Updated: June 16, 2021 3:46:51 pm
Microsoft will reveal next week what PC users have been waiting for: a makeover of its Windows operating system. The Redmond-based software powerhouse is touting “what’s next” for Windows, which many believe will mark the debut of Windows 11 on June 24.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has already shared a teaser on the future of Windows during his keynote address at this year’s Build developer conference. He said he has been self-hosting it over the past several months and called it “the next generation of Windows.”
Whatever Microsoft calls its next-generation Windows, the new update is going to bring a visual overhaul of Windows. When is Windows 11 coming out? Here’s what to expect from Microsoft’s upcoming operating system.
Windows 11: Release date
Microsoft will announce “the next generation of Windows” on June 24. The event will be held online at 11 am ET (or approximately 8:30 pm IST). The high-profile event will be attended by Satya Nadella and Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer. What we don’t know is the release date of Microsoft’s next version of the Windows operating system.
As of now, we believe the new operating system, which is being referred to as Windows 11, will arrive only later this year. It is to be noted that Microsoft first needs to beta test its new operating system with Windows Insiders before releasing it to manufacturers and the general public.
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) June 15, 2021
Windows 11: New features
Ahead of the global debut of Windows 11, video and images of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system have leaked online. On Tuesday, a user on the Chinese site Baidu Tieba posted screenshots taken from a new version of Windows.
Based on leaked screenshots, the next generation of Windows appears to have a new start menu, home screen, startup sound and a Mac-like vibe. The Verge downloaded a copy of the “Windows 11 build 21996.1”, and found it genuine. It’s being said that Windows 11 adopts visual changes found in Windows 10X, a new operating system that Microsoft was working on to rival Google’s Chrome OS.
A centred Start menu design gives Windows a much-needed refresh. The start menu has been simplified; it also means no more live tiles. Instead you see standard icons that show pinned apps, even recommended apps and files.
Taskbar has been revamped in Windows 11 as well. It’s in the centre, featuring the start menu, default icons and search bar, just like Chrome OS. There’s a dedicated button in the taskbar to add widgets.
Rounded corners on windows, File explorer icons
Windows and menus appear to have slightly rounded edges. Meanwhile, the folder icons are more playful and colourful. The animations look and feel fluid.
Microsoft has added new system sounds in Windows 11. Don’t worry, classic Windows features such as the Control Panel and Task Manager, continue to be part of Microsoft’s next-generation Windows.
Overhauled Windows Store?
At least, the leaked Windows 11 build does not reveal a brand new Windows Store, so one cannot be sure. Previously, it was said that Windows 11 will feature a new Windows Store.