Windows 10 is rumored to be getting a major redesign. Don't screw this up, Microsoft!

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New York (CNN Business)Microsoft is rumored to be working on a major redesign of Windows 10 that could bring big changes to the way the PC operating system looks and functions.

Windows 10 could use a refresh. Aside from twice-annual tweaks, Windows 10 been mostly unchanged since its release in 2015. Six years is long in the tooth for any PC operating system, and a revolution is coming to personal computers that threatens Windows' standing as the dominant productivity operating system.

Still, Microsoft (MSFT) doesn't exactly have the best reputation for fixing operating systems that ain't broke. So a lot is riding on Microsoft's ability to turn the next iteration of Windows 10 into something hundreds of millions of computer owners will want to keep using.

What's in the refresh?​

Microsoft updates Windows twice a year, usually adding a few welcome new features (a new screenshot tool, a cleaner Start Menu, etc.). This year's spring update will be another one of those minor updates that adds polish and squashes bugs.

But in the fall, Microsoft is expected to unleash a full-scale Windows 10 redesign. We know this for a few reasons.

Microsoft recently posted a job listing on its website that said the company is working on a "sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows experiences to signal to our customers that Windows is BACK and ensure that Windows is considered the best user OS experience for customers," according to Windows Latest. The listing remains but the language has since been dialed back quite a bit.

Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment.

That job post confirmed widespread reports that Microsoft was working on a major Windows 10 user-inferface refresh codenamed "Sun Valley," in which Microsoft would release an all-new Start Menu, File Explorer, Action Center and taskbar. Tablet users will also reportedly get a redesigned virtual keyboard with better access to emojis. And Microsoft is expected to give all Windows 10 elements a makeover to align all of the recently tweaked elements of the operating system in a consistent design.

Why Windows needs a refresh​

Most of Windows' recent tweaks have been aimed at specific audiences, particularly gamers and corporate customers. But the PC is back as a consumer staple -- the work-from-home era brought on by the coronavirus pandemic has made productivity cool again. Microsoft wants to ensure its new everyday users are enjoying the experience of using their PCs.

Microsoft is also looking ahead to a future it's attempting to prepare for: Apple's new M1 chip, which is essentially a custom-built smartphone microprocessor on steroids for Macs, represents a sea change for the PC industry.

Apple's new Mac OS Big Sur takes advantage of the new chip by integrating features people have grown accustomed to on their iPhones and iPads. The convergence of smartphones, tablets and PCs is underway.

Microsoft has its own hybrid device, the Surface Pro X, that runs on a chip with a similar architecture to Apple's (AAPL) M1. And it's coming out with Windows 10X this year, an operating system designed from the ground up for nontraditional devices (think foldables, tablets and other computers that don't look like normal laptops or desktops).

Still, this new kind of chip could disrupt the staid PC world, lighting a fire under Microsoft to redesign Windows for new kinds of PCs that it hasn't conceived of yet. So it's about time Windows 10 gets a major refresh.

Sad history of Windows updates​

It doesn't appear as though the "Sun Valley" version of Windows 10 will be the kind of completely new experience of previous new iterations of Windows. That's probably a good thing, as Microsoft has a reputation for delivering a good operating system every other attempt:
  • Windows 3 was a huge hit. Windows 95 was a hit, but a buggy mess.
  • Windows 98 fixed all of 95's mistakes. But Windows Me might be the worst iteration of Windows ever.
  • Windows XP may be Microsoft's biggest-ever success. Windows Vista was a disaster.
  • Windows 7 was beloved for going back to basics. With Windows 8, people didn't even know how to get to the desktop.
  • Windows 10 has been a runaway success. So let's not screw this up, Microsoft.
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"""Windows 10 has been a runaway success"""

oh im sure it has been
 

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Don't get your hopes up. It's Microsoft, they will make it worse.

>Tablet users will also reportedly get a redesigned virtual keyboard with better access to emojis

Because that's what's important.

>Windows 10 has been a runaway success

A forced runaway success.

Fix these and you'd go a long way towards me warming up more to it:
1. Stop trying to force using an online account.
2. For the love of God, why does the update process take so fucking long? I can do major updates in Linux and not only does it not take forever, but I can still use my computer no problem, even after rebooting (not stuck staring at a blue screening telling me it's updating), which, I can do whenever I want, not to mention that most actual OS updates don't even require a restart, just a service restart, which happens automatically without me even noticing. The only ones it actually tells me to restart for are kernel updates.
3. Get rid of all the fucking telemetry shit or allow people to turn it off completely.
4. Get rid of the bloatware bullshit
5. I don't like [insert shitty Windows app], why can't I fucking uninstall it?
 

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If there's something Microsoft can always do, it's fuck up the GUI.
They took the decent ZuneHD UI and turned it into an abomination with Metro.
Went from XP....to Vista.

Can't Windows just make 10 more mod friendly? Even Windowsblinds doesn't want to work anymore.
 

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Windows 10 finds a way to piss me off every day.

Whether it's the fact it's spyware, or the fact it's bloated, or the useless features I never use, or the long time it takes to restart or shut my PC down.

My dad's old Windows XP laptop from 2005 shuts down quicker than my rig I built last year.
 

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This is going to be a huge disaster, I just know it.

Backup your shit. Microsoft is the same company that released a game, AoE3 remaster, that wiped your C drive. Somehow. I’ve never seen a fucking video game act like a hollywood computer virus, but somehow M$ managed to preform the impossible.

So glad I never downgraded.
 

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Windows 8 was such a shitshow. I haven't a clue how to use it and I'm supposed to be qualified for this shit. I literally don't know how you humanly make something that convoluted to use. Someone in UX needed a P45 as far as I'm concerned. As long as I can work out how to turn the bleeding thing off I don't really care feature-wise.
Microsoft, however, has an alarming propensity to over-engineer OS's which makes shit laptops run like a PowerPoint when I'm only trying to browse the internet. I really hope they manage to make something that's lightweight enough to run on bargain bin laptops without them going supernova.
 

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I... am not thrilled by this. Like at all. Last few updates fucked with how things worked, like hiding the taskbar so I couldn't see what the fuck I was doing/what program was open. And it takes hours to actually do the updates some times, but then only minutes other times. It's fucking schizo.

I have no doubt they'll find a way to fuck this one up, it's just a matter of how badly it'll be.
 

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Microsoft glows too brightly. I don't like the timing, if less spyware is your wish.

I was kinda hopeful that the point of this might have been to remove all the awful tablet interface bullshit they shoehorned in, until I got to the part about their amazing new Surface bullshit. Remember desktops? you utter cunts.
 

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2. For the love of God, why does the update process take so fucking long? I can do major updates in Linux and not only does it not take forever, but I can still use my computer no problem, even after rebooting (not stuck staring at a blue screening telling me it's updating), which, I can do whenever I want, not to mention that most actual OS updates don't even require a restart, just a service restart, which happens automatically without me even noticing. The only ones it actually tells me to restart for are kernel updates.
I use a Windows machine for work often, and every so often I get into a Stockholm syndrome sort of thing where I admit that Windows isn't so bad and that maybe my Linux-furor is kind of retarded. (Which it probably is, to be honest.) But then I lost fucking 3 goddamn hours of work to a Windows update last Friday. Just three hours of the "Windows is updating, hang tight! :P" blue screen that rendered my laptop a paperweight for most of the morning.

I'll never understand what the fuck it's doing during updates that takes so long.
 

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It's absurd to me that anyone tolerates Windows, much less that it has the majority of the market. Windows has not been decent since XP, call me when they make it free software and it looks like this again:
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In the mean time I'll continue being happy on Ubuntu with my wobbly windows and 3D effects.

Telling Microsoft not to screw something up is like telling autistic kids to hate trains