Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, has announced during the Microsoft Build Conference, that it has a new iteration of Windows in the works. The "next generation of Windows" is just around the corner, and it will reportedly be something akin to a new version, even if it remains built atop the existing Windows 10 platform. Microsoft has previously stated that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows it ever released, instead focusing on incremental updates, akin to the way Apple handles MacOS.
This update, however, could be something more significant.
"Soon we will share one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade to unlock greater economic opportunity for developers and creators," Nadella said in his keynote speech during the Build conference. "I've been self-hosting it over the past several months and I'm incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows. Our promise to you is this: We will create more opportunity for every Windows developer today and welcome every creator who is looking for the most innovative, new, open platform to build and distribute and monetize applications. We look forward to sharing more very soon."
With this speech Nadella was playing to his audience. Build is typically a conference for developers, so it makes sense that he would focus on the ability of the new Windows to help monetize the apps they're working on.
What will this actually mean, though? Perhaps a way for developers to get their apps into the Microsoft Store more easily? Greater integration of the store in the Windows ecosystem?
We'll have to wait and see. With the six year anniversary of Windows 10 coming in July, expect a major reveal around then.