Microsoft will unveil 'the next generation of Windows' on June 24

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft is holding a Windows event on June 24.
  • It plans to unveil the "next generation of Windows."
  • The event is online and will be publicly broadcast live starting at 11 AM ET.

Microsoft has announced (opens in new tab) an event taking place on June 24 where it will unveil the next generation of Windows. The event will be online, and begin at 11AM Eastern Time. The company is expected to unveil a new user interface and feature set for Windows, and possibly position this new version of Windows as "Windows 11."

The company has been working on a complete rejuvenation of the Windows Desktop user interface (codenamed Sun Valley) for some time, and this event will be where the company finally shows off what it's been building. Windows 10 has been the latest version of Windows for six years, and has remained much the same.

Sun Valley is expected to deliver a new Start menu and Taskbar layout, icons, sounds, app designs, and fluid animations. Microsoft may take this user experience rejuvenation effort as a chance to ship a "new" version of Windows, and we think it could possibly fall under the Windows 11 moniker. We'll have to wait and see what Microsoft actually does at the event on June 24.

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Microsoft recently canceled plans to ship a new version of Windows called Windows 10X, which was built on a modern version of the OS called Windows Core OS. Windows 10X was first going to ship on dual-screen PCs like the Surface Neo before being repositioned as a platform that would compete against Chromebooks in the low-end market.

The company has announced that it will be bringing the best of Windows 10X to the full version of Windows now that 10X isn't coming. Perhaps we'll see the result of that at this event on June 24.

What are you hoping to see at the event? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • I really hope this isn’t just visual changes, but that they change the sounds throughout the OS. I never liked any of them since 2015. The one for admin permission is so annoying.
  • I agree, the sounds are quite dated and not that great as is.
  • The 10X ringtones were good.
  • Yeah, I can't see why they wouldn't just take the sounds from 10X and use those for this. They admitted they're putting a lot of 10x tech into Windows, so I'd be surprised if they didn't.
  • Bet a few visual tweaks will be all it is. Some rounded corners, new icons, a few more control panel things now in settings, and of course the new fonts, oh and maybe that millimetre gap between the start menu and task bar that we so desperately need. If we're lucky we'll get a new design language rolled out haphazardly to a few places leaving significant parts of the UI in the old design language. And just incase no one can tell the difference, a new wallpaper. Revolutionary stuff...
  • "If we're lucky we'll get a new design language rolled out haphazardly to a few places leaving significant parts of the UI in the old design language." There's no such thing as a new design language. The New Windows will follow fluent design language guideline.
  • Yeah, it is still Fluent Design, at least the "2nd iteration" that has rounded corners and less to no use of Reveal Highlight effects. What matters is the consistency and execution of such design language. MDL2 were the most unpolished design language of Microsoft. Fluent Design v1 isn't well implemented throughout the OS and brings more inconsistency. What we hope with Sun Valley is to fix such inconsistencies. More cohesive implementation.
  • Hope dies last, sure, but in case of Microsoft, is there any hope of consistency even left?
  • Well with leadership of Panos Panay, we hope that will change for the most part. Remains to be seen if they can fulfill that or not or partially. Who knows?
    Considering Panos Panay is came from the Surface Team and they are more detailed oriented and into design, though hardware. The hope is that they can bring that detial oriented on the design to the software. We may not reach the level of Apple in terms of consistency, but anything better than what is right now. It's not Microsoft is incapable of this. When they released Vista, the UX is drastically different from XP prior. Visually the change from Luna to Aero is not just massive, but it did change the design language throughout the OS, with of course few remain unchanged with XP or unskinned 2000's UI, which then later refined with Windows 7. Windows 8 is an odd case, on the other half they introduced the new Metro UI which is mainly for touch. But the desktop remained a reskinned Windows 7 but with flatter with sharp corner, non glassy AERO look. UI is practically unchanged except on File Explorer with Ribbon UI, new Task Manager and File Copy/Move dialog. Some may argue this was the start of inconsistency, but it is more like the desktop side were completely reskinned and updated toolbar icons to be Metro or inspired by. While the Metro UI as a whole is completely cohesive if we only look on that area. Window 10 though supposed to merge that touch UX back to the desktop, also with the promised of unified design language with MDL2. But it turns out, MDL2 is nothing but an unfinished experiment and bastardized from the Metro Design Language, so much design inconsistencies and not exactly pretty for a flat design. Some apps have different padding, some have different UI sizes, some have animations, some don't, some have weird proportions, etc.
  • @eduardobragaxz exactly, every time I reinstall the o/s muting the system sounds is one of things I do automatically now. Have been doing so ever since we got individual volume control for the o/s sounds.
  • Hi hope MS will have new browser for kids!
    MS finally will remove that stupid Emoji from Edge!
  • Yah! Really hoping for that..
  • It's totally going to be Windows 11.
  • Someone on The Verge last week got the date right, and said it’ll be Windows 11 in the same comment. I don’t know what to think anymore.
  • Yes, I saw that. And with Zac's not so subtle hints and "speculation" (not once but twice just in this article), at this point I'd be surprised if it were anything else.
  • I’m actually getting fond of it.
  • @Gatanui Naw, it's going be Windows 9. Joking aside, Windows 11 is the most obvious one. Microsoft could throw everyone into a loop and call it Windows 21 or something. Since there is precedent i.e Windows 95, 98. Or perhaps something even more outfield like Horizon, as we have had Windows ME, Windows Vista etc lol.
  • Putting a lot of hope on Windows 11 being the name just because of that comment.
    But there's a highly (and I mean highly) remote chance that the person just guessed the date correctly.
    Most likely they had some information about the event from a Microsoft employee. (Not calling out anything just speculation)
  • Since Windows 10 was supposed to be last iteration, no more Windows 11. Instead, they will return full circle to the beginning. I think it will be called Windows One. Also, to signify
    unified OS for all devices and form factors.
  • I like that idea, would make sense
  • When they were introducing Windows 10, Terry Myerson was talking about names and he mentioned that they thought of "Windows One", but said that they already did that.
  • Except it isn’t unified? Windows only runs on legacy PCs.
  • @MannyVR the unified O/S angle only worked if there was a mobjle ecosystems running Windows and UWA and the like lol.
  • MS now needs to bring back Windows mobile!
  • I think the new Windows One will incorporate some modular features of 10x (that's why it's being killed). This would make it truly next-gen. This means same OS could power small devices like Hololens (or even Surface Duo in the future), as well as PCs and laptops, or even consoles.
  • I also think that after giving Windows 10 one last upgrade (Sun Valley visuals + 10x modulars) to make it next-gen and calling it Windows One, MSFT will go back to original 10x plan - which is based on subscription model for new devices and can be bundled into MSFT 365 (along with Office 365). It can be called Windows 365 (what else) - where all subsequent premium features will be added going forward, with Windows One (being a free OS) just getting security updates. This would explain why 10x has to be killed - some of it will go to Windows One and most of it will go to Windows 365 going forward.
  • In this way, MSFT will have free Windows One for the existing 1.3 billion and subscription-based Windows 365 for the next billion. In short, future of Windows is subscription (it can't be free for long), because MSFT is not in the business of hardware like Apple or advertising like Google. That's why it cannot be Windows 11, too, because there can't be Windows 12, as all new premium features post-Windows One will have to go to Windows 365 for maximum monetization.
  • I hope you they manage to streamline as much of the legacy bloat as possible to make it even more battery-friendly on mobile devices. It's really the only thing I care about.
  • It's due since the existence of the os
  • We are still waiting for a new Surface studio with updated internals
  • It will be canceled without a replacement. The Studio was a flop.
  • I really appreciate how you say things without any inside knowledge or facts/figures to back it up. You represent the internet at its worst - just say how you feel, present it as fact. Pretend to be authoritative when you're just another anonymous observer.
  • Meh, data like Ad Duplex would seem to support bleached's point that Surface Studio is little more than a blip on the Surface radar:
  • @ Bleached: The Studio is an inspirational device to show other manufacturers what can be done. While I'm sure Microsoft would love for it to become another billion dollar product, it's price tag precludes such a dream.
  • Just watch it - it will only work on new devices that will be introduced later this year. And the Device Manager will look it did under Windows 2000.
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  • The first one is definitely not gonna happen. As far as the second one goes, I think deep down we know...
  • Well at least we have a Device Manager.
  • If Sun Valley is Windows 11, does that mean they might launch 10X as "11 light" on ARM-only devices...?
  • No, 10X is done period
  • Windows 10X is shelved right now.
  • The Duo should have run 10X and sadly it boils down the to uber charlie foxtrot in mishandling of mobile space after Nokia's D&S division. people can say what you want about Ballmer, he only dropped the ball on an unified store. When the iphone hit the markets, Microsoft was selling Windows based phones with OEM specific stores (.cab files) whereas the iphone didn't have any apps let alone copy and paste. The fumbling began during the transition between Windows 6.5 and Windows Phone 7. The rest is now ancient history in the grands scheme of things. Never the less Microsoft cannot afford to give any more ground to Google or Apple in the mobile space. I work for a extremely large education org, (consists of 7 large education orgs) the entire org from top to bottom is being forced to use Chrome. Just because the IT guys like Chrome and Android plus they are familiar with it. But they went with Office 365 as it gave the most flexiblity - students get 5 activations pc, tablet or phone. So now, imagine several thousand students and staff being forced to use Chrome. Not Edge or Edgeium or Firefox. Just because the IT guys are familiar with android and they personally like Chrome. Now if Microsoft had not abandoned Windows Mobile 10. There would have been a harmonious sync between Office 365, Azure and Active Directory services on site. Not to mention they would have sold thousands of work phones running Windows Mobile 10 due to Continuum during the initial lock downs. They still can have that cake, they need to work on getting all the apis into every possible framework that targets Windows. As long these frameworks forcefully dynamically adjust to screen size without any additional code. We could have another chance at a three mobile ecosystem. Otherwise we all pretty much at the mercy of Google and Apple. Case in point, Transport for London, farms out their network data (transport routes and running times) to Google and then you have to use Google's services to access that same data!
    I've heard through the grapevine that TFL is actually paying Google for privelege too. *facepalm*...
  • The promises of Neo come to mind...
  • This one does make more sense though considering how many people us W10 compared to how few would have used 10X initially.
  • Why do they call it windows insider ring if you're not privy to anything going on? I'm all for refreshes and I'm somewhat impressed we're hearing about something in June - fully expected whatever Satya mentioned to be dragged on for months in typical MS fashion - but jeeze MS, drag your "insiders" along with you on these cool experiments and turn them into your biggest champions of what works/whta doesnt
  • This isn't due out until the fall, what do you think Insiders will be testing/giving feedback on between June and October?
  • everything? if it's a new iteration of the OS, they may as well get developers/evangelists experimenting with it and get early feedback... especially if the "cat is out of the bag" by announcing it here soon. Look at windows 8... if they had a feedback process and developer engagement they may have had more than a dozen apps in the store and they may have seen feedback critical to their assumptions and pivoted sooner than windows 8.1... for windows 10 all they had to do was "not do windows 8 again" buf if they're trying to get people excited about something, bring them along for the ride. adoption for new stuff is abysmal...
  • This isn't Windows 8. There's no new app model. We already have Reunion, know what it is, know about WinUI 3. This is a UI change to the core of the OS, the way the OS looks, not the apps. Not sure what devs have to do with it.
  • What's the point of Insider builds then? What's the point of a new UI if you're not inviting users and developers to create experiences for it? Devs have everything to do with Windows, without them writing software for it, there is no reason to upgrade... If its just another free update why isn't it in insiders and if it's a paid update, a new shiny interface certainly isn't worth it...
  • Devs are not the center of the universe or the Insider program. Microsoft wants feedback on features, design, implementation, and finding bugs, not the app model.
    "a new shiny interface certainly isn't worth it..."
    Disagree. Shiny new UI and new features/interaction models are way more interesting than whatever devs want to talk about.
  • Hey now. What's interesting to you isn't more important than what's interesting to anyone else, which is to say not at all. I know I'd certainly rather be talking about new API surfaces or advancements in AI models than whether the corners are rounded or pointy. Stuff that actually lets you *do* things. But I'm not going to be dismissive to an artist or UX designer focusing on the stuff that matters to them. But that statement was more about what's worth spending 100 bucks on as per former Windows upgrade costs anyway. Just a UX update without features that would benefit from testing would indeed be weird. I think there's a reason to avoid pushing the updates into the insider ring until things can get announced all at once though. This is meant to be a big hype filled moment. Dripping features out to insiders robs the press story some amount of power. I can get behind that, given that there's still going to be enough lead time to tweak some things if they need to.
  • This is about the "New Shiny Windows" and full implementation of fluent design. This is not developers' event. It's all about Windows and Windows UX/UI. Nobody is going to watch Windows event and be expecting to hear stuff about new API and AI model. I think we've had MS build last month.
  • Developing for Windows is dead. Put your legacy app in maintenance mode and move to a modern platform.
  • But that statement was more about what's worth spending 100 bucks on as per former Windows upgrade costs anyway. Just a UX update without features that would benefit from testing would indeed be weird.
    Bringing upgrade costs into this is a strawman right now. There's no evidence of this being a paid upgrade. And I'm 99% sure during June 24th event they will announce this is going to Insiders to test making the whole point moot.
  • It's only moot because we're used to being treated like it should be moot. If you're a macOS or iOS developer, the second something is announced, you have access. No one disparages you because you want to develop, test, experiment with the OS for your own needs. There is none of this "We have something cool, but we can't tell you and when we do tell you, you will have to wait" - they just keep it under wraps until hey can provide something to the community - to satisfy their desire to be a part of it. For the life of me, I can't figure out why that is something you would question. But hey, I guess it keeps rumor sites pumping out rumors, so its self justifying to negate the belief it could be different/better right? ios/macos is very cyclical, I expect if Microsoft wants to compete, they will be forced to do the same - beyond just patch tuesdays, beyond 20h(x) 21h(x) releases - something that brings everyone up with the platform... Or apple will continue to eat everyone's lunch
  • I have no idea what you're going on about anymore and feel you lost the narrative.
  • Deflection eh? I expected more from ya but oh well, not gonna beat a dead horse. I think we want something better, but for some reason, you don't think my opinions are valid and I find that extremely odd.
  • No one said devs are the center of the universe or the insider program, but it's a damn shame you frame it as such. Windows is dead if it's not a creative/development/service platform, iOS/Android have already dominated the consumption space. the biggest advancements in Windows 10 have all been about development - WSL/WSL2/WSLg, VS Code, Visual Studio, .net 6, Azure/Cloud - in fact Windows 10 kinda ruined the experience of their 2in1 devices - with a half-assed touch experience and for the life of me... I can't see how a new UI matters if you're not begging/pleading and inviting developers to come in and embrace it and if you're not embracing developers - how can they make sure their UX matches the new design language in any time short enough for it to matter for the success of Windows? As windows on its own is only gonna get so far if all the apps/services look like crap within it...
  • If they just publish it for the testing by developers, it would be tested by dozen of kids and that's all, no real use of that. If Microsoft wants developers back it needs to make huge incentives. After some time if some devs succeed to earn the money then others will slowly come back. It will take a decade of dedicated high scale efforts to undo few last years, and it doesn't sound that Microsoft is after that at the moment. They are still after cheap moves that won't bring any improvements. It is either big dedicated budget that makes the change or no budget, small budget is just a waste of time and money.
  • ok... then why have insiders? Just call it a beta program and copy what works for everyone else who still does an OS (apple/google) and go ahead and dominate the design language but still let developers embrace it as soon as its announced so they can be part of the success of the launch. it's not rocket science but hot damn, sure feels like that way around here...
  • Panos did not start the insider program. I guess it is easier to keep calling them insiders than to change the name to 'beta' as it sound like degradation of those people. And it would be the same anyway.
  • Out of curiosity, is this new version of Windows for windows-on-arm devices as well?
  • It's the same, effectively.
  • Here we go again, big Windows announcement. Maybe it'll be a serious change now that Panos is in the helm, but like past years, this 30+ years Windows veteran isnt holding his breath.
  • Even at my most pessimistic, I have to at least accept the fact that Microsoft Windows developers should have at least *accidentally* gotten something right about the GUI since Windows 8 by now.
  • an infinite amount of developers....
  • I hope there will be more than icons from Insider build. Nadella and MS Teams has said it's a revolution, new era etc. I really hope something new. Actually i'm disapointed about the refresh I've seen. cross fingers.
  • "Actually, I'm disappointed about the refresh I've seen. cross fingers." The refresh you've seen where?
  • my feelings are based on Insider Builds. I hope that the new refresh will be better than the icons i've already seen. I wish and I hope I'm wrong about this.
  • yeah the mild-refresh in latest dev builds is so "meh"... it feels different and disjointed mostly for the sake of being different... oh look, the familiar file explorer looks vastly different but oddly different from everything lse