Microsoft has been teasing a “next generation” of Windows for months, but recent signs imply the corporation is working on a new, numbered version of the operating system, not merely an update to its existing Windows 10 software.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new Windows event on June 24th, promising to demonstrate “what’s ahead for Windows.” The event invitation featured an image of what appears to be a new Windows logo, with only two vertical bars of light shining through the window, creating an outline that resembled the number 11. Microsoft then released an animated version of the image, demonstrating that the corporation purposefully omitted the horizontal bars.
Microsoft’s Windows event begins at 11 a.m. ET, which is earlier than other Windows and Surface events. Yusuf Mehdi, a Microsoft executive, claimed he hasn’t “been this enthusiastic for a new version of Windows since Windows 95!” after receiving the event invitation. It’s the first time we’ve heard Microsoft indicate that a “new version” of Windows is coming.
The invitation comes only a week after Nadella promised an announcement on the “next generation of Windows.” Microsoft will shortly release “one of the most significant changes to Windows in the last decade,” according to Nadella. Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, hinted about a “next generation” of Windows earlier this year.