Windows 10 Sun Valley – all about the next big update

The last year’s “big” Windows updates have been real snoring parties. Of course, that does not mean that they have been bad, but on the news front, it has been so thin that tab management in Microsoft Edge has gained headline status. But ahead of this autumn’s Windows 10 update, we still think we can discern a trend break. This is largely due to the fact that there are frequent upgrades in design and user experience – areas that always make an impression.

Microsoft itself has confirmed that Windows 10 is the “last” operating system in its series. The company has embarked on a path consisting of minor updates aimed at a gradual renewal of the operating system. This means that not all updates will be as large or significant, but does not prevent them from being sent out when Microsoft deems it necessary.

With that said, we’ll now take a look at the first rumors that have begun to leak out about this autumn’s Windows 10 update, which has been given the working name Sun Valley. If we are to use Microsoft’s stricter terms, we are talking about version 21H2 of Windows 10. The changes we describe in the article below will most likely (or at least fairly) be included in this one.

Brand new look?

Always familiar Windows Central writes that Microsoft is looking for a major overhaul of the Windows 10 interface. According to the publication, which quotes anonymous sources, Windows 10 has stagnated in recent years and Microsoft should be eager for a fresh start.

The new design will, among other things, aim to peel off icon plotters and emphasize compliance with a new graphic language. According to Windows Central, a lot will be moved from the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen to end up in the Action Center, which is only visible when you actively select it.

Another novelty is rounded corners, which are expected to permeate everything from program icons to buttons and entire window views. It goes against the extremely square look that has characterized the Windows interface since the Metro interface in Windows 8.

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Photo: Microsoft

The program icons, yes. Microsoft has gradually updated these to a more modern look lately. Recently, we got a sneak peek at how the icons in Explorer go from the beige and worn-out standing folders to more colorful options that also look to be horizontal.

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Photo: Microsoft

With regard to Start, some changes are also expected. Once again, we consult Windows Central, which means that it should be possible to get a completely new design on the start menu. According to the site, this is a centered layout that includes shortcuts to different parts of the Explorer. As the picture below suggests, the menu bar itself will also be independent, a move we have already seen Microsoft explore in the upcoming Windows 10X. In fact, no more types of menus should slide into the taskbar at the bottom, but appear as “islands”.

Windows 10 21H2
Photo: Windows LatestStand-alone menu tiles are expected to be one of the design innovations in Windows 10 Sun Valley.

News for virtual desktops

The ability to create additional virtual desktops with Win + Ctrl + D and then switch between them using Win + Tab is perfect like this in homework hours. The function allows you to quickly switch between different desks at the touch of a button and keep work and privacy separate. So far, we have only been able to distinguish the virtual desktops with different names, but version 21H2 of Windows 10 goes a step further.

According to Windows Latest, which took part in a developer work of 21H2, we will this autumn be able to change the order of the virtual desktops in the changer view. It will also be possible to change wallpapers on desktops on an individual level, which will definitely make it easier to separate them.

Automatic hdr

HDR, or high dynamic range, is a display technology that increases the range of light and enables better blackness and contrast conditions. Computer players with an HDR-compatible screen can soon enjoy their PC games with the technology activated automatically. The feature, which is already available in Microsoft’s Xbox consoles, is being fully tested and will support more than 1,000 Directx 11 and 12 games when rolled out sharply.

Better battery check?

Our smartphones have long been good at pointing out the biggest battery thieves. Now, Windows 10 laptops may soon have the same features, according to leaked screenshots which was published in December. These are signed technology enthusiast Albacore on Twitter and there is of course no guarantee that the new battery consumption view will reach a sharp launch. But surely it would be smooth with something like this?

Smoother cut-and-paste

If we are to believe Windows Latest, the autumn update of Windows 10 will also make it easier to cut, copy and paste content between different programs. Among other things, it will be possible to paste completely unformatted text, gif images and emojis using Windows 10’s cloud clipping function. You can access Windows 10’s clipping history with Win + V, and this is where the unformatted text should end up.

Fewer unwanted programs

No, Paint 3D was never a great success. Together with 3D Viewer and the Windows folder 3d objects, the program will stop coming pre-installed from 21H2. Once again, it is Windows Latest that stands for the rumor, announcing Paint 3D and 3D Viewer continue to need to be actively downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

3d object

Furthermore, Zac Bowden at Windows Central has speculated that Sun Valley will give users significantly more freedom regarding which pre-installed apps and programs should go directly in the trash.

When will Windows 10 Sun Valley be released?

Microsoft’s autumn updates of Windows are usually released sometime during October-November. We expect something similar this year. As usual, it may take much longer than that before all users can be considered to have access to version 21H2 of Windows 10. Until then, we at PC for Everyone will keep this article updated with rumors and confirmed new features.