Microsoft might have made its name in software, but the company has shifted its focus to other sectors in recent years. The ever-expanding Surface range of PCs and next-gen Xbox consoles have been major areas of focus, but it looks like Windows will be taking centre stage this month.
An official Microsoft event has been confirmed for 24 June, the first dedicated to Windows for many years. Its title – What's Next for Windows – suggests big changes are on the way.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also recently referred to ‘the next generation of Windows’, increasing speculation that we’ll see a successor to Windows 10 at the event. Here’s all you need to know.
When is Microsoft’s Windows event?
The Windows event will take place on 24 June. Proceedings will get underway at 4pm BST/11am ET/8am PST.
How to watch the ‘What’s Next for Windows’ event
We know when the event will take place, but it’s not entirely clear how you’ll be able to watch. A page on the Microsoft website prompts you to ‘Get a Reminder’, suggesting it’ll be livestreamed from there.
The most likely alternative is the official Windows YouTube channel, although a stream here is yet to be confirmed. We’ll update this article once we know more.
What to expect at the ‘What’s Next for Windows’ event
Despite nothing being officially revealed yet, there’s plenty of speculation surrounding what we might see at the Windows event.
The most prominent of these is Windows 11, suggesting Microsoft will launch a brand-new desktop operating system. This would contradict what the company said when Windows 10 was first announced, with employee Jerry Nixon describing it as ‘the last version of Windows’.
Windows 11 may turn out to be the update codenamed ‘Sun Valley’, although that’s more likely to be Windows 10’s 21H2 feature update. There’s been plenty of reports about what it might bring to the table, with a new design language and multitasking features among the most prominent.
One thing we won’t hear about is Windows 10X, after Microsoft cancelled the Windows 10 spin-off last month. It is expected to incorporate some of Windows 10X’s key design features into the regular operating system, though.
If Microsoft does end up launching Windows 11, expect plenty more features than the ones that have already been rumoured. To justify a brand-new version of Windows, more wholesale changes are likely.
With a bit of luck, we’ll also get an update on the Surface Neo. The dual-screen PC was designed to run Windows 10X and originally slated for a late 2020 release, but we haven’t heard anything about it in recent months.