Microsoft may have only just rolled out the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system, the(also known as version 21H1), but a major new release is on the way. On June 24, Microsoft will unveil " " at a virtual event, promising big changes to the longstanding operating system -- and a possible change to the name Windows 11.
At the Microsoft Build developers conference on May 25,Microsoft was planning "one of the most significant updates of Windows of the past decade," confirming rumors about a major redesign on the horizon for the 1.3 billion users of the OS in 2021. And on Sunday, Microsoft quietly announced that it was in 2025, fueling rumors that the new redesign could be called Windows 11.
Here's what we know so far about the next major Windows 10 update, including potential release dates, new features and leaks, and if it will actually be called Windows 11. This story will be updated as we learn more.
What new features will the Windows redesign include?
The update, reportedly code-named Sun Valley, could bring a redesigned Start menu, Action Center, File Explorer and Windows Central report. Leaked images first posted on Chinese site Baidu and picked up by The Verge show off , with a new Start menu, home screen and startup sound., with a more modern look and new features, according to a
Another factor: Microsoft said that its into other parts of Windows and products from the company, according to a blog post in May., designed for dual-screen devices like the and the , will not actually be released. Instead, Microsoft will build parts of that technology
The Windows Central report said that it's likely some of the feature updates will be based on the same experiences found in Windows 10X, but customized for desktop.
When will Microsoft release the next version of Windows?
We're likely to find out when the big Windows update will arrive at ZDNet previously reported that it's targeted for the second half of the year, while Windows Central reported that it will arrive around the holiday season.on June 24. CNET's sister site
Microsoft said it did not have any further information to share at this time.
Will the new update be called Windows 11?
With the release of Windows 10 back in 2015, Microsoft was clear that this would be "the last version of Windows" -- so it seemed unlikely that it would be called Windows 11. But now that Microsoft has officially said it will end support for Windows 10 in 2025, a move to Windows 11 -- or some other moniker -- seems more likely. Nadella called it "the next generation of Windows" in his keynote speech at Microsoft Build.
The Verge also noted that the event invitation includes a logo and shadow that looks like the number 11, and that the event is taking place at 11 a.m. ET, which is not typical for Seattle-based Microsoft.
Naturally, we won't know for sure until Microsoft formally announces the update.
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