Microsoft will present the next Windows version on June 24th. The software giant has declared in the past that Windows 10 will be “the last version” of the world’s most widely used operating system. However, on our sister site Windows Central, reporter Zac Bowden posted an opinion stating that it is best for Microsoft to rename this upcoming Sun Valley update to Windows 11, an increased number.
While Bowden was likely cheeky with his headline, it seems to be gaining some resonance. Even The Verge went so far as to dub a recent article Windows 11 instead of 10. From a messaging perspective at least, Windows 11 is easier than saying “the next version of Windows”.
Either way – whether this update is called Windows 10 Series W, Windows 11, or Windows 10-2 – here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Sun Valley update.
Will Microsoft even call this next upgrade Windows 11?
While it will be easier for reporters to refer to this next update as Windows 11, we expect Microsoft to stick with its guns and move on with Windows 10. It’s going to be in line with its idea of ”Windows as a Service” and Microsoft skipped Windows 9 just so it could land on a clean and simple number at 10. So why should it go for an odd number like 11? Granted, Microsoft could pull a Samsung and jump from 10 to 20.
While fans and the press might refer to this next version as Windows 11 for the sake of simplicity, don’t be surprised if Microsoft sticks to Windows 10 for the foreseeable future.
For the rest of this round-up, we’ll refer to the next version of Windows as Windows 11.
Windows 11 release date
Microsoft has not given an exact release date for Windows 11, but a live stream is scheduled for June 24 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT. To get a feel for when it might come out, let’s take a look back at Windows 10.
Microsoft introduced Windows 10 on September 30, 2014. An early technical preview followed for Microsoft enthusiasts to sign up for. But it wasn’t until July 29, 2015 that Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 to the public. That was a good ten months after the official disclosure.
If Windows 10 can be used as a measure, Windows 11 would hit the market in April next year. But we seriously doubt it will take Microsoft that long. The upcoming version of Windows is expected to be a robust update rather than a complete overhaul. That means the Sun Valley skeleton is Windows 10. And since the structures are already in place, we expect the next Windows version to hit the market this year. Maybe Microsoft will take a card from Apple and launch it 5-6 months after it’s revealed.
Windows 11 features
Windows 11 doesn’t seem too different from Windows 10 due to leaks. It’s still the same layout we’ve all gotten used to, but with a fresher paint job.
Microsoft will introduce widgets in Windows 10, a callback to Windows Vista, and improved window locking. This is great news for ultra-wide display users who could use more options while snapping different apps across their screen.
It also appears that Windows 11 will attempt to merge a Windows 10X design – a now outdated version of Windows 10 designed to compete against Chrome OS – into Windows 11.
“Rather than launching a product called Windows 10X in 2021, as we originally intended, we’re leveraging lessons learned from our journey to date and accelerating the integration of key 10X core technology with other parts of Windows and the company’s products “Said John Cable, Head of Windows Service and Delivery, in a blog post.
Windows 10X included new app container technology, improved voice input and a better touch keyboard.
Other than that, we know little.
Price for Windows 11
We assume that Microsoft is pursuing a similar pricing strategy with Windows 10. Back then, anyone who owned a PC running Windows 7 or 8 got a free upgrade to Windows 10. PC makers had to buy the operating system separately for $ 100. However, it is now relatively easy to purchase keys from other key sales websites at discounted prices.
It seemed that Microsoft realized that the power of Windows was ubiquitous. It was critical that everyone migrated to the new operating system to implement its broader business strategy. Basically, the more people using Windows 10 – and not 7 or 8 – the better. Because of this, we believe Microsoft will make the jump from Windows 10 to 11 as smoothly as possible.