Microsoft announced that the next generation of Windows will be unveiled at 11am on June 24. The company teased the next generation of Windows during Build last week.
There are invitations going out to the media, and its CEO Satya Nadella will be joined by its president, Panos Panay.
The new OS had been tested for several months by Nadella, who mentioned it at the build. He adds, “We’ll open more doors today for every Windows developer and welcome any creator seeking the most innovative, new, open platform on which to develop, distribute, and monetize apps.”
Developers may find it easier to bring their apps to consumers with an updated Windows Store, rumor has it.
In addition to the announcement, Microsoft announced that its Windows 10X operating system version was cancelled.
Microsoft shifted its focus on 10X to a single-screen device to compete with Chrome OS. It now plans to bring some 10X features to Windows 10.
What could Microsoft do after Windows 10? Since its release in 2015, I have noted that it is an excellent combination of the best features of Windows 7 and 8. With its clean desktop and touchscreen smarts, it blended the personality of the former and the personality of the latter.
Microsoft’s transition into a new era under Steve Smith, who replaced Satya Nadella, was also evident in Windows 10. The CEO position has been taken over by Ballmer.
Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be free for a year and longer in some cases, a major departure from the way it used to charge for each new release.
Nadella encouraged users to upgrade to Windows 10 and the platform was more appealing for developers who want to build modern applications.
The next version of Windows will likely include many of the features of Windows 10X, including dual-screen support. The dual-screen PC trend is a bit patchy. Aside from Lenovo’s chunky Yoga Books, there aren’t many truly dual-screen PCs on the market.
There is clearly a need for Microsoft to work on ARM support, as its current operating system does not support flagship hardware like the Surface Pro X.
As Apple has successfully upgraded its systems to ARM-based M1 chips, the ball now belongs to Microsoft. Encourage PC manufacturers to do the same.