Microsoft's mysterious Windows 1.0 social stunts will come to a head on July 8

What you need to know

  • All will be revealed with Microsoft's week-long Windows 1.0 teases on July 8.
  • The social media posts caused quite a bit of confusion this week, but they were revealed to be a tie-in with Netflix's Stranger Things..
  • A bit of Morse code in the latest tease translates to "July 8," implying some sort of announcement is headed our way next week.

Updated July 5, 2019: It looks like Microsoft let the cat out of the bag a little early, releasing Windows 1.11, a game that tasks you with saving the world from Stranger Things' Upside Down, in the Microsoft Store. The original story follows.

Microsoft has been quite a tease on social media this week. The company began by "announcing" the "all-new" Windows 1.0 at the beginning of the week, following up with a drip of new and mysterious videos each day. On July 4, it was confirmed that the campaign is a tie-in with the debut of the third season of Netflix's Stranger Things, which takes place in the same year Windows 1.0 was released.

But it appears there's more to the story.

In a new tweet posted today, Microsoft got a little more mysterious with a video of a PC flashing between different screens, briefly saying "Watch Stranger Things" with the Netflix logo featured prominently. Accompany the tweet, however, is a bit of Morse code that reads "July 8" when converted to text.

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The tweet is pretty ominous, reflecting Stranger Things itself. But given the show's third season hit Netflix on July 4, the mention of July 8 portends there's much more on the horizon.

It's still anyone's guess what Microsoft may have in store, but we'll find out for sure next week.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl