Microsoft is set to reveal what’s next for Windows this Thursday, June 24, and we have good reason to believe it will be Windows 11.
Sure, it might not actually be branded Windows 11. There’s a chance it’s called Windows Sun Valley, or something completely unexpected. We won’t know for sure until tomorrow, but do get a pretty good idea of what you can expect to see in the next version of Windows.
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Microsoft will reveal it in a special livestream beginning tomorrow (June 24) at 11am ET / 8am PT / 4pm BST. You can address the company Windows event page to see it live, and Microsoft will almost certainly stream it through the Youtube Channel.
What to expect from Windows 11
While Microsoft hasn’t said much publicly about the event or what to expect, we already have a pretty good idea thanks to some teasing and leaks, most notably the Windows developer build that was leaked earlier this month. While we can’t be sure the leaked build is authentic, the fact that Microsoft is targeting it with a DMCA takedown gives it a lot of credibility.
Windows Brand 11: While we don’t know for sure if the new software will be called Windows 11, it seems highly likely. The leaked dev build we saw earlier this month is full of Windows 11 branding, and during the setup process it offers variations like Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 for Education, etc.
However, Microsoft could throw a curve ball at us and ditch the numbers entirely: When Windows 10 was released, the company said it would be “the latest version“Of its flagship operating system, and some early leaks suggested that the next version of Windows would be called Windows Sun Valley.
Smoother and more focused visual design: The most surprising change we’ve seen in the developer’s leaked version of Windows is a visual overhaul that makes the entire operating system appear a bit more accessible and tactile.
For example, that old standby mode, the Start menu, has been relocated to the center of the taskbar, though there are customization tools that allow you to move it back to the left side if you wish. Dynamic tiles have been completely removed from the Start menu, and in their place are a much simpler variety of pinned apps.
A subtle overhaul of the user interface gives Windows’ top layer a new look, with rounded corners and new icons for old reservation items like the Recycle Bin. However, that new look seems to be superficial; When you dig past the new UI into individual settings menus in the leaked developer version of Windows, you’ll see the same stark, sharp interfaces that have been the foundation of the operating system since Windows 95.
We also hope to see more obvious and granular controls for arranging the windows on your screen. When you maximize a window, you will have the option of arranging it side by side with another window or as one of three or four windows arranged in an on-screen grid, for example.
New Features: We expect several new features to arrive with the next version of Windows. The leaked developer version includes a few, including a new startup sound, a new logo, and a new “Widgets” feature that appears to be an improved version of the Widgets that were first introduced with Windows Vista and then dropped. .
We also expect to see new features added to Windows that make it easier to use on mobile and touch devices, including an improved on-screen keyboard and battery usage graph in the Settings app (seen in a filtered image starting in 2020) to make life easier for those who use Windows on laptops and tablets.
A new Microsoft Store: We also expect to see some major changes to the Microsoft Store in conjunction with the release of Windows 11, as Microsoft has reportedly been working on the store review for some time. In particular, we expect a great visual review for customers that includes a new design and new icons.
We also hope that Microsoft will try to attract more developers to sell their products on the Microsoft Store by allowing (among other things) developers to submit Win32 applications to the store, rather than spending time packaging their work as MSIX files. This could bring a more exciting range of products to the store, especially when you recall that Microsoft changed the store’s default revenue share in April to give developers a larger share of their profit (up to 95% for some developers). , presumably to further tempt you to sell your products in the Microsoft store.
A free update: Based on Microsoft’s past efforts, the next version of Windows will likely be a free update for existing customers, at least for a limited time.
You may recall that Microsoft introduced Windows 10 on September 30, 2014, followed it up with an initial technical preview, and released the final product on July 29, 2015. The company offered Windows 7 and 8 users a route to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, and those free updates remained available for years after.
If history repeats itself, we expect Microsoft to reveal Windows 11 tomorrow and announce a technical preview soon after, with a clear path for Windows 10 users to upgrade to the next version of Windows for free.
Of course, we won’t know for sure until Microsoft’s big Windows party kicks off tomorrow, June 24. We’ve already posted a good summary of how to view the Windows 11 event and plan to post the event on a live blog as it happens. , So stay tuned!
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