While a future update of Windows 10 is still called “Sun Valley”, comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicate that Windows 11 may be more of a reality than some think.
With Build 2021 now complete and only a few hints about the next Windows version, users are excited to see whether “Sun Valley” might be released earlier and a full-fledged Windows 11 hit the market towards the end of this year.
It looks like we’ll find out very soon as Microsoft is holding a Windows event later this month. The picture itself is telling, as the shadow of the Windows logo almost forms an 11, next to the event from 11 a.m.
While we get an idea of what to expect, here is everything we know so far about a possible Windows 11, the successor to Windows 10.
- What is it? Windows 11 could be the successor to Windows 10
- When is it out? It is rumored that Windows 11 will hit the market towards the end of this year
- How much does it cost? Since it is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., there may be a small charge this time
Windows 11 release date
There is currently no confirmed release date for Windows 11.
In 2015, with the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft insisted that there wouldn’t be a Windows 11, but technology changes over the years and it’s only been around as long as you can stick with the number 10. Even Apple technically took it for ten years until macOS 11 Big Sur was here.
Windows Central reports that the internal schedule for the release of Windows 10 21H2 shows on October, with tests by the Windows Insider channels beforehand.
It could still be in order to provide a major update to Windows 10 for users who do not want to upgrade to Windows 11 yet when it is announced.
Microsoft has announced an event for June 24th at 11 am Eastern Time to talk about the “next generation of Windows”. So we will know exactly very soon.
The Windows 11 name
Microsoft is known for having unexpected names for its products. Whether it’s Xbox Series X, Windows Live, or OneDrive, rest assured that most of the time this is a name you won’t be expecting.
During the opening keynote for Build 2021, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the use of a new Windows version. “I’ve hosted it myself for the past few months and I’m incredibly excited about the next generation of Windows,” Nadella told attendees.
This could still mean Windows 11, but it could be called differently to coordinate with their other apps. It could be Windows One, Windows 365, or even Windows Series to bring back an old Windows Phone name, there are many options.
Windows 11 features
While ‘Sun Valley’ is still rumored to have a refreshed look, it’s not far to imagine some of those features being moved to Windows 11 instead.
In the absence of confirmed features, there are multiple leaks and rumors suggesting what to expect. Here’s what we know so far.
A new look for Windows 11
The latest Insider development channels already have tons of icons that have been redesigned, giving most of them the most dramatic changes in appearance since Windows 7.
It has long been rumored that the user interface is currently being redesigned with a new font, Segoe UI Variable, which is already activated in build 21376 in the developer versions. However, Microsoft’s design team is also looking for a new font and asking users to choose from one of five fonts to replace Calibri.
It’s not just the fonts and icons that are updated, but even the corners of the entire operating system, and it could be moved to Windows 11 to make it stand out as its own big update to Windows 10.
In addition to the new look, rounded corners will also be implemented. This will remove the sharp edges from the entire user interface and give Windows 11 a softer look.
Microsoft has already released mock-up images of the Settings app that offer an early glimpse of the subtle but effective change this could make to Windows 11 instead.
From app windows to the start menu to buttons, live tiles and even the Action Center. This one feature could have a dramatic impact on how Windows 11 looks and help make it stand out for users when upgrading from Windows 10.
Windows 11 new operating system features
A major update to Windows 11 will not only affect the look of the operating system, but also the useful features it can bring in many situations.
It has been reported that Microsoft will be including battery usage statistics in the Settings app. Smartphones have had this type of feature for many years, but Windows are noticeably lacking it.
Other rumored features that could be carried over from “Sun Valley” to Windows 11 could be the ability to uninstall most of the pre-installed Microsoft apps, improvements to the Snap-Assist feature for external displays and a dashboard for your Microsoft account, that in the system tray.
In addition, recent trials have indicated that the Taskbar and File Explorer Process normally seen in task manager seems to finally be disconnected.
Improvements for Windows 11 tablets
Tablet mode has been one of Windows’ weaknesses since Windows 8.
However, the main currently rumored feature is one new ‘gesture layer’ That would sit above the user interface and enable trackpad-like gestures on a touchscreen.
Both pen and voice inputs are to be further refined, with a new user interface for the voice and a context menu for the pen being planned.
These tablet features could be a showcase for Windows 11, especially with future Surface products in Microsoft’s pipeline. Having a new, numbered operating system for the upcoming tablets could be a big selling point for new users in due course.