If you are from the camp, who believes the next version of Windows 10 is due for a long time, the Microsoft Quarters are excitingly developed. The Silicon Valley giant is up for the next big update in 2015, after Windows 10.
There is plenty around that suggests that this year will be the next major version of Windows. At least a lot of evidence from trusted sources indicates this and this will be one of the biggest software updates over the last few years. More than your OS updates for smartphones!
Will it be called Windows 11?
The big question at this point is, will the OS actually be named Windows 11? Windows 8’s predecessor missed “9” and saw Windows 10. Don’t be surprised when Microsoft calls Windows 12 or takes Windows 20 for a big leap. Simsung also did with the Galaxy 10 series, which in the following year landed directly on to Galaxy 20.
In recent products and services – Xbox Series X, Windows Live or Onedrive – Microsoft has brought some unexpected names. The new OS could have a name that nobody even thought of in their wildest dreams if Microsoft is looking for a radical leap.
Probable release date and pricing
There is substantial evidence on the 24 June event (beginning at 11AM ET) where the next Windows software was revealed by Microsoft. Microsoft released an 11-minute video called “Startup Sounds Slo-Fi Remix” (number 11 is significant), which played the Windows-startup sounds of Windows 95, XP and 7 at 4000% lower speeds.
Windows 10 was officially launched on 29 July 2015 if we scan the past closely, with a technical preview unveiled on 30 September 2014. Thus, with this release schedule, the official release is somewhere next year, Windows 11 could be revealed this month. As this version will be a strong refreshment, it could be possible to have another 5-6 months. In March 2022, that is, somewhere.
While the price of the software is a big deal for now, we can predict it. The pricing of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 didn’t change much. If Microsoft is going to offer the upcoming version of Windows for Home and Pro, then it can be said that fresh copies of Windows 11 Home will be around $120, while Pro is going to be around $200.
If Microsoft eventually offers a free upgrade from its layer version to the next Windows, that will be a nice deal to already existing Windows10 users. This is due to the fact that licensed users from Windows 8 or Windows 7 could upgrade to Windows 10 seamlessly.
It might also be a completely new OS, unlike Windows 10 lineage. Back in 2015, Windows 10 was even said publicly to be the “last Windows version.”
Expected features and UI changes
In the light of some recent leaks, the user interface of the OS is the same as all these years, but with a refreshing infusion of newer components. New OS redesigns could be made by a set of features internally known as “Sun Valley.” Some rumours, either within the existing Windows 10 suite or in the new working environment of Windows 11, warrant this visual redesign for Window’s application.
The redesign of Sun Valley mockups includes a floating Start Menu and a revised File Explorer. Some leaks suggest that Microsoft will bring the Windows settings app’s battery usage graph – which is very useful for laptops and tablets. The rounded edges and menus provide a minimist feel to millions of Windows users with a facelifted OS.
Microsoft has already pointed out that there’s an improved Voice Typing feature and new app container technology and a modern touch keyboard with a custom-designed key option, sounds and eye-pleasant nuances and cool entertainment. We’ll certainly see a new set of fonts with the OS.
Microsoft made a promise earlier last year to introduce a cool task bar, Start Menu, Slider Action Center and many others to the new Windows-powered devices. This Windows 10X plan has been postponed because of the pandemic and the features can be expected to end up in the future operating system.
Microsoft Program Manager Yulia Klein pointed out in November 2020 some design problems for WinUi in the GitHub public repository. The XAML controls were proposed to refresh the Xaml UI for consistency on other platforms. Tweaking the toggle switches, sliders and rating controls was included. These may also form part of the newly designed operating system.
Windows 11 will also bring deeper Bing search and integration of the Azure cloud into OS storage. Microsofte looks at this model to get users to experience other products, just as Apsle has the primary control of its app store.
Power and security management will also be at the top of their priority list for the next major OS release. Microsoft’s work with security in the past has been reasonably good and wants to rise to Windows 11.
Changes to the Microsoft Store
As part of a broader range, the Microsoft Slot could also make it relevant for both Windows users and developers to change a unified ecosystem. This will be Microsoft’s perfect opportunity for developers to ship their apps through the Store. The same goes for ecosystem users, as most of the users now are using web-based or other platforms to install apps.
In the store a visual facelift will most likely match the Windows 11 theme. Microsoft ensures that the user interface for apps and games is more stable in the background. Windows 11 is the perfect alibi for bringing attention back to the Microsoft Store, which frankly has not succeeded.