Microsoft is planning a big refresh to the Windows 10 UI with 'Sun Valley' in 21H2: Report

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With Home windows 10 20H2 executed and beginning to roll out to customers, everybody desires to grasp what is subsequent. In keeping with fresh patterns, it must  be Home windows 10 21H1 — the “spring” function replace for Home windows 10, adopted through an incremental 21H2 “fall” function replace. However the arrival of Home windows 10X goes to shift the Home windows panorama in 2021.

Whilst it was once housed within the Azure group, the Home windows engineering group was once following the Azure “semester” construction agenda, with new options assigned to both the January to June bucket or the June to December bucket. The June-December 2020 bucket is codenamed “Iron” and the January to June 2021 bucket is “Cobalt.”  Options that fall into any given semester bucket can roll out in any Home windows 10 liberate; they don’t seem to be essentially tied to the discharge when they are ‘constructed.’ And Home windows 10 function updates that come with options in large part constructed all through a selected semester are identified through the ones codenames.

As I in the past reported, Microsoft would possibly decide to skip liberating a 21H1 Home windows 10 function replace. (Officers may not verify or deny this each and every time I ask.) As a substitute, they may do just one function replace subsequent yr, the “Cobalt” replace within the fall of 21H2. Within the spring, remaining I heard, Microsoft is making plans to liberate the primary iteration of Home windows 10X — its more effective and extra safe Home windows 10 variant which it firstly deliberate to debut on dual-screen units, however now plan to roll out first on new single-screen PCs and 2-in-1s.

These days, October 28, Home windows Central reported that the 20H2 Cobalt Home windows 10 function replace is not going to be minor. It’ll be a lot larger than the standard function replace and can come with a UI refresh throughout a variety of Home windows parts and apps. The UI refresh itself is codenamed “Solar Valley,” in line with Home windows Central’s Zac Bowden. This UI refresh will come with an overhaul to the Get started Menu, Motion Middle and a few in-box/bundled Microsoft apps, Bowden says and shall be an not obligatory trade.

My contacts say the Solar Valley codename does, certainly, exist. Consistent with fabrics from this summer season that I have noticed, Microsoft engineering has been describing the model of Home windows 10 due subsequent fall as “Home windows 10++.” So in all probability Solar Valley is the similar of the “++” right here. Those ++/Solar Valley adjustments are also more likely to paintings their approach into Home windows 10X for unmarried display screen units through Spring 2022, in keeping with the remaining data I have heard/noticed.

I have requested Microsoft once more lately whether it is converting how it’ll be rolling out new options to Home windows 10 customers beginning subsequent yr. I will’t assist however wonder whether Microsoft will upload some new Home windows 10 options by the use of Cumulative Updates up till the autumn 2021 Cobalt function liberate. If and after I listen extra from Microsoft, I will upload the tips to this put up. 

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