I was originally going to pose this as an Ask Paul, but in the absence of that let’s throw it open to the community.
Paul seems pretty short on the idea that the “New Windows” is going to involve significant technical changes, but I figure what is the point in getting three weeks warning of this announcement if we can’t play the Crazy Speculation game.
To that end, similarly to Paul’s speculation about WinGet being related to the new store and app experiences they referenced in the announcement, I’m wondering whether other existing changes that have gone under or un-explained until now might be the basis of other significant announcements on June 24th?
For example, Paul commented a couple of weeks ago on Windows Weekly that there seemed to be something different about the 21H1 update, could whatever that is be the heart of “faster, easier, less intrusive updates”?
In a mythical fantasy land where they are actually ready for primetime, maybe 10X style Win32 containers make an appearance to make it “the most secure Windows ever”.
Windows Feature Experience Packs have been around for 6 months, but except for an initial blog post they don’t seem to have ever really been explained or to have actually done anything that anyone can notice. Could they be basis of a “more customizable, personalizable experience” with things like the rumoured return of the CharmsBar that Mary-Joe was lamenting being a Feature Experience pack?
Hell, to take that a step further and really go crazy with it, maybe we see the full expression of the old Windows Core idea and the whole OS is now modular with all of the above and more being able to be added or removed at will either by the user or OEMs allowing, where necessary, for a much lighter OS and better performance from lower end hardware and that’s their Chromebook compete.
Is any of this is possible/likely? Probably not. But who knows, they have to have been doing something for the past couple of years while all the updates they’ve put out have had little to no user facing change.
So are there any other “sleeper” features anyone can think of that have either seemed relatively unimportant until now or that have slipped off the radar entirely in the constant churn of new catchphrases and ideas coming out of Redmond that could be the basis of near-zero evidence speculation on what they are going to announce on the 24th?