Compared to Windows Vista and Windows 8, Windows 10 was a runaway success. This does not mean that Microsoft's latest operating system is perfect, but it has improved in almost every respect from its predecessors and has improved only in the years since its introduction to the public. But almost four years later, Microsoft has begun looking into the future and may have looked at Windows 11 in a recent blog post.
After reviewing the latest Windows PCs from various manufacturers, Nick Parker, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President, has changed gears to talk about the "modern operating system" that will power all these machines. Although he never mentions Windows by name, he definitely points out something big.
Parker says the foundation of the modern operating system will be enablers ("providing the essential experiences customers expect from their devices") and enthusiasts ("delivering innovative human-centered experiences"). Enablers are seamless updates that run in the background continuous performance, comprehensive protection against malicious attacks, the ability to connect to Wi-Fi and 5G anytime, and sustained performance.
What's more, the experience of actually using an operating system increases cloud connectivity, intelligent AI, Multisense interaction and what Parker calls "form factor agility." Finally, an interesting quote from Parker on Microsoft's so-called modern operating system:
These enablers and enthusiasts underpin our vision of a modern operating system and form the basis for further development of the PC ecosystem and enable partners to deliver the more humane experiences of tomorrow. Microsoft is investing in enabling these modern operating system experiences and in providing new operating systems that take advantage of the advances of silicon, high-performance PCs, the cloud, and the power of AI, or perhaps not the defining features of Windows 11 or Windows Lite or whatever else next comes from Microsoft. He may be talking about the next development of Windows 10, but four years is the longest that has passed since the release of a new operating system since Windows XP. Maybe Microsoft is setting the stage for an important announcement in the coming months.