Microsoft has announced that it plans to reveal “what’s next for Windows” at an event on June 24th. The company has started sending out invites to media for a Windows only event set for later this month where both Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and Chief Product Officer Panos Panay will be presenting.
Just last week Nadella teased this event with the language “next generation of Windows.” Afterwards we primed our readers with “The road to ‘the next generation of Windows,” Satya Nadella teased at Microsoft Build,” where we looked back at identified many trigger points in tech where Windows began to change starting with iPhone and Windows Phone, then to Windows 8, Surface, Windows RT, then to Windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile, the rise of Windows 10 on Arm, the fall of Windows 10 mobile, the rise of Windows 10X, the apparent fall of Windows 10X and the rumors of project “Sun Valley,” rejuvenation of Windows.
What’s next for Windows?
Windows will see a visual rejuvenation as well as tons of improvements under the hood as well. All lot of these visual cues are already present on Xbox and the Microsoft Store on Xbox. Many of the new sounds on Xbox will make their way over where appropriate and we will also see some new ones.
The ultra-crisp corners on tiles will be rounded, overlapping layers of UI elements will cast shadows and items will light up on hover.
Many UI elements from Windows 10X will be present in the new Windows. Icons on the taskbar and the start menu are rumored to be centered by default but optionally justified to the left. The action center will receive many improvements based on the Windows 10X.
Windows will also be getting an improved Microsoft Store, with a larger share going to developers and complete overhaul of the store itself. So, what’s next for Windows, well…Windows and if Windows 10 is the current generation of Windows and has been for six long years, then Windows 11 is the next generation of Windows. See you on June 24 at 8am PT, 9am MT or 11am ET. Until then, you can grab the “What’s next for Windows” wallpaper in our wallpaper hub.