Tech giant Microsoft is set to launch the next generation of Windows on June 24 via a virtual event. The announcement comes a week after the company’s CEO Satya Nadella teased major upgrades to the PC operating system that will unlock economic opportunities for developers and creators alike. The Redmond, US-based tech giant has listed a new event on its website, scheduled for June 24 at 11am Eastern Time (8.30pm IST).
As per The Verge, the software giant has started sending invites to media for the Windows event. Both Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and chief product officer Panos Panay will be presenting at the Windows event. Microsoft’s Windows event will start at 11 am ET / 8 am PT on June 24. Microsoft will likely detail all the features coming to the next generation Windows update at the event where they will likely include a number of visual enhancements.
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According to reports, the update that’s coming is codenamed Sun Valley, and Microsoft has been trying to keep a lid on it. Nadella promised that this is going to be the biggest update to Windows in over a decade, and that’s a bold claim. The last decade includes both Windows 8 and Windows 10. Notably, Windows 8 was the biggest change to Windows in the history of the OS. It was split into a full-screen Metro environment and the classic desktop environment, and there were all kinds of touch gestures. We are also expecting to see some significant UI changes to Windows under something codenamed ‘Sun Valley’. Microsoft’s event invite even appears to tease a new Windows logo.
The tech giant confirmed last month that Windows 10X, its OS originally built for dual-screen devices, will no longer ship. The company is now rolling the visual elements of Windows 10X into the main version of Windows 10 instead.
A lot of the visual work has already started, with new system icons, File Explorer improvements, and the end of Windows 95-era icons. Microsoft is also focusing on improving the basic foundations of Windows, with fixes for a rearranging apps issue on multiple monitors, the addition of the Xbox Auto HDR feature, and improvements to Bluetooth audio support. Microsoft has also been working on a new app store for Windows in recent months, and rumours have suggested Microsoft will open its store up to all apps and rival payment platforms.