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Windows 11 leaked: Wasn't Windows 10 supposed to be the last version of Windows?

Windows 11 Leak
Windows 11 Leak (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A leaked build confirms that Windows 11 is on the way.
  • In the past, Microsoft said that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows.
  • The situation appears to have changed.

When Microsoft released Windows 10, people at the company explained that it would be the last version of Windows. "Right now we're releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we're all still working on Windows 10," said former senior technical evangelist at Microsoft, Jerry Nixen, back in 2015. Now, a leaked build of Windows 11 seemingly confirms that Windows 10 is not the last version of Windows. What gives?

Since we're dealing with a leaked version of Windows 11, there aren't any official comments from Microsoft on the topic. That being said, we can speculate as to the shift in strategy. The most likely reason is, to put it bluntly, things change. Microsoft was going to do one thing and then decided to do another thing.

As explained in our post gathering together all of the known information on Windows 11, this version of Windows could be large enough to warrant a name change. Our senior editor Zac Bowden explains:

However, things change, and Microsoft could decide to ship a Windows 11 if they really wanted to. This would only be necessary if a new version of Windows was coming that was significant enough to warrant a name change. We know Microsoft is working on a significant Windows UI overhaul codenamed Sun Valley right now, and we think this would be a good opportunity for Microsoft to ship Windows 11.

Microsoft will hold an official event to show off Windows 11 on June 24, 2021. At the event, we'll likely hear official word regarding why Microsoft decided to go with a new name for its latest version of Windows.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

19 Comments
  • Its time for Panos to Vamos
  • Why? He is leading teams that are doing great things for the company. He doesn't have say over Windows naming, he just leads a team that is working on the UX of Windows.
  • 'leads a team that is working on the UX of Windows'
    ☝ thats Why.
  • Most people seem to like the UX design. Except for the crazy Twitter people.
  • W10 UX is objectively bad.
  • Another reason why Twitter needs to be axed.
  • Or, rather, people, following the logic that twitter is only a medium where people write what comes to their minds. Which is crap, we know that, but killing twitter won't solve the real issue, only we won't see it (not in twitter, probably everywhere else)
  • Why would that happen?
  • Will it be a free update?
  • Of course it will.
  • Lets hope EVENT introduces some more Refined , better and consistent finished product.
    Not just typical "Windows 10 with rounded corners" but actually a Next Gen OS With enough refined new features and experience to call this "WIndows 11"
    Like come on , If its gonna be like this then they should have just called it
    "21H2 Sun Valley" Update for Windows 10 . DAMN
  • That was never actually confirmed by Microsoft.
  • Exactly, it's basically a myth.
  • i dont care what they name it. im ready for an upgrade.
  • "Last" has more than one meaning, two of which are pertinent here--"last" as in former and "last" as in latest. Currently, Win10 is the latest. Once Win11 arrives then Win10 will be the last (still last but not final). Marketing may have pushed Win10 as the final version of Windows, but marketing is always subject change. Thing is, pushing "10" as the last ever is rather naive, like saying you'll never need more than 64KB of memory.
  • To be fair, companies are allowed to change their minds about things. Markets change and companies need to adapt to that, it shouldn't really be seen as a negative.
  • I don't know why that's so hard for people to accept. A company that refuses to ever change their mind on anything is a company doomed for failure.
  • The "last" version of Windows notion was from a senior official who was later encouraged to leave because the boss wanted to move in a different direction. No one else has ever said Windows 10 was the last version of the OS. Speaking just of the start screen, live tiles were innovative when they first appeared, but the world has moved on. (But from what I read, if you still want them on your desktop, you can easily revert to the Windows 10 style.)
  • Hm, so now we are missing windows 9. I am not sure how i feel about this.