The Sams Report: Microsoft Talks What’s Next for Windows

Posted on May 25, 2021 by Brad Sams in Podcasts, The Sams Report with 13 Comments

On this special edition of the Sams Report, it’s all official that the next update to Windows will be “significant” and a recap of the highlights of Microsoft’s Build conference.

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13 responses to “The Sams Report: Microsoft Talks What’s Next for Windows”

  1. will

    New name - Windows Series X

  2. rmac

    It has to be about ditching the traditional OS and streaming cloud served apps to a light-weighted UI rendering system, AKA Windows on (Surface) screens?

    There nothing like a vacuum for fuelling wild notions.

  3. hrlngrv

    As long as Window Blinds still works, I don't really care what new themes MSFT may be incorporating into Windows. Call me a luddite, but I haven't liked any of the UI changes MSFT has made since Windows 2K.

    What are the behind-the-scenes changes? The one very good thing about Windows 8.x vs Windows 7 was that Windows 8.x was lighter on system resources. Since I haven't had any system security issues since pre-SP2 Windows XP, I'll stipulate Windows 8.x was more secure than Windows 7, but I've never had a problem with Windows 7. (OTOH, confusticate and bebother all anti-malware software which bitches, whines and moans whenever one batch file calls another.)

    • navarac

      Bugger the eye candy. Sort out the core of Windows for consistency.

  4. pauldain

    Soooo...Fluid Framework is...COM?

  5. madthinus

    For me the use of Windows rather than Windows 10 speaks more to platform than product and you have to consider the venue. This is developers, the use of open platform is also powerful.

    The things I am looking for is breaking the OS layer from the service layer. So the store is stand alone and so is the features. Not tied to a version of the platform, but rather tied to a version of the service.

    To me the other side of a "new" Windows is also the option to retire and deprecate bigger features and older technologies. It is an opportunity to reset the expectation. Here is a version of Windows 10 that is supported for 30 months to transition. Here is a new Windows, with a revised hardware spec and features and also a smaller more agile Windows.

    As someone mentioned earlier, a void of news just causes speculation.

  6. ghostrider

    MS have been focussing too much on the visuals to try and attract new users rather than the core issues and bugs Win10 still has. There are so many issues they could fix 'under the hood' to make Windows a better experience, but MS chose not to, and they probably never will.

  7. hrlngrv

    Re what Linux GUI apps some WSL2 users may want for which there aren't Windows versions, one obvious set would be Linux GUI package managers. Might be nice to be able to use Synaptic for Debian-based WSL distributions.

    Another possibility could be XEMACS. I don't use it myself, so I have no idea how the Windows version compares to the Linux version, but I suspect the Linux version could have more features.

    Final group would be a number of scientific, engineering and math applications which haven't been ported to Windows.

  8. bettyblue

    In 2021 the number of users that really care about desktop Windows is rapidly shrinking and is a much smaller group than many realize.

    For 99% of Joe Consumers/end users its just a tool to get some compute tasks done. They don’t like it or hate it unless it’s not working. They probably use their phone more in most cases.

    The wrong thing to do is to change it too much because to much will irk people way more than some shinny new UI.

    I use to follow the bi-annual builds and install them as soon as I could. Now I have lost interest and let my Windows computers update to new builds when it happens. The last few I have not even noticed anything different.

  9. Alastair Cooper

    Windows 9, obviously.