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4 Windows 10 predictions for 2019

Windows 10 Cloud Wallpaper
Windows 10 Cloud Wallpaper (Image credit: Microsoft)

2018 has been a crazy year, not all of it great for Windows. Now, 2019 is nearly upon us which means it's time to start thinking about what might be in store for the year ahead. Based on a little bit of educated guesswork, knowledge of internal plans, and a splash of hope, here are my predictions for Windows in 2019.

Microsoft takes the wraps off Windows Lite

In 2018, the existence of something called Windows Lite reared its head. A few rumors have popped up since then, describing it as a Chrome OS competitor focused on web experiences, but we still know almost nothing about what Windows Lite really is. Quite a few internal sources have told me that Windows Lite is on track, and depending on whether or not Microsoft can keep to its internal schedule, we'll see it announced officialyl at BUILD 2019 in the spring.

I expect if that happens, we'll see Microsoft show off the new Windows Lite OS experience, built on Windows Core OS and CShell, and also explain its intentions to developers for this platform. In addition, it might not be so surprising to see Microsoft hand-out some kind developer device with Windows Lite installed. Windows Lite is the version of Windows we're expecting will run on new form-factors like Centaurus, after all.

Microsoft updates Windows Update

Windows Update Insider

Windows Update Insider (Image credit: Windows Central)

After the year Microsoft has had with Windows updates, it wouldn't surprise me if we see improvements to the Windows Update system in 2019. While I don't think Microsoft is going to cut-back to one update a year, I do think Microsoft is going to improve Windows Update so that when those feature updates are available, the rebooting process to install that update becomes minimal, just like on Android or Chrome OS.

On those platforms, when a new update is available, that update gets downloaded and installed onto a mirror image of the OS you're using. When the update is installed, the OS tells you it needs to restart to complete the update, but what's really happening is the OS is switching from the live image to the mirror image, where the new update has been installed, resulting in a reboot that lasts only a few seconds.

While the technical side of things may not be identical to that system, the result would be faster updates and less downtime for the user. These changes to Windows Update may be exclusive to Windows Core OS devices, but I'd hope that these improvements will make their way to legacy Windows 10 eventually too.

In addition, I also expect we'll see extra care taken when a feature update is made available. This year saw the October 2018 Update delete user files upon install, which is pretty bad. I don't think we'll be seeing anything like that again, as Microsoft has upped its internal strategy to ensure that when a feature update is finalized and sent out to the world, it has been vigorously tested internally and externally with Insiders.

Chromium Edge launches to the masses

Microsoft Edge logo in Windows search

Microsoft Edge logo in Windows search (Image credit: Windows Central)

2018 saw Microsoft give up its Edge efforts in favor of a new Edge browser built on Chromium. That new version of Edge is currently being built out internally, and employees internally are already able to download and test the latest alpha builds, which already has support for Microsoft Account login, syncing bookmarks and more to the browser.

Microsoft officially announced that developers should expect to see a preview build of the new browser made available in the first half of 2019, I suspect that will happen in the springtime. I predict a shipping version of the browser will be made available to the public in late 2019, with the browser itself replacing the default one in Windows 10 in the 2020 spring update, codenamed 20H1.

Search and Cortana are reworked on Windows 10

Microsoft has been rumored to be working on new search and Cortana experiences in Windows 10 for quite some time now, and I think we'll finally see that work come into fruition in 2019. Microsoft is already A/B testing a split between both Cortana and search experiences in 19H1, and if that change goes ahead, Microsoft will have to rework both experiences so that they stand on their own, as right now when Cortana and search are split, the experience is rough.

Microsoft is also taking search very seriously in Windows 10 after feedback from users suggested that search in Windows 10 is terrible compared to previous versions of Windows. We'll see more improvements to search under the hood so that the search experience is more accurate and fast when searching for local files and programs.

What do you think?

Those are my predictions for Windows in 2019. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • re: Microsoft updates Windows Update
    > the rebooting process to install that update becomes minimal, just like on Android or Chrome OS. We aren't using mobile phones. The Windows update process should be much better than it is now on the PC, and certainly much better than it is on any mobile device right now. There should be no reason why, given that Microsoft already experimenting with a virtualised sandbox for apps, and the extent that Hyper-V is used that we can't run an instance of Windows or it's core in a Hyper-V and just hand over to another (patched) instance without having to reboot much in the same way VMs are migrated to different servers to maintain uptime and failover support already.
    For the latest hardware this should be no problem, most machines have at least vt-x support and the only real reason you'd need to reboot from a windows update would be for a hyper-visor upgrade. re:Search and Cortana are reworked on Windows 10
    I think at this point, Cortana is pretty much dead for users. Microsoft deep down knows this and they're just flogging a dead horse with it. They failed to push it on the mobile front and pushed it into Windows 10 late into the demise of the mobile platform. They made very little headway into the consumer 'AI' devices like home assistant appliances, Amazon's echo with Alexa etc.
    They could have easily blown Google, Apple and Amazon away if they had used some cool part of their Cortana IP from Halo like this guy did with a 3D home assistant. Instead they just let it pass them by, even the home thermostat has been pretty much supressed now.
    I think the best thing they could do with Cortana now, is just allow it to be a API feature set that you can replace with other assistances, like Amazon's Alexa, or Google and let users just get on with what they're already starting to buy into. Otherwise it's just going to be one more step into moving away from Windows to another productive platform, like Chrome where everything is neatly and tightly intergraded into their lifestyle.
  • The IBM PC is not built this way. The bios needs to run through before you can reliably switch to another OS instance. This is the reason why hibernate and win8/10 quick shut down requires a proper restart at some stage.
  • What I do know is that very few packages, namely a new kernel require a reboot after updating on UNIX/Linux machines to be effective. So it is not only IBM PC, this is a part of the system MS is lagging behind for many years. The time and resources we see Windows machines dedicate to the updating effort is not efficient. They absolutely have to improve in this realm.
  • I think you're wrong on the "the OS is switching from the live image to the mirror image".
    Windows is too bloated for that to happen and android is too basic to be that complex.
  • I disagree. Dual boot tech had been around for a long time (in windows) . The concept is similar.
  • I didn't say its not possible. Of course this is what happens when you upgrade Windows, a new image is created and the old is renamed Windows.old.
    Fact is this method will never make updates quicker than cumulative updates, which only changes the files that are affected.
  • You also have to consider the storage space required for the mirror image, and that it wouldn't be possible with many low end tablets and laptops with minimal storage space.
  • My 4 predictions for Windows 10 in 2019. 1. There will be an update that destroys your install. 2. There will be another update that destroys your install. 3. There will be yet another update that destroys your install. 4. The update to Windows update will destroy your install.
  • That's so funny
  • I have 4 predictions too:
    1. I won't have any significant problems with updates, just like last year and the year before and the year before.
    2. I won't have any significant problems with updates, just like last year and the year before and the year before.
    3. I won't have any significant problems with updates, just like last year and the year before and the year before.
    4. I won't have any significant problems with updates, just like last year and the year before and the year before.
  • I've had 4 laptops this year, all from different manufacturers, and I've had ZERO issues caused by updates or Windows. Except my Logitech Brio camera, abs in not sure who is to blame there. I suspect Logitechs driver updates are to blame.
  • Have you checked for firmware update for the camera?
  • Don't forget the update to fix the update to the update that updated the update that destroys your install... it'll destroy your install too. Just to be sure.
  • These all sound like reasonable, modest predictions. Not too exciting, though. I hope Microsoft still has a vision for Windows beyond maintaining it as the preeminent platform for business and high-end gaming. Or, if the platform *is* in maintenance mode, I'd like to see a commitment to polishing/streamlining/unifying. There are still plenty of quirks and inconsistencies that could be dealt with.
  • 1. Microsoft will file and leak at least 3 more... patents... on the mythic and illusive Andromeda dream device. 2. Core OS will be teased at Build but postponed at Ignite in non dramatic... in with a bang... out with a whimper... style. 3. They will release an update to the Surface Go... with a slightly optimized Pentium chip in it and 15 more minutes of battery life... instead of an ARM version. It will of course have a standard SIM instead of an eSim. 4. UWP will not even be mentioned once... officially... PWA will be hailed as the savior... though there will be not one MS authored PWA app published to the Store. And Xamarin.Forms will continue its Borglike assimilation into Visual Studio where it will be little mentioned in present tense. ;0)
  • Couldn't have said it better myself. This seems like a dreadfully probable plan for 2019.
  • Number 4 is so right 🤣
  • I am looking forward to Chromium Edge. I like Google Chrome, but nothing beats Edge for battery life on my laptop, so having Chromium Edge would be the best of both worlds. Also, I have an SSD so the Windows Update process for me is not too painful..just wait a few minutes, big deal.
  • Doesn't a Windows feature update basically do what the article states anyway? Updates used to take ages but the process has been refined, the offline time is very short now. A new Windows image is written to the disk before restarting
  • Honestly... All is boring, if there's no talk about mobile, and any hope MS might go into next decade being relatively relative to consumers.
  • My prediction: Ex-salty Windows phone users finally move on and beyond the concept of a phone-centric world. This will be achieved going out to the real-world and talking to people.
  • I wouldn't put any money on that.
  • Right Tarkus13. I predict Windows Phone users will outlive windows central. Infact i predict 2019, Mobile Nations will merge WC with android central and call it something like tech nation...
    Restructuring is on the cards 🃏. I predict.
  • That sounds more realistic.
  • Oh, I'm living the real world, Daniel. That's exactly why I believe the way I do. And, if you think that EX WP users are the only ones that feel that way its time you visited the real world... You can't get pass the fact that what the average consumer needs is what the average consumer needs. Andromeda is a great concept, but as only a concept, it does nobody any good. Do I wish Andromeda would come to light? Yes, but since I started using this Note 9, not as much. Nevertheless, I'm still interested. But, using Android I realize just how important apps are. It's a trade off. Android pretty much gets on my nerves, but the apps, and terrific hardware, makeup for it. My only regret is that I didn't switch sooner... So, Daniel, I ask you; what makes my comment so "stupid" in your eyes, and such a different point of view than anyone else "in the real world" ?? 🤔
  • Andromeda was a terrible concept, which is why they shelved it. A digital note journal...? Really? Maybe if they'd been first to market & done something well thought out. Instead they made some headphones & can't figure out how to get USB c on board their only successful hardware product. Panos panay gets fawned over here without actually releasing anything. Poor pathetic Jason Ward has been writing about new form factors and crazy crap for 2 or 3 years now, someday soon I'm sure. Bowden writes about cshell with no irony whatsoever, which is like meta-irony I guess. Time to get off the treadmill. Maybe you'll get the device you want someday, but what has Microsoft ever shown to make you believe they're the company to deliver?
  • Spot on Rodney. The snark from Dan makes my vomit want to vomit sometimes. Guess I was one of those stupid WP users. I mean, how dare I support MS and then not be happy that I have to go to a dump of an os like Android for phone. I should just assimilate and be happy that I have MS launcher on a crap os.
  • Oh,, and another thing. WP users make up but a fraction of a speck of mobile users out there. Instead of wasting time predicting that "EX WP" users will finally move on from the concept of a phone centric world, wouldn't a better prediction be that the rest of the world move on? Because, the majority "the real world" still believes in a phone centric world, and they have waaay more pull than us 10 remaining WP "fans". Am I wrong? You're a pretty smart guy, Dan, and I have a ton of respect for you, but your last comment wasn't very thought out. Lol. Please, by now you should know I understand all the "beyond the curve" ideas WC has been talking about for years, and I love them, but that doesn't mean I can't think for myself. Honestly, I believe new, smaller, Surface categories need to run some version of Windows that can run Android apps. That would give the best usage possibilities possible. But, that's just my opinion.
  • I went out into the real world to talk to people as you suggested Daniel but unfortunately everyone was busy on their phones.
  • Exactly my point summed up.
  • Wow, that is a lot of Windows Phone hate Daniel.
  • Idk.. Maybe he's forgotten about all the support WP fans have given MS, Mobile Nations, and Windows Central. Maybe he doesn't realize that it was us stupid, delusional, WP fans that kept his lights on, and food in his stomach, for the last decade..
  • He's mocking you salty people and telling you to move on from WP. Windows Central seems to be doing better than ever, even with the lack of WP.
  • Who's still only using WP?... I'm an WP fan that uses a Note 9, a Lumia 950, and a GS7... Move on from what? Your point is about as irrelevant as Daniel's.
    What, you agree with Daniel that mobile isn't important for MS?... Notice, in my very first comment I said "Mobile" not smartphones. Daniel is the one suggesting just because someone is a WP fan they are obsessed with MS making a smartphone. Is that what you're also suggesting? What's your point anyways?
  • How dare us.
  • I can already talk to/text/video call everyone in the "real world". Using ....................................... wait for it ................................ phones. The real world IS phone-centric. Salty ex-Windows Phones users (not ex-salty) HAVE moved on. To other phones. You know, supported phones. Phones with a future. Phones with apps. I certainly have. I have not moved backwards to a Windows 10 PC. Nor am I clinging to a dead Windows phone.
  • I still believe that MS (or any other Co.)can make a mobile device that's not centered around a phone as the main feature, rather a phone as a feature of the device. I also believe that smartphone concept is here to stay for the foreseeable future. That's what I mean by Mobile device. Doesn't necessarily have to be a phone, but a device that can conceal away on your body, and is always connected. Idk what the hell Daniel thinks WP users don't get about that. Heck, if anyone gets that it's WP users that read this site.
  • Current "phones" ARE "mobile devices not centered around the phone". I might actually place a phone call maybe 2 or 3 times a month. But I use my "phones" daily. "Phone" is just the form factor. The reality is, a "phone" is a pocketable, always connected Personal Computer/camera/TV/MP3 player/flashlight/phone/video phone/texting/GPS/wifi hotspot. The "phone" part is just another included app. As you said, a feature of the device. You might as well say its "centered around the camera". Or that a Windows PC is "centered around Office". All are just apps, running on a computer.
  • Billions of people already have a pocketable , always connected PC. Unfortunately for Microsoft, essentially ZERO percent of these are running a Microsoft operating system. The devices run iOS or Android and have thriving ecosystems of apps for basically anything you can think of. Jason has correctly said that people do so much more with their phones these days, the phone part is sort of secondary. I agree with this.
    He incorrectly assumes that since phones are more like PC's and people use them more as small PC's, that Microsoft will be able to compete with a small pocketable, always connected PC with telephony (just don't call it a phone!)
    This idea is complete rubbish. Windows Phone did not fail as a phone - it made phone calls fine, what it failed at was every thing else - the pocket PC part.
    Any new "beyond the curve" device like Andromeda or Centaurus will fail for the same reason that Windows Phone failed - the ecosystem.
  • Honestly, who gives a **** about what it's called? 🤔 🤔 🤔
  • It matters a great deal. Try marketing a sedan as a pickup truck.
  • Yeah, try marketing a Windows Phone as a Windows Phone after the last crash-and-burn. Even the Windows Phone Phanatics should wince.
  • I think this comment alone earns you the label "salty."
  • Actually, no my assumption is not the Microsoft will *compete* with smartphones with its Surface Andromeda pocket PC category. I've explicitly stated many times that the device **will not compete* with smartphones. 😉I've asserted it will be a new category of device, niche, that will serve particular markets. So no I was not incorrect in saying it would compete with smartphones, because I've said no such thing😊
  • So, what makes it a “new device category”? It’s a small, pocketable, always connected PC. What is new about that? 1.5 billion such devices were sold in 2017.
  • You didn't get the memo? Snazzy laptops are all the rage & phones that outsell them by a few orders of magnitude are passe & boring. Unless they have something to do with 'journaling'. Then they're super neat, except that they don't exist.
  • You are missing one crucial feature that Microsoft's new device would have that truly make it a new category. It is true that Android phones, iPhones, and Microsoft's new device are all pocketable always connected PC's with telephony. The crucial feature that sets Microsoft's device apart is the fact that relatively speaking it has no Apps!! It is also not for sale yet (maybe never to be released) - I guess that is two features! LOL
  • You forgot #3: MS will GUARANTEE OS support for at most 2 years, or until Panay's kids get bored of it.
  • A lot of other sites are calling these new foldable "phones". Tech Radar just ran an article predicting what Microsoft would do in 2019 and they just outright called Andromeda a "Surface Phone". IMHO this is the sane thing for MS to do. Trying to market it as a digital "journal" is ridiculous. I for one don't want to carry around some kind of girly "diary" that just happens to make phone calls and texts. Just call it a Surface PHONE for crying out loud! I'm convinced any Surface branded "Journal" or Surface "Diary" is going to face-plant pretty hard. If they can't bring themselves to acknowledge... along with the vast majority of planet earth... that these new foldables are just smart phones with bigger screens, then call it something vague like Surface ONE. Anything other than "Journal".
  • So if it is truly a new category of device and does not compete with smartphones that means everyone still needs to carry a Android or iOS smartphone with them?
    On the other hand, if having an Andromeda device means you don't need to carry a smartphone anymore then it competes with smartphones, because someone could just buy and use one instead of a smartphone - it has telephony and can make phone calls. I think saying that it won't compete with Android and iOS smartphones is just a way to attempt to hide from the real truth - it CAN'T compete with smartphones for the same reason Windows Phone couldn't compete and failed miserably - the app gap!
  • New headphones? New mouse? New keyboard? A chair?
  • Sorry, it quacking, it's waddling, it tastes good with duck sauce ...
  • Exactly, which is why I'm wondering why Daniel gets so upset when people down on MS for not having a mobile device.. Smdh
  • If it weren't for the app on my phone, I would never read windows central.
  • 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 Lol. You know, thats a good point.
  • Very true, might be one of the ugliest websites out there.
  • ... it is a phone centric world. So far as mobile technology is concerned. It's the most ubiquitous computing device on the planet.
  • Actually, if 5G has to exist, it will replace wifi on most future portable devices. It is not too far fetched to think that most of them will be phone-enabled, even if they don't call them "phone", because they won't have the kind of apps that Android or iOS possess.
  • There is zero percent chance of that happening.
  • Boring? Sure. Hugely successful? Apparently. Last time I checked, MS has the largest market cap in the world, Nadella was named CEO of the year by a big business mag, and MS is as innovative, influential and, dare I say it, cool as it's been since the early 90's. On the other hand, the top tech companies as a whole seem to be overvalued, only Apple and Samsung make any money off of mobile (because they sell successful luxury brands, not because of innovation), and Google seems to be as lost as ever. And you want Microsoft to follow them?
  • I was hoping Zac would have said a significant enhancement to Tablet Mode was on his radar. I suspect MS will run out of the 2 in 1 momentum if they don't soon provide a compelling reason to use 1 of the 2 modes.
  • The new core OS is supposed to have a much improved tablet mode.
  • I haven't read that anywhere for certain. I guess that makes sense but my question then is, would devices such as SB and Surface Pro get Core OS? If not, then that tablet mode isn't much help for those devices.
  • Exactly my question. Can I get something like a Core OS mode, like a real tablet mode and not the joke W10 ships with? That would be wonderful. I'm an actual W10 tablet user, I want to use my Surface Pro like a tablet but I need 3rd party software to get there. That's terrible considering how nice the tablet UI of W8 was (warts and all).
  • What 3rd party software do you use and what's your particular set up?
  • Mister Burns: The third-party software is TouchMe Gestures. It's in the Microsoft Store but you need to download an executable to get it running properly (see instructions at MS Store). It works perfectly fine and is highly configurable, and I prefer it over the other options for expanding the gesture-based navigation in Windows. I am a graduate student and I spend about half of my working time reading, a quarter inking (as in class or workshops or meetings or brainstorming or drawing flow charts), and a quarter typing/coding/Excel-ing. Two of these three modes need some kind of tablet mode. But the tablet mode in Windows 10 is basically just bigger taskbar icons and no multiple desktops - it's a joke. The specific problem for me is that there are no additional navigational gestures built into Windows, particularly edge gestures as we found on W8/8.1 and Blackberry's Playbook OS and today in the latest versions of iOS and some versions of Android. TouchMe Gestures does not support edge gestures.
  • At this point in my Windows 10 experiences, I want a consistent user experience across all the great features already included. I especially want to see the Settings App pushed and the end of the Control Panel era.
  • I think you forgot about the next gen HoloLens, that should go along with the CoreOS stuff. *Edit: Nevermind, these are your predictions, not relying on others.
  • Edge 19 will still be regular Edge. Edge 20 will be the Chromium based one.
  • Let me expand a little. 1.Nadella announces that he was wrong about mobile and phones
    2. Nadella learns that the world extends beyond the usa and is a much, much bigger market than the usa. He expresses amazement and disappointment that the internet is not universally available.
    3. Andromeda is announced in February and Nadella kills it in March. No sign of project Unicorn.
    4. Sales of PCs running windows fall as people graduate from android and apple smartphones to Macs and chromebooks. Nadella freaks out, resigns and relocates to his mansion in the Bahamas
    5. Office sales and subscriptions trend downwards as folks move to open source equivalents. Thw MS board freaks out, runs around in circles like a headless chook and tries to undo Nadella's damage to no avail. The MS stock price tanks.
  • This is more like it.
  • You are a moron and an irrational Nadella hater. You're pretty much wrong on all accounts. Please do us a favor and get a life.
  • So sad that you cannot read and understand irony and satire Darkness. Perhaps you might turn a light on? That said, perhaps Nadella is on the right track but I doubt it very much. Without a presence in mobile MS will inevitably be in trouble in the longer term. Sure in wall street's ridiculously short span of attention all is rosey in the garden but long term? What's your opinion? Is Nadella the messiah or just a naughty boy?
  • Think Nadella did a brilliant job making laptops cool again. The Surface line kicked off a 2 in 1 revolution that brought us all kinds of really innovative lightweight Windows laptops. But completely agree that killing mobile was an @$$ move of the highest caliber. It sent an ugly message to Windows developers that MS doesn't stand behind its own platform, nor its own ecosystem. Giving many the final nudge they needed out the door onto other platforms... platforms that actually put developers first. And that just ain't good in any conceivable way for Windows, as all operating systems live or die based on the software (app) choices available to their user base. Of course MS is doing great on Wall Street, and partially rightly so. Azure growth is on fire, and O365 is still the dominant productivity suite. But much of that success is due to there being so many WINDOWS devices in the enterprise, and an entire generation of decision makers having written their first school essay on MS Word. When fewer and fewer developers are targeting Windows devices, and kids grow up writing their essays in Google docs, it inevitably means that Windows will eventually lose its dominance, even in the enterprise... and that spells long term trouble for Office 365... and Azure. Nadella himself doesn't have to worry about it. He'll get crazy rich doing what he's doing, and this won't play out for several years. It's the next generation of Microsoft employees that should be worried. If Microsoft continues down this insane path of ignoring mobile in a mobile world, the decision to kill it in 2017 will be the reason the company is a shell of its former self in 2030.
  • At the end of the day, performance on Wall Street is all that matters. Tech be damned.
  • Hahaha another salty one here.
  • Microsoft continues its sad but inevitable decline in the consumer/retail market and its relevance to everyday Joe users continues to wane.
  • Careful with that comment around here. I said the same thing, and got critized by MN/WC staff for my crazy ideas. 😑
  • And I'm sure Microsoft will cry themselves to sleep with all the ridiculous profits they're making.
  • Nothing new om gaming?
  • Another new games, what do you expect?
  • I think if Microsoft rebuilt their own browser on Chromium, the usage will be increased and it will be successful.
  • My prediction: Zac will continue to get access to hidden MS tech along the WalkingCat - Everyone else will simply a) Ride on Zac coattail's b) Feel bad about being a sudo Technology journalist & take their Fitbit + Android phone to the Gym for 2 hours, twice a day. c) Talk trash about Windows Phone users. - Congrats to Zac for being the only reason to visit this Video Ad bloated web site in 2019.
  • Dude, that is a dick thing to say. Zac Bowden does great work but Daniel Rubino does some of the best tech reviews and commentary out there. You're just another salty one, aren't you? Also, why not just follow ZB on social media and just get all his posts there? Instead of, say, taking the time to comment on the website you hate so much? For example, I think Jason Ward is a terrible columnist, but it's not hard for me to just avoid his articles.
  • In 2019, Create, create, create Scrap, scrap, scrap Create, create, create Scrap, scrap, scrap -Nadella
  • Sounds like Google!
  • You forgot "Microsoft releases yet another Windows 10 update that causes trouble for owners of Surface devices". Based on their track record of late, it seems like a sure bet.
  • All I want is one feature update a year for windows 10.
    Code for 9 months, test for 3 and release it to the world.
  • So many people crying about the loss of the Band, Groove and Windows Phone. Microsoft is still active in the consumer world, Nadella even doubled down on Xbox and made it an integral part of the business. This fan community has some of the most embarrassing members. You salty people need to grow up.
  • I’m okay with it actually. But I guess I’m mature enough to let other ppl decide when and if they give up criticizing MS for what they do/don’t consider boneheaded decisions. This isn’t Koolaid central. Could care less about Band and Groove streaming myself. But personally I hope the criticism for killing phones NEVER ends. That decision cost not only fans a lot but it also cost developers who drank the Koolaid a lot in financial investment, but also wasted blood sweat and tears too. Microsoft shouldn’t just get an oopsie easy pass on that one. They screwed a lot of ppl. Microsoft touts themselves as the platform that “empowers” others to do great things. When you make swelling promises like that you’re held to a higher standard.
  • The salty types can ***** all they want, but MS is soaring right now as a business and as an engine for innovation. That may stop tomorrow, but it's a fact today and has been for a few years now. I think Daniel Rubion's point is: Get over it. This isn't about drinking Kool-Aid, it's about not living in the past. WP has been dead for going on 3 years now.
  • As for your theory that all that matters is the stock... maybe you should read Hachman's article at PC World "Microsoft's wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2018". To quote... "Looking back at Microsoft’s 2018, you could make the argument that the company ended on an all-time high. After all, it’s the most valuable company in the world. But our readers buy Microsoft products, not Microsoft stock. From that perspective... Microsoft’s record was conservative and somewhat underwhelming, with a few exceptions." As for mobile... nothing you said convinces me we should shrug our shoulders and c'est la vie this one. Again... I hope folks NEVER get over killing the phone, after swearing up and down they would support it. It was an @$$ move of the highest caliber, and completely pulled the rug out from under developers who yes... drank the Kool-Aid. Those devs may never return because of it. Bottom line... there's no sugar coating it... alienating developers will eventually come back to haunt Microsoft.
  • Windows Lite is not a great name. Sounds like you are getting less for your money. Maybe they will call it "Surface OS" or something.
  • "Chromium Edge launches to the masses"....most of whom will see the same logo, the same name, and still only use it to download Chrome. It's a tainted brand (like IE was), if they don't rebrand, nothing will change in terms of usage.
  • Microsoft is slowly moving to a handheld device. By using Chromium code in it's Edge Browser will allow the hh device to access the Android store for apps with Windows Lite(?) as the OS. If the hh device sells around $500 dollars and I hoping it keeps the Live Tiles it will sell like hotcakes.
  • This maybe the door (sought to speak) Microsoft has been waiting to open and I think it's comes down to market pricing. Who really want to spend $1000 for a phone whether Android or Apple? So yeah, if Microsoft can come with the right combination of software(Android app store & Microsoft) and hardware in this price range it should sell including the acquisition of company/s that create code will be valuable asset/s in support of mobile devices.
  • Hey Calibro, you make a good point about price. I have just bought a Nokia 3.1 with Android One that does everything I want, loads all the apps I can dream of, plus the telephony function that I use from time to time, and it set me back less that A$160. Now if folks want to spurge USD500 good luck to them but when I look around my friends I see sticker shock kicking in at A$250, something like USD180. So if MS brings its "surface telephony enabled" device here at A$750 then it better be pretty damned flash. BTW, I did not load MS Launcher because it just did not seem to add anything that I could get anyway.
  • kojackjku One fan, you, will buy it, then ***** about how MS is letting down its fans in the WC comments. Seriously, get a dog or something.
  • my whishes: redesigned file explorer that matches other fluent design system, improved tablet mode (bring back all features from windows 8.1), unify context menus and this is pretty much all
  • I've read more than a few of these 2019 prediction articles the last couple of days and there's one glaring omission. Nobody mentions Microsoft DOING anything about improving its "app gap". Besides saving GitHub from bankruptcy... and hoping its purse strings result in goodwill... just exactly how do they plan on wooing back developers? If Microsoft believes in PWA... UWP... Xamarin, just when will we see Microsoft... themselves... start authoring and publishing apps using any of these platforms? If Desktop Bridge and UWP wrappers around Win32 is the answer, will we hear any big announcements at Build about the hundreds of partnerships they've formed to bring big name Win32 apps to the store? Or did all those efforts stop with iTunes? Everybody keeps saying how glad they are that MS postponed Andromeda. Why? Always the same logic... so they can get the app gap situation solved. Because as we all know, a whizzbang pocketable device without apps is DOA. But just exactly how are they "solving" the app problem during this postponement? Talking about solving it won't do anyone any good. Will we see any action from MS this year?
  • Web Office apps speak for themselves as to UWP, it's dead Jim.
  • Actually there's much more than this to come......
  • A cheap Windows and a closes Windows, it's good for others