Microsoft has big plans for Windows 10 in 2017. The forthcoming wave of updates, codenamed “Redstone,” will be spread out over two years, WinBeta reported Thursday. These updates, much like the major November 2015 update, will be free and installed automatically. Here’s what to expect:
The first wave of updates, “Redstone 1,” is scheduled to launch in June. It will follow the previously reported plan of bringing the various Windows 10 devices closer. The “universal app” platform that lets Windows 10 users play apps on several devices will see further refinement. More apps based on iOS and older Windows programs are expected to arrive in the store.
Consistent with publicly discussed plans, Microsoft will focus on making the app platform into a one stop shop for top game releases. If it pulls it off, Microsoft could revolutionize the game market with new titles running on both Windows and Xbox seamlessly.
The second wave is expected to arrive early in 2017. The aim of this wave is to bring over any features that don’t make the cut in June while also improving Microsoft’s own apps. Brad Sams previously reported as the 2016 deadline approaches, Microsoft has been seeking to finalize plans and come up with a reasonable timeframe for development. A “Redstone 2” launch in 2017 would help Microsoft achieve all the new features it’s aiming to develop.
These new features likely will find their way in beta versions of Windows 10 soon. Anyone can apply to join the beta program, providing Windows 10 already is installed, by setting up a PC to join the “Windows 10 Insider” program.