is really the only option.