Microsoft announced on Wednesday a new windows event, to be held on 24th this month, confirming to reveal “what is next”. The announcement came through the official Twitter page of the company, and some hints suggest that the company is talking about something bigger than new updates of the current windows 10 software, but a new numbered operating system version; 11.
— Windows (@Windows) June 2, 2021
This announcement came after the company has confirmed last month, the postponing of the development of the Windows 10X system. The operating system was scheduled to be released alongside new dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo, with a lighter, simpler User experience and features. All of this happened before the pandemic, so Microsoft decided to focus on Windows 10X for single-screen laptops instead. Windows 10X is no longer available, and Microsoft intends to include its best features into Windows 10.
“Instead of bringing a product called Windows 10X to market in 2021 like we originally intended, we are leveraging learnings from our journey thus far and accelerating the integration of key foundational 10X technology into other parts of Windows and products at the company,” confirms John Cable, head of Windows servicing and delivery.
So, what should we expect from the new version or generation of Windows?
Here are some expected features
Microsoft is working on a major update, which might be the next-generation Windows 11, that would have a fresh design and new features that will improve users’ workflow in 2021 and beyond. Sun Valley is the codename for the UI work, which is based on the Cobalt release. Sun Valley is the starting point for Microsoft’s efforts to restore the desktop.
A big User Interface refreshes
One of Microsoft’s objectives with Sun Valley is to enhance the Windows user interface. This will include rounded corners on buttons, app windows, and shell elements like the Start menu and Action Center, as well as making legacy interfaces like File Explorer, File Properties, and copy dialogues more consistent with modern Windows interfaces, and cleaning up parts of the OS to create a simpler, cleaner experience.
This is in addition to an updated Taskbar, working on rounding out “sharp” components of the Windows UI, such as the Start menu’s corners, context menus, jump lists, and buttons, and a new Start menu layout.
New OS features
In the snap assist the view, there’s also a new feature that lets you separate Microsoft Edge tabs from app windows, making it easier to manage, find, and snap the material you want. This will be useful for people who have a lot of tabs and apps open at the same time and can’t remember which tab is open in which browser window.
A new “Widgets” panel will contain MSN headlines, as well as the most recent weather information, sports leaderboards, and more.
Also voice and pen input options, for example, are set to get new improvements as well. There’s a new voice control UI that’s a lot nicer, with rounded corners and other features. When using Windows with a pen peripheral, users will also notice an improved, dedicated context menu interface.
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