The year 2021 should be very important for Windows 10, says Zack Bowden of Windows Central magazine, who is usually well-informed about what is happening in Redmond. Microsoft should fulfill earlier promises and at the same time it is supposed to make big changes, which it has not talked about yet.
Two editions of Windows 10 are due to arrive. The spring one marked 21H1 will be just a small update. The bigger news, however, we should see in the autumn with the 21H2 version. It is likely to bring a new look called Sun Valley, and redesigned Start menu, an Action Center, taskbar, or Windows Explorer. Bowden sources say it will be the largest redesign of Windows 10 to date.
A special edition of Windows 10X will be released this December, a lightweight system without the support of classic Win32 programs which will only come with new computers. According to insiders, new computers armed with ARM processors could also come.
It is also said that the Cloud PC service is still planned, which would allow Microsoft to could stream desktop programs, including Win32, over the Internet to the PC. This would solve the lack of software problem for Windows 10X. However, in theory, any mobile phone connected to a monitor or TV with an appropriate application could become a working computer with the virtual Windows 10.
Windows 10 with Android?
Other Bowden sources say the company is considering integrating Android applications with Microsoft Store in 2021. Microsoft already has experience hosting Android applications.
When Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile division, they released X and X+ edition phones with Android, but without Google’s support (as Huawei does today). Currently, there are several programs that bring the Android runtime to Windows (BlueStacks, NoxPlayer).
Full integration into the Store would combine the two approaches, but perhaps it would be a definitive surrender of Microsoft over developers’ commitment to native applications.
This is what android applications streamed from Samsung smartphones look like in Windows: