Microsoft To Reveal “What’s Next For Windows” On June 24th

Microsoft has confirmed Wednesday that “the next generation of Windows” will be announced on June 24:

Windows, the dominant operating system for personal computers, is the source of 14% of total revenue for Microsoft, one of the most valuable companies in the world. The company has pushed two updates each year to its Windows 10 operating system since it first became available in 2015. Nadella made the Windows remarks last week shortly after the company announced that it won’t ship Windows 10X. That operating system was initially designed for dual-screen devices such as the Surface Neo, which has been delayed. 

The company is working on an update to Windows with the code name Sun Valley, that includes a more modern look, with rounded corners coming to components such as the Start menu. Microsoft could ship a revamp of its Windows app store, which would allow developers to use third-party commerce systems, alongside the Sun Valley update. The event will be held online at 11 a.m. ET, according to an invitation the company sent to reporters. Nadella will be there, along with Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, who has been the face of the company’s Surface devices, the invitation said.

This is an interesting announcement given that Windows 10 was already supposed to be the last version of Windows that Microsoft would make. Now we all knew that they weren’t telling the truth at the time and this announcement underscores that. But I will overlook that for now and focus on the fact that Microsoft are going to freshen up the look of the OS. The thing is, nobody is asking for that. Many Windows users are asking for much better quality assurance for Windows Updates as Windows Updates have an annoying habit of bricking computers. Why doesn’t Microsoft concentrate their efforts on what Windows users are actually asking for? Is this something that we will hear about on the 24th? I doubt that but I am free to be surprised.

The other thing that jumps out at me is this:

Microsoft could ship a revamp of its Windows app store, which would allow developers to use third-party commerce systems, alongside the Sun Valley update.

Could this be an attempt by Microsoft to avoid the sort of anti-trust issues that Apple have run into? That might be interesting to see depending on what that sentence actually means in Microsoft speak.

See you on the 24th.

One Response to “Microsoft To Reveal “What’s Next For Windows” On June 24th”

  1. […] am going to go out on a limb and say that this is likely connected to an announcement about the next version of Windows that is coming later this month. I guess the “Windows as a service” play that Microsoft had been telling us for years […]

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