During the launch event of Windows 11, Microsoft indicated a renewed focus on the operating system that made its name. As part of its efforts to boost Windows popularity, Microsoft moved parts of Windows development under the control of Panos Pana, and the developer experience team is now part of the primary ‘Windows team’.
The original larger Windows split into consumer/enterprise editions and Azure did not work as planned and development of Windows 10 was slowed. Windows has been on the backburner over the years, with the company making minor improvements to the OS.
Windows continues to be an important part of Microsoft’s ecosystem and the company is now once again emphasizing Windows for software innovation. This is because the company has seen a large number of engagements post the pandemic and the launch of new operating systems has led to a growth in the remote work-fueled PC market.
Later this year, Microsoft will begin rolling out version 22H2 or Sun Valley 2. This update will be similar to the Anniversary Update for Windows 10. In other words, you shouldn’t expect major new features or platform innovation, but the company is clearly working. On another major update to the OS.
We’ve already seen references to ‘Version 23H2’ in Microsoft docs and another reference to ‘Sun Valley 3’ or ‘SV3’ has now popped up in Microsoft webcasts.
As you can see in the screenshot above, PowerPoint Live notes mention “SV3 refined investments next step,” which confirms our speculation that the company isn’t planning to drop the Sun Valley codename for now. .
The context points to “sophisticated investments” in Windows 11 and we will start to see these “sophisticated” investments come to life with the Copper/Version 23H2 preview release in the second half of 2022, when Microsoft is expected to begin testing major changes. is hoping. From the next big release.
Windows Insiders are looking forward to hearing more about plans to test the next development branch of Windows 11 on actual hardware once Microsoft begins shipping for the beta channel, and although the company has not publicly confirmed anything at this time. Not doing it, it’s something they are creating internally.
What to expect in Sun Valley 3 for Windows 11?
It’s too early to talk about new features coming next year, but it’s likely that Sun Valley 3 will address the shortcomings of the new taskbar and tablet experience. As you probably know, Windows 11 doesn’t have a full taskbar or tablet mode, but that may change next year.
Microsoft is believed to be working on major improvements to the taskbar and tablet mode, and those changes are now expected to ship next year.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts on Microsoft’s reinvestment in the desktop operating system with Windows 11? Let us know in the comments below!