A new version of Windows may be in the pipeline as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teases the “next generation” of the operating system.
Though Microsoft has referred to Windows 10 as “the last version of Windows” since its 2015 release, indicating it would transition to Windows as a service instead of periodically releasing new versions, Nadella’s keynote at the digital Build 2021 conference seemed to suggest that is about to change, as he promised “one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade” would be arriving soon.
“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 monetise applications,” he said.
Windows has already received updates to its user interface, revamping traditional system icons, and developers have been working on a refresh to its app store that could allow developers to submit any Windows app; there are also rumours that Microsoft will allow alternative payment platforms to get around its own cut on in-app purchases.