In a new blog post on the Microsoft TechNet website, Microsoft announced that there will be two additional feature updates in Windows 10 that people can expect to be rolled out in 2017. With many speculating that the Windows 10 codenamed Redstone 2 will be released in summer 2017, the only other feature update to be expected would have to be Redstone 3.
Many believed that the introduction of Redstone 2 and Redstone 3 as the next feature updates, will bring Windows 10 Mobile back into the limelight. After all, Terry Myerson, head of the Windows and Devices group of Microsoft, explained that 2017 will be a year where they will focus more on phones.
“We’re going to do some cool things with phones, but this year phones are an important part of our family but not the tip of the spear.” He explained during Microsoft Build 2016 conference last March.
Whether or not mobile phones would be Microsoft’s focus of in 2017, the fact remains that there is something good to look forward to.
Windows 10 Creators Update is set to be released next year, which would introduce a major upgrade to the design of Windows 10. The upcoming design language known as Project NEON is to be shipped with Windows 10 Redstone 3 later in 2017.
According to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft has been working on Project NEON internally for about a year. It has been called ‘basically Metro 2’, which is in reference to the first Metro design language that was used with Windows Media Center, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8.
At its core, Windows 10 will be the same, even after Project NEON will be introduced, But there will be a design language that will work across all devices, from Windows mobile phones to the HoloLens. The fluid user interface will make transitioning throughout all the UI components seamless and smooth.
Whatever inconsistencies found on Windows 10 and Microsoft apps will be fixed through Project NEON as well, because it was designed to provide “developers with clear and consistent guidelines when designing their apps”, according to the same report in Windows Central.
This means the main focus of Windows 10 Redstone 3 would be to unify operating systems across all devices. Considering that HoloLens is a completely different device from a PC or a mobile phone, making the ambitious dream into a perfectly working reality would be quite challenging. There will be a lot of obstacles along the way, but this is Microsoft we’re talking about.
There were speculations that Redstone 2 was supposed to be released when the new Surface models will be launched on the market. But with the latest update, 2017 is going to be an exciting year for Microsoft and its users. So even if the release of Redstone 2 and Redstone 3 would not coincide with the debut of new Surface devices, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about. The third wave of Redstone could be released in summer 2017.
As for the final version of Redstone 2? Well, find out more about it.