Microsoft isn’t speaking about its huge Home windows plans at Construct 2021 this week, and that’s as a result of the corporate is getting ready to element what’s subsequent for its PC working system individually. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased this announcement throughout his Construct keynote this morning, revealing he has been testing “the following technology of Home windows” in current months.
Home windows is in a little bit of a rut. So far as its core frameworks and decrease ranges go, it’s an extremely strong, quick, extensible, and sure, safe working system that may chug alongside simply high-quality. The person expertise, nonetheless, is a garbled, complicated mess consisting of bits and items courting again to Home windows 3.11 (in the event you look exhausting sufficient). Nearly each a part of the working system has a number of sides to it with completely different person experiences, appears to be like, and feels, and in the event you come from a contemporary Linux distribution, the replace expertise, putting in and managing functions, altering settings, and so forth, are simply downright laughably dangerous.
The user-facing a part of Home windows doesn’t simply want an overhaul – it’s had numerous overhauls through the years, all leaving varied bits and items round that you just nonetheless encounter at the moment – however a whole redesign. I feel the lower-levels and core frameworks are greater than high-quality, however all the pieces on prime of that wants a clear begin.
Microsoft has promised numerous of those “subsequent generations” of Home windows, and apart from the transfer from Win9x to Home windows NT, they’ve all been skinny, patchy veneers atop all the skinny, patchy veneers that got here earlier than. After so many empty guarantees, it’s simply exhausting to take them critically. Mark my phrases: this “subsequent technology of Home windows” is nothing however a number of nips and tucks to the present, current UI to make it barely much less of an inconsistent mess.