Microsoft’s chief product officer Panos Panay, dropped some interesting and tantalizing verbiage this week when he spoke about “the next generation of Windows.” Not since 2015 when Windows 10 made its debut did Microsoft proclaim that this was “the next generation of Windows.” But with Windows 10X on the horizon and Windows 10 getting the “Sun Valley” makeover which Windows is the next generation?
Windows 10 as it currently exists will never graduate to Windows 11, so the next generation of Windows” isn’t Windows 10 is it. While Windows 10X isn’t going to be the Windows that fits everyone’s needs it is in fact the next generation. Microsoft’s has been trying to remove the legacy components out of Windows with every new update to Windows 10 but removing x86 app support would hurt some people who rely on the OS for work more than it would help them; therefore, a new lite-weight modern OS makes sense when speaking about the next generation of Windows.
The name “Windows” there is an expectation and that expectation is compatibility. Why would Microsoft work so hard to get both 32 and 64-bit app emulation working for Windows 10 on ARM, because Windows is a promise of compatibility and anything short of that is a broken promise. Windows 10X lacks legacy program support in favor of modern Universal Windows Platform apps (UWP apps) and Progressive Web Apps (PWAs).