On the 29th. July 2020 Windows 10 celebrates its fold birthday. For the nearer future of the operating system, numerous trends are recognizable: Microsoft might push its customers away from on-premises products towards Cloud, continues to screw up to his update strategy and improve optics and ease of use of Windows 10.
For the anniversaries, we highlight planned innovations and partly pleasing developments, which are sometimes overshadowed by less good ideas and permanently uniform quality deficits.
20h2: Strong focus on design and usability
A look at possible Windows 10 innovations in the near future allow the insider previews. In Puncto Design, Microsoft uses Windows 10 Version 20H2 to optically insert the start menu to the Theme used for the autumn 2020 for the fall 2020.
The start menu before and after: The changes should better bring the newly designed icons of many Windows applications better.
Part of the Windows 10 developers is currently working to better integrate the new chromium-based edge browser into the operating system. How Microsoft in a Blog Entry to the current insider Preview Build 19042.421 The Task Manager is intended to offer the key combination Alt + Tab not only inflated apps and applications, but also in the EDGE browser to provide websites for retrieving.
In the insider previews, a personalized task bar and various usability improvements are currently being tested for tablet mode.
Speaking of Usability: Removing the classic Windows Control Panel and instead relocate all settings to the Settings page, Microsoft has been discussing for years. When this move will be completed (and whether it will ever come up with it), but is currently in the stars.
Quotities rather than semi-annual function updates?
From the outlook for possible innovations from the insider preview, the fundamental question arises how function updates are played on the system. With the publication of Windows 10, it was first of Microsoft’s explanatory goal to transfer a function update for the operating system twice a year. With this approach, however, in recent years, the company recognized shipwrecks: versions were often made in the early year or autumn often delayed and thus had serious errors so they had to be partially backed up as the Windows 10 October 2018 update.
As early as 2019, Microsoft moved to consequences from these problems. After the early-year update to version 1903 was still as a classic function update, the functions of the autumn update (version 1909) with the help of just under 500 kbytes were grossly "Enablement Package" unlocked. It is very likely that Microsoft for the upcoming version 20h20 the for users clearly smoother and time-saving approach "small updates" is maintained that on the "rough" Function update (Win 10 version 2004) follows May.
More control over telemetry data for admins
Even with the telemetry data form by the operating system, which specifically represents a rough criticism specifically from the point of view of data protectioners, something does.
In recent years, Microsoft had to improve from data protection reasons to provide again and again to provide Administrators in companies better control options on telemetry data. A few days ago, the company now has a special "Data Processor Service" for administrators presented by Windows 10 Enterprise. With him, companies can specify in EU countries, taking into account the DSGVO, which telemetry data can be processed by Microsoft.
The data collected will continue to be stored in the Azure Cloud, but is well protected according to Microsoft and continue to be under the control of the respective company. Further details calls an information document for the Data Processor Service. If you prefer not to send any data, you will continue to switch off the telemetry completely.
Trend to Microsoft accounts and cloud
At least with mixed cumbers, many users were allowed to look at Microsoft’s marsh direction into the cloud. Companies and authorities should be made of Microsoft 365, consisting of Windows 10, Office 365 and other services, as a subscription to be tasty. 2025, when Windows 10 is exactly 10 years old, not only the support for Windows 10 version 1507 LTSC, the first RTM version with 10 years long-term support, from: Also Microsoft Office 2019 also reaches the end of its lifecycle and for more on-premise Products are the same.
Well possible, the Microsoft then pulls the plug for locally installed on-premise products and only offers subscription solutions with connection to the Cloud. In addition to legitimate data protection concerns, this results in the problem of a strong dependence of Microsoft accounts. From a blocking by Microsoft, whether rightly or not, can result for companies (at least short-term) problematic situations. The afterliving unlocking by support may be test reports to a lengthy affair.
Future request: Quality in front of cosmetics
Under a thick layer "Cosmetics" In the form of smaller and coarse changes to the current insider versions of Windows 10 unfortunately still hides some serious qualitative problem.
Certified Function Updates, which contained thick bugs at the general release, obeyed many users in recent years. And even the current Windows 10 May 2020 update (version 2004) also contains seven months after freezing the development and two months after the general availability more than half a dozen of Microsoft’s enforced bugs.
Welcome value in this context that Microsoft deals with the existing basic problems instead of using poorly laminated permanent construction sites as a (shaky) basis for its future plan.