After Windows 1
When the Windows engineering team is stored in the Azure organization, it is following the Azure “semester” development plan and assigning new features to buckets from January to June or from June to December. The code name of the storage bucket from June 2020 to December 2020 is “Iron”, and the code name of the storage bucket from January 2021 to June 2021 is “Cobalt”. Features that can be used in any given semester can be rolled out in any Windows 10 version; they are not necessarily tied to the release when they are “built”. These code names are known to update Windows 10 features, including features that were mainly built during a specific semester.
As I reported earlier, Microsoft may choose to skip the release of 21H1 Windows 10 feature updates. (Every time I ask, officials will not confirm or deny this.) On the contrary, they may carry out a feature update next year, which is to release the “cobalt” update in the fall of 21H2. Last spring, I heard that Microsoft plans to release the first version of Windows 10X-its simpler and more secure variant of Windows 10, which was originally planned to debut on dual-screen devices, but now plans to launch first on new screens. Single-screen PC and 2-in-1 computer.
Today (October 28), Windows Central reported that the 21H2 Cobalt Windows 10 feature update will not be minor. It will be much larger than the usual feature update, and will include a UI refresh of many Windows components and applications. Zac Bowden of Windows Central said that the codename for the UI refresh itself is “Sun Valley.” Bowden said that this UI refresh will include a comprehensive review of the Start menu, Action Center, and certain built-in/bundled Microsoft applications, and will be optional changes.
My contact said that the Sun Valley code name does exist. According to the information I saw this summer, the Microsoft engineering department has been describing the version of Windows 10 as Windows 10++ that will be launched next fall. Therefore, perhaps the Sun Valley is equivalent to “++” here. Based on the latest information I have heard/saw, these ++/Sun Valley changes are also likely to be applied to Windows 10X on single-screen devices before Spring 2022.
I am asking again today whether Microsoft is changing the way it rolls out new features to Windows 10 users starting next year. I can’t help but wonder if Microsoft will add some new Windows 10 features through cumulative updates until the Cobalt feature is released in the fall of 2021. If and when I receive more information from Microsoft, I will add the information to this article.