This all changed with the success of his second solo LP, 1980's Arc of a Diver. The synthesizer-driven pop album sounded fresh and original, and would go on to become a huge hit, reaching #3 on the charts.
Winwood tried to capitalize on this success, releasing Talking Back to the Night in 1982. This album sounded a bit like a reprise of Arc of a Diver, and did not do as well (though "Valerie" became a top 10 hit when it was re-released in 1987). Interestingly, Winwood may have realized that the formula wasn't working, and soon shifted into more soul-influenced pop. The result was even greater success by the end of the 1980's.
While the LP was not a big hit, we've always been partial to "Still in the Game," a synth pop gem that picked up a bit of airplay on MTV back in the day. The song became the highest charting single off Talking Back to the Night, but only reached #47 on the charts, while the video was only aired for a short while.
Although Winwood has slowed down in recent years, he remains active in the industry as of this writing, both as a solo artist and in occasional projects with other classic rock stars.
Cool trivia fact: The woman in the video is Nicole Winwood, who sang backup on "Still in the Game" and was Steve Winwood's wife from 1978 - 1986. Sadly, she passed away in 2005.