Microsoft to Preview Next Generation Windows on June 24

Posted on June 2, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 83 Comments

Microsoft has invited media, analysts, and enthusiasts to a virtual event on June 24 at which it will unveil the next Windows.

“Microsoft invites you to attend its What’s Next for Windows digital event on June 24, 2021, where the company will unveil the next generation of Windows,” the emailed invitation reads. “Save the date for June 24, where you will hear from Microsoft executives, including CEO Satya Nadella and Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. More details and specifics will be shared soon.”

I first revealed Microsoft’s plans for a Windows event just ahead of the second Microsoft Ignite, which was held back in early March. And, honestly, I was expecting it to happen a lot sooner, perhaps at Build, which happened last week. But at least it’s finally happening and we can learn what Microsoft plans for Windows 10 version 21H2 and beyond. Including whether that brand continues, I guess.

“It’s an exciting time for Windows, and Microsoft looks forward to seeing you (virtually) on June 24,” the email concludes. Indeed.

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83 responses to “Microsoft to Preview Next Generation Windows on June 24”

  1. colin79666

    Windows 11. There, I said it here.

    • MutualCore

      Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for all consumers, you heard it here first. It'll just be a name change, not requiring a clean install.

    • igor engelen

      Windows 10 II (as in 2nd edition) :-)

    • winner

      "Windows 10 is the LAST version of Windows" - Microsoft.

      I knew it was a BS statement when they said it.

      • Greg Green

        Maybe what they meant is ‘This is the last time we’re letting marketing do anything important.’

      • ralfred

        Or a new name... same OS, just a new name.

        Then it was the last version of Windows.

      • hrlngrv

        Well, it's not that difficult.

        How do you know when a MSFT marketing type is lying?

        They're talking.

    • scovious

      They would sooner call the reskin "New Windows Experience" and keep Windows 10 the actual name.

    • bart

      Going by the massive jumps in Windows Feature Experience Pack builds in the latest Windows Devs builds, I highly, highly doubt it.

      • MutualCore

        You doubt Windows 11 will be a easy free upgrade? That would be suicidal for Microsoft at this point to go through the Windows 7->10 fiasco again.

    • ikjadoon

      Do teaser image "Easter Eggs" ever pan out? Feel they get overly hyped then after the announcement, we immediately forget them and the pages & pages of comments.

      But, someone commented on the Verge article that the the light streaming inside the missing the middle pane, aka |—| turns into || = 11?

  2. themike

    Well since they've driven Cortana underground, Bob with a healthy side of Clippy.

    • mebby

      Actually, Cortana will marry Bob, with Clippy as the family pet.

  3. ghostrider

    Me thinks a lot more lipstick - but same pig underneath.

  4. anderb

    "Windows Forever". I bet it doesn't ship this year.

  5. red.radar

    Little nervous. I wonder how big the changes will be. I kind of like the way things are. Things seem stable. Nothing seems broken. NO need to go rocking the boat.

  6. drylander69

    it will be renamed Microsoft 10.

  7. glenn8878

    It needs to have everything upgraded to the promises of the past. I'm not so sure.

  8. Martin Sjöholm

    They are going to tell us about yet another thing which will never become a thing? I am sooo excited ... ?

  9. L Gilles

    Either it's compatible with win32 and it'd be called Windows, or it's loosing most of legacy stuff and It should be something else.

    I can't trust Microsoft to do something new and disruptive, their track record is not great and most is half baked.

    • spacein_vader

      The issue MS has with Win32 is they keep calling legacy before they've replaced it with something that has widespread adoption.

      If they want to replace it, do that first and then call win32 legacy.

      Just calling something legacy doesn't make it true.

  10. randallcorn

    Windows 10 Dark Mode Gen 1 2021

  11. Usman

    Wait, does that graphic mean the windows logo is going to be the same as the microsoft logo? ?

  12. will

    Windows X

  13. swish41

    Anything for gaming? or too early to tell?

  14. ikjadoon

    I’m going all-in on “Windows 11” in the name:

    — light on the floor makes an “11”, even though it should be a “+”

    — Sun Valley -> ll -> 11

    — Microsoft told us there won’t be a Windows 11, so naturally Microsoft meant “well, not yet.”

    — it’s 2021, so there’s another 1 and I’m counting it.

    — If you make the two lines in “X” parallel and unwrap the “0” into a flat string, Windows 10X becomes Windows 10 11.

    — the event starts at 11 am EST.

    • bart

      (20)21 - 11 = (20)10.

      I am calling it, it's Windows 10!!! ;)

  15. F4IL

    Some genuine excitement at last!

  16. iantrem

    I think it'll still be called Windows 10, but you'll be able to install the new interface ("Windows eXperience"???) if you want it with the option for enterprise and IT Pros to block it. It's still Windows underneath everything (so updates work everywhere), it's just a new front end on top of it. A grander version of Windows 98's "themes" if you like.

    Wonder if the event will have enthusiasts there via Teams so they can have the applause and cheering that they've had at other events (that Panos seems oh so comfortable with)? I hope not.

  17. Alastair Cooper

    Clearly it will be Windows 9 . . .

  18. hrlngrv


    Some could read that as Another Fantastic Windows Version, but that's not quite what I meant.

  19. sdboucher

    I'm thinking the new version will be called WindowsOS. Maybe with WindowsOS22. Maybe shorten to WINOS.

  20. bluvg

    Here's hoping for inclusion of the faster updating tech they've teased.

  21. jeffrye

    I'm thinking they'll keep it simple and call it Microsoft Office 365 Windows Advanced Consumer Edition 2021.

  22. MutualCore

    I think Windows 11 as a rebrand would be great. Windows 10 is a mixed bag in terms of PR, still got 1.3 billion active devices. People will perceive W11 as the 'new shiny' and if it's easy to upgrade they will. I think Sun Valley(especially if it means Fluent becomes consistent across everything) and some other major architectural changes justify the version update.

  23. Silverspark75

    Windows 11 - code name: Sun Va ll ey

  24. rycott

    So, when are they dropping the 10 and just making it 'Windows'.

  25. mr. fox

    It is always interesting to see what they're going to screw up next. How 'bout they just give us that new wallpaper and leave everything else alone.

  26. peterc

    Surely it’s gotta be….. Microsoft Windows.

    But the adventurous side of me says…. they will drop the name Windows to prep for the next decade of Azure edge services…

    the media graphic clearly shows the sun setting outside the window…

  27. jimchamplin

    Windows. No number.

  28. flying_maverick

    Windows Blackcomb? :)

  29. rob_segal

    Regarding branding, I'm going to use Panos Panay's history as a guide. The Surface Team usually brands their products with sequential numbers (excluding the initial version), which increases the chances in my mind that we could be seeing Windows 11. The one time I can recall Panos announcing a product with no number (Surface Pro), it went back to sequential numbers. He increments established products. Windows is established. It already has a version. His pattern indicates, incrementing the version from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Also, I don't recall Panos announcing a product by its codename (not going to be Windows Sun Valley). He also doesn't brand things by year. If I were to make a prediction, I think the branding decision has already been made and it will be Windows 11. We'll see if I'm wrong again.

  30. curtisspendlove

    Windows: Sunset (Legacy Enterprise Edition)

    The *actually* last version of Windows.

  31. red.radar

    How many times does the word “experience” get used

  32. waethorn

    Microsoft Doors. Coming 202X.

  33. MutualCore

    Who else is PUMPED?

    • boots

      I was pumped before Window 8 was revealed. I don't get pumped for Windows releases any more.

      • curtisspendlove

        I was pumped before Window 8 was revealed. I don't get pumped for Windows releases any more.

        Indeed. Windows 8 was actually the basis of something different. And nearly everyone took a daily dump all over it.

        So, the “most dedicated Microsoft fanbase” created the situation we are in now by discouraging MS to try new stuff.

        :: shrug ::

        • hrlngrv

          | So, the “most dedicated Microsoft fanbase” created the situation we are in now by discouraging MS to try new stuff.

          MSFT tried a completely new UI in Windows 95/NT4 but provided the previous UI (Program Manager and Filer) as an option for those who wanted to postpone change. MSFT made comprehensive changes to the desktop theme and menu in Windows XP, but provided options for Classic theme and Classic Start menu (and, IIRC, still provided Program Manager and Filer). Never used Vista, so I don't know what level of postponement of UI change it provided, but Windows 7 was a clear break from the Windows past which, from my perspective, had the very valuable effect of inspiring the development of Classic Shell (nee)/Open Shell (now). Tangent: MSFT Excel 5 included an add-in to reproduce the Excel 4 menu.

          Windows 7 and Office 2007 were radical departures from past MSFT practice. IMO, not a change for the better.

        • boots

          I like seeing something different with each new Windows release, different is a good thing. The problem with Windows 8 wasn't that it was different, the problem was it was just plain terrible.

          Windows 8 deserves nothing more than everyone taking a daily dump all over it.

          It could and should have been amazing, but instead it was full of nonsense hidden functions within two separate user interfaces jammed together into a giant ugly mess.

          • hrlngrv

            FWIW, hot corners and hot edges in Windows 8 had been around for years in a number of LiteStep themes (dating back to Windows 98). Few people used them except those who really liked having no visual cues for UI components. Great for boosting such individuals' sense of self-worth by believing they were superior to the hordes who needed visual cues, problematic for an OS presumably meant for over a billion to use.

            • boots

              It wasn't just hot corners "Metro" IE had its Back button hidden behind a right click, so was The All Apps button on the Start screen. There was no Search field on the Start screen or in the Store. It was just a mess.

  34. johnlavey

    I wonder if the so-called NEW Windows 10 will be merely disappointing "lipstick on a pig"?

    • igor engelen

      Indeed, I really hope it's a serious step foreward instead of a half hearted GUI revamp and a couple of ne w features nobody wants.

    • Christopher Spera

      Nearly every version of Windows has been lipstick on a pig (though I am certain Paul may disagree...); but he and I are old co-workers going back to the WUGNET days (Windows 95). I think Windows will be rebranded; but not sure if it will be Windows 11 (too obvious...) or something else.

      I'm going to call it here - MS won't be able to successfully dump their current Desktop metaphor/ implementation and it will be a reincarnation of Windows 8 (in Tablet mode) and Windows RT (Win8/RT and Metro flopped because they couldn't drop the Desktop from RT. People didn't "get it" because it looked too much like regular, desktop Windows.

      I'm betting that it may be much the same, here.

      • hrlngrv

        Part of the reason Windows RT flopped was because it finally provided unassailable, incontrovertible evidence that MSFT flagrantly lies to its customers. The lie? Windows RT can't run desktop software, yet it ran Office, Notepad, Paint, etc.

        OK, I exaggerate. MSFT only said Windows RT wasn't meant for running desktop software beyond the basics MSFT generously bundled with RT. Thus, in order to take people's minds off the lack of Metro app offerings in the Windows Store, to sell a device meant to move people away from the desktop, MSFT made a selling point of providing one and only piece of major desktop software. Fiction writers couldn't have dreamed up a more absurd marketing approach.

  35. Omega Ra

    I wish they would just call it Windows: Sun Valley.

  36. epsjrno

    Alan Bradley: Excuse me?

    Richard Mackey: Yes... Alan?

    Alan Bradley: Given the prices we charge to students and schools, what sort of improvements have been made in Flynn... I mean, um, ENCOM OS-12?

    Richard Mackey: This year we put a "12" on the box.

  37. jwpear

    Paul, did you make the feature picture or did Microsoft provide it to press? If Microsoft's, I wonder if this is suggestive of the future?

    Back in the day of 3D controls in Windows, the light source used to paint the light and dark areas around 3D objects was positioned in the upper left corner of the screen. This feature picture suggests the light source is again in the upper left corner. Is that coincidence or suggestive of how future Windows UIs will look? Does this suggest greater consistency or the introduction of some 3D effects?

    Am I reading entirely too much into this?

    • Paul Thurrott

      This is a Microsoft image. Some see an "11" in the light reflection at the bottom.
    • mikegalos

      Upper left corner light has become a multi-industry standard. I wouldn't read much into it.

  38. chrishilton1

    Windows 2022. Yearly updates. Make it simple.

    • shark47

      Wow! That'll be a throwback to the days of Windows 95, 98, and 2000. Or they can go back to the XP and Vista days and call it Windows Sun Valley. I prefer Windows 11 - Sun Valley or something like that.

  39. rm

    My guess is they will announce a new branding, piecemeal Sun Valley into the OS for the next year, and start adding Windows X update and sandboxing to Windows 10 at various times in the next 2 years. What they should be doing in completely redoing the UX with Sun Valley this fall and adding all the other Windows X technical updates in the next year. Hopefully the UX includes a really way to use it as a tablet without changing the look and functionality too much.

  40. Sir_Timbit

    Hope this is actually more than just Windows 10 with rounded edges, new icons and emoji

  41. jhambi

    will this be New Technology ?

  42. the escalation

    I'm confused. Is the "next generation of Windows" just going to be the Sun Valley UI overhaul and the usual gamut of bug fixes and security updates? Because if so, that's kinda disappointing. I really hope that they have something bigger up their sleeves.

    • captain_proton

      They need to replace creaky old NTFS with a modern file system like zfs or btrfs snapshot, rollback, compression.

    • lvthunder

      Tune in and find out on June 24th. They wouldn't need an event if everyone knew what they were announcing.

  43. sherlockholmes

    Im scared about that .....

  44. sjldk

    Windows 10.11

    You know... for workgroups...