Microsoft has announced a new virtual event for June 24, where it will showcase "what's next for Windows". During this year's Build event, CEO Satya Nadella had already expressed excitement about the future of Windows, teasing the biggest update to the operating system in the past decade.
Of course, we've been hearing a lot of reports and rumors about the future of Windows. Last October, we started hearing about a possible UI overhaul for Windows 10, codenamed Sun Valley, with an update in the second half of 2021. At the time, we thought Windows 10X would be releasing at some point this year, but that didn't happen, and it's currently not clear when we can expect these big changes will be making their way to users.
Join us June 24th at 11 am ET for the #MicrosoftEvent to see what’s next. https://t.co/kSQYIDZSyi pic.twitter.com/Emb5GPHOf0
— Windows (@Windows) June 2, 2021
We've been seeing some changes make their way to Windows Insiders in the Dev channel – but only a few – and with Insiders now receiving builds from a release branch, it's looking like the bulk of those changes might not arrive this year, at least not for the general public. So far, we've seen new icons for File Explorer and some of the system apps. Microsoft has been quiet regarding the future of Windows 10 so far, so this event will hopefully bring fans something to be excited about.
Windows 10X was canceled earlier this year, and Microsoft said it believed that the benefits of the technologies it was working on for Windows 10X could be used to benefit its broader userbase. That should mean we're not likely to see some kind of split in the ecosystem, and whatever is coming will be part of regular Windows 10.
Either way, you can mark your calendars for June 24 at 11AM Eastern Time if you'd like to tune in to the event. You'll be able to watch it here.