What you need to know
- Microsoft teased Windows 11 in a series of tweets over the last few days.
- The tweets show closeups of an ear, eye, and finger.
- Microsoft will officially announce Windows 11 today at 11 AM ET.
We're only a few hours away from the official announcement of Windows 11. Microsoft's livestream to show the next generation of Windows kicks off at 11 AM ET, and you can watch it live on the company's website. Since many of us are bumping around the web this morning to see any news that comes out, I thought I'd have a bit of fun and dive into some of the cryptic tweets that Microsoft has used to tease Windows 11.
Tweets spread out over the last few days show close-up shots of different body parts, including an ear, an eye, and a pointed finger. I thought I'd take my best guess as to what each of the tweets means and see if you all agree.
The Microsoft Event is getting closer. Join us on June 24th at 11 am ET. Set a reminder 👉 https://t.co/CFxi6l6BZj pic.twitter.com/VrnJDORIGnThe Microsoft Event is getting closer. Join us on June 24th at 11 am ET. Set a reminder 👉 https://t.co/CFxi6l6BZj pic.twitter.com/VrnJDORIGn— Windows (@Windows) June 21, 2021June 21, 2021
The first tease sent out is a closeup of an ear. Some have playfully said that this means the event is about a new pair of Surface Earbuds. I suppose anything is possible, but it's more likely that it's a nod to the new startup sound in Windows 11.
I may be listening too much into things, but does the new Windows 11 start up noise sound a little like a modern take on the Windows 95 start up noise? pic.twitter.com/WDnhHeT7iqI may be listening too much into things, but does the new Windows 11 start up noise sound a little like a modern take on the Windows 95 start up noise? pic.twitter.com/WDnhHeT7iq— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) June 15, 2021June 15, 2021
Our executive editor Zac Bowden shared the new startup sound last week after a build of Windows 11 leaked online.
What's next? Find out June 24th at 11 am ET when we go live. Set your reminder 👉 https://t.co/bk0mVX2d5S pic.twitter.com/bLZmqRyIgHWhat's next? Find out June 24th at 11 am ET when we go live. Set your reminder 👉 https://t.co/bk0mVX2d5S pic.twitter.com/bLZmqRyIgH— Windows (@Windows) June 22, 2021June 22, 2021
The next tweet from Microsoft is a closeup of someone's eye. The reflection in the eye clearly shows one of the new Windows 11 wallpapers, so that tease seems straightforward.
Set a reminder to experience what's new, live, June 24th at 11 am ET 📅 https://t.co/r7D0GQnR4x pic.twitter.com/UJrji0WxxBSet a reminder to experience what's new, live, June 24th at 11 am ET 📅 https://t.co/r7D0GQnR4x pic.twitter.com/UJrji0WxxB— Windows (@Windows) June 23, 2021June 23, 2021
The final tweet shows the ear and eye again, followed by a closeup of an outstretched finger. The pad of the finger is pressed down as if it was touching the screen of a PC. This likely points to the improved Windows 11 snapping experience.
In addition to everything teased by Microsoft, we should see a lot more from the event today. We have a piece breaking down what we expect to see at the Windows 11 event.
Do you think I'm right about what the tweets mean? Do you think Microsoft is teasing something else? Let us know what you expect from the event in the comments below.
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