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Mystery over ‘Windows 11’

Mystery over ‘Windows 11’

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Tech giant Microsoft will hold a press event on June 24, and it’s not for a new Surface device that will hit retail stores soon. Rather, Microsoft is planning to give its Windows operating system ‘one of the most significant updates of Windows of the past decade’.

At the Microsoft Build developer conference, CEO Satya Nadella said the company will announce the next version of Windows. With the news of a leaked Windows 11 build dominating headlines in the tech world this entire week, suffice to say Microsoft is on to something big with the next-generation Windows.

Here’s what we know about Windows 11 (or whatever the company likes to call it), its potential release date, new features, and leaks.

Microsoft is holding a dedicated Windows event on June 24, which is next Thursday. The event, which kicks off at 8 am PT (or approx 8:30 pm IST), will be streamed live to millions of users around the world. You can tune into Microsoft’s YouTube channel and catch the live event. The Windows event will be attended by CEO Satya Nadella and Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer.

We don’t know the release date of Windows 11 yet. It was previously said that Microsoft was targeting the second half of the year as the launch date of Windows 11. Another media report claims the upcoming Windows 11 will be rolled out to the public towards the end of the year.

Look, even if the Redmond-based reveals Windows 11 next week, the operating system would be ready for the general public. Typically, any new operating system or software update first gets tested by Windows Insiders (as in the case of a new Windows update) before releasing to PC makers and the public.

Sun Valley is the codename of the visual changes coming to Windows, though it’s not clear if Microsoft rolls out those features will be done through Windows 11. Last month, Microsoft announced that it would not go ahead with the development of Windows 10X, a brand new operating system designed for dual-screen PCs it had announced in fall 2019.

Instead, Microsoft said that it would bring some elements of Windows 10X into “other parts of Windows and products at the company.”

We have to wait for Microsoft as far as the pricing of Windows 11 is concerned. There’s a chance that Windows 11 will be a free “upgrade” for Windows 10 users, or Microsoft makes it optional for Windows 10 users to upgrade to the next-generation Windows.

Right now, it seems unlikely that the next version of Windows will be a small update. Microsoft has officially said it will end support for Windows 10 in 2025.

Microsoft has kind of confirmed the next version of Windows when an unfinished build of what is assumed to be Windows 11 leaked online.

Even though we are still waiting for Microsoft to announce the next generation of Windows, the “Windows 11” preview brings a redesigned Start menu, Action Center, File Explorer and Taskbar along with a modern look and new features.

The Start menu in Windows 11 has been pared down a bit. It is now centered (including the Taskbar icons) and aesthetically looks similar to the now-canceled Windows 10X. There are no more classic Live Tiles, but there are still pinnable apps.

It also includes a new start-up sound and a new “Widgets.” But under the hood, Windows 11 shares the same DNA as Windows 10 and Windows 8. For now, though, it must be noted that all the features as part of the leaked Windows 11 build are part of an early version of the upcoming operating system.

Microsoft Windows, also called Windows and Windows OS, computer operating system (OS) developed by Microsoft Corporation to run personal computers (PCs). Featuring the first graphical user interface (GUI) for IBM-compatible PCs, the Windows OS soon dominated the PC market. Approximately 90 percent of PCs run some version of Windows.

The first version of Windows, released in 1985, was simply a GUI offered as an extension of Microsoft’s existing disk operating system, or MS-DOS. Based in part on licensed concepts that Apple Inc. had used for its Macintosh System Software, Windows for the first time allowed DOS users to visually navigate a virtual desktop, opening graphical “windows” displaying the contents of electronic folders and files with the click of a mouse button, rather than typing commands and directory paths at a text prompt.

Subsequent versions introduced greater functionality, including native Windows File Manager, Program Manager, and Print Manager programs, and a more dynamic interface. Microsoft also developed specialized Windows packages, including the networkable Windows for Workgroups and the high-powered Windows NT, aimed at businesses. The 1995 consumer release Windows 95 fully integrated Windows and DOS and offered built-in Internet support, including the World Wide Web browser Internet Explorer.

With the 2001 release of Windows XP, Microsoft united its various Windows packages under a single banner, offering multiple editions for consumers, businesses, multimedia developers, and others. Windows XP abandoned the long-used Windows 95 kernel (core software code) for a more powerful code base and offered a more practical interface and improved application and memory management. The highly successful XP standard was succeeded in late 2006 by Windows Vista, which experienced a troubled rollout and met with considerable marketplace resistance, quickly acquiring a reputation for being a large, slow, and resource-consuming system. Responding to Vista’s disappointing adoption rate, Microsoft in 2009 released Windows 7, an OS whose interface was similar to that of Vista but was met with enthusiasm for its noticeable speed improvement and its modest system requirements.

Windows 8 in 2012 offered a start screen with applications appearing as tiles on a grid and the ability to synchronize settings so users could log on to another Windows 8 machine and use their preferred settings. In 2015 Microsoft released Windows 10, which came with Cortana, a digital personal assistant like Apple’s Siri, and the Web browser Microsoft Edge, which replaced Internet Explorer. Microsoft also announced that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows, meaning that users would receive regular updates to the OS but that no more large-scale revisions would be done.